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Buttermilk
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« on: August 11, 2008 06:13:35 PM »

You may have seen the posting I did with my 80+ yr old aunt's quilting.
She stayed in bed for three years while undergoing chemo/radiation for bladder cancer.
Her hubby, my uncle and a WWII vet, administered all meds and took care of the catheter bit
He was with the Blackhawk Infantry that liberated one of the worst POW camps in Germany, replete with bodies, ovens, the whole thing
I don't think there's anything more loving than what he did then, and what he did for my aunt as well.
She began to cross-stitch, sew, quilt, and just about anything she could while in bed to keep her and his spirits up.
Here's her cross-stitching results:


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Kinda puts all other kinds of perceived problems in a new light, eh?
She's been in remission now for nearly five years.
Incidentally, when she does sew with a machine, she uses her treadle machine.
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2008 06:35:33 PM »

this is really beautiful. wow.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2008 06:43:06 PM »

unbelievable, such determination and strength. kudos to your aunt.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2008 07:23:00 PM »

that is absolutely amazing. and i'm glad to hear she's doing so well. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2008 07:35:26 PM »

 Grin Absolutely fabulous! Tell her what a great job she's done and let her know how envious I am of her skills! Kiss
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2008 07:52:09 PM »

Your aunt is an inspiration.  Both of the pieces you posted are gorgeous.

It is SUCH a good idea to find something beautiful and lasting to occupy forced down time.  It's so much nicer at the end of an extended recovery to have something to show for it.

I had back surgery a few years ago and did this while I was recovering. 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191012.msg2007405#msg2007405

Now the pain and recovery is a mere memory and I have something beautiful that I would never have accomplished without that forced down time.

(I'm getting ready for a second surgery in October and trying to plan another good "enforced sitting, not much thinking" craft Wink - any good ideas appreciated)
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2008 09:18:05 PM »

Wow KarenLouisM, I really love the yo yo quilt.  I was just trying to make a yo yo this evening, and thought once again about my one-time plan to do just what you did.  I am inspired by your stick-to-it-ness.  Alas, I probably will never do that large of a project any time soon with yo yos.
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2008 08:53:28 AM »

Wow, I love this one... I'd love to go take some "artsy" pics of them... maybe with her wrapped in one.
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2008 11:37:04 AM »

Spectacular!  How to chose between the 2 quilts. I think I agree with you. I like the other one better. This one is really grand.
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2008 12:28:06 PM »

that is so beautiful.. it reminds me of quilts my great aunts had.. nice and makes me feel at home Smiley
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