Friday, October 26, 2012

Patchwork Days


My apologies for my lack of posting this past month. My attention has been diverted by a somewhat familiar yet always unnerving roller coaster ride that I know many of you are equally familiar with...


It begins with those lovely words, "We are seeing some areas of concern on your mammogram and ultra sound", (I am screened by both every year).


Those words are then followed up by whichever next step in the diagnosis process they feel best suits the situation. Lots of waiting, wondering and insurance approvals lie in between.


So, as of now I am still in that diagnosis process, with one MRI behind me and another one in 2 weeks, along with a couple of biopsies. Fun, fun, fun! And that is why I haven't been sewing much or posting much... I have just been pre-occupied with other matters. I know you all understand.


But hey! Happily in the past the outcomes for me have always been good news. Here's hoping it's the same this time around! We do take it seriously though, as my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40. So, as we wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let me contribute my 2 cents and remind you all to go get your annual screening if you haven't already done so this year.


Now, I did manage to stitch up two new pieces... another Cross Quilt, which is made from some assorted muslin fabrics along with a few flowered print patches added for good measure. I like that this piece would work in a minimalist modern city apartment or a rustic farmhouse.


I also stitched up this pretty Patchwork Table Runner, made from some lovely Indian prints that I recently acquired. (Be ready to see more items from these prints... that is once I get my mo-jo back, as I adore them!)

Okie-dokie... so that's all for now. Think good thoughts and have a great weekend! xo

49 comments:

Dawn said...

I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. Best wishes for a clean bill of health.

Stephie said...

Wondered where you'd been Vic. It sounds very stressful, but you have such a positive attitude, which is no mean, feat and to be able to make such beautiful things under these circumstances is testament to that. Wishing you well and that the results are just like they were in the past. Thinking of you, Stephie x

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Keeping my fingers crossed all is well Victoria! Love the quilting works!

I’ve been through that emotional rollercoaster seven years ago. It was the most nerve wrecking time in my life, but luckily after surgery I was told everything was fine, so I hope for the same results for you!

Annabella said...

I really hope you get good news. I just love that runner.

Annabella said...

I really hope you get good news. I just love that runner.

fallingforpieces said...

My prayers will be with you! Your works is beautiful, as always. The cross quilt is stunning.

Marty Mason said...

Happy thoughts are cominng your way for a quick 'you are okay' message from all the doctors. Love your big blocks table runner. Simple yet a real eye-catcher.

Leanne said...

I send you my best wishes and hoping all turns out well. Your work inspires me and it is lovely to see these pieces too.

Kim said...

I just finished with all of the above testing and thank goodness all was well. My mother and sister both had/have breast cancer so, like you, I am super vigilant. I'm sending prayers and warm wishes that you come through this with a clean bill of health. I hope you know soon so you don't have to wait and worry so long.

Best wishes Victoria and Happy Sewing

Sally said...

Lovely, lovely stitchery! Sending all best wishes and prayers your way. xo

Clare Wassermann said...

Sending you healthy thoughts from here in the UK. I find that some simple piecing and quilting can see you through the tricky days sometimes. Where do those super Indian prints come from ? Lovely. xx

SuzyMcQ said...

Adding good thoughts to the others already received.
Prayers as well.....

CitricSugar said...

The runner is gorgeous.

You have my thoughts and prayers! The mental strain of not knowing is never fun and I hope it turns out for the best for you. If not, my mother is a 9-year survivor. Keep up your positive attitude!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you're going through that. Positive thoughts winging their way from France!
The quilts are beautiful in their simplicity. The cross one has a lovely tranquilty about it that shines through despite perhaps your inner turmoil at this uncertain time. The table runner fabrics really are gorgeous I love their vintage/indian/hippy feel..yes, where did you get them? I really hope all goes well for you.

Kit Lang said...

crossing my fingers that everything goes well for you.

Diane J. Evans said...

I think so many of us know what you're going through, and it's a lousy waiting period. Please know that many, many prayers are zooming your way to send you support and love. Your vigilance to this knotty issue is in your favor, and it sounds as though you're receiving excellent care. Stay strong.

Much love, Diane

Corinnea said...

I'm sorry you are having to go through this. Sending good thoughts your way!

Chris said...

