Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Patiently Quilting and Lenni Update!

Oh, where to begin? The past few weeks have been a blur around the Squash House! Let's go to the major activity first - Mr. Squash had back surgery last week. He's had back pain ranging from mild to "get me outa here" for a couple of years now. Recently a new MRI detected a large, bulging disc and some other minor issues that needed to be addressed. A wonderful, young neurosurgeon worked his magic, and now Mr. Squash is in recovery mode - doing quite well! Nowadays recovery is up and about, not down and out! He has to walk every day and by the end of 4 weeks, he needs to be up to a mile. There are restrictions, though, that limit him to doing much of anything else, but he's happy playing with his new iPad, reading and watching movies!

Being that we can't venture far from home for a while has given me the opportunity to get back to some quilting! That's where the "patiently" (Mr. Squash) quilting in my post title came from! A while back, Stephanie had a tutorial on New York Beauties. She has known for some time that I've had the fabric and pattern for one, but have had a mental block on the paper piecing part! Thanks to her fantastic tutorial, and some diligence on my part, I finally "got it"!!

Here is some of what I've finished so far. The purple you see is really more of a deep red/burgundy - not sure why the photo translated to purple! I have four more of these to go, then I'll be adding to either side of each piece, then two borders are added, then it gets quilted. It's a pattern by Mabeth Oxenreider from Love of Quilting back in 2004! Yes, I'd been struggling to understand how to do this for some time!

Speaking of quilting, I had a lovely conversation with Heidi Kaisand today about my APQS Lenni. Heidi is National Sales Manager for APQS and is finalizing my Lenni purchase. She informed me that just last night APQS announed they would be offering the horizontal and Bliss drive for the Lenni. It will be debuted at the Houston International Quilt Show next month. Well, it didn't take much thought for me to go ahead and order the horizontal drive - I've heard there is a world of difference between it and the vertical drive Lenni comes with! The only problem is that I'll have to wait a bit longer for Lenni to find her way to the Squash House! The slight delay just gives me more time to piece quilt tops!

Shortly after our company left a couple of weeks ago, I had another "Supreme" sewing job for Stephanie. This afternoon's mail brought a lovely thank you from her in the way of some yummy Essex cotton/linen and a gyoza maker! A while back Mr. Squash and I searched all over and couldn't find one anywhere! I mentioned it to Stephanie one day, and what do you know! How thoughtful, wouldn't you say? I won't be able to show you what I made for a while, but stayed tuned, it's really adorable!
There has also been a lot of yard work to do....you know, end of summer, beginning of Autumn stuff. Earlier in the summer we saw a gorgeous tree at one of the local nurseries and decided if it was still available in the Fall, which is prime planting time, we would get one. Sure enough, there were two left and one now resides here at the Squash House! It is a Hakuro Nishiki Willow. In the spring the leaves are a variegated pink, green and white - so pretty. Right now the leaves are just green and white and as they turn and begin to drop, they become yellow/green. There is still work to do, but I'm having trouble tearing myself away from my sewing machine and Mr. Squash this week!

20 comments:

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Love those beauties! Once you get the knack of paper-piecing, it does move along nicely, doesn't it? :)

Stephanie said...

Yippee for Mr. Squash being on the road to recovery. Those beauties are just that--beautiful. You can have a big stack of quilt tops ready for Lenni, when she arrives. I know you'll make lovely things with your new fabrics...and tasty things with your gyoza maker. :o)

Sherri said...

Those New York Beauty blocks are amazing! Yay for Stephanie for inspiring you to work on them!

Louise said...

Best wishes to Mr. Squash for a complete recovery. My husband suffered from a bulged disc last year. Physical therapy helped him get through it and hopefully he will not have a revisit from it. He still does the exercises the PT gave him. Regarding the NY beauties, you certainly did get it! Those are so striking. Love paper piecing as it is almost like playing...Take care.

Linda B said...

Glad the old man is doing well. Those beauties are just that, really gorgeous.
I have been coveting one of those willow trees for a long time, I just have no place to put one. See, we still have the same taste in some things!!!=:)

Jackie said...

I'm glad to hear Mr. Squash is feeling better and on the road to recovery. Back pain is awful. He got his new IPad just in time!

Your NY Beauties are beauties! Whatever road block you had has certainly disappeared.

How nice of APQS to offer you the new feature!!!

Sharon said...

Your p/piecing is fabulous. Once you can wrap your head around the process, you can just tick right along....it's just getting to that point! I find with p.p. I have to sit and work at it, I can't bounce in and out of the project. Glad Mr. Squash is on the road to recovery!

Ulla said...

Good to hear Mr. Squash is recovering well! Soon he will be tying flies for the next season. - your New York Beauties are real beauties. Great gifts from Stephanie.

Kim said...

A brave man that Mr. Squash is! He had to be seriously hurting to choose the surgery. Nice to hear that he is on the road to recovery. Also great news about your Lenni and all the sewing that is happening. You sound happy. Good! :-D

QuiltSue said...

I hope Mr Squash gets well soon. I enjoy paper piecing and have sometimes thought about a NYB, but there's so many things on my to-do list, I don't know when I'll get round to it. Yours look great so far. I bet you can hardly wait for Lenni to move in with you can you?

Cindy said...

Love, well wishes and a warm hug for Bob. I sincerely, and deeply wish him the best in his healing process. Please give him Scott's and my regards. You two are special.

I don't know what a "gyoza maker" is so I'll Google it. Never heard of it before.

Your New York Beauty is going to be beautiful, Candace. Lenni will have some serious "catching up" to do.

Hugs and blessings to you and Bob.

Happy Fall.

Mary said...

I am glad Mr Squash is in recovery mode. And what beautiful quilting you have been able to do! Can't wait to see the finished New York Beauty. that has always been a favorite of mine.

pratima said...

Your New york beauty blocks are wonderful, Candace :) Cute presents from Stephanie! Great to hear that your Lenni will come with a new and improved drive. You'll have years of enjoyment out of it :) Wishing Mr.Squash a speedy reovery!

Libby said...

I just love seeing the garden pics from Squash House *s* Today we are covered in fallen leaves as a big storm blows through - it's colorful!
Good to hear the Mr. S. is recovering well - here's to continued good progress!

Karen said...

I'm sorry to hear about Mr. Squash's pain. I hope his surgery makes him good for another 50 years!! What a nice thing it is when someone plants a tree!

Karen said...

PS, your New York Beauties are gorgeous!!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I'm so glad Mr. Squash's surgery went well, and I hope he has a quick and full recovery.

Your New York beauties are breathtaking. So perfectly pieced!

Carrie P. said...

So glad that Mr. S is doing well after surgery and that he will be free of back pain.
Those are great NY beauties. I admire anyone who tries them. Me, not a lover of paper piecing.
I know you can't wait for your lennie to arrive.

Cyndy said...

How strange... I am (in between designing) making a paper pieced quilt similar, I will email you pix when I can.. for my son. Your beauties are wonderful!

Cyndy said...

How strange... I am (in between designing) making a paper pieced quilt similar, I will email you pix when I can.. for my son. Your beauties are wonderful!