Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Roared ~ NewFO

Well I have to say that August is a blur. It roared in full force. Many things to repair this month including myself.

Early in the month I had gone to the doctor and was advised that I would need another spine surgery. Ouch! Well that did kick me into gear. I know that I would be useless for several months to come.

With a great deal of help from my daughter, we started cleaning up my bedroom. That meant closet, dresser etc. After finishing my Easy Street quilt and making new curtains, it was plain to see that I needed to finish the job and do some very overdue spring/summer cleaning.

We emptied out my dresser and passed it on to my grandson. Cleaned out my closet and donated stuff to the good old Salvation army that I have not worn in 3 years or more. Also got rid of paper. Tons of papers that I didn't need.  Shredder was on fire!. Arranged all my clothing for easy access.  She even changed the nightstand to opposite side of the bed because I will not be able to sleep the same way  for a long while.

With that done, I decided to at least start one Project for my on going Post-Op recovery therapy. I chose Bonnie K Hunters pattern called Bricks & Stepping Stones . This quilt will be for my grandson Louie. He does need a  twin size quilt. The ones I made him before are toddler size.

After two restarts I finally got the black & white 4 patches completed. I forgot to check my quarter inch seam! My Bad!!
Parts Dept

A sewed a few into pairs and hung them just to take a look. Tomorrow I will try to sew awhile and then lay them out better. I did make the bricks longer than the pattern calls for, so I could make less of them. I can only sew for 15 minutes at a time. You can get a lot done in fifteen little minutes! ;o)


I would like to thank everyone who prayed for me to make it through. I really appreciate all the prayers and warm wishes for a speedy recovery.

I would also like to thank all the ladies that sent me healing hearts for my first surgery, and the group of ladies that are now sending me the blue 2 x 3 1/2 inch strips. I will use the strips to put all those healing hearts together. Working title - Healing Hearts on the road to recovery.....

Thank You All!

Happy Quilting,
Aileen in Florida


  1. What a cute project. Hope you are feeling better.

  2. You have been very busy. :-) Lucky you have your daughter to help you.
    I looked at your Easy street as well, it turned out very beautiful.
    Hope your surgery will go well, and that you will feel better soon.
    Regards from Skåne.

  3. I like Bonnie's Bricks & Stepping Stones pattern. I had started that one quit a while back, but it's been hanging on my UFO list for a while. Mine was meant for my grandson as well. I guess I should get it back out and going again. I had surgery on my back 22 years ago and hope I never have to go through that again. I will keep you in my prayers.

  4. Great new project! Wishing you the best possible outcome for your surgery and a speedy recovery.

  5. That's a fun recovery focus piece. :) Perfect for a boy. Back problems are the WORST. I sure hope this surgery resolves the issues for you. Good thing your Easy Street is finished. :) It'll be nice to see that while you're forced to be less active.

  6. Bricks and Stepping Stones will be a great project to work on. Wishing you the best in your surgery and recovery. Two years ago my L5 vertebrate was completely broken off pinching all nerves in the lower half of my body. Extensive repair - fusion, cement, screws- and 12 month recovery/therapy. I am doing very well. Normal recovery is still ongoing, as you know it does for a few years, but the first year was by far the worst. I know how important it is to have a project to work on - it helps the recovery so much! You are in my prayers. ~Jeanne

  7. Parts Dept looks like a great quilt! And OMgosh, Alleycat is so cute on that quilt up top! I am glad to have found your site via New FO's! Hope you have a speedy recovery & loads of help!

  8. Oh Aileen! Bricks & Stepping Stones is one of my favorite Bonnie quilts! I've been wanting to make one for a long time now - sooooooo tempting to dig into my scraps and start!!! And I just love your header photo - what a beautiful kitty!!!

  9. That quilt is a great one to use up scraps I love it! I need to make more scrappy quilts, your grandson is gonna love it!

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog. I tried to reply by email, but it didn't go through. I love the photo of the kitty above and good luck with your surgery.

  11. Bricks and Stepping Stones is a great project. Yours looks really good!! (((hugs and prayers))) for your surgery. Take care of yourself.

  12. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. Sounds like you all did a lot of work preparing for your down time. Those are some fun looking fabrics!