Friday, 18 February 2011

Simple is good.

No I haven't forgotten my blog- just I am still having nerve trouble with my wretched leg. It is getting sooo painful now nearly all day long. At the moment I can stand or lie down ( quite uncomfortable ) but am literally unable to sit- at all !! If it can be done standing or lying then great I'm fine but sitting is out of the equation. I am awaiting physiotherapy but my doctor has told me there is a 3 month wait for that. Last week I was sent for x-rays just to make sure it is nothing worse than a trapped nerve. My husband had to drive me to the hospital while I gritted my teeth and slumped in the passenger seat.

About 2 minutes from the hospital my mobile phone rang. It was my son Patricks school to say he had been involved in an accident at lunchtime. He was fine but was missing a couple of teeth !!!! Whaaaaattt ???? Apparently he had been drinking a can of Pepsi and another boy had killed a ball at him ( completely by accident ) the ball hit the can - the can hit Patricks mouth with some force and this is the result.

An emergency trip to the dentist for a lovely session of root canal work. Because the teeth snapped at gum line my dentist believes the roots will be strong but obviously he will have to have work to build up on what he's got. I'm completely gutted as of course they are his adult teeth and he hasn't had them long. I have always nagged both my kids to clean and look after their teeth - they will thank me in the long run. All those times they used to say they were too tired to do them at night and would give them an extra clean in the morning just didn't wash with me !! Anyway with a bit of luck Patrick will be happy with his false ones and it could have been a lot worse.

After all the drama - I cancelled the x-ray that day and went the next - I was really in the mood for some nice stress-free simple sewing. My friends little boy was having his second birthday the week after and I decided to make him a quilt for his new big-boy bed.

I started with a few I-spy squares that I had cut out a while ago.

There are 20 here but I managed to find another 4 for a 4 by 6 layout.
His bedroom has just been re-decorated in red and blue so I picked some nice bright ones from my stash to frame each block. I also used a bit of this for the inner border.

If you can't see the selvedge it is marked 2003. this pre-dates my quilting days as I think I started the following year. This is probably one of the first fabrics I bought then.
Here is a close-up of some of the fabrics

And here is the finished quilt.

It turned out good and even the quilting went well. Straight line quilting in the blocks and a swirly border. Isn't it nice when it all works out fine with no hiccups ( or hiccoughs - lol ). This quilt was very well received by young Ewan and his parents. I hope he has fun with it - spotting all the different things.
One last thing - whilst sorting out my photos I came across this picture that I don't think I've shown. It was an orphan block that I quilted and made into a cushion as a gift for an elderly couple that DH Jason has as his customers. He took it to them for Christmas and it has pride of place on their sofa I believe.

Well off to pop a few more pills - I am so trying not to moan about all this and I'm sure once I get moving on the physio I will see some improvement There are a lot of folk far worse off than me. I have also ordered a DVD from Amazon called Pilates for people with Back Pain. I'll give that a go too.
I also have something else to show you but have no photos yet so that will be for next time.
Bye for now xxx


Robin C said...

so sorry to hear about your back issues. My hubby had some sciatia and the nerve ran down the back of his leg. He went to the foot doctor and got orthotics for his shoes and it fixed the pain.

thought you might want to consider that.

best wishes
robin in Virginia USA

Gail said...

I am so sorry you are still having so much pain. If the doctor thinks physical therapy will help can't he show you some exercises (all Pt Is really is exercises) to do at home? You will have to do them at home even after you begin PT, or at least that's the way it works in the States. I know stretching my back-well everything-has helped me tremendously. I've found all kinds of information on all kinds of issues on the internet, you might try that, ask the MD first.

On another front--BOYS! always damaging themselves, accidentally of course. I speak from experience 2 of my 3 have knocked out teeth!

Ali Honey said...

Your Quilt is lovely . I am sure the wee boy will love it. Your back pain sounds ghastly I do hope you get relief soon.
Bad luck about the teeth, But it should be able to be fixed well in this day and age - hope so.

claudia said...

I hope your back pain goes away quickly...nothing worse than that pain!
I love the quilt you made for your friend's son. It turned out really cute. I am sure he will treasure it for years to come.
Good luck with your back.

Anonymous said...

I have just started following your blog, sorry you are in so much pain. Your quilt looks really nice. How do you do the finish quilting?

Rhonda said...

Bless your heart....I'll be praying for you.
LOved looking at the quilts.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Hope Patrick's teeth are ok. My middle daughter broke off her 2 front upper teeth when she was about 9 (yes adult teeth too). They glued the tooth pieces back in and her roots stayed good and they last until last summer! She finally had to get caps last summer.

loulee said...

Hey, it's good to see you. Poor little man. I'm sure he will be fine and look after his new teeth.
I love that latest creation and admire you for managing to make through your pain.

Isabella said...

Gosh sorry to hear you are having such a bad time of it and poor Patric as well, That wee quilt looks great no wonder they like it and I'm sure the wee fellow will have fun finding the things in it.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

poor guy..that looks uncomfortable. I fell and broke my front tooth when I was about 10 and have a false filling in its place. The methods they use today are very durable and I think once he gets used to it it will be like it never happened.

sewkalico said...

Oh poor Patrick, I'm sure he will ok though, but what a fright it must have given you!
Great I spy quilt, it's amazing how you just seemt o whip these things up :-)

happydaysquilting said...

I just enjoyed a visit to your blog, you have made some lovely quilts.
I hope your back is better soon, I am a welsh quilter too.

Lynn said...

Sure wish you could get into the therapist sooner so you could get some relief from the pain. Here where I live in Nebraska you can get in the same day or maybe the next. There are a lot of physical therapy places in the towns. Take care of yourself and do something to take your mind off of the pain if you can.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I broke off my two front teeth when I was about 14... I feel his pain. so sorry you are still having so much difficulty. Loved seeing the quilt projects. Glad you are presing on with that creativity you have.

vtquilter said...

Sorry to hear you are still having pain. You are missed here on blog land. Hope you are pain free soon and back to doing the things you enjoy.
So sorry about your son's teeth. I have never heard of that happening before.

A Time for Stitching said...

What a shame that you're still suffering after all this time and have to wait THREE MONTHS!! I sometimes think we'd be better off with the American system of health insurance, then the medical professionals might be falling over eachother to treat you!
Glad to see it hasn't dampened your enthusiasm for quilting too much though. The quilt is lovely and I'm pleased for you that it came together smoothly.
Teresa x

Pameladownunder said...

Hi this is the first time I have read your blog, loved it. Just a quick question are you still looking for the Aust Patchwork and quilting mag vol 17 no 7 if so let me know, I have it and would be happy to send it to you. I have literally hundreds of these mags so if you want any specific ones let me know. If you want to pay postage I will send them to you no charge. I am looking for people who would be interested in them as I hate the idea of throwing them away. I suffer from sciatica also and have had surgery, not successful but have found a lot of relief with Oxycontin tablets. Now I can quilt happily whilst the medication is working.Your work is lovely and I cannot believe how much you do. Cheers

Quilter Kathy said...

I sure do hope you feel better soon. Take good care!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Hi Andrea...oooh your poor back...three months!...shame the practice I work for is a 30 hour flight away or I'd get you in with a good physio next week for a treatment and yes, you'd go home with exercises but there is a hands on treatment involved as well...
Your family sure is in the wars at the moment...poor Patrick...
Cute I-Spy quilt..,I'm sure the little boy will have lots of fun with that..

tich said...

I thought I had left a comment, when I initially read your post. I am so sorry to hear about all the pain you are in. Have you tried the McKenzie treatment
I use the exercises a lot, and they do help. hope you get some relief soon.

Guðrún said...

I am surprised how long you have to wait for therapy, here you just have to wait maybe two weeks. I wish I could send you a therapist :)

Meggie said...

So many friends wishing you well. Add me to the list. I so hope your back improves. I have firsthadn knowledge of that pain, & it is not easy to deal with.