Monday, November 14, 2016

Where've Ya Been?

It’s been quite a while since my last post,  but I have a good excuse....

This happened! That makes it sound like I had an accident, but that's not the case... apparently, my rotator cuff has been wearing away over time like a piece of cheap fabric until finally it ripped in half like a hole in the knee! (It figures I would have a health problem brimming with sewing metaphors.) For over a year, I had been having excruciating shoulder pain which at first was controllable by cortisone shots, but by the end of this summer, was totally unbearable and left no choice but surgery.

Initially, I feared all the hooping and free motion quilting finally caught up with me... But NO! My doctor assured me, it is just because of my AGE! Which I guess is good news, because I do intend to hoop and free-mo some more for quite a few years yet. A benefit of enjoying a pastime associated with grannies is that you’re never forced into retirement.

Not having any MLB pitcher friends to tell me about their experience, I went into it totally not knowing what to expect. When I went a couple of days before surgery to get fitted for a sling, I was not offered the cute pink silk version with Swarovski crystals I had in my mind--but this horrendous black appendage with huge foam brick attached to it and no less than four straps! At that moment, my heart sank.

It has been slow going, but the good news is I am eight weeks out already. I burned the black appendage couple of weeks ago and apparently, my new seams are holding strong. Many thanks to my OTHER right hand, Meg, not to mention the rest of the gang who kept the business running flawlessly. My biggest concern was keeping the Baltimore Album series going…did you notice the huge lapse of time between the September and October blocks? Well, the November block will be out in just a day or so, and we're even hoping to have December’s block (last one!) by the first week of that month... can't believe the whole year has gone by!

The bad news… having any sort of Christmas Club this year was just not possible. But as I am so fond of saying, there's always next year. We are hoping to pull off some shorter notice fun like a 12 days of Christmas series... With a little free charm version and an upgrade every couple of days after Thanksgiving. Even saying that makes me fearful I can’t keep up, but I’ve always wanted to do it, so I reserve the right to finish it in January if needed!! It wouldn't be San Francisco Stitch Co. if we weren't behind a bit.

As soon a s I could sew two pieces of fabric together I did, and that combined with not being able to drive and stuck home, I finished the first of my road trip quilts of valor. Not sure my doctor would have approved, but the joy of it kept me off of pain meds! :-)

We also have an exciting new plan for 2017... some of you know I was a quilter before I was a machine embroiderer… I have partnered with an award-winning quilt designer to offer our first ever quilt BOM patterns in 2017... these do not have machine embroidery, but are strictly for quilters. Each month there will be a new block with a project idea, or you can save your blocks and make a full-size quilt. We hope you'll join the fun and tell your quilting friends! Apparently, “Tropical” was quite the new trend at Quilt Market this year, and we are ahead of the game. This will keep your sanity in the winter months to come. Sneak peek… below.

So that’s what has been going on in our world! Let us know what’s happening in yours below… we LOVE to hear from you. XOX


  1. So sorry to hear of your health troubles. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Just want to say that I LOVED your road trip quilt of valor. It is perfect. Don't worry about finishing up any Christmas stuff in January. I'm still working on Chrismas 2012 LOL

  2. I have had this surgery twenty years ago on my left shoulder and now my right shoulder is wearing out *sigh*. Sure puts a crimp in my day not ot mention a lot of sleepless nights. Hope your recovery goes well and don't stint on that rehab!

  3. Hoping you are feeling better and better each day, Carol. We all love your work and it is always worth the wait. As a lifetime procrastinator, I don't see any problem at all LOL. That 12 Days of Christmas swan looks pretty darn cute. Is that a new one for the "little" Christmas series or something from your website that has passed under my radar? Love your Quilt of Valor and looking forward to whatever comes along next. (Really keen to get details of the BOM BTW.) Honestly, I was going to stitch the turkey mug rug today but my husband painted the hallway and I can't get near my sewing room - why didn't he warn me? I'd have set myself up in there with the days' supplies before he started!!!

  4. So happy to hear you are doing so good with the shoulder surgery. My husband had his shoulder surgery September 14th - He had torn his rotator cuff 22 years ago, and over the years his shoulder gave him LOT'S of pain. He finally knew he had no choice but to have the surgery. The surgeon replaced the shoulder socket as the ball was flat and getting it out to put in the titanium ball in was a long procedure. He's been in PT (physical torture) and is slowly getting stronger. I do admire you for being able to slowly get back to stitching, and I send you prayers for strength and healing. Love the Quilt of Valor, but I love all your projects. Looking forward to the BOM.

  5. You will feel so much better once it heals up. My husband so glad he had his repaired. Important to not overdo it and to follow through with the PT which can be pretty grueling.
    Take care.

  6. Having had this myself several years ago, and planning all of the things I was going to do while I recuperated, I must ask you to STOP! Do the PT, and just recover. The embroidery and us will still be here when you recover (which may take longer tan you like).