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Monday, January 20, 2020

A Week To Forget

Have you ever had one of those weeks
when if it could go wrong
it surely would. 

That's what we have had . . .
Steve is sick,
I am sick,
the pipes froze to the point 
of calling a plumber
and even having to have the 
kitchen faucet replaced.

Then when all that was over the
microwave died.
I don't know about you,
but when I'm sick I rely
on the microwave and any meals
that I have prepared and frozen. 
So what a time for it to blow, LOL

The only thing other than 
laundry and dishes that I've done
this week is work on my
old 35 year old quilt.

I watched a You Tube video 
on basing your quilt sandwich . . .
the woman said to always use white thread.
I never use white thread, unless my fabric 
is a dark color.
I like to be able to see those threads
easily when it's time to pull them all out.

I've been embroidering.  

Adding beads  . . .

And buttons,

And playing around with different 
quilting designs.

It's going to be a timely project
so I'm trying to make it fun.


That's my post for today . . .
Thanks so much for visiting.


And please keep Steve in your prayers,
we need them.


God Bless You All!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :) 


  1. Oh my dear sweet Connie. I wish we were closer. I would run over with a pot of chicken soup and Dennis would fix or change out your microwave for you. What a week! I, too, rely on the microwave when I'm sick. It makes things so much easier.
    Your embroidery is so beautiful. So precise. And I love the little touches like buttons and beads that you're adding. When I used to quilt I always used colored thread to make it easier to pull out the stitches.
    I'm so sorry to hear that Steve is so ill too. I'm sure that's not good on top of everything else. You definitely have our prayers. In fact, I just finished praying for you both just before checking blogs. My love and hugs are with you my friend.

  2. Oh, Connie, I do empathize. It's been several weeks to forget here. Between my back, one cat passing unexpectedly, and another still fighting what looks like an inevitable fate, things can only go uphill from here, right? I sure hope so. I hope you and Steve get to feeling better soon and that your house-hold problems end soon too. Frozen pipes are a nightmare I always worry about... It's good that you have your quilting to take your mind off your troubles. I just started working on a quilt for the same reason.

  3. Sorry you have had such a rotten week. Hope next week is much better. XXXXX

  4. Your quilt is coming along beautifully. I'm glad you're having fun with it. So sorry to hear all the troubles you had... sounds like they were all thanks to this winter weather we are having. Keeping you both in my prayers.

  5. So sorry to read about your awful week, you coukd do with an angel over there with you taking care of everything. Can't do that myself, but sending you both a big cyber hug, with love from New Zealand.

  6. Praying for Steve and you too dear Connie. So sorry to hear you have been ill, it seems to be the time of year when everyone goes down with horrible things.
    Your quilt is just lovely.

  7. I am so sorry you are both sick. Makes life miserable, doesn't it. I do love what you are doing with that gorgeous quilt and can't wait to see it finished one day! Feel better!!

  8. What a week you've had! I hope things improve this week. Both you and Steve being sick is most unfortunate; who takes care of who?
    The quilt you're working on is truly going to be magnificent. I love all the appliques and the different stitching, as well as the pretty buttons and beads.

  9. So sorry about all your problems. They can pile up on a person now and then.
    Your quilt is coming right along and looks great!
    Hope you'll both be feeling better soon.

  10. It does seem like bad things happen in bunches. I suppose it's better to get it all out of the way at one time Hope you and Steve are both feeling better. That quilt is looking fantastic.

  11. We've had plenty of weeks and more like that. love that quilt, it will be wonderful when finished.

  12. Absolutely I will!! Your stitching just makes me smile...and I'm sure it's providing a small amount of comfort. I also like the variety of your quilting stitches. Enjoy a warm cup a tea and know virtual hugs and smiles are being sent your way. :)

  13. Hi Connie. Sorry to hear that you and Steve haven't been feeling well. Your quilt and stitching are so so beautiful. I found a beautiful old quilt at a thrift shop and it needs mending. A nice neighbour who is a quilter will show me how to repair it. I don't know the name of the pattern but it looks similar to the little girl in your pattern. I will blog it one day. Praying that Steve feel well soon. Thelma xo

  14. Oh no what a week!!! This one HAS to be better. : )
    You do such beautiful work!!
    Still praying!

  15. I like your quilting! How do you do the circles so evenly and well spaced?

    Glad you are feeling better.

    Praying for Steve.

    1. I like the little Holly Hobby-like person there. Ha ha...yes, I keep commenting on the spacing. Hey, it is just what I noticed! 😊

  16. Hoping this week is much better! Praying both of you kick the bug and get some rest. And that your house heals too!

  17. I'm sorry you've had such a bad week - too many yucky things all at once! Continued prayers for both you and Steve.


  18. What a week. When it rains, it really does pour sometimes. I'm praying this week is better and will continue to pray for Steve too. Your quilt is looking so cute!
    We had microwave issues this weekend too, but found out it was the outlet. However, when Bob started checking further, he found the breaker was blown. We both felt pretty dumb, but thankful for the easy fix.

  19. Yes Connie, I am praying for Steve and you too. I know that you both need the power of many prayers. When our loved ones are not well or suffering ..we suffer with them. Then to be sick yourself, plus have every thing falling apart...dear friend, I know that pain too. Just today, I stubbed my pinky toe and it's bruised, then I wheelbarrowed wood from the bin to the woodbox on the porch and blast the wheel barrow had a flat tire. Of all the crazy things. Last year after Ted's transplant, we had to get a new roof, get the furnace worked on and get new AC , since Ted could not use fans for cooling. Hugs to you Connie, cause I know all those little things add up to a big pain . Wish I could help. Love you and will always pray for you, Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  20. Hi Connie, Just saw your blog when I looked tonight. So sorry you both have been ill. May God strengthen you both. Prayers. Nancy

  21. Hello Connie, sorry to read that you've had such a rough week. I hope you are both on the mend, especially Steve. Praying for strength for each day. I always use coloured threads to baste, too - usually the ends of spools to clean things up. Hugs, Lorrie

  22. You and your dear Steve are in my thoughts and prayers❤ Gosh, what a terrible week you both have had. Life......sometimes it seems almost too much to bear. May you feel God's arms as he holds both you and Steve close to Him. May this week be a better one. Love the sweet, sweet, so precious.

  23. My husband came home with a cough last week and though I tried to keep my distance, I started with a burning throat that's gotten worse over a few days. Trying all natural remedies to get rid of it. Hope you two start feeling better very soon. Your quilt is so very pretty and definitely a work of heart. Take care!

  24. So sorry to read you and Steve are not doing well, you are both in my prayers. What a beautiful quilt you are working on, a true delight to see and admire.

  25. So sorry you have had a few rough challenging days, hoping it all gets better soon... and that stitching is proving therapeutic!

  26. Hi Connie- They say things come in threes...sounds a week you've had is best forgotten. Hard when things go wrong and being ill just makes it all the more unlucky. Pleased to see your busy with your Craftwork- just beautiful. We've had good news this week as we've had some Rain - at last! Perhaps the State Wide Drought is breaking and our Dams begin to fill. Stay warm this Winter. Best Wishes to You Connie and Steve- thinking of you each and every day.

  27. You and Steve are in my prayers, as well as for everything to be back in working order in your home. And I love all you're doing with the quilt..just beautiful.
    Blessings, Linda

  28. Oh Connie... am so sorry to hear you've both been sick! Darn...... I hope this week will be much better and there will be some bright days ahead. You are both always in my prayers, every day and every night. I know everyone says the same thing, but it's true.. and the more prayers the better right? I keep hoping for a positive update on Steve and am thinking positive thoughts. That bonnet quilt is darling and I know it helps you get through the days when you don't feel well and need to be distracted. It's so cute with the beads and buttons and embroidery! Take care and BE WELL! Hugs.. Marilyn

  29. Oh boy, I am so sorry you both got sick and then on top of all that you had problems with your sink and microwave, I do understand how nice it is to have a microwave when you aren't in the mood for cooking a meal.
    Love the little touches you are bringing to your quilt, sure is looking good. I also baste with colored thread, usually ones that I inherited from my mother that I don't see me using on other projects.

  30. Prayers for you and Steve, too.
    I'm sorry everything went pear shaped last week.
    You're a strong girl. God be with you.

  31. I do hope that you and Steve are feeling better now. It did seem like a bad time for you both with the plumbing and oven failure. Your quilt is coming along well. I do like the double row of circles you have hand stitched on the green material.
    Wishing you better days very, very soon.

  32. Connie, you have my prayers. I'm so sorry Steve is sick and you too! Oh what a week you've had...I've had those too, and all I can say is that they eventually get better! Sending hugs!!

  33. Hope you are both feeling better!! Your quilt sure brightened my dull winter day! I need some inspiration to learn how to use the sewing machine I inherited from my mother. This post surely is pushing me closer!

  34. Sounds like you've had quite the week. Hope it's better by now! Relax and enjoy what's left of the weekend~

  35. Connie, that quilt is so wonderful ! What a treasure it is going to be when it is finished. I especially love the double circles, but the way that you throw all kinds of quilting into the same area is just epic !
    I hope you two have a much better week next week !

  36. I am loving your embroidery and embellishments on the oh-so-precious Sun Bonnet Sue blocks! I am afraid I might forget about some of the other jobs this winter and cozy up with the pretty quilt! I think of both of you often and hope and pray for the very best!

  37. Connie, yes, we have had some of those days, weeks, sometimes months when everything in the house goes kaplouie...I am sorry and hope that y'all are feeling much better and things are functioning alright.
    I love your work and this precious quilt is awesome! I love it!