Sunday, June 21, 2020

I Have Missed This...

Hi, stitching friends!

It has been a long six months.

But before I go any further, I wanted to say thank you to my friends for all the cards, letters, emails and gifts you have sent over the past six months. You have lifted my spirits and given me hope. You have made me laugh and made me feel that even though I'm "stuck" right now trying to heal, I'm not alone.

Since I last posted, I've had about 36 radiation sessions (I think it was 36... I lost count!) to my shoulder, femur, knee, hip and shin, and in May I had a second big surgery to have a plate put in alongside my femur.

If you remember from my last post way back at the beginning of the year, I had a titanium rod put into my femur to stabilize it and keep it from breaking, but the femur broke during surgery. I thought things were looking up in May and that Doc would tell me I could start trying to walk without the crutches. But I found out that the bone holding the screws in place was gone and I would need to have the plate put in to stabilize everything. It was a big surgery, bigger than the first one.

I'm still on crutches, although I can use just one around the house and I've even taken a few steps with no assistance at all. (I walk as though I'm practicing for an audition to be on The Walking Dead.) I'm trying to bend my knee but I'm still pretty stiff and looking forward to physical therapy starting soon.

Enough of that.

I'm sitting here trying to think about what to say about the events of 2020 so far. There are no words. I'm grateful that we have each other. I'm grateful that we have prayer and acts of kindness and the ability to lift up one another. I'm hopeful that through pain and struggle and challenges we have healing and growth and awareness. Rough seas make good sailors.

A friend sent this to me:

Stitching Update

I've been doing lots of stitching but not so much fully-finishing, so I'll show you some snapshots of some recent stitching finishes.

Stasi B. sent me a complete kit for "My Friend" by La-D-Da. It included silk threads, gorgeous linen, backing fabric, stuffing and even a neat tray to put it in. I changed the border a little by adding some Algerian eyelets to the pennies.

The fabric is 32-count Straw by Weeks Dye Works.

"Old Glory" by Little House Needleworks, stitched on 32-count Lambswool linen with called-for threads.

"Liberty Pirate" by Sue Hillis Designs, stitched on 32-count Legacy by Picture This Plus with DMC.

"Bluebird Cabin" by Country Cottage Needleworks, stitched on 32-count Tombstone by Colour & Cotton. I used the called-for threads except for substituting Colour & Cotton Mediterranean for DMC 3816 (the two birds).

"Farmhouse Bird" by Heart in Hand, stitched on 32-count Natural linen.

"Love is in the Air" by Country Cottage Needleworks, stitched on 40-count Vintage Country Mocha linen. I stitched this one over two except for the wording, where I used two strands. I messed up right at the beginning of this stitch by not stitching enough rows in the snowman on the right, and I didn't realize until way later. I had to adjust, adjust, adjust to get this to work out! (I know you've been there, too.)

"Sampler Snowman" by Homespun Elegance, stitched on 36-count Vintage Country Mocha linen. I used the called-for threads but substituted DMC B5200 for Shaker White. I wanted a bright white snowman.

I fell in love with this design when I first saw it on Carol's blog, Stitching Dreams. I found the pattern while in Oregon a couple years ago at Starlight Stitchery (formerly Friendship Crossing) in Corvallis. It came with the cute skate charm. And isn't that alphabet gorgeous? It is "Fiesta" by Caron Wildflowers.

"Star-Spangled Spectacular" by With Thy Needle & Thread, stitched over one on 25-count coffee/tea-dyed lugana with called-for threads. I could not find Classic Colorworks Pine Needles anywhere (Covid thread shortages) so I subsituted Weeks Dye Works Oscar.

"Stars & Stripes" by Little House Needleworks, stitched on 36-count Vintage County Mocha linen with called-for threads.

"Village Green" by The Prairie Schooler, stitched on 32-count Antique White lugana. For the longest time, this was my "unicorn chart." The only copies I could find were on eBay for as much as $80. Ridiculous. I was so happy when they reprinted this one.

"Spring Saltboxes" by Plum Street Samplers, stitched on 40-count Vintage Country Mocha linen with mostly called-for threads. I substituted some blues here and there but I don't think I made any notes. Eek!

Let me tell you, that was a LOT of white stitching. I get that they are supposed to look like Polaroid prints and I would not have gone to the trouble, but I have a finishing idea for this one and I need that look. I have the patterns for the rest of the series, but the thought of more white stitching is pretty daunting.

I love the tiny little bees in the first one:

"Winter Row" by Bent Creek, stitched on 32-count Heritage by Picture This Plus. I used the called-for colors but substituted DMC B5200 for WDW Whitewash. I absolutely love this in its simplicity. I have a finishing idea in mind, using an old fence board.

Thanks for stopping by, friends. And thank you for your sweet, encouraging comments, emails, letters, cards and prayers.


  1. Meg, so good to see your post. Your needle and thread have been busy. Each one of your finishes look incredible. Well done on each one! I am glad that you are healing and hopefully you will be able to start PT soon. I have seen that graphic about canceling/not canceling 2020. I love the paragraph that you write right before it. Thinking of you!

  2. Meg: First of all I am so sorry you have had such a run of health problems, I will pray that they are all over and you are on the road to recovery.
    You have been very busy stitching, I like all your designs.
    I have always loved Amish designs and this one is a lovely one.
    I hope 2020 can soon be behind us and things get back to normal, my fingers crossed along with prayers for a safe healthy and problem free 2021 for everyone.



  3. Oh Meg, I got so excited to see your post pop up in my sidebar. You have been on my mind heavily. You must have known:) I have wanted to send a card, but Mom has been sick and I am just plain tired:)
    I had to scroll twice through all that stitching goodness. Truly amazing work and I love it all. Village Green is so pretty. I just love the birds in it. And those spring saltboxes are so cute and yes, I bet that white did take a good little while to stitch.
    We have a June festival in Fort Walton Beach, not this year due to the Big C where Captain Bowlegs, the pirate takes over the city for a week. His ship lands at the Landing on the bay and fights the mayor for the city. The Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Booty instantly made me think of that.
    I do continue to pray for you. You keep fighting and get back on your feet.

  4. I am SO glad to see your post! I have been thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.
    I adore that snowman finish! I have used Fiesta in one of my pieces and thought it was such a pretty thread.

  5. have accomplished a lot this year. I have those saltbox charts and debating on whether I will stitch them or if I should give them away on the blog!! So glad you are up and moving even if it is halting. Hugs and Prayers Dear Friend.

  6. You're in our thoughts and prayers Meg. Thank you for updating your blog. You certainly have accomplished a lot of stitching. I just looked at PSS saltbox charts to order, and wondered what the white border is all about. Thanks for clueing me in!! I feel pretty foolish! And no, I won't stitch it!

  7. Hi Meg, how nice to hear from you again and that you're feeling better. It will certainly take a while, but I keep my fingers crossed that the hours help with physiotherapy.
    You worked a lot of beautiful patterns, one more beautiful than the other, and they will also be completely finished at some point.
    Take good care of yourself. Martina

  8. Hello Meg,
    nice to hear from you. I missed you. I hope you are feeling better when have the physiotherapy.
    You are very busy with your stitching. So many wonderful finishes. I love them all.
    Take care and a big Hugs, Manuela

  9. Dear Meg I zoomed in on your post this morning from my dashboard. I am so glad to get an update from you. I have thought of you and prayed for you often. I am sorry you have such hard work ahead yet Meg. Thank you for your encouraging message. Your stitching is so very gorgeous my friend! And so much! wOw!

  10. Meg, I was so happy to see your blog come up in our blog roll. It's been a long time and you have certainly have been through so much with your health. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers each day and praying that your PT goes well.

    You certainly have stitched a storm!!! Such a variety of patterns and they are all lovely. Stasi is such a good friend to send you the lovely kit. It's beautiful and such a lovely sentiment. The Village Green is a stunner!!! I'm so glad it was rereleased to you could stitch it. Love your finishing idea for Winter Row. Can't wait to see what finishing idea you have in mind for the Saltboxes. All that white!! YIKES!!
    Love Old Glory, I have that pattern and have yet to stitch it. Stars and Stripes is another great pattern for the 4th! You do enjoy stitching houses!!! Farmhouse bird is adorable and great job on adjusting Love is in the air, it looks perfect!! All your stitching is truly beautiful!! You have put your sedentary hours to good use.

  11. I was happy to see a post from you! I hope that things improve the rest of the year for you. You've been through it!

    Your stitching is just lovely! I love the addition of the eyelets and stitching a whole project over 1 on 40 count - just wow!

  12. Good to see you back blogging .
    You seem to have gone through so much in the past months hope you are getting better.
    Wow your stitching must have helped you , you have some wonderful designs stitched up.
    Take care enjoy and your love of stitching .

  13. What a six months you've had, Meg! It sounds tiring and painful and all-around depressing to me, but you are still the same up-beat positive Meg we all love. I'm so glad to see you back and catch up with all of that stitching--and I mean ALL!! WOW! You don't mess around, girl--so many lovelies you've shared with us today. My favorite is the PS Spring and one I must stitch. (I wish I had known that was your unicorn chart--I would have lent you mine :)

    Love the saltboxes and the patriotic stitches and I'm so glad my little snowman inspired you to stitch him yourself--he is such a cutie :)

    Anyway--you take care of yourself, Meg. (I've hardly been around either as my mother entered hospice two months ago, but--happy days, with our love and care she has been kicked out :) It's been a tough time for all, I guess!). Hope you heal fast and can kick those crutches to the curb very soon ♥♥♥

  14. Sounds like you have had a stressful but thankful six months and that things are progressing slowly. I hope that your last surgery was a success and you will be off those crutches soon. You got in lots of beautiful stitching during this time. Praying things will keep improving for you.

  15. Meg, somehow I missed this post but am happy to see it now. So sorry that you have had such a tough 6 months but I have thought of you often and truly hope the worst is behind you. You have gotten a LOT accomplished and such wonderful outcomes. I hope your stitching brought you comfort, as it does so many others. Your 4th of July celebrations sound perfect and a chance to experience some normalcy. Enjoy...and welcome back! Hugs!!!

  16. How lovely to have you back blogging! I'm sorry to hear you've been through so much, but it sounds like you're on the right track now.
    Look at how much beautiful stitching you've finished, I love all the snowmen!


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