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    Recuperation

    I am going for an operation in 10days. Will be sitting very still after. Have any of you any idea as to what I can do. Quilt wise. This is the 2nd time been incapacitated this year and last time not doing any quilting drove me over the edge. This time will be able to use my hands not so muh my feet or walking.
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    Hand embroidery, applique and quilt binding are the first things that come to mind. Also you could do some hand quilting.
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    Prepare a project in advance..cut your quilt pieces, cut applique pieces, etc. and stack in order in basket beside your chair. Then do applique blocks, hand sew quilt blocks, embroider, etc. Gather your photos and get a new album--organize your pictures. Buy a journal and keep record of your activity and improvement. Make lists of quilts & projects you want to accomplish afterwards. Do you have a laptop/iPad & wireless printer? You can 'surf' and print off projects for later. Or just visit the QB and keep us up to date with your progress! Gather some good books, puzzles, pens and paper--write to old friends or family you haven't seen in a while. Watch movies on TV or VCR, or DVD...you will find your days flying by! Best of luck and speedy recovery. Hugs from all of us here on the board.

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    I went back and looked at your profile, how about getting some of those snowed capped trees ready for appliqué or the birdhouses if you found the pattern or panel you were looking for? If you're going to do the trees as a wall hanging you could also gather supplies to embellish them or do some special hand quilting. Depending on how long you will be unable to sit at the machine, I would make sure I had more than one project to work on, but also make sure I could at least get one or more done.
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    Sounds like a good time to learn to English Paper Piece. Get everything ready ahead.
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    Cut fabric for a hand project that you'll enjoy doing.
    Years ago, after surgery I appliqued red hearts on pre-cut squares of background - ultimately going into a quilt for my grandaughter.
    jeank's idea of English paper piecing is a great idea. Draw a page with many of the shapes you'll need and run through your printer on a firm paper. Select the fabric you'll use and you'll be good-to-go.
    I have some packets of English pp projects that I'll never get to. Would be happy to send you one if you PM me your address.
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    Now is the time to stock up on reading material and hand sewing supplies. I love to do hand work but I need to switch it up so I don't get bored. My favourite thing would be a redwork project. I would either find a red work panel, there are some nice preprinted ones you can buy or trace out some blocks to have ready. Get all your supplies ready in a nice sewing basket you can keep by your chair. Fix up a good lamp and magyfying glass in your spot(Walmart has some nice ones in my sewing/lamp aisle) When I was layed up with my shoulder I loved my Ipad to keep in touch with QB and friends.

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    How about hexies. You could always, for a change of pace, do some embroidery/folding/redwork/embellishment in the centre of each flower. Or do a folded variation.
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    Good luck with the operation and recuperation.

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    Thanks very one. As this is the second time this year it is more difficult as he reading etc was last time.applique sounds interesting.

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    start a small size crazy quilt (pillow size maybe) and during your recuperation do the embroidery work on it?

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    I just got the Hickory Nut templates from Hickory hill quilts...I would prepare the pieces beforehand and work on this..

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    Pattie what a good idea. I must have some hexagons ready to work with already cut out. Find them before I go in. Living on your own all problems must be organised before I go in so again you are all stimulating the old grey cells. This board is excellent for that

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    Dottymo....hope you find the project you need/want to keep yourself occupied....but moreso here's wishing you complete success with your surgery - and a very speedy recovery !!!!
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    How about some english paper piecing? Hope all goes well with your surgery, we'll all be thinking of you.
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    Prepare some fabrics for a dresden plate quilt before you go in and applique them onto some squares. Can you tell I want to make one, just hate to take out time to get them ready for appliquing. Get your quilting books out and a notebook and make out lists of quilts you want to make. Sit in front of your fabrics and jot down ideas to make them with. I like to watch home improvement shows too, if you have them available.
    Take care and I hope you get fixed up real soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn View Post
    Hand embroidery, applique and quilt binding are the first things that come to mind. Also you could do some hand quilting.
    If you'll be doing hand quilting, be sure to get your quilt marked prior to the surgery!

    will be praying for a quick recovery!!
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    I see lots of great suggestions. I hope you recovery quickly and are back machine quilting soon. Best of luck on your surgery.

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    You didn't say what kind of surgery you will be having - so it is hard for me to give suggestions - what will you be able to move?

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    A cathedral window project is nice for handwork. You could make pillow covers or a lap quilt.

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    I'm having tvt for bladder control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    I'm having tvt for bladder control.
    Hope you have a very successful surgery and quick and complete recovery.

    So many women have issues with urinary leakage~

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn View Post
    Hand embroidery, applique and quilt binding are the first things that come to mind. Also you could do some hand quilting.
    Other than the hand quilting this is what I did after foot surgery...still drove me crazy to not be able to sew on my machine.
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    Do Grandmothers flower garden quilt.. I have to do it by hand and it really goes pretty fast. Have them all cut out and ready to go. I did this while setting with my sisters husband while he was sick. Now I just need to put it together.

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    Don't hae any ideas, but want to say that I will keep you in my prayers that you recuperate fast. Let us know how you do.

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    With all the wonderful ideas, you could spend 24 hours a day keeping busy. Be sure to take time to just get some rest inbetween all the wonderful projects on which you will be working.
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