Sunday, August 25, 2019

Quilter's Crazies? You're Not Alone!

Or is 'Quilter's ADD' really 'OCD'?

We can all be a bit obsessive about quilting and many about shopping. But are we guilty of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Or are we just opportunistic? We see something we could use and we have to have it?

And no,thankfully,  that is NOT my sewing room in the image, above. But it was another quilter's stash and only the part that remained after her passing.

Her family had to hold one gigantic garage sale, it was picked up by a news source and and of course, after seeing this photo..I had to blog about it,
didn't I ?

My problem is that I like to read a lot, research a lot, save a lot, and post, and blog a lot. A LOT. And of course, I like to sew, quilt, and to create. A LOT.

I don't think I want to be remembered in perpetuity for my stash, my UFO's, or my WIPS, PIGS, QUIPS or heaven forbid, quilter's ADD, OCD.......but will I?

But just in case, I had to create a Quilting Acronyms list and then after creating it, I had to share it. I could never remember who was who, and what was what, and I had invented some terms of my own by that time!

And then post them, then gadget link list them, and then print them off, and then share them...I'm still not caught up on those, yet!

My problems is that with all of my blogs, with disappearing images (6 disappeared and had to be replaced just as I was typing this post) have to be done over and over and over.

And it can get very complicated and very time consuming to be honest. So, I often feel like I am never caught up!

Catching up time.....whether virtual or in real essential to my mental health and physical well being.

Plus, it's like house redecorate for the new season and finally get the surfaces dusted and you feel like a new woman with a new outlook and lease on life!

Time to sweep out the winter blues, and welcome in the spring greens, and pinks, and corals, and turquoises, and wonder I have to save photos of the newest ideas, colors, themes, house keeping tips, decorating ideas...I might want to clean or decorate or get caught up..might'n I?


Springing into house keeping, seasonal decorating, catching up after winter's challenges with yard and flower beds, trying to finish up projects and still start new ones to 'keep it fresh' has made me realize this:

All of those people, I felt so sorry for because they honestly didn't realize they had quilter's ADD or even a major case of generalized OCD...well,

But then Spring becomes Summer and Summer ushers in Autumn
Maybe, I am more than just a sleep deprived crazy woman who likes to do a lot of different things and because she never, ever, ever (are getting back together) may never sleep more than that, since it's been one rather long life of it, so far.

Maybe...I'm .....shudder, shudder, of them!

Read the rest here 



Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Where The Mind Is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Rabindranath Tagