Friday, December 11, 2009

After a long absence

Sorry for my absence. I admit I've been lax in writing lately. I guess I've found what falls to the wayside when I'm feeling down: this blog. I keep up fairly well with facebook (if you read this regularly and you're not my facebook friend, do it!) but not with this. I guess it's because I'm limited in words on facebook status updates.So anyway, in cancer news, I've had my first surgery, this past Wednesday. I got the pathology report today and found that it is only intraductal, which means it's not gone to my lymph nodes and I won't need chemo. So that's good. The bad news is, even though they took out a chunk the size of my fist, they were only 1 mm away from the cancerous cells on the edge closest to my feet. So they'll have go back in again, probably this coming week, and do more surgery. This hit me fairly hard. I've been pretty good about putting up a happy face about all of this. Tonight, not so much.

I have gotten a few projects done, though, for Christmas. Molly's flannel quilt won't be done because the shop machines are off to their mechanics for a good cleaning and overhaul. The shop machines (especially the BabyLock Quilter's Choice I've been using) have a good inch and a half more space to the right of the needle than my rinky dink Kenmore machine has. When quilting a twin size flannel quilt, this is a very important inch and a half!

However, I did make Molly a pillow.
And I made a gardening apron for my father in law. He's from Wisconsin, don'tcha know. My husband made me take three photos before he decided his gut was sucked in enough for posting. Sorry, honey!
And I made my in-laws a log carrier. Both of the last projects are from the Sew & Stow book (this link is to Amazon, but you can also buy it from our shop).


  1. i love that gardener's apron. i think about having something like that to wear during the school day-- then i could have all my necessaries right on my belt! go ahead, make me one. :P

    try to keep your chin up. <3

  2. Great gifts@ I am so sorry to hear that you have to have more surgery!! I will keep you in my prayers. I am thankful that you don't have to have chemo, though.

  3. Hi Cheryl, your blog is always an inspiration. I love seeing your work!

  4. your apron and log carrier turned out great. I bet they will make a hit at Christmas. I also love the wine by the sewing machine picture. (wink).

  5. What great gifts you've made. My Dad loves his log carrier. I'm so sorry to hear you are going to be needing more surgery, but so glad it is not in your lymph nodes and you won't be needing chemo! take care!

  6. Hi Cheryl,
    I was in the new shop yesterday and it looks great! I've been thinking about you, and wishing you the very best of health.... The girls gave me an update, and things sound good! I look forward to hangin' and sewing with you this new year... See you soon, Mary

  7. Cheryl, you are in my thoughts during this difficult time. I am sorry you need more surgery, but I think it is a major victory not having to endure chemo. You can do it. I hope your family is being very supportive. I love the pillow, btw.