Friday, November 6, 2020

Some finishes and more...

The flannel quilt, Pink Puppies, is now completed. It is 42" by 53" and a donation quilt. 

This was a cute kit 

with striped binding.

I added the pink flannel backing. I free-motion quilted this with large swirl flowers. I think they show better from the back. I used 40-weight Aurifil thread, #2423 pink.

Colored Strings is finished. This donation quilt is 58" square.

The back is red with colored circles and the binding is a black and white stripe.

I free-motion quilted this with rulers, doing four different motifs. I used the same motif for all 4 squares of the same color. I used a beige/brown Aurifil 40-weight thread, #2326. 

The first motif is a four pointed star.

This a a diamond pattern repeated a couple of times.

Next is a wedge pattern.

The 4th pattern is three four-sided figures with one common corner.

I finished piecing Diamonds With Squares. I'm adding a scrappy white border and it will be ready to pin and quilt.

I also began another quilt that I'll call Black/White with Red. All of the blocks are made. I'm still using some black/white strings that I made years ago. After adding red to the corners, I sewed some of the blocks together and decided to make a change.

The new layout has white sashing with red corner stones. I already like it much better. 

I finished this sweater. It is not gathered but appears like it in this photo.

I also finished my afghan, from Building Blocks by Michelle Hunter. Each of the 12 squares is different and is written for a person to learn more about knitting. Although I have knitted since I was a child, I am, for the most part, self taught. It's a great book/pattern and I did learn a few things.

To look really nice, one would have to get on the floor and spread this out nicely. But today, I'm not getting on the floor. 😉

You might be able to see it better on the back of the couch.

I am making another afghan from Michelle Hunter's book Building in Color. This one is knit in ten strips each using 2 - 3 colors of yarn. I am working on the second strip and have already learned things! It's nice to be filling in the gaps in my education.

I'm still going to physical therapy. We were rear-ended in a car accident in September of 2018 that moved vertebrae L3 about 1/4". My L4-L5-S1 vertebrae were fused together with cement made from my hip bone and screws in 2011. Well the spinal canal in L3 is much smaller than before the accident and is now full of arthritis and more so all of the nerves are again being pinched. This includes both sciatic nerves (right and left). It gets rather painful at times and it is difficult to move. The PT will continue a few more weeks and I'll start injections in early December. If need be, L3 will be moved back and fused to the vertebrae below. For now, I don't get a lot of exercise but I am able to sew some, I can knit, and I'm very good at taking naps!

Life could be worse but I'm hoping is gets better soon.


  1. I sure hope you get the back issue resolved when possible. We need our lives back to some semblance of normal. Nerve pain is the pits....and you never can tell when it will rise up and flare like a dragon fire thru you. I know PT helps, yet it does not cure anything. Move when you can, all you can is my motto now. Some days I do well, others it is lots of naps.
    Love the strings...all the colors are so vibrant. I do prefer your black and white new layout. Much better.
    Your new sweater is wonderful! Glad you can improve those skills. Just to have fingers you can use and control...

  2. Wonderful finishes, a great start, and terrible news about your back! Sorry to hear that you are in such pain, Jeanne. That is NO fun at all!!

  3. Your charity quilts are very nice. I love Diamonds with squares, the blues are so pretty. I'm always impressed with people who can knit sweaters that turn out looking and fitting nicely! Then you've knit an afghan too and starting another one! You've been very busy. I hope the PT helps your back. Back pain is very stressful, so glad you're able to sew and knit. Happy stitching!

  4. Great projects, including the sweater. Sciatic pain is bad. My oldest son sat on my sciatic nerve during the last several months of my pregnancy. I could barely move at times. I hope your pain is relieved soon.

  5. I always love seeing your beautiful projects! Your quilts are wonderful and your knitting is amazing too. So sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing. Hoping things will improve for you soon!

  6. Hi Jeane, I must check out Michelle Hunter as her patterns look like ones I could manage. YOur afghan is just lovely. And you are making so many lovely quilts too which I'm happy to see after reading about your bone issues. Sounds painful and you are coping quite well. Of course you have the best of past times to see you through. Wishing you strength to manage till this gets better.



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