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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Missing In Action

If you have left a comment that I have not answered, or are a blogger that I usually leave a comment for, I apologize for my neglect.   The last 3 weeks have been a blur here at our house.  I have spent a large chunk of time in doctors' waiting rooms.  Three weeks ago, my 23 year old daughter's only concern was waiting to hear if she was accepted into graduate school.  Then she noticed a blind spot in the peripheral vision in her left eye.  She has been examined by at least 5 opthamologists, including a neuro-opthamologist and had 2 MRIs.  She has a swollen optic nerve, but they have not been able to find out what is causing it.  Luckily, they have been able to rule out a brain tumor, cancer, and a detached retina.  The swelling hasn't gotten any worse and there has been no change in the size of the blind spot.  Unless there is a further change in her vision, the doctors want to keep an eye on it and we have a follow-up appointment.  It's been very frightening, but we have confidence in the optical team and she's handling it very well.

I did manage to start a few projects and actually finished one.  The top of my dryer has a few large scratches that are starting to rust.  After seeing dryer toppers on a few blogs, I made one of my own.  I used 2.5 inch charms alternated with muslin on both sides. The hand stitched binding was a great project to pass the time while waiting at the doctor's office.


Last weekend, I was able to take a class at our LQS.  The pattern is Eleanor Burn's Oriental Fans Tablerunner.  The fan blocks were so much fun to make that I made 9 instead of the 3 called for in the pattern.  I didn't finish the extra blocks because the fabric I chose for the setting triangles and backing was too light.  I've also decided to change the fabric for the fan base.  I love the pattern so hopefully I will find the fabric I need.  


The Basics Charity Challenge at Cara Quilts ended today.  I planned to deliver the personal care items I was donating to our local women's shelter in tote bags.  I already had 2 canvas tote bags I purchased previously, but I needed 3 more.  I found some pale orange denim in my stash that I bought for a Girl Scout project years ago.  Although there are lots of great patterns for totes on the internet, none of them seemed to fit my needs so I came up with my own pattern.  The denim was heavy enough not to need any stabilizer and I finished the inner seams so that I did not need a lining.  I still have plenty of the denim fabric left so I may make a few more and fill them up for the shelter later this year.


I'll be linking up with Barbara At Cat Patches for the February NewFO Challenge

15 comments:

  1. I love that dryer topper. Great solution. Do keep us posted on your daughter. I hope it turns out okay. I would be worried sick. Take care of yourself.

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  2. Yes, I echo Barbara, keep us up to date. My washer and dryer are in a nook closed by louver doors, but I like that idea of the cover. Love your charity work with the supply bags.

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  3. My mom always kept a throw rug over the top of her washer and dryer so it was with a chuckle that I read your idea of a quilted topper.

    I know you are worried about your daughter. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

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  4. Prayers for you and your DD, I bet you were scared!!!

    Are your fans machine pieced. I suppose so. I could NOT get them right until I did it by hand. Yours look so pretty.

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  5. I love your pieces....Katie; I really hope your daughter gets better really soon...fingers crossed.

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  6. Katie, I'll keep you and your daughter in my prayers! Scary times, but hopefully everything will turn out well. I can't see your pics (crazy internet!) but I'm sure they're lovely as always! I never heard of a dryer topper, but it's a great idea!!

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  7. Katie, Would you like to contact me now that you are back on deck. (See my previous comment and my e-mail of 19th February.)

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  8. I've thought about making a dryer topper. I use a folded towel. Love the dresden plates. My niece has vision problems that came up last year. It's really scary. Good luck to ya'll on finding the answer.

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  9. Oh my gosh - Hope your daughter is okay - that is quite scary. Your dryer topper is a great idea!! maybe it would help keep the other *things* that find there way to my dryer ..away!! Hugs!!

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  10. I hope everything will be okay with your daughter! They dryer topper is wonderful, great idea!

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  11. Wonderful idea for the dryer I have the same problem right now!

    Your dresdens are looking quite lovely.

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  12. Best wishes for your daughter. Very scary!

    I've never seen a dryer topper...nice idea and yours is pretty!

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  13. It's great to hear from you this morning.

    Sorry to hear about your daughter's situation - I hope for the very best for her.

    Oh, what a great idea to make that little quilt for your dryer.

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  14. So glad to hear from you today. I hope your daughter does well. She will be on my mind. Please keep up posted. Bless her heart.
    On another note ...
    Congratulations! You have won the Liebster Award! Come on over to my blog to see how it works.

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  15. Having a very thick file at my former eye doctor, I can totally relate to the panic your daughter feels. Hoping for the best for her. You certainly have been keeping busy with all the emotional upheaval in your life. Best wishes for both of you.

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