Thursday, November 17, 2016

Recovery Sewing Strategy

It is important to stay busy.  A few weeks ago I was told I needed surgery to replace the seven year old hip replacement that had failed.  So, that's what I was doing last week!  I'm told the procedure went well and in a few months I should be better than ever.  I'm very excited about the prospect of no more limping, no leg lock ups when walking and the elimination of leg pain!
Due to the nature of the procedure, I have to stay off the leg for 3 months forcing me to adapt to alternative modes of getting around.  With a little help I was still able to get some fresh air this week on a spectacular day.

I had a little notice that this adventure was coming so I was able to think about some hand sewing projects to keep me entertained.

One of the most recent Splendid Sampler blocks has already been embroidered this week.

I've been carrying this cross stitch project around for quite some time.  It's colorful and easy (not too many 1/2 stitches) pattern that I am stitching on a larger thread count aida to minimize the stress.

One of my scrap management strategies is to cut scraps down to useful sizes.  I have a nice little package of 2.5 inch squares and I've started to hand piece them together.  This is really slow work but hand piecing is a technique I would like to develop some proficiency with and this project should help.

Then I have some crafty books that I have set aside for bed time reading.

You can imagine my excitement when the physical therapist said I could be machine sewing (for short periods of time) soon!  The day we returned from the hospital my son had already extracted my sewing machine from the sewing suite downstairs and set it up on the dining room table.  My kids know me well!  I hadn't planned on being able to use the sewing machine, so I don't have any projects ready to go but that just gives me something to ponder in these first few days.

My family and friends have been wonderfully supportive through this and I'm even getting some napping time with the Grand-dog!
I'm also looking at this as an opportunity to catch up on my blog reading (sorry!) and maybe even do a little long overdue maintenance to this blog!  Thank you all for continuing to generate so many beautiful things for me to look at!

Whether hand sewing or machine sewing, it looks like I will have lots to fill my time as I work at healing over the next three months!

Have a great day!


  1. I've missed you in blogland and am happy to see your post. Though, sad to see you had surgery. Luckily you have your beautiful new home to recover in and know I'm looking forward to your creative endeavors. Now take it easy...and try to enjoy the process of healing. :)

  2. Glad you came thru surgery fine. The recovery is always a challenge, but I have done over 5 months of assisted walking, so hang can do this. Yay, for the machine being accessible. Enjoy every day.

  3. Having something productive and creative to fill your time (and mind) will no doubt help the healing time go much more smoothly. Hope all is a complete success this time and you are soon enjoying pain free movement again.

  4. I hope you recover soon, but most importantly is that you heal correctly:-)
    It was good you could prepare a bit before hand!

  5. Glad to hear that surgery went well! Fingers crossed that PT give the go ahead for running the sewing machine soon. Although it looks like you have planned for a long sewing hibernation.

  6. I hope you have a speedy recovery, Kathy! And I'm glad you have so many projects lined up (and the possibility of machine sewing just around the corner : )

  7. I trust you are continuing to recovery nicely!! Best wishes for full healing, and pain free walking ~ Tracy


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