The Free Motion Quilting Project: Hip Replacement Vacation?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hip Replacement Vacation?


Yes, I am on vacation this week...sort of! Yesterday I took Dad to the hospital to get his hip replaced and for the next week or so I'll be hanging out at his house helping him recover.

We've both been looking forward to this surgery for months because Dad's hip was in such bad shape. Thankfully the surgery was quick and we were back home within a few hours. Now comes the hard part - keeping Dad inside and not renovating his kitchen or mulching his garden! LOL!

Since I'm staying with Dad, I don't have a sewing machine, but I decided to bring my small stash of felted wool - my latest quilting addiction:

Wool felt dots

What I love most about felt applique is you don't actually have to stitch along the edge because felted wool doesn't unravel. The stitches are 100% decorative and I'm looking forward to experimenting with all sorts of funky embroidery designs stitched in bright embroidery thread.

felted wool fabric collection
Unfortunately I've been building this collection of felted wool like it's a precious, extremely scarce material. Yep, I've been hoarding this collection of beautiful felted fabrics, so this week my goal is to slice into this fabric, stitch together those dots, and make something fun in between running errands for Dad.

So that's what I'm up to this week. What are you creating? Have you ever helped a loved one recover from surgery? Did you make a special project during that time, or find it too challenging to balance the two tasks at once?

One thing I've learned - portability is key! Having a project with needle and thread already started is really nice to grab and stitch without having to think too hard or make major decisions. Sometimes all you can do is sit and stitch and that's okay!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

16 comments:

  1. Luckily my Brother quilting sewing machine is portable so I can take it with us when we are camping. Nearly finished with my Daughter Quilt, then I can start making Christmas squares.

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  2. Your dots look like Christmas tree ornaments.

    https://occasionalpiece.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/oh-christmas-tree-qal-%e2%80%a2-step-3/

    You might want to this out...

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    1. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I try to always have an applique project to work on that I can quick grab if I'm going to be sitting somewhere for a period of time. It's amazing how much you can get done in 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there

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    1. I completely agree! Small progress really can add up over time.

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  4. I wish your father a speedy recovery. Maybe this is a great window for more Father/Daughter machine embroidery designs ? (hint, hint....your ME designs are stunning). I think your felt circles are lovely and I look forward to seeing what you create with them.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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    1. Oh yes! We're working on several fun ideas. Digitizing a flower is almost as good as enjoying them in the garden!

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  5. My husband had his hip replaced 2 weeks ago and he's walking without a cane now. Pain free for the most part, PT twice a week but no sweat. Beat decision he ever made.

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  6. Your felt coins are cute – I'd be making myself some felt jewelery if I had your stash. There are some great ideas on Pinterest. I've had more than my share of time in hospital, and I always have either a hand-stitched hexie kit or some cross stitch to keep my hands busy. Just lying there doesn't feel right, and I think sewing, like knitting, is good mental therapy.

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    1. I absolutely agree! I'll definitely check out the felted jewelry. It sounds pretty!

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  7. Scary to think hip replacement is done with only a few hours in hospital now! I think the two weeks plus rehab time that used to be standard here in UK was probably to keep people like your dad from going back to his projects too soon! Hope he recovers well, and is soon ready to tackle his house and garden again.

    Hand sewing is a great idea!

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    1. I know, it was super quick! The surgery was only 45 minutes so we were leaving around 6 pm. I think the recovery is going to take a bit longer than Dad might like, but it'll be worth it to not live in pain.

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  8. Home the same day? Wow. Was it a full hip replacement? Good luck with the recuperation. I had my knee replaced a year and a half ago, it was way more time in the hospital!

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  9. Good luck and healing to your dad, and much energy to both of you!

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  10. I hope that your Dad recovers quickly and that you both enjoy some great father/daughter time - ;))

    I know that you are Left-Handed - and I assume that you sew your felted wool Left-Handed. Would be so kind as to post some tutorials or videos on how YOU do it for the other Left-Handed Quilters out there in blogland. I, for one, would really appreciate it - thanks - ;))

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  11. What a cool project to have at hand while doing all that waiting around. I hope your dad recovers well, it's amazing how quickly people are up and about after hip replacements! I've this weekend finished up a single-bed quilt (for a gift) and shifted the pile of UFOs from one spare bed to the other spare bed while 'taking inventory' to figure out what to do next. Have a good week!

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