Stay strong. the waiting is a horrible ordeal

Love the table runner

Sarah PingsAndNeedles said...

thinking good thoughts and sending love ... xxx

and muchly looking forward to seeing more of the Indian fabrics, I love that runner ...

Catherine said...

Sending all positive thoughts.

Your work is beautiful, as always.

kathrynclark said...

Hugs to you, not easy, the waiting game. The quilts are beautiful and calming, just what you need right now. And thank you for the reminder to go in for screening ... I'm overdue and was just thinking yesterday I needed to make an appt. Calling right now!

ann said...

I am a ten year survivor...the waiting is terrible. I will send positive vibes your way that all you have to do is wait. Ok ready ? thoughts now streaming....................

9patchnurse said...

Good luck, I will be sending lots of positive thoughts your way. That runner is stunning and those fabrics are fabulous.

Beezus said...

Glad to know that you are taking it seriously. That was me last fall, going through all those tests. Now I've finished a year of treatment, and all is good. Best of luck to you, and here's to hoping for a cancer-free verdict! :)

Vicki W said...

I believe that you and I are ona similar rollercoaster. I hope it's all going well for you.

Verte Adélie said...

Oh Victoria, I'm so sorry to read that. I'll think about you and hope everything will be fine. On a lighter note, I love those indian fabrics and how they all have the same patina, as if you had soaked them in black tea.

Arita said...

Wishing you a clean bill of health.

sallgood said...

Sending good thoughts your way! :D

Gina said...

Hoping you have good news from the results of your tests - a difficult time for you. I love that table runner!

Judy Martin said...

Maybe I'm the last person who quilts to have found your blog, but now I have found it and am so very pleased to be introduced to your modern thoughtful careful way of working.
It thrills my heart.

I went to look at your photo stream of work quilts and - well they are all just gorgeous. So beautiful.

I want to add my caring to the many comments you have already received, and shall think of you as you go through these tense days. xxx

Karin på Ösäter said...

All good thoughts for you!

Hugs

Karin på Ösäter

Holli said...

Good thoughts your way.

I love your cross quilt. Your table runner, too, but I really think the cross quilt is perfect.

Donna S. said...

Prayers for you!! Hope it is all good news & the waiting is over soon.

Jodi said...

may I add to the above comments my words of peace and comfort, no matter what the outcome.
Lovely table runner. xo

Nifty Quilts said...

Best, best wishes with your tests and results. Your new quilts are lovely. I'll be thinking about you.

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh Victoria!!!!!! How stressful!!!! I am sending healthy thoughts and energy your way...I just KNOW everything will be ok! I KNOW! (Did you not know I am Queen of the World and can make these things happen?)

Hang in there!

Poppyprint said...

First let me wish you peace and a short wait for the news that will allow you to exhale. I love the muted tones of your two new pieces very much. In fact, I was wondering if those Indian cottons were in fact tea-dyed calicos. Very pretty. All the best.

Anonymous said...

All will be well x

Jenny M said...

So sorry to hear your news. Wishing you all the best for good results on all your tests.

Cheryl Arkison said...

It's funny that you made some rather feminine pieces while you are waiting for news about your breasts. Or am I making too much about that?

Got all my fingers and toes crossed for you. Keep well.

PS I love your Indian cottons. They are so different than the pile I have.

Pomegranate Quilts said...

I love your cross quilt. It is so meditative.
Sending healing thoughts your way. And some cyber-chocolate for stress management.

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

Blessings to you Vic! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I love your new pieces!

purduepam said...

Waiting is very hard. I hate cancer. Prayers coming your way.

Anna said...

I've recently 'joined' your blog and enjoy reading it, my best wishes for good news. I love the quilt work.

Heather A said...

The waiting is so awful! I sincerely hope you get the best possible news and that you'll be able to put this episode quickly behind you ... for another year.

Sarah said...

Good luck. I will pray for you!

Kim said...

You are in my prayers, I do hope you are okay. Thinking of you

debra said...

sending up healing, loving, inspirational prayers in your name, Victoria...may there be strength enough

deemallon said...

I am glad to have already read that you are OK. What a nasty roller coaster to be familiar with. It makes me see the "cross quilt" as somehow a symbol of medicine, or healing... even if not intended. In any case, I love these autumnal pieces and the blue ones that follow.