#42 How is it October already?

Wow, this year is flying by me once again!

I have been busy since the last posting. These are just the finishes but I have a few other projects in the works.

This is the lap quilt I finished for my Granddad (and haven’t sent yet).


I used it for quilting practice and I’m quite happy about how it looks.


The orange quilt is completed and waiting to be a Christmas present. I doubt the recipient visits this site, and if they do, they won’t know it’s theirs πŸ˜‰


This one….

I *think* this one is around 26 year old. Β It was just the center, the star portion. I added the blue background and border just this month.


Check out the awful piecing! I giggle because it isn’t so bad, in fact at the time it was my best effort.


I remember using a cardboard template and an ink pen to trace out the diamonds. I don’t think rotary cutters and mats were a “thing” yet. If they were, either I hadn’t heard of them and/or couldn’t afford them. I think I did pretty well considering! The fabrics weren’t all fitting for quilting by today’s standards but they were all I had.


I’ve often thought of ridding myself of this “monstrosity” but I’m so glad I didn’t. I kept it for the memories of learning to quilt, financially struggling, and sewing with my son on my lap.


My son is now grown and I can afford the best quilting cottons. I have improved in my skill sets but still learning every day. The memories in this quilt are priceless to me. When I’m no longer here, this will belong to my son.


For weeks, the song “Swingin’ on a Star” by Frank Sinatra has been on a loop in my head. Great song and sound advice, so I think it’s a fitting name for this quilt. But memories of piecing it with my boy in my lap while watching old reruns of “Hawaii 5 0” late at night stuck with me, too. Jeff has always liked making me laugh and he learned that if he said “book em Dano”, I’d giggle quite hard!

I give you “Dano’s Swinging on a star”.


No quilt is complete until the inspectors have a once over. Baby is looking for loose threads in the picture above and Sissy thinks it makes a great backdrop for her newest close up.


Meanwhile, this is what I’m taking a break from this weekend. Ah, homeownership. The sump pump died and no one noticed until I stepped downstair to sew the other night. I hadn’t turned a light on yet and stepped in a cold puddle. I wanted to clean the basement anyway…


3 comments on “#42 How is it October already?
  1. Sharon Dauz says:

    Hi Tina- the Book em Dano is a very special quilt and I love it. I have had many stomach issues and I was wondering if the doctor suggested you take a daily probiotic? A few years ago I had colitis after having c diff and I found that they help a lot. I still take them every day. Also, eating cooked vegetables and staying away from raw veggies and salads should let your stomach heal from the inflammation.Yogurt that has probiotics also helps. Baked chicken and mashed potatoes also help when I have a flare up. I hope you feel better soon. Sharon

  2. Laura says:

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

    I ended up in the hospital for a few days with colitis several years ago. The doctors were baffled and thought I had food poisoning. After another bout, I realized it was because I was eating too many cherries and grapes. I’m sensitive to fructose too. Now I eat fruit in moderation, once a day or less, and a half a cup only. I never want to experience those cramps, vomiting and diarrhea again! I also had diarrhea for a few weeks after my colonoscopy, but it slowly got better. Be patient!

    Have you tried probiotics? They have made a huge difference in the way my stomach behaves. I take them every day when I’m having problems and a few times a week when I’m not. When things are really bad, I don’t eat wheat and milk. Avoiding those two also seems to help me, but everyone’s body is different.

    Don’t focus too much on the weight you are regaining. Get your stomach right, and then start again. Maybe spend a couple of weeks focusing on walking, and eating foods that don’t aggravate your tummy.

    I think you are doing a great job addressing your heath issues. You are an inspiration!

    Your quilt looks great too. I have a few old projects that could benefit from some TLC!

  3. Jaye says:

    I like to listen to your podcasts in order, but I am so behind and I wanted to hear about the star quilt, so I am skipping ahead. πŸ˜‰

    We don’t have to worry about water in the basement. We don’t have basements, so I don’t know much about this issue. My SIL used to live in Maryland and they had a sump pump. It had an alarm that would go off if it stopped working. Does your sump pump have that feature?

    I am sorry you had a flood. I think you are right in that the universe finally forced you to clean out the basement. I hope getting rid of the stuff was freeing and not too much of a hassle.

    I really like the quilting in the star. The little bits in each piece are perfect. The negative space quilting is great and I think it was a good idea to use it for practice. YAY! for getting finished with old UFOs!

    Why don’t you give the quilt to your son now?

    Orphan blocks can be great charity quilts and good practice for quilting.

    Please PLEASE PLEASE don’t use Dr. Google. If you have to do a search try WebMD or PlaneTree Health library. I have had multiple colonoscopies and the procedure has gotten better over the 3-4 times I have had it. One of the problems I have is digesting raw food (and other things that are hard to digest). Raw food is good for “diets” because it is hard to digest and takes a lot of calories to digest. When I eat more than small amounts, I have the same symptoms you did. Also, my gastroenterologist told me that IBS is a diagnosis given given when doctors don’t know what the heck is wrong with a person. He is also diagnosed with IBS (as am I), eats a gluten free diet and said that they really don’t understand a lot about the stomach and digestive system. It is a lot easier for doctors to say what a person doesn’t have than it is to say what they do have.

    It is harder for me to lose weight because I also eat more rice, GF bread, and a few other things that aren’t on standard ‘diets’. I try to eat smaller amounts of these things and other high calorie foods. These things help bind the raw foods together as they move through my digestive system. Cooked vegetables are ok since cooking starts the digestion process. I don’t know much about coloitis, so all of this may be useless. You might want to go back to your doctor and ask her about the coloitis. Also, keep a food journal so you can monitor when you have big outbreaks. Don’t give up! Bodies are complicated and they don’t always work the way we want.

    Take it easy!

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