Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Good, the Bad and all the rest!

Still moving slow here - things have changed since my husband Peter was diagnosed with lung cancer.  We spend so much time driving to appointments or waiting in doctor's offices that it seems to suck up most of the time in every day.  Thankfully, he is holding up well through all his treatments.  We are also lucky to have many wonderful neighbors and quilting friends that have given us support and offered their help. But this has all slowed down my quilting news!

Last week we drove to Lawrence, Kansas, where I was the speaker for the Kaw Valley Quilt Guild.  They are a fun and friendly group and we enjoyed our stay there. Of course I also had to visit to Sarah's, a legendary quilt shop in Lawrence and bring home a few goodies.

We stayed in a wonderful bed and breakfast - here is Peter resting up. I couldn't resist taking a picture from this weird perspective.  At least his shoes aren't ON the bed.

I visited my friend Siriporn in her studio last weekend.  She somehow fits two 14 foot tables in there: one Gammill and one Innova.  It probably helps that she is an itty bitty little person.

Here she is inside her Innova. 

When we were in Dallas a few weeks ago I made sure we had a chance to go to IKEA.   I bought the perfect little light for my machine.  Peter attached it to my Innova with nylon cable ties and it has made such a difference in my ability to see what I am doing!  Right now I am working on a dark quilt and it would have been much harder without the new light.  This light is available from IKEA online too.

Some good news:  My Tree of Life - with Bugs won an award at the AQS show in Lancaster!


  1. I am so sorry to hear about your husband and his lung cancer. I hope things will look up soon for both of you.

  2. Congratulations on your win!

    I'm glad to hear that Peter's treatments are going well. When our son was sick, I accomplished a great deal of handwork while waiting here, there and everywhere. That's where my crazy quilt came from and it was a good conversation piece in waiting rooms.

  3. I will put Peter in my prayers and you too. I hope that these challenging times are short and that the treatments do the trick, easily and quickly.
    Your friends quilt space looks cramped, but I guess you go with what you have. Does she have a computer on one of the machines?

    1. Thanks Marj - and no, Siriporn has no computer on her machines. She only does hand guided quilting.

  4. I am sorry to hear about Peter too. I hope his treatments are not too awful. See both of you next week!!

  5. I'm sending love and happy healing thoughts to you and Peter.

  6. What sort of lecture do you have? I'm working on programs for my guild for June 2013 to May 2014.