Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tumblers and Health Update

Hello...Hope all is well with everyone. I have had a wee bit of a hiccup in the road here. The day that the blog studio party kicked off...I went into surgery for an ankle fusion. I came out with flying colors. And now I am camped out on my couch for the next 3 months...sigh....
And this is my new best friend. It is how I am getting around. I used crutches once years ago and pulled a muscle in my arm pit so bad!!! That I decided I didn't want to do that again. Now a days they have these super cool scooters!!!! Yeah!!!

My hubby and son helped me the day before my surgery to bring half of my studios down stairs...so I could have plenty to do while I am camped out on my couch :0)

I found this cute little sewing machine...on Amazon. Thinking it would be light enough to hold on my lap and keep sewing. It is working out GREAT!!! It is just a simple straight machine and slow....But it is working great for me at this time :0)
The project I started was the Leaders and Enders Tumblers Challenge 2015 with Bonnie Hunter. Last week I cut out 1000 tumbler blocks. Now to start sewing them together.


200 sewn and together.



I also started working on my couch pillows for my guest bed. The first pillow I decided needed to be a Swoon block by Thimble Blossom.

Here is where it is so far. (see my Bella laying on her bed :)

I have gathered some of my journals and projects close to me on the couch. 
Went into my 10 day post-op check up...and all is well.  No infections!! Praise God!!! Got my BIG boot. Can't take it off for 3 months....(uggg!!!)

Well....the moral of this story is
YOU CAN'T KEEP AN ARTIST DOWN!!!!
She will always find a way to create :0)

thanks for stopping by.....

27 comments:

The Slow Quilter said...

You can't keep a good quiter down, I see. We can be very inventive when it come to finishing project when we are under the weather. Love you new ride and hope you will be up a walking soon.

gracie said...

Hopefully all will continue to be good with your progress. Glad you are able to keep busy.

Lisa Comperry said...

Wow! Good idea with the scooter..Also a rolling office chair works well, especially in the kitchen when cooking :-)

Hope you get better way shy of that 3 month period!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Sandie, oh my you are amazing. Yes, you can't keep an artist down. Love the designs you are working on and your set up for your studio. Look how sweet Bella is near by you. The scooter is a grand idea. I can relate when I broke my ankle 9 years ago. Not fun but looks like you are taking it all in stride.
Hope the 3 months goes fast and you continue to heal nicely. I have that same boot. I know it's heavy!!
Prayers for you and enjoy your creating.
Hugs, cm

Love Bears All Things said...

Way to go Sandie... We always have so much to do when we can't do it...but you've found a way. Hope you continue to heal and quickly are good as new.
Mama Bear

Vicky Hunt said...

Bless your heart! Sorry to hear you had to have surgery but I'm sure it will be better once it heals. The little scooter is really neat...much better than crutches. Your tumbler quilt is going to be so beautiful. I love the bright colors! And that little sewing machine is too cute! Hope you continue to heal nicely. Have a blessed rest of the week!

Lesley Gilbert said...

Sorry to read about your ankle, but at least you had the forethought to get organised ready for your 3 month convalescent, and now sewing some lovely tumblers and a cushion/pillow cover. Best wishes for a full and healthy recovery :)

Judys Lace Creations said...

Oh I love your determination!!What is ankle fusion? Did you break your ankle.
Love what you are sewing!
That scooter is a great idea.

sandi s said...

I hope you have a quick and healthy recovery. I love your tumbler blocks, they look great! Hugs,

Connie said...

Oh my goodness, if you could only see the big ole smile on my face after reading your post. You and your cute little toes are amazing. There's no stopping you from working on your quilts. I love it!
Get well soon.
Connie :)

Lesley said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend, and I love that you are still sewing and journaling! How your recovery is a quick one!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You're still very impressive! Cute little machine and sorry to hear about the ankle fusion...heck, not even sure what it is but sounds painful...and swollen.

Susan said...

LOVE it! Best wishes for a complete recovery!

Karen Nicholson said...

