Category Archives: MS

Fruit Loops

Happy Easter, everyone.  Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I happen to be resting and I’m thankful for it. I also happen to have a story to share…


Strange things happen when you have to use an electric cart at the grocery store and you’re looking not injured and like you don’t belong sitting in it.  People assume – well I don’t know what but things happen.

Yesterday at 7:15 am I was at the grocery store on an unplanned, and at that hour practically unmanned trip. I say that because I had no coffee and actually didn’t eat either. I was sort of zoned out but with my list to depend on and with an empty store I had every expectation of a good, quick trip.

I started in fruits and vegetables where I was apparently perfect prey for a rather large woman that has issues with electric carts. She had to tell me how she hated the electric cart (her words not mine) and how awful it was when she had to use it for over a year. She was really angry and aggressive about it.

I’m thinking “Holy Cow! Really? Okay. OMG!.”

I half listened and half smiled and did a sort of shrug and eventually, when l found an “out” of that discussion I said “I guess you just get used to it after a while.”  I think she might gone silent after that but I’m not sure. This was all so weird!!! I was a little tweaked but saw my exit and positioned my cart to get out of there. As I was leaving she said loudly:

“I would rather lose one of my arms that use on of those things!”

Those words were horrible when they came flying across the vegetable case. I mean, I thought that’s not something to be saying so lightly but then, to lighten the weight of that burdensome thought, I immediately said to myself:

“Obviously NOT a quilter!”

I eventually got away from her but I had to go back for my berries.




I started the morning taking care of household business computer/paper items. I thought it might be a bitter pill beginning but turns out I’m on the right side of sweet. I wasn’t going to share that, thinking lightning might strike but why not enjoy the moment.

As a matter of fact, let me extend the moment and share the current progress on my Cheddar Cheese and Crackers quilt. The details/history are here.
P1016888This is the work of probably 9-10 months.


I like the diagonal view and actually think it would make a cool quilt, strippy style. This view also shows where I’m at with the size. I think 48 x 56 which isn’t quite where I want to be so I’ll just continue on as I can. I’ll finish it whenever. It’s all about the process. Well, and the fabric. It’s about that, right?!

Since I discussed MS in my last post I thought I’d let you know I got through the treatment, I’m feeling well and now I’m just waiting on the new drug company to GET IT TOGETHER. It’s taken a long time to get things moving because “surprise!” I wasn’t in the Specialty Pharmacy database Network that Mayo uses for these sorts of drugs.


Sheesh, I didn’t even know we had an additional Speciality Pharmacy outside of Mayo and within that, there is actually another “Network” for these pharmacies that are contracted to fill and distribute the drug I’ll be taking. Everyone is in bed with everyone and it makes me crazy.

I’m not in bed with anyone…except the cats which makes me a caricature of middle-aged women I’m certain of it.

Ocean Waves and Other News

My 2nd Ocean Waves block is finished. They both took 90 days. This time I fussy cut the center with a bird. I’m not sure where I’m going with the birds. I haven’t looked over the print to see how many variations there are. Not worried about it. Based on my process, I have time. I need 3 more blocks so this whole thing is going to take a while. I have an update on my hand/wrist but it’s not huge news and really, not much has changed. We’ll just see how things go is the best way to explain it I think.


In other news…

I’m having a round of IV steroids for a minor MS flare-up. I haven’t had a flare that required treatment since August of 2008. The medication I was on, Tysabri, was incredible. I’m off that as of the 9/5/13. I’ve done well off the drug, no sudden Rebound Effect or anything, just this minor episode. They wanted to give my body 90 days for the drug to wash out of my system but we actually got 5 months so that’s a win in my book.

I don’t feel like doing anything. No food tastes good and all I want to do is lay around. I’ve tried reading and I can go for a couple pages then that’s it. The treatment of IV Solu Medrol is a gift because it’s something that can slow down what’s happening in the moment BUT it’s a rough go. However, it can’t be that bad if I’m sitting up and writing you now can it? True!

Talk to you soon I hope!  …and thanks for still being here y’all. *kd.




Head is Over the Heels

I am head over heels in love with this setting! I’m not supposed to show this yet but I can’t contain myself.

First off, this is planned as a table runner. It needs border work which I haven’t decided on.  If you have ideas feel free to share. My personal thought is:  a little strip on the sides with something more detailed on the ends. Seems wide enough to me.

The general size is like 23″ish x 41.5″ish. I measured it while its hanging so that’s why the “ish”. Blocks are 4.5″ finished. Do you think that’s too big for a table? I really need your input here please.

This setting wasn’t my idea. No. It was shared with me by a friend, Sue Tierney, at Sit & Sew. It was a clipping out of an older Country Living magazine that she saved.  Isn’t it just gorgeous? Personally I think it can be a wall hanging if not a table runner.  It’s just stunning.  I can see some lovely quilting here, too.

It could be a quilt, too, but we’re not doing that today! :)

I hope you’re having a great time sewing and enjoying your fabric.

