Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Curly Top Finishing Instructions Are Up

My web master, also known as my darling husband, has put the last installment of Curly Top up--the finishing instructions!  You can get them at Ewes Quilting.

I think it would be fun to have some sort of give-away to celebrate the completion of Curly Top and the  slow return to my life--would anyone be interested?  Still mulling the details over in my mind and will let you know the beginning of May.

Curly Top finished--would love to see your version!
Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Curly Top BOM for November and December--Late Again, the Story of My Life

As you might imagine from my lack of postings, recovery is a bit slower than I thought it would be, but baby steps are still progress!  

You can find the applique pattern for November and December at Ewes Quilting
November:  Curly Top Counts Her Blessings
December:  Curly Top Trimming the Tree
***If you sent me a picture of a block you created and it didn't get posted, I apologize.  I tried to post the ones that were sent to me, but they wouldn't stick--my blog server was having issues.  When I went back to try again, the pictures disappeared.  I would love to post pictures of all the Curly Top blocks you made.  Would anyone be willing to send them again?  Pretty please?***

For those of you who are reading my blog for the first time, Curly Top came to be because I diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer and was going to lose all my hair during chemotherapy...and I did! At first, chemotherapy was my only treatment plan.  As I continued treatments, it became clear that the cancer was far more advanced than they originally thought, so I had a double mastectomy and radiation.  After that, there were more complications than even the doctors anticipated, but it could have been so much worse!  In August, my dad passed away suddenly--if you remember, I had dedicated Curly Top's August block to him. For all that happened in 2013, I know that God held me close to Himself and protected me--it really could have been so much worse!

Well, my hair grew back, with a vengeance and hundreds of curls, just like it was when I was little.  I now look just like Curly Top!!  (If I am feeling brave one day, I will post a picture of my new long locks--I look like a redheaded Rapunzel!!)

I would like to give my sincerest appreciation for those of you who have been so patient with me, especially for my tardiness in posting the last few blocks.  My email was filled with warm wishes and words of encouragement--each one warmed my heart! 

Big quilty hugs!!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Curly Top In Autumn

Seems I make many apologies for being late in posting the blocks each month, but sometimes life has different plans for you.  As you know, I made Curly Top because I lost all my hair during chemotherapy.  Then, I had surgery and radiation, which wiped me out.  And then the emergency surgery, but that's a story for another time......

At the end of August, my dad passed away suddenly.  We have great comfort knowing that he is in heaven with his Savior, but we miss him terribly.  Turned out my cancer gave me extra time with him, since he took me to so many of my treatments.  In fact, our last conversation was sitting at my kitchen table, showing him the August block, "To My Dad, Love Curly Top."  He looked at me, smiled and told me how he was proud of me.  Even as an adult, making my parents proud of me is important.

So, here's the block for September, The Apple of Curly Top's Eye found on Ewes Quilting.
Did you ever take an apple to the teacher?  As a teacher, I received plenty of lovely apples!!

And October, Curly Top's Tricks and Treats....
The jack o'lantern is carved and ready for Halloween!
On a more positive note, my hair has come back and it is very, very curly like it was when I was little.  In fact, I almost have the same hairdo as Curly Top!!  Apparently, growing hair is my super power as I had more than the ladies in radiation (and they teased me about it every day for six weeks!!)!  I am thankful my dad could see me regain what I lost with the cancer.

Thank you for following along with Curly Top in spite of all the interruptions.  I always welcome your comments and pictures of your blocks!!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Curly Top May, June, July and August Posted

 I had planned on posting a block every week in August until we were all caught up, but the overwhelming number of e-mails caused me to change my mind!!  So, you will find the instructions for the May block here.  Curly Top has a lovely bunch of flowers to celebrate spring.

The block for June is a happy memory of mine while working maintenance for my dad's company.  I learned how to drive a tractor and was surrounded by swallows while I cut the grass.  You can find the instructions for this block here

July's block looks like this.....
Here in the United States we celebrate Independence Day with lots of flag waving, but feel free to personalize the block and make it your own!  The instructions for this block and all the other Curly Top blocks can be found at Ewes Quilting.

And finally......
Wow!!  Curly Top should have reapplied sunblock during her surfing lessons!!  Been there myself, which explains all my freckles!!  You will find the instructions for August's block here.

Thank you for your e-mails and your continued interest in Curly Top!