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Turkey Tracks: January 16, 2021

“Happy Quilt”

I’ve been busy this week: cataract surgery on my left eye happened on Tuesday and a week of healing, eye drops, and check-ins with family and friends followed. The left eye was really bad with seriously impaired vision that was starting to affect both eyes. It is now AWESOME! I have light and clarity back now, and I am delirious about my renewed vision. The right eye will be done Feb. 2nd. It all feels like a miracle.

Plus, I was totally able to do the procedure without being put to sleep—which would have meant a risk for me with my mast cell disorder/histamine reactions and would have been maybe pushing the envelope too far alongside the drugs they used to prep the eye. The whole process was totally interesting, and afterwards, they only had to check my blood pressure a few times, and I could just go home. I could tell right away that my eye was seeing things it had not seen in some time—and that has gotten better and better every day.

BUT, I put the binding on this baby quilt for a local baby born on the 11th before I left for the cataract procedure, and during this week, I was able to sew down the binding. I called it “Happy Quilt,” and it is made from a collection of Riley Blake fabrics I had in my stash that really needed to be used.

I got into this project via friend Betsy Maislen who was also making baby quilts. She used the Bow-Tie block, and when I saw her growing quilt top, I got hooked—especially as I wanted to do something for this local baby. Here’s Betsy’s quilt top, so you can see what drew me into this project:

Betsy used a pink binding—and the quilt is back from the longarm quilter. She is now making another baby quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s “Winter Blues” pattern, which we both have purchased now.

Here’s “Happy Quilt.”

And now I am back to hand quilting my “stripes” solid scrappy quilt and working on the January project for The Color Collective.

Today is rainy and way too warm—all the snow is melting. But I am looking forward to a rainy day of sewing.

Written by louisaenright

January 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

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  1. Love it!!!!!

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    Sandy Albers

    January 16, 2021 at 10:53 am

  2. Just delighted that your vision has improved so much so quickly! Really it is like a miracle. Enjoy your new view of life!

    On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 10:20 AM Louisa Enright’s Blog wrote:

    > louisaenright posted: ” Turkey Tracks: January 16, 2021 “Happy Quilt” I’ve > been busy this week: cataract surgery on my left eye happened on Tuesday > and a week of healing, eye drops, and check-ins with family and friends > followed. The left eye was really bad with seriou” >

    emaislen

    January 16, 2021 at 11:27 am

  3. Lovely quilts! Certainly “Happy”!
    I have to have cataract surgery pretty soon. Glad you had a good experience. It is scary for me to think about.

    Lisa

    January 16, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    • It is super easy—so no worries. They have this one worked out really well. No pain. No stress. I had mine at MIles, but I assume Belfast will be good too. I felt very cared for. Call me if you want me to tell you more. I found it helped to talk to people—as they came up with really good suggestions about glasses, far/near vision, etc.

      louisaenright

      January 16, 2021 at 1:49 pm

  4. Love the first one very much!

    June Derr

    January 18, 2021 at 11:12 am


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