Thursday, January 29, 2015

11 Years Cancer Free!

First off I would like to Thank the Lord Jesus Christ that I am here today to be apart of the "We Support You" blog hop.  October 2003, at the age of 35 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Because of my age and cancer type I had a radical mastectomy and underwent a clinical trial treatment of chemotherapy.  What normally would be a 16 week treatment was upped to a double dose in an 8 week period. I was engaged to be married and we decided to have a shotgun wedding before I lost my hair. I am now 46 and totally cancer free.  I had my last appointment with my oncologist a year ago.  I have to say that SUPPORT is what helps us all.  My whole family came to stay with us for several weeks to SUPPORT me.  I was blessed to have co-workers to SUPPORT me too. One thing that was helpful to me were a couple of stuffed ducks that my mother-in-law gave me.  After surgery it was very painful to lift my right arm.  I had to keep my arm elevated and these little ducks were a nice SUPPORT.

 Sadly my mother-in-law is no longer with us.  She died of cervical cancer not too long ago.  Unfortunately we all know someone who has had or currently has this terrible disease.  SUPPORT is the best we can do! In thinking of the SUPPORT I needed for my arm I decided to make this pillow. I used some vintage doilies for the bra fabric and a little reverse applique for the red accents. I am pleased with the way it turned out.  I think I will donate it to someone that I know that was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Thank You Madame Samm for this unique pattern.

I found this excellent website for anyone wanting to learn more. There are many types and stages of breast cancer and this is a good resource.  My prayers go out to anyone and everyone that has "any" type of cancer.  Thank You to Pat for being our Cheerleader and to Madame Samm for this hop!  Please visit the other ladies that are showing their SUPPORT!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Mandy Helps in the Sewing Room

I love my little helper!  Nice to have a buddy by my side.  
Sometimes she does get in my way.  When I am trying to design using EQ7.  That's when she wants to lay on the keyboard or walk around right in front of the screen. Back and forth rubbing her tail in my face. Other times I am like "Hey, do you mind if I use that fabric you are lying on. She is a great protector of my books and magazine.
As long as they are on the shelf.  However, if I sit on the couch and try to look through one she likes to jump up and try to scratch at the pages as I turn them.  As I found out this weekend she apparently likes paper piecing too LOL.
 I would show you what I am working on but then I would have to kill you.  ha ha...I am testing a block for Quiltmaker 100 blocks.  Do you have any helpers in your crafting room?  Have a Kwilt Krazy day!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Try as I might

Well, well I could give you all my excuses even though they are legit I won't bore you with them, other than to say I just got overwhelmed.  I started my cross stitching in mid December right in the middle of trying to get three quilts completed for Christmas gifts. I bought the Q Snap frame and it is sew much easier to deal with than the round hoops. As far as the stitching progress goes, I began with 28 count Aida and found out fairly soon that I was too new at cross stitching to use the smaller count. So, I ordered 14 count and started again.   My husband surprised me with the Beam & Read as one of my Christmas gifts. So, after work I sat on the couch and stitched while he watched tv.  Nice light that doesn't bother others around you. I see many of you ladies have done so much and you all are such an inspiration.  I still would like to share my progress so far.

Here is my stitching.

I did finish the pinny using Cori's pattern.  One of my circles was too small and when I pulled on the thread it became a yo yo so I decided to use it on the front of the pinny and I added a bead to the center.
 I found these wonderful handles at Thearica'sshop Crazy Quilting Supplies

 I love the cute designs so I bought more than one for future tammy bags ;) Check out the cute smiley hands.
I have the outside (except for the cross stitch), complete and the inside is complete too. Put your rose colored glasses on and imagine it all put together. I can't I guess I need to get stitching.

Thanks so much to Brooke Nolan for the cross stitch patterns, Cori Blunt for the Pinny Patterns, Mary for being our wonderful cheerleader and as alwas, Madam Samme. I know I will be pleased with my cross stitched Tammy once I am finished but I didn't want to rush and really mess it up.
Check out the other posts today! I am sure they will have some real beauties. COMPLETE beauties!
January 16, 2015

Julia Plunkett will post on Sewwequilt