Monday, April 15, 2019

Out of this World BOM #1 :: The Space Shuttle

If you follow my blog regularly, you may remember that last year I participated in Pat Sloan's mystery quilt, "Grandma's Kitchen." It inspired me to make memory quilts to honor my Gramma Ann. I ended up making six quilts: one each for me, my mom, and my four aunts. 

I wasn't planning to do any social quilting this year because I had so many to finish from last year. 

But then...

Pat's Block of the Month theme for 2019 is Out of this World. My aspiring rocket scientist insisted that I participate. How can I say no to this face?

So, we will be doing this project together. I will sew the blocks, and then D will help me write the post. Hi~ My name is D and my mom asked me to help her with the posts she write for this quilt she is making for my friend J. It's all about space, and I am the space expert at our house! I first became interested in space when I went down to Florida and my parents asked me, "Would you like to go to Disneyland or the space center?" and I said; "I DO NOT LIKE MICKEY THE MOUSE!" So my parents said, "Ok then, space center it is!" and since then when I was 3, I have been into space. but, even before I was into space, I watched the last shuttle launch and land. I have seen a bunch of the space shuttles in museums, and I have quite a few space shuttle toys. I like using my little space shuttle lego set to re-enact a space shuttle launch! This is D, signing off. 

At first I asked why he needed a third space quilt, especially after I just finished making him One Giant Stitch for D a few months ago.

He thought about it for a bit and then asked if I would make it for one of his best friends instead. That was all the reason I needed. J shares D'slove of space, though not his obsession. As I share my block for this project, I will share D's lifelong love of NASA and the wonder of the universe.

The first block is based on the space shuttle. 

D's first introduction to the world of NASA was in July of 2011, when the last space shuttle launched. On a whim, we decided to watch it. 

D was only 19 months old, but apparently it stuck with him!

I don't remember the first time we went to a science museum, but I'm pretty sure that is when he got his first space shuttle toy.

This is the day that D's train obsession left the station and the space age began.  

Our first trip to a NASA facility. D is wearing a shirt I made him with my new Silhouette Cameo under the guidance of my friend Lauren from The Thinking Closet.

Since then, we have been to many other NASA facilities, including one vacation that included 3 NASA stops (Marshall, Stennis, and Johnson), as well as one drive by (Michoud). 

Of course, with every trip, we also have to stop at a quilt shop, where I often end up buying space-themed fabric. As a result, I have a pretty good stash of space fabric, including this print that I am using for my center sections.

When D had his first school picture as a preschooler, the photographer asked parents to send in a comfort item with each child to help with nerves. Most kids brought a stuffed animal. D, on the other hand, brought his space shuttle.

When D learned to draw, the space shuttle was his favorite object to create.

Early Shuttle
Later Shuttle
Shuttles have played a part in more than one birthday party.

Another one of his favorite toys was a big cardboard space shuttle. He even drew a cockpit on the inside.

When he learned to make pizza, his dough was shuttle-shaped.

The shuttle has even become part of our Christmas tradition--21st century baby Jesus hangs out in a shuttle, not a manger.

When D was 7, he was finally old enough to go to space camp with Niels. 

Last summer, they went back again.

With his love of space spanning from age 3 to 10--so far--I anticipate many more NASA adventures ahead. 

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

TBI Temperature Quilt :: March 2019

March was a crazy month. Clearly, I'm still recovering from it since I'm only now getting around to sharing my month's progress on my TBI quilt.

Even though I had a fair amount of down arrow dates, the good news is that I didn't sew on most of those days because a BIG project kept me out of the craft room, not a headache. (Details coming soon, though you may have an idea if you follow me on Instagram).  

I started the month at the neurologist for my regularly scheduled Botox injections. Before I got approved for Botox, my headaches would have me in bed up to 25 days a month. Now I only have about 5 bed days a month. The frustrating thing is that even though Botox is one of the most effective ways for brain injury survivors to get ahead of headache pain, because it can also be used for cosmetic purposes, insurance companies want to make absolutely sure that no other treatment would work. As a result, it took me three years of recovery and therapy after my brain injury, then another four years of trying every other medicine and treatment available (except for when I was pregnant and nursing), before I was allowed to try Botox. The last thing I tried before Botox was a two-day cocktail of chemicals similar to what cancer fighters are given for pain. Not only did it knock me out of commission for a few days, it didn't touch the pain. 

When I finally started Botox in 2012, it gave me my life back. 

I started the month with my schedule injection. Dr. Casanova has been my primary neurologist for the last five years, after my former neurologist moved away. We are both hamming it up a bit in this picture. The injections pinch, but don't really hurt, at least, they are nothing compared the headaches they help keep in check. 

I brought in my first two month's progress to show the staff. 

It was interesting to show to the dedicated folks who work in the office. It was a great visual tool to show that being brain injured (or disabled in other ways) doesn't mean that every day is a bad day. And it was cool for me to show them how the creative I lost as a writer has come back through quilting.

I marked my March 1 block with a syringe. 

I used the same thread painting technique I learned when making Mrs. Miller's Steinway quilt. This time I remembered to put some interfacing on the back to stabilize it.

With March being complete, I am already 1/4 of the day done with this yearlong project. 

Here's a look at how the month looks in summary. I had 12 bad days and 19 good days. And sadly, no travel days. When I take the weekend days away from the good days when I didn't nap (5+6 on the card below), I ended up with four days that I could have worked my previous office job.

Here are the numbers for the year.

TBI Tally, as of February 28:

Previous Posts:
A Husband's Perspective (Niels reflects on the 15th anniversary of my TBI)

Follow along with the progress of this quilt on Instagram at #TBITempQuilt. I'd love the encouragement to keep me working on the rough days! You can use the hashtag #tempquiltalong to see what other quilters are doing for their temperature quilts. To see what I'm currently working on, follow me at deJongDreamHouse.

Linked to:
Temp Quilt Along  @ Twiddle Tails (click here to see other temperature quilts)

BOMs Away @ What a Hoot! Oh Scrap! @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Moving It Forward @ Em's Scrap Bag
What I Made Monday @ Pretty Piney


Friday, April 12, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

One Monthly Goal :: April 2019

My April 2019 One Monthly Goal is going to be short and sweet because my non-quilting life is going to take front and center. My mommy is finally moving in with us! She is out of her apartment and staying in a friend's casita in the retirement park in Arizona where my grandparents first started spending their winters more than 30 years ago. They have both passed on, and after twenty years off and on, Mom is seeing her favorite spots before she and her Havanese, Murphy, come up to Ohio to live with us. I'm excited to have her closer, and to puppysit my furry brother while Mom works through her bucket list of adventures. 

I'm still plugging away on the Omigolly quilt I started last month. I hope to have that finished by early next month. 

This month, my goal is simply to finish the Project Linus mystery quilt I started last year. It was my second year doing the mystery. Project Linus is an organization that gifts quilts and blankets to kiddos in the hospital. My top is finished so all I have to do is quilt and bind it. That SHOULD be doable this month.

The theme this time was Sweet Violet's Bakery and Confectionary. The designer's original pattern was heavy on purple and pinks, but I wanted to make a version that a boy would love. Since my little guy loves, space, my confectionary takes place in space, and instead of being a flower, my Violet is a rocket.

My son enthusiastically approved. 

You'll be able to find pictures of my progress on this quilt as #peaceloveandintergalacticdonuts To see what I'm currently working on, including my 2019 Brain Injury quilt, follow me at deJongDreamHouse.

June 2017 - Niels' Weighted Blanket (full post)

Linked to: Elm Street Quilts

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