Sandie,

Thanks for the inspiration. I, too, had foot surgery to repair a fracture that didn't heal. I didn't think about getting a lightweight machine (I have too many as it is:)), but worked on hand projects while at home. I'm in a cast now and back to work which cuts down on the crafting time. Hope to get to the boot soon. Hope your recovery is faster than expected.

Karen in San Diego

Shelley said...

You're awesome! How big are your tumblers? Same as Bonnie's?

Nancy said...

Oh my, that sounds such a long time! Especially given how active you are. But I can see Scooter and Blue are your two new best friends! They both allow you to make the best use of your time and mobility. All the best to you!

Vicki W said...

Your sofa studio is brilliant! Hope your recovery is speedy.

Ann Hedington said...

Good for you! I love the pillow block pattern and the fabrics! I have a nurse friend who had to be off for a couple months following surgery & she got so much quilting done the rest of our quilt guild was so envious! Somewhere I have a picture of my foot propped up & bandaged after foot surgery and a quilt (& cat, of course) on my lap as I finished sewing down the binding. As you said - can't keep a quilter down! Best wishes for a speedy recovery. (I followed the link you sent Bonnie Hunter -- expect lots more traffic from that).

Marrianna said...

All the colors make this a happy place for me as I read about your progress and look at your wonderful projects and photos. I loved having the knee scooter and I also used a rolling office chair before I got the scooter. Not being able to put weight on that ankle can be very trying but I know you are following the directions given by your surgeon. Keep up all the great artwork, recovery, and blog posts. Love to read about what you are doing.

Hugs and blessings,
Marrianna

Angeliasue said...

So proud of you! & of your hubby & son who helped get you & everything settled so you could keep quilting for 3 mons. Way to go. What an encouragement!

Linda in Calif. said...

First - sorry you have to go through all this surgery/healing business. Second - WOW! I love the tumbler quilt, and swoon block. Such pretty colors. Third - that Janome is so pretty! and it makes all your pictures look fun. It's about time they made machines in color. I did see them on sale at Massdrop. You might want to check it out. (Since you are just sitting there. hehehe) No - seriously, I'm glad you have your big boot now. Life will be a bit easier.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Hope you feel better! Sounds like you're keeping yourself nice and busy! You'll be back to normal in no time!! Love the tumblers!!

Sherry said...

How big are your tumblers? I am having my knee replaced on July 28, so I might get started on some of these.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Sandy
Well Sandie there's no stopping you is there! Love that dear little mini machine. Hope it is not too heavy for your leg you poor girl. Now that is a long time before you will be able to walk on two legs again - I hope you have much patience to persevere happily.
Thanks for your wonderful studios tour - yes two! You have a wonderfully supportive hubby and family. Everything looks so totally organized and love looking at your darling constant companions. Does Bella ever wish she was smaller so she too could sit up on the chair with Daisy and Zoey?
My hubby says he's coming to pinch Bella!!!!! You had better hide her hehe!
Take your time to heal!
Good luck!
Suzy

Marlynne said...

Quilting and Journaling Projects close at hand is the best medicine for sure!

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Ouch! to the ankle.
Kudos to you for getting all your craftiness going down stairs on the couch. You have some beautiful piece work too!
That scooter looks useful and like a cushy ride.
Hope you mend well.

Lori said...

Hi Sandie,
I stumbled upon your blog while researching design wall ideas for my studio in my new Nashville home. After decades in a NYC apartment, I'm so happy to have such a large space to create it. Anyway, I noticed your post about your ankle fusion. When I was in art school I shattered my ankle in a car accident. It had over 40 fractures. The doctors put it back together with screws and steel plates. But degenerative arthritis set it and walking was very painful. Eventually my ankle had to be fused as well. It was the best thing I could have done. No more pain and I often have to stop and look to remember which ankle it is. The only downside was no more high heels. But no biggie. I'm tall anyway. Plus my feet look so much better than those of friends who have been wearing stilettos for years. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Lori

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