Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Photos to fuss over!!

Oh! duckies!

I like this one! Why can't I take him home?

Bubba lets us take a picture of him! He is not so fond of the limelight, he would rather be doing anything else, but he adores his sisters!

Oh! this is my absolute favorite!! Just priceless!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Debbie M's original Tropical quilt

Debbie created this lovely quilt from her imagination. She did all the tropical fish on her embroidery machine. I LOVE this quilt and especially all the different type fish. Lighting was very poor when I finished the quilt, so the photos are not the best. Make sure to see ALL the photos in my PUBLIC PHOTO GALLERY.

This is one of my favorite fish.

You can see the borders on this photo. Again, the lighting is very poor, but it does kinda capture the wave effect I was going for with the quilting. I knew it HAD to have waves, but I thought I would quilt bubbles going up……well…that did not look as good as I would have liked, so I went to Plan B, the hooks. Debbie is adding crystals for embellishments, I look forward to seeing that!! I love embellishments!!!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Since the procedure that my mom had is not yet commonplace, I decided to share this information for anyone that may want  a better understanding. Most people she knows thought she was having a simple stent. First of all, I have never had a 'stent' so I do not know how simple it would be, however, I got frustrated attempting to explain it so I looked it up for the words to make it clear. Mom had the Valve-within-Valve process, which is completely explained in this article. Even though I saw all the doctors along the way, and it was explained to me in much details, I struggled for the words to sum it up. This article helped in my journey to find the words.


What is a TAVR? (Also called TAVI)
This minimally invasive surgical procedure repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve’s place. The surgery may be called a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). 
Valve-within-valveSomewhat similar to a stent placed in an artery, the TAVI approach delivers a fully collapsible replacement valve to the valve site through a catheter. 

Once the new valve is expanded, it pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way and the tissue in the replacement valve takes over the job of regulating blood flow. 
How is TAVR or TAVI different from the standard valve replacement?
Expandable replacement valve
Expandable replacement valve(used courtesy of Edwards Lifesciences).
This procedure is fairly new and is FDA approved for people with symptomatic aortic stenosis who are considered a high risk patient for standard valve replacement surgery. The differences in the two procedures are significant. 

Usually valve replacement requires an open heart procedure with a “sternotomy.”, in which the chest is surgically separated (open) for the procedure. The TAVR or TAVI procedures can be done through very small openings that leave all the chest bones in place, so recovery is generally much faster.  

Who is a good candidate for this type of valve surgery?Most people who have this procedure are in their 70s or 80s and often have other medical conditions that make them a better candidate for this type of surgery. 

Although relatively new, TAVI can be an effective option to improve quality of life in patients who otherwise have limited choices for repair of their aortic valve. 

Is there any type of financial assistance for people in need of TAVR or TAVI valve replacement who lack necessary funds or healthcare coverage for the procedure?TAVR is approved and available for qualifying patients receiving Medicare and Medicaid. More information is available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website. Learn more about healthcare laws and government programs seeking to provide affordable coverage at the website. The Heart Valve CareLine can help you navigate the insurance and medical world as it relates to your diagnosis.

This content was last reviewed on 02/18/13.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom!

March 25th, is mom's 81st birthday. She just underwent a Aortic Valve replacement surgery and will leave the hospital sometime tomorrow. Little Chloe has missed her so much and can not wait for her to get home!  

Mom is doing really well, but we had hoped she could go to a rehab facility for a week or so before having to go home alone, but as a result of the new, and supposedly, improved healthcare system, she will not get that benefit. It has been a long road to get to this point, no small task, and it is truly heartbreaking how the changes in Medicare will negatively affect our precious elderly population.

Much information has trickled down to impact us all on some level, I am so disappointed that our system has somewhat failed her at this critical point in her life. It has given me a look at how I need to adapt to the growing healthcare costs for myself, my family and future generations.

Life, is not perfect, disappointments are all around us, we are not alone. We continue to pray that we will be able to provide the continued support that she needs at this difficult time. Mom, is a very faithful individual, and remains optimistic and hopeful! She leads by example, and I am grateful for her today and each day!

Love you, Mom! Happy birthday!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday feelings

First, I would like to share a sewing/quilting thought. Second, if you are interested, will be a post about my personal feelings today.
 I have been quilting for years and have never been afraid to share my 'lack of knowledge'. I am more excited when I can learn something I did not know, because that excites me. I took up quilting not knowing anything about sewing or quilting, just had a strong desire to get onboard!
 I admit, I have noticed that other long arm quilters have advised their customers to trim the selveges off their backings before sending them in to be quilted. I did not know why, never tried to ask for it, probably wouldn't happen anyway. I was working with this amazing fabric for my grand daughter's window treatment and this selvage 'spoke; to me! I finally got it! These photos demonstrate how wonky and uncontrollable this particular one was. One it was trimmed, it just stopped fighting! Being as hard headed as I am, I probably still will not trim mine unless I feel like it, I am not trying to be perfect. Thought it would still be fun to post about. 

I LOVE this fabric that my daughter found to make the focal fabric, it is divine!

Ok, anyone still with me, I will proceed with my personal post.

My mom just underwent a surgery this week, called TAVR. It is a procedure done only a couple of hundred times and is done here in Memphis, by Dr Garrett (surgeon) and Dr Paulus (Cardiologist) at Baptist Hospital. This takes high risk patients like my mom that would be too high risk to undergo an Open heart surgery to replace her Aortic Valve. Short version, mom is doing GREAT and is responding better than we cold have ever imagined! There is still a long way to go before she can go home and feel the benefits, but there are not enough words to express my gratitude to the wonderful team of doctors and nursing staff! 

Even more important, we Praise GOD for her amazing second chance at her life. It is because of him that we have been lead down this path. He knows what we need before we do, after all, he created us! He puts who you need in your path to do what needs to be done. For that, I am eternally grateful, and I am at peace.

Enjoy your day and enjoy each and every blessing, no matter how small!!!

I also thought is was so cool that Mom had her surgery on March 20th, the first day of Spring, new beginnings and all!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rag quilt finish

 This is Brooklyn, she will turn 1 year old Thursday. I finally got her rag quilt done for her room! It is not exactly 'how' I wanted it, but I think it is fine.
 Paw Paw holding his lovely Brooklyn!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Paulette's lovely quilt is complete and has made it home!

This lovely quilt belongs to Paulette Horn in Wisconsin. I just got the call that it has made it home to her, and she was pleased. 

I was so honored to be entrusted to quilt this heirloom (re-created) quilt for her. She gave me complete control over the designs, not something I take lightly. She told me it would be awhile before she will get a picture to blog herself, the weather there is not cooperating. I hope you will enjoy this one as much as I have! Make sure to visit her blog and My Public Album to view more.

You MUST read the back story of this special quilt on her blog The Way I Sew It . Paulette said was inspired by Julie Sefton who has done many vintage recreation projects. She chose me to quilt her quilt since she has seen the quilting I have done on Julie's and liked my style.

Inspector Bella has approved this quilt.

View from the porch to show off this incredible quilt! I hit the wind just right, it actually held it in place long enough to get this photo.
I love the effect of this photo.

Closeup of one of the blocks. Visit my public album and see all the blocks and many more.