Wow, it’s been three weeks since I’ve posted, but there’s a good reason for that! Unfortunately, I have had a really bad bout of sciatica and developed shingles! Doc said they were probably caused by stress from the pain of the sciatica. Whatever caused them, I’ll be glad when they are gone. I was on antivirals, pain meds, and muscle relaxers for all of this. Thankfully, I still have some pain meds that I take at night to try to rest. I can tell you, I hope none of you ever have shingles. This has been the most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt. The worst is over, but I have a little still, and have a lot of numbness and burning along my sciatic nerve, around my abdomen and half way down my leg. So, I really haven’t felt like doing a lot of anything. I have very low energy and when I try to do something I do it slowly and deliberately and then rest! At any rate, I will be SO SEW happy when all of this is over. What good is being confined to home if you can’t do what you enjoy?

Toward the end of last week, I was able to make some masks, over several days, for my hubby who does our shopping, and my daughter and her family. And here they are! Have you made any masks?

SmartNeedle has been giving free in-the-hoop masks out. When I made these there were three, a kitty, a bear and a dog. There are a few more now. So to keep it fun for the kids, check them out.

Madelyn’s pink kitty, Dalton’s green kitty, and Braden’s orange dog!!

My hubby looked through my stash and found this spiderweb fabric and wanted his made from it!

And given a few choices, my daughter and SIL chose these. She got to visit Paris as part of a student ambassador trip when she was going into her junior year of high school, so I knew she would chose this Eiffel Tower fabric. My silly SIL said he just wanted “tuberculosis red!” I have no idea what that color is, but I had red, so red it was!!

I used Leah Day’s pattern and added my own twist with nonwoven interfacing and an extra pocket for a HEPA filter, which is what my daughter wanted. So they now all have masks. I don’t have one yet, because I don’t plan on getting out until more of this pain goes away. I will make me one when I do.

So now on to my goals for this week. It actually feels good to set some goals and not just “survive” the week!

  1. Trim and bind Thing #1’s Christmas quilt (as she hangs her head in shame!!)
  2. Make labels for both Thing 1 and Thing 2’s quilts, apply them, wash them, and have them ready for kids when I get to see them again (can I just say GiGi is having kiddo withdrawals?!!)
  3. Press and square up panels for our guild’s panel challenge, due in June. I’ve read the instructions for the pattern through twice, so I think I’m ready to go!

I think that will keep me busy for the week. Though it’s a bad reason, I’m very glad to have my DH working from home – at least as long as our Stay-at-Home declaration is intact. I don’t know what I would have done without him. Bless him – he is definitely a Godsend!

I hope you are all safe and healthy and spending some quality time in your sewing/quilting room(s). Today, I’m linking up with HomeSewn by Us’s To-Do Linky Tuesday and my friend Dione at The Clever Chameleon. Until next time…

Have a day blessed with perfect stitches!

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