Hiding Under A Quilt


I looked at the date of my last post and gasped. It was nearly two months ago on January 2.

I'm sure many of you are asking the same question I'm asking myself:

"What quilt have you been hiding under for the last two months?"

I don't have a good answer for that question and can't quite figure out when the crawling under began. In my defense, I have worked a few days at the Grand Rapids boutique, traveled to Traverse City to attend a very unexpected funeral. I've made two trips north to staff the Petoskey boutique for a week or so.
I've visited the doctor twice and the dentist twice. My teeth have been cleaned and filled with one crown left to do.
The doctor visits have been a little more complicated.

This was last week - swollen, discolored and sore from carpel tunnel surgery.

Yesterday - swelling gone, bruised, but even nail polish remover won't remove the purple marking pen or orange stuff they painted on my hand.

The surgical tape fell off during the night. The incision doesn't look too bad with its cute little fishing line tails sticking out at both ends.

Not much sewing being done around here and the condition of my sewing room has been both a blessing and a curse to my attitude. It looked like this when I got home from Traverse City.

Look! There's actually a sewing machine in this last picture.

I wanted Kevin to have the larger of the two bedrooms downstairs and asked the guys to move my sewing room from that bedroom to the family room. They did a fantastic job but by the time I added the things I brought back from the lake a little organization was needed. Let's be honest here, a little organization was an understatement. How about a major purge!
I wish I had some pretty pictures of a neat, organized quilt studio to show you but we're not to that point yet. All I have are the shots of Clutch and I under one of our favorite quilts.
I have found some fantastic treasures and done tons of sorting, folding and organizing. So far I have three huge Rubbermaid tubs filled with things I'm either listing on ebay or putting up for sale in the Online Store. I'll put a link to the ebay auctions at the top of the page. I'm still offering free shipping on orders.

I really am healing nicely which is good because next week I get my stitches out, go for an ultrasound and then a biopsy to figure out why my last pap test came back with what they called abnormal endometrial cells.

Being unemployed does give you the time for all that medical stuff but the little unemployment check doesn't take care of the bills and it's tax time for the cottage with trillion dollar view.

Did I tell you Rob is getting me my own 'old blue chair' to sit in down by the shore just like Kenny Chesney does?

I know you have lots of questions and are wondering about the block of the month patterns and orders that are long overdue. I'll do my best to take care of all of that before Monday.

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22 Responses to “Hiding Under A Quilt”

  1. Amy R February 27, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    OMG Gayle! We can wait on the blocks! No pressure here. . . Just heal and deal with life and show us your progress on your studio. . . Look forward to seeing you in your blue chair some day! Amy

  2. Paule-Marie February 27, 2009 at 6:55 am #

    Welcome back. I know we are all glad you’re okay (relatively speaking). I’m a worry wart and was imagining horrible things. Blocks, what blocks? Don’t worry about them. I’m happy to know you’re okay. Take your time, get better, get organized, do whatever you want for the time being. The heck with everything else. It can wait.

    Hope your blue chair arrives soon.


  3. jolie February 27, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    Glad to “hear” something.. and wish you all the best and off course health.
    Take your time… I am happy you are back on-line.. all the other things will come..
    Greetings from Marmaris – Turkey.

  4. Myra February 27, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    Gayle! I’m so glad to hear from you!! I’ve been sooo worried about you & little Clutch. I agree w/everyone else,don’t worry about the blocks! Just heal,rest,and relax,and know that all your cyber-fans are thinking about you and praying for a super-speedy recovery!
    So relieved to know you’re okay,

  5. Patricia Schroder February 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    Thank God Gayle, I have been so worried about you and Clutch. I’ve checked here regularly. Truly missed hearing your news. Besides, I fell in love with the Sally Sampler Quilt and have been waiting for more blocks. All in good time! We’ve missed you.