I’m kinda having some MS pain which I haven’t had in a long, long time. I’m told I need to rest. I interpret that as NO HOUSEWORK.  Yippie!  On the quilting front, I have to share with you… the new Moda Friendship for a Cause is begging to come into my house. You can see it here  if you haven’t already – the reds and browns are divine!  I had a funny discussion w/ my dad about fabric the other day.  To make a long story short, my dad commented on some fabric I was getting and said in the most tender, genuine voice “really? you need more fabric?” or something to that effect. He was very kind and not judgmental.  He was genuinely questioning how that could be possible.  I don’t even recall my reply.  I just know it was kinda silly and fun.  Seriously?  How could a quilter need EVEN MORE fabric?  I don’t know, dad, but this line is a must have! He needs a new horse and me, its fabric.

Still, Excellent!

Pretty much I’d have to say things fall right about there, where the the box is checked – Excellent.

True, I haven’t been feeling my best but I’ve still been able to get out and stitch with friends.  It took some recovery time and it was worth it.  Excellent.

Gratefully, I am going to Mayo today for my elixir.  It’s IV day.  I am so grateful I chose a good place to work when I was just 18 and I stuck with it.  Who knew I’d end up needing my healthcare to this extent and so early in life.  Grateful and Excellent!

True, I had the worse day sewing.  Unsewing.  Sewing.  Unsewing again.  Finished.  Yeah, finished only to realize I sewed all the HST’s in the wrong direction.  A full day of sewing though.  Excellent.

Yes, I’m having a devil of a time with the heat.  I feel like my brain is cooked.  I have Multiple Sclerosis brain and that’s the only way I can describe it.  Still, I’m not stuck in bed.  Excellent.

Yes, I’ve had some trouble with my right walking mechanics but I’ve been gently up and about, not on the couch.  Excellent.

And yes, I’ve had to let go of some of the clutter in my life as I move in yet another direction in my life which is a big deal and yet, it’s not.  Excellent.

Mostly I’m checking in with myself to see where I’m heading.  I’m not sure I like all that I see but I’m working with it.  Excellent.

Best of all, seriously, you’re here to share with because I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like talking to myself and that’s just plain honest.  Readers matter.  Excellent You.

Double Hourglass from "The Civil War Sewing Circle"

These blocks are 6.5″ and call for a 4 x 4 setting. I like the block design. It’s cute and sweet although I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. It’s so light for me. I might have flipped the backgrounds and the hourglass blocks. Maybe. We’ll have to wait and see what fabric I choose for the setting squares.  I have a habit of falling in love a little later in the process.

Oh and I have about 3 starts and not a single finish.  I like to see if I like making a block.  Playing.  Excellent!

:)  Have a great, fantastic and excellent day!  *karendianne.

Another New "Skill"

As the year progresses I continue to learn new things.  Tuesday I learned a new way to make a quilt.  It’s kinda cool.  When you make the block, it’s finished – pieced and quilted and there you go.

You use a circle template, a 7 ¾ background square, 8″ square of Thermore, and 8″ four patches made out of scraps.  The class was taught at my LQS and by the way, don’t you just appreciate the effort folks put into the classes?  I had a great time and I sure feel grateful.

Class Learning Block – Front

Anyway, back to the block.  It’s 12″ finished with basting stitches left in until quilt completed.

Learning Block – Back

Sorry I don’t have any pictures from class.  I do have the handy dandy link to the snappy pattern called Less Than Traditional Starter Kit Medium starting with 8″ squares.  

I seriously enjoyed the class and time with friends.  Good fun.  Unfortunately I didn’t “wear well” and wouldn’t you know but I’ve been feeling poorly.  Not dramatic.  Just ragged out.  MS and heat – oil and water.  

Still, the class was great and I have a new way to create.  I’m going to keep on with this so I don’t forget.  New methods take some time to get burned onto the memory disc, don’t they?

With that bit of sharing, I’ll leave you.  Thank you for visiting, have a great day and try to get a bit of sew time in!  

Healing in Hand Quilting

Peace in hand quilting (especially when it’s my favorite piece of all my work to date).  It’s helping to take my mind off the fact that there have been way too many days of UnWellness around here.

Oh I’m still getting some piecing accomplished and the house is fairly picked up.   The dogs are loved and the cats are spoiled and even the parrots feel extra special but I’m moving around with a little less spice than I’d like to admit.  It’s not fun to share the unwell stuff.  It’s just not fun! 

But I’m having some fun laying down some stitches on this piece that I’d like to finish.  And I did have some fun in Blogland last night.  I have no idea where I was but new quilting places I haven’t seen before.  Beautiful work.

To think – I was going to quit blogging.  I was.  I’m not.  It’s the friendships and the beautiful work and the inspiration.  Just going to have to be okay with the fact that I can’t do it all.  

When you look like you’re just fine and you actually aren’t “just fine” it’s kinda difficult to maneuver in the world.  This is true face-to-face or in the virtual world. 

Ahh well, back to stitching.  Thanks for being here to share with.  It wasn’t easy.  I don’t know why. I guess I’m out of practice (and I’m thankful for that).

Be Well, *karendianne.