I had my (hopefully ) last pancreatic procedure yesterday! This one was to remove the stint and the stone fragments. I am very tired today and have a sore throat from the scope and airway going down the throat, but the good news is the abdominal pain is essentially gone. So now I can try to start eating right again and get some strength and energy back (months of eating putting you in great pain makes it hard to eat properly).
Next up I want to get control of the arthritis in my hands….seeing the Dr. on Tuesday to start looking into what we can do on that front.
I worked on another bag the last few days…this one in purple plush upholstery fabric.
I have a few big quilts planned and a whole lot of other plans but I am going to take it easy for a few days and be sure I am fully recovered….then it is off to the races 🙂
It has been a while since I posted, I have been busy, and still not quite up to par. But the good news is that next procedure (to break up the pancreatic stones) is Monday morning. I should be able to fee the benefits of that fairly quickly 🙂 .
I have made a few new bags
And Teddy has been helping
A few of them sold already but there are some more available in my Etsy store here https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts
Also working on a few sewing machines. Singer W9
it sews beautifully! It is basically a Wheeler and Wilson D9 with a few changes (they changed the bed length to fit singer cabinets and changed to a 221 bobbin) Singer bought out the company in 1905 but continued to make this model for a few years. They mainly bought the company to get their commercial machine technology but the D9 was a popular machine in the home machine line so they kept it. The paint and decals are pretty bad so I might do a full repaint and new decals on this one.
and A singer 188K1
Sometimes called a commercial machine but I consider it a sort of in between. It is bigger than my home versions but smaller than my 31-15 commercial. It had been used with some oddball needles…they were shorter than the 16×231 needles that were called for in manuals so I had to figure out why….turns out that I had to re-set the needle bar so that the correct needles worked. It is working fine now and it in a treadle base….I need to make a new table top for it since it really doesn’t fit properly in a commercial top or a home machine top.
Snow has been falling
I must say I could do without it 🙂 but it is pretty to look at
First a health update. I have my next procedure on the 18th….this one is to break up the pancreatic stones ( Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy) and then one more in January to take out any remaining fragments. I am feeling a lot better the last few weeks 🙂
So I have been working on some quilting
I started my large tree
I have been working on bags.
I plan to get these all made into bags this week so I can get them listed for sale in time for Christmas.
Teddy gets tired watching
I did a new video of some feather drawing and quilting.
I also have some new machines!
This one was a gift…..it is a Singer 66 and it has its original cabinet!
It is in great working order….I just need to polish up the cabinet, (most always I just have the machine head and then they go into a mismatched treadle base) and I will do a post to show how I do that soon.
And 2 more gifts
They do need some work!
The singer 15 is from 1900 and the gold pheasant decals are much less common than some. they are in bad shape so they wont ever look perfect again……but I have started to clean it up.
so I can see how it sews
Works really well. More cleaning needed, and some repairs (the bobbin winding mechanism needs a new spring) and it is good to go….
so here is the update on my medical journey. I have stones in my pancreas. I went in for a procedure on Thursday to see if they could be removed, the procedure was Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, it is done with a scope inserted through the mouth and down through the stomach into the intestines and then into the pancreas. . The Doctor was unable to get them out but was able to place some stints in the pancreatic duct. (the procedure triggered a bout of pancreatitis, but it was short and I was over it quickly ) the next step will be extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. which will break up the stones. stage 3 willl be for another Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography to remove the stints and clear out any of the stone fragments. I am home and feeling good today, just waiting on scheduling the next step (the medical world seems to come to a complete stop on the weekends 🙂 ) It might be wishful thinking but I think just having the stints in is making it better, and reducing the constant pain I had.
So it looks like it will be all done by sometime this winter.
Meanwhile the cold crisp November mornings are reminding me of my favorite Christmas Story
I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!
Will be posting some quilting right after the holiday
My new furnace was installed today!
It took most of the day for installation so while that was happening I worked on a new bag. It will hopefully be up for sale at the Etsy store soon https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts
I used the Wheeler and Wilson for one side and Singer VS for the other. The furnace guy appreciated my old machines (and I counted them today and there are 50)
Here is a link to a nice interview I did with Quiltmaker http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2017/10/saturday-morning-quilt-break-quilting-with-tim-latimer/
The trees outside my studio windows are changing.
My appointment to have the stones removed from my pancreas is Nov 16th. After that I hope to be my old self again!!
I am way behind on reading and responding to comments but I hope to catch up soon 🙂
I started the fall cleanup in the garden today. Here are the bags of what I did today.
I imagine this is about 1/10 of the total I need to do but good to make a start.
I also got some of my bulbs planted (100 today). I need to clean up the beds so I can find the spaces where I want to plant them. Here is a cleaned out bed.
Today I planted Tulips and anemone. I still have 100 daffodil and 100 crocus to plant.
There are still some things that look good in the garden. The grasses look great .
Here are a few more pictures (click on the pics to enlarge)
I picked the gourds today as well.
I also bought a few MI grown apples (ran out of steam today but maybe a pie tomorrow)
Teddy is glad I am done because he was tired of supervising.
He is sleeping now……his favorite activity is napping
I am about 1/2 way to my sales goal for the new furnace (thankfully it is still working but on its last legs)
More items added to the 25% off sale in the Etsy store here https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts
I think I will try to get some more yard work done tomorrow and get the rest of the bulbs planted.
Happy Gardening and Quilting
I finished the bible cover
I can make one for you 🙂 here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/527911147/bible-with-quilted-leather-cover?ref=shop_home_active_7
the one is the link is different but just add a note to seller in the checkout process and I will do the quilting to match your request.
So I went to the hospital and had my Endoscopic Ultrasound procedure. It looks like a big part of my problem is stones in the pancreas. The question is how they will approach getting them out. It also looks like ulcers are a problem. I am waiting to hear back from the GI dr and my GP to see what the next step is to get to feeling better. The good news is I know what is wrong ( and I am not crazy, there really is something up)….the bad part is waiting for a course of action. Not being able to eat properly and being in constant pain is very draining.
I got this one basted today.
It is pretty big (60 inches wide) and I used 2 layers of batting….it weighs a ton!
I am finishing up a black leather bag for a customer and then I hope I can get outside and take some garden pictures and start fall cleanup…..I am afraid my garden has suffered this year 😦
I bought a new video camera with a better microphone so I will try that out soon (as much as I hater to do it I need to read the manual )
Teddy has his fall allergies and goes to see the vet on Saturday.
Here is a link to the AQS show ….my 2 quilts are included
The winners were announced today for the Quilt Alliance “Voices” quilt contest and auction.
My quilt came in second place.
and I won a new sewing machine. I am excited to learn to do quilting on an electric modern machine. I will still be a treadle quilter but want to become proficient at electric as well so I can be a better teacher.
All the quilts will be auctioned off in November to help fund the Quilt Alliance. Here is the link to the auction site to see all the quilts. http://www.benefitbidding.com/auctions/listings/index.cfm?auction=318&resetcategory=1
I have had many butterflies in my garden the last few weeks and I took some photos a few days ago….which will serve as quilt inspiration at some point soon.
I bought a Singer 31-15 quite a while back and it is finally in good working order
Here is a video of some free motion work on it .
I went to see the physical therapist and I have some exercises for my shoulders to do for my shoulders…..and the therapist wants to see me two times a week for 3 weeks to try to get it worked out. the arthritis on my hands and knees is a different story but one thing at a time ….and forward progress.
Don’t be afraid of change, change can be a beautiful thing said the butterfly.
The coneflowers are blooming away in the garden.
It inspired me to start this quilt.
I worked on it a little more
I have a lot of background quilting to go and I want to do a bit more painting.
I worked on the sewing machine top….here is the before
Not perfect to be sure but I hope I look that good when I am 130.
Now I can clean up a bit and re-organize to find a good place to put it ….it sews beautifully so I do plan to use it .