Sunday, June 09, 2013

Slow Sunday Stitching

Two things rarely seen together - medical equipment and hand quilting equipment!
For a quilter, you can't have one without the other! My brother has been very sick and we are wearing out a path between his house and the hospital. 
Quilting is calming and centering, and necessary for me when under stress, so I have been hauling this quilt back and forth - from home to hospital, to my house, to his house, to hospital, and back again.
The good news is that I have been getting a lot of hand quilting done.  The bad news is that he is getting sicker. We have an appointment with the oncologist on Wednesday to see if they can recommend some treatment for him. 
Until then, all he can do is stay warm, eat nutritious food, and sleep. All I can do is quilt and be with him. 

Today I hope to finish up the quilting on block #9, which means I am more than half way finished the quilting on my "Journey of a Quilter"! I wrote a post about this project over at the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog if you want to take a look - click here.  This photo shows how much quilting has been finished as of last week. Soon it will be time to think about the border quilting design!
What are you hand stitching today? Link up your blog post below and share your progress.




29 comments:

Kathie said...

I am so sorry to hear this...the good thing is you can be with him and I am sure that is giving him lots of comfort . yes quilting and keeping your hands busy is good for you too. will keep you both in my thoughts...
Kathie

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

So very sorry about your brother..take care

Kate said...

Hope the oncologist can recommend some helpful treatment and that your brother gets much better soon.

Betty Lou said...

I am sorry to hear that your brother is not responding well to treatmen but it must be a comfort to know that you are with him. I will put both of you in my prayers. Hugs

Ellen said...

I am sure your brother is very happy that you are able to spend time with him. I do hope the oncologist can provide a treatment for your brother.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Thinking of you and your brother. Sewing helps me when I feel stressed too.

Carol said...

I'm so sorry about your brother and hope that the doctor can come up with a better treatment for him. Sitting in a hospital with nothing to do but watch TV or a sleeping patient can be so unsettling. What a great idea to have something so comforting as your quilt to work on. It is beautiful!

Deb A said...

So sorry to hear about your brother. Sending some prayers to your family . I'm glad you have your quilting to help you through. I'll bet he loves having you near.

pcflamingo said...

The good news for him is that he has a sister who can be there for him. My sister has been an RN for 25 + years and can attest to how important it is to have family there to advocate for their family member and to just keep an eye on things, not to mention being there to comfort their loved one. I pray that the doctors find a solution to the mystery.

Design Originals by KC said...

Will be praying for you and your brother to have strength during this time... the quilting is lovely and I linked a post! Kathi

Nancy said...

So sorry about your brother. I will keep him in my prayers. What a blessing you are able to be with him

Mary said...

I do hope your brother sees some improvement soon. I know your presence and support mean the world to him.

Teresa in Music City said...

I'm so sorry to hear your brother is not doing well Kathy! What a blessing that you are able to spend time with him and comfort him. Your quilt is really progressing nicely - it is going to be such a treasure when you are done! Do you have any ideas for the border design, or are you leaving that until you get there?

Vicki W said...

It's so nice that you are able to spend this time with your brother. I am sure it is making a horrible ordeal easier to handle. I hope he is able to get some effective treatment.

Cathy said...

Sorry to hear about your brother. I'll say a prayer. I spent time in the hospital when my husband had cancer and crocheted to pass the time. Two grandchildren were born during that same time and they got quite a few sweater sets complete with booties, hats and mittens!

Your quilt will be full of memories.

Missy Shay said...

I am so sorry about your brother! Your quilt will have a lot of memories wrapped up in it when it is finished.

sophie said...

I stitched Red work squares when my dad was getting blood infusions twice a week and later when he was hospitalized. It definitely helped keep me grounded. You and your brother will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sherry said...

Prayers for you both, quilting is so good for comforting us in times of stress.

Debra @ Homespun said...

I am sorry about your brother :( it has got to be so difficult for all of you :(

I have not been here in ages but I linked up a few times in the winter and lo and behold I finally finished something. Nothing fancy but it's all done! :) So I am linking up my Dresden!

Diane Kelsey said...

The quilting really is taking shape, you must be so proud of your progress. Thinking of you at this difficult time. X

Debbie said...

How precious your time is spent with your brother. I haven't joined in on Sunday's link for a while so I am glad to join you again.

Marei said...

Blessings to your brother. How wonderful that you are able to be with him and share your love.

Sally Ann said...

Hi Kathy, I am sorry your brother is not responding to his treament. He is very lucky to have you visit and keep his moral up! Keeping him in my prayers for sure. I just got my first BOTM for the Journey of A Quilter Quilt. Look forward to sewing it for sure after seeing how amazing yours is turning out. And I may try to hand quilt it as well. Wish me Luck. Blessings to you both! Happy Stitching!

Barbara Stanbro said...

So sorry to hear your brother has been sick. It's a beautiful quilt you're working on.

AnnieO said...

Your quilting keeping you sane is a good thing. So sorry to hear your beloved brother is going through such an extended bad patch and hope he receives a lot of relief soon!

Janet O. said...

So sorry about your brother, Kathy. I hope the oncologist has some recommendations that will help. I will keep him (and you) in my prayers.

Jan Marie said...

It is good to have something to occupy your hands while you wait. I hope you can find some answers and help for your brother.

Maureen said...

So sorry about your brother. It's good you can be with him. Hopefully, things will turn around for him.
Your quilt is beautiful - such lovely stitching.
Take care.

Karen said...

I am glad you can spend time with your brother. I am sure that is a great comfort to him. I will keep you both in my prayers. Your quilt is really coming along. I really love your quilting. Looking forward to seeing it finished.