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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fun at the Retreat

First a quick update on the concussion.  Although it is not as bad as it was two months ago, I don’t seem to be able to get past the stage where I can do normal activity for about three hours, then have to have a nap.  And if I push it to four or five hours then it takes a couple of days to recover.  I am off work for two weeks and will not be going in at all, am limiting my computer time to three one hour sessions a day and trying to rest, rest, rest.  I am sick of this!!

My new blog header photo is of a volunteer viola that popped up in my pot of chives.  Good thing there is a little bit of spring showing up because mostly it is hiding out.  This is what it looked like here on Thursday.


But the sun is out today and the snow is starting to melt again.

I was thrilled with how much I got done at the retreat despite having to nap and being overwhelmed several times.  First up, my Simply Solids swap block for April.  This fairly simple paper pieced block designed by Lisa just about did my brain in, but ta-da… I did get it done…


Then I made this two very easy blocks for Caroline in the 6 inch block swap.  This block is called Liberate.


In the big bag of scraps I acquired recently there were a number of ends from kaleidoscope quilt cuttings so I made these kaleidoscope hexie flowers for Joke for the April swap.


I put together ten blocks for the X and + quilt.  I am so not sure about these blocks – because there is so much beige and brown in the fabrics.  I am going to finish this quilt regardless, but I’m sure hoping it will brighten up as I make more blocks.  Or I might have to use a sashing…


And I made FOUR blocks for Easy Street…. and put together all the pieces for parts two and three.  This quilt is on my design wall now and is staying there until it is done. 


And lastly I started a new project – just a little one, a fun one. But I can’t show it yet.  Smile



  1. You got lots done.... the blocks are so effective... glad to hear you are slowly getting your strength up again...

  2. you got a lot done love your blocks and easy street block colors

  3. All of your projects look good. Sounds like you had fun.

  4. so glad you are doing better. I love the kaleidoscope flowers and are accomplishing more with a concussion than I do without! Take care of yourself, my friend and thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos....your viola is lovely.....

  5. You are doing so much, between resting time, lovely blocks on the wall, I would be very happy to leave them there and look, touch and admire each time I walked past. Cheers, Jean.p.s. take care..

  6. The new header is sweet. I had a petunia pop up in one of my pots as a volunteer and am enjoying it too much to move it outside with it's relatives. You have managed to get a lot done. The retreat must have been fun. Keep on making progress!

  7. My goodness, you do get a lot accomplished, concussion and all. I'm glad to hear that you're improving daily. Now your weather needs to improve. When does that snow start melting?

  8. WOW you did get a lot done even though you had to have lots of rests..
    Do slow down a little and have more naps..
    Love the snow photo

  9. Love the colors you are using for Easy Street, look forward to seeing the finish.

  10. well, you are a lot further on Easy Street than I am... I only have my 4-patches done but I do plan on working on it again... right now I am working on a couple quilts for Christmas presents that I am really happy with... love all your stuff. Your viola is really beautiful in that pot. I am actually going to have an orchid bloom sometime soon... and I havent done anything to make it bloom... just give it its 3 ice cubes each week and look at it. Ir was given to me last May with blooms on it... they died but the leaves stayed green so I am trying to make it work. Take care yourself my friend.

  11. Hi Janet,
    your work is so fantastic.
    Your Easy Street looks great so fare.

    Grit from Germany

  12. You did well to get those things done. Take care of yourself and don't push too hard, that's the most important thing!

  13. Look at those hexies! Love them. I also really love your X and + blocks. They look great. Hope the rest of the healing happens soon for you so you can have more stamina again.