Friday, January 5, 2018

2017 by the numbers and a few bits of news going into 2018

In 2017 I completed
13 Quilts and Minis
2 Tunics
12 Bins 
69 Pouches / Bags
3 monthly block bees
2 Traveling quilts

Sorry to have been away for so long everyone but there has not been a lot of sewing happening lately. You see I have been having some medical issues with headaches that were worse than migraines (i really didn't think there was such a thing) and trouble with keeping food in my system for very long.

I went to the doctor in October and after an ultrasound, i found out that I need to have my gallbladder removed. It's a pretty routine thing and I'm not to worried about the procedure -- more the anesthesia than anything and the gas pain afterward. 
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I also had an MRI done and they found out that I have a condition called Chiari Malformation 1. To help alleviate these issues I will be having 2 surgeries in the upcoming weeks -- first the gallbladder then 6 weeks later I will be having a cranial decompression. 
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I don't know what this means for my 2018 sewing goals yet but I have plenty of things to keep me busy if I feel like sewing. I know that with the 2nd procedure I will be out of work for 6 - 8 weeks and I'd like to think that I will be up and sewing during much of that but I know the reality is I probably will not for most of it. 

I do know that my UFO list is extensive with 40 projects on it. I am still participating in the American Patchwork and Quilting Challenge this year but I am doing things a little different than the standard list of 12. With all these projects I have decided that I will chop up a copy of my master list and draw out project names each month, with the project number for that month being the item I set as my goal for the month (ie. if the number is 8, my goal project will be the 8th project I draw). I will repeat this process with each finish throughout the month. 
I am also going to keep linking up with the quarterly finish along to help keep me on track. 
Since I will be having some large medical expenses I will work hard to stick with fabric dieting this year and track fabric use more thoroughly since I kinda laxed up on that last year. I'm also planning a fabric destash over on instagram for later in January or early February to keep up the purging I have been doing in other areas of my home. 


  1. I am so sorry to hear you are not well Kate. I had my gallbladder out a few years ago...I felt better immediately! I mean I woke up RELEAVED from pain and was able to eat again!!! Wishing you safe procedures and a healthy recovery from both.

    1. Thanks so much Val -- I will keep everyone updated

  2. I had the decompression surgery for Chiari done 14 years ago. Biggest advice - take time to heal.

  3. I too am sorry for all your medical issues. I know all too well what it's like to have a disfunctioning gall bladder. Mine came out in 2003 and once I healed all was good. I'll keep you in my thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  4. prayers for you. Medical issues have been keeping me down too. here's to healing in 2018

  5. You have an impressive live of To Do Projects, as well as your health To Do List! The good thing is your docs have pinpointed the problems and there are ways to get you better! Heal fast!

  6. You know I love you and you rock! Plus, I totally stole your idea to color code my list.