    You deserve that “old blue chair”. Relax and take care! Hope you are better soon.
    Hugs, Patty

  6. jenny February 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    so glad to hear from you! don’t worry about the blocks – just take care of yourself — sorry to hear the results of your pap test — been there – done that — prayers are with you
    We want you back at 100% and we understand that it will take time
    Best of luck

  7. Karen February 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    This morning (aussie time)I checked the site (which I do each day sometimes twice a day) and was thrilled that you have been on and let us all know how you are doing.
    So happy to hear you are okay. Recovery takes time. And before ya know it you’ll be back at it. Looking forward to hearing about your recovery, Clutch, the blue chair and getting ready for Spring/Summer up at the lake. đŸ™‚

  8. deb February 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Gayle it is just so good to see you.. forget the blocks and we are just glad you are here!!! I thought your shovelling done some damage or that the snow was so deep that you were there hibernating. Your wrist is looking good don’t lift anything till it is healed..just glad you are here and posting..

  9. Linda February 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm #

    Glad you are back. Missed you. Take time to heal.
    We will wait for you to get better.

  10. patty February 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    when I saw a new photo when your blog came up today I had an instant jolt of happy, relief and excitment. So happy to see you back, relief that you are ok and excitement that your still our web friend. Thanks and relax, the sewing room purge can wait. Important thing is you heal and get back on track.

  11. Arlene March 1, 2009 at 2:55 am #

    oh my, the block of the month can wait. I’m so glad to read your post that you are OK, but a bit sore. Your arm and hand are such pretty colors if they were in a quilt but not on your body. Take care and take time to heal, everything else can wait. I do hope and pray that your pap tests come out alright.

  12. Patricia March 1, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    Thank you for posting 2 more Sally Sampler blocks. You are wonderful to us all!

  13. MAMYPATCH March 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Bon rĂ©tablissement, bon courage…
    Nous faisons un de vos Boms n ce moment.

  14. Rae in Sweden March 2, 2009 at 3:32 am #

    Just want to chime in and say welcome back…Hang in there. I’ve had taht surgery on both hands and it worked wonders for me. Just be sure to do the exercises and get your hand going again. Good luck on your recovery.
    Rae in Sweden

  15. susan March 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    So glad to hear that you and Clutch are okay(almost!) Looks like you are healing very nicely and don’t worry about your studio-it looks about like mine and I have NO good excuse!!!

  16. Pat Miodonski March 5, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Gail, I am suppose to have carpal tunnel surgery in both hands. How long is recovery time? My doc said about six weeks, however, when you quilt, it may be longer? Are you doing physical therapy? lOVE YOUR WORK AND WEBSITE, hUGS AND TO A QUICK RECOVERY. PAT PS One thing the MD told me to stop doing the thing that caused your carpal tunnel, mine was a cutting table that is too high.

  17. Sharon March 19, 2009 at 9:04 am #

    Hey! Glad to hear you are on the mend! To get that Orange solution they scrubbed your hand with for surgery (betadine) gently wash it with a soft rag of warm water and Ivory soap. (The plain old standard Ivory soap-no perfumes, etc.) That will work the best. The purple markings may dim but will eventually fade away……good luck!

  18. threeundertwo March 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Take care! I hope your recovery goes well. I don’t know what takes the marks off.

    The doggie is darling.

  19. Teri in Virginia March 31, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    I just found your site- WOW -But please take time to heal. Good thoughts for you-

  20. Lu Anne Scott April 1, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    Hi, Gayle,

    I hope that the marks have worn off by now, but if they haven’t, have you tried rubbing alcohol? Also, when I worked in a lab and used to get marker on me I used acetone (aka nail polish remover) to get it off. I would just wash the acetone off w/ soap and water right afterwards. Also, after the first time, I made extra sure it didn’t get anywhere NEAR a hang nail or other skin opening!! I used a cotton swab pressed almost dry.

    Be patient about your recovery and PT. It will take some time but pain free is definitely the way to be!

    I hope your recovery is going well.

    Best wishes,

    Lu Anne

  21. Deirdre April 6, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Delighted that you are ok. Discovered the sentimentalstitches via a friend and was very worried when you hadn’t posted for ages. Looking forward to reading you soon – whenever you are well enough to write again.

  22. Lynn April 11, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    Gay DEAR!!! Slow down and take time out for you!!! God bless you!!! Lynn

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