Progress ...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The pieced squares
Happy with yesterday's progress ...

And a couple of beauty shots from the day as well ...
The bee enjoys the lavender
The bee-balm begins to to bloom
The anti-garden crew
Our first robins this summer
Hope you've had an equally productive and beautiful weekend!

All the best

Quilt backs

Sunday, July 24, 2011

It's interesting how much time we can spend working on the back of a quilt.  I mean, it's the back right?  It should be a lot more simple than I seem to be making it.  You know, find a coordinating print or solid and get on with it ...

Yet ... for some reason, I am drawn to add a bit of interest, or complexity, to what could be a very simple element on the quilt.
I have seen the quilt backs from most of you out there ... so I know that there are definitely more like me than less ...

I am curious, however, why do you end up spending, easily, an extra 1/2 day on adding incremental piecing to the backs of your quilts?

Oh, and I got a bit of the front of a quilt worked on too!

All the best

Thank you ...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Balloons for the team for tomorrow's walk
Tomorrow I walk ... for those who can't.  I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to have friends and family that would support me in raising $4,870  over the past 3 weeks for a cause that matters so much to me.

You guys have heard the story ... here and here ... while I've shared the symptoms and statistics of the disease ... what I haven't shared is how important friends and family are to getting through something like this ...

They have never ceased to amaze me.  From the invisible neighbor who mowed our lawn several times during my 6 months of treatment (we still don't know who that angel was), to my parents' (who lived 3,000 miles away) next door neighbor who sent me a 'dancing skunk', to my hair stylist who cut and styled my wig for free, to my employees who subscribed to People Magazine for me so I would have something totally frivolous to read during my weekly chemo treatments, to every friend who said how can I help ... and then did  ... humans have an amazing ability to turn on the good and help their fellow human beings.

I know in a world where political infighting, celebrity bad behavior and seemingly senseless acts of violence rule the news ... I want to take a minute to salute you, my blog readers.

Not for what you did for me ... that was 10 years ago and I didn't know any of you ;-) ... but for what I know you have done for others who have needed a lift, a hand or a smile.  You gave it unconditionally, just as strangers and friends did for me ... so THANK YOU ...

All the best

Awareness Matters !!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Awareness Matters … that's the name of the team that I have set up to walk in the Swedish SummeRun 5K for Ovarian Cancer this coming Sunday.  I will be joined by my husband, 4 cousins and 4 friends to walk on behalf of those that can't.  

The Orange shirt is for the walk ... the Teal shirt for us survivors!!!
This post is not about fundraising ... I've already raised just over $3,000 toward my $5,000 goal for 2011 -- I am 10-years cancer free and have set a $5,000 goal to raise this year in honor of my win and for those that did not win the fight -- this blog post is to continue raise awareness for this disease ... thanks for indulging me.

The Facts:
  • 21,500  -- the number of women in the US diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2009
  • 14,600  -- the # of women who lost their battle that same year
  • 73% -- the % of diagnosis that occurred in the later Stages III and IV (compared to 7% for breast cancer)
  • 25% -- the 5-year survival rate for women diagnosed in Stages III or IV (similar statistics to breast cancer)
  • 1 in 71 -- a women's lifetime chance of developing Ovarian Cancer
  • 1 in 95 a women's lifetime chance of dying from Ovarian Cancer
  • 0 -- the improvement in mortality rates for Ovarian Cancer in since the 'war on cancer' was declared 30 years ago
  • 70% -- the improvement in the mortality rate that is believed to be achievable if an early detection test could be developed
The Quest:
  • To develop an early detection test -- the following tests have had a measurable impact on early detection for breast, cervical and colon cancers
    • Mammogram 
    • Pap smear
    • Colonoscopy
  • SummeRun supports researchers around the world who are working on the development of this test
  • It also funds the Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program at Swedish' First Hill Campus
    • This program has three primary goals:
      • Present screening for women at high risk for developing ovarian cancer;
      • Build a repository of well-characterized blood samples for use in research;
      • Provide genetic counseling for women.
    • Since opened, this clinic has diagnosed 4 cases of Ovarian Cancer … but this time 75% of them were found in Stages i and II … a significant improvement.
The Symptoms:
  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
The Losses:
  • While it seems that the numbers are relatively small … take note of the many admired women who have lost their battle with this disease:
    • Ann Dunham -- Barack Obama's mother
    • Marcheline Bertrand -- actress and mother of Angeline Jolie
    • Dixie Lee Crosby -- Bing Crosby's 1st wife
    • Sandy Dennis -- actress
    • Cassandra Harris -- actress, Pierce Brosnan's 1st wife
    • Madeline Kahn -- actress
    • Coretta Scott King -- civil rights activist and Dr. King's wife
    • Shari Lewis -- puppeteer
    • Helen Simpson -- Dana Reeve's mother
    • Gilda Radner -- actress
    • Patsy Ramsey -- JonBenet's Ramsey's mother
    • Dinah Shore -- actress
    • Jessica Tandy -- actress
    • Margo Fonteyn -- prima ballerina

Definition of Relaxing ...

Monday, July 4, 2011

The definition of relaxing is different for everyone ... fortunately, it's somewhat similar for John and I.

To us, relaxing is getting to work on the stuff we want to ... as opposed to the stuff we don't.  So here's our 4th of July relaxation ...

The start of my OvCa raffle quilt
And where all that creativity is currently occurring
And for John ...
It's about producing the next set of Adirondack chairs

Getting closer!
We're fortunate to have a very relaxing place to do all this in ... Happy 4th!!!

All the best

Envelope Quilt v3

Sunday, July 3, 2011

More progress in the guest room
This my 3rd version of the envelope quilt ... my second from this fabric set!  This is for the guest bedroom at the cabin ... 

I finished the HST quilt that's underneath earlier this year.  Thrilled with that, I headed for the box spring cover (tutorial here) ... which I like, but definitely realized I needed something a little darker on top to balance it out.

The new nap quilt

Straight-line quilting


 The quilt by the numbers:

  • 65" x 75"
  • Freebird by MoMo fabric by Moda
  • Moda Lollipop Chocolate Bias Plaid
  • Straight line quilting (well ... kinda straight, done with the eye, not measured).
Happy 4th!

All the best

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