Friday, May 22, 2009


Just a note to let you know I am still here. I saw my oncologist on Wednesday, and she is sending me for an MRI to double-check that the headaches I am having are not a result of my 18-year past cancer. It is my doctor's job to be paranoid about this kind of thing, and I am glad she is looking out for me, but it is very unsettling until the test is done and the results are in. If I am quiet, you know it is because I am working hard at staying calm and collected.

The headaches seem to have calmed down since Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Challenge #1

This is the #1 challenge from my Temari class. I really like how this one turned out, even though it's not exactly like the pattern. There are 32 centers, the temari is marked with #8 pearl in black (so I could see it to stitch, but it doesn't show) and the stitching is also with #8 pearl. It took most of a 5 g ball. For a while, I didn't think I was going to have enough thread.


This pattern was originally a study on the Tiffany ball that drops on New Year's Eve. My study has black seams between the pentagons and hexagons, the white thread is DMC "metallic" and it was just right.

We are having company!


I went to a class today to learn features of my "new" sewing machine. I had to take a day off work, but I think it was really worth it, I learned quite a bit. The class was at Fabric Etc.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Challenge #4

This is the challenge #4 from my Temari class. It is a 32 center with interlocking Kiku stitching. I discovered that it looks quite pastel because of the white outline; if I were to stitch it again, I think I would go with one shade darker for every color.


I am very pleased that my designer daughter likes the colors and thinks the design is cool. She will be getting this one!