I haven't talked about it much here but I have decided I am a tired old dog.  I have an excuse of course.  Every old dog does and here is mine.

In March 2017, I had my artificial knee on the left replaced with a new artificial knee as the old one came loose and moved left.

In October 2017, they determined the right artificial knee was infected and took it out, replacing it with a spacer for 5 weeks.  Turns out they were wrong, it was not infected (good news for me) but the surgeon could not give me a new knee until a) all the tests were conclusive and b) I recovered from the surgery.

So in November 2017, I got a new right knee.  I was off work four weeks in April and 10 weeks in the fall, not returning to work until after the holidays.  Fortunately I was able to work from home part time and use sick time for the rest.

In January 2018, I was diagnosed with acute inflammatory anemia, in other words, I had too many operations and I am worn out!  I am back to work full time but not good for much else.

Lately, I haven't been too excited about much of anything.  The weather is cold and snowy (we have about 8 inches on the ground and temps in the single digits) and there is not much sunshine.  I decided I needed to get out of these doldrums so I learned a new quilting trick.  I taught myself how to paper piece quilt blocks and now I am hooked.  Here are my first two attempts:

The quilt is for my second granddaughter, Sylvia Reagan Newcomer and is called, "The Fox in the Christmas Henhouse" and yes, it is a Christmas quilt.  Next I make about half a dozen paper pieced chickens (that's a rooster you see above and we all know there is only one rooster in a henhouse) and some paper pieced henhouses.  I am not sure what (if any) other blocks I will use.  I have two different chick block patterns for the border and lots of ideas!

Hope you are all doing well.  I would love to hear from you.  Winter and fatigue have me on-line too much!

Be well and learn new tricks!

Ginnie

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Comment by Nanette Edmonds on May 15, 2018 at 11:12am

Ginnie...so sorry to hear of your complications with your right knee and then the resulting anemia problem. I love your paper-pieced blocks!!! I have never tried it, but every time I see the results, I become more convinced I need to add that skill. The quilt is going to be SO cute!!!  I will pray for you...for continued healing and more energy as you do heal. Blessings today and always!

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on February 23, 2018 at 10:54pm

Those are cute blocks.  Please share the finished quilt.  Hope you start to feel much better.

Comment by Vickie Smith on January 24, 2018 at 10:25am

Love these blocks Ginnie.  This will be an adorable quilt.  Hope your recovery is coming along nicely. 

Comment by Ginny Andersen on January 20, 2018 at 10:54am

Good for you, Ginnie! PP is challenging, sometimes, but so rewarding! Love the fox and the chicken! This is going to be a very cute quilt, I am sure! 

Sounds like you have been through quite a siege of Ouch! Take care and remember it's okay to share here when you need an ear!

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 20, 2018 at 8:52am

Paper piecing. I avoid it at all costs. I can do it, love the results...but absolutely hate the process. Kudos to you... you've just replaced your pain in your knee for a pain in the neck, lol...just kidding :-)) . Seriously, l'm glad you were able to take the downtime and turn it into something positive , adding to your collection of artistic talents. Can't wait to see the Christmas henhouse quilt next season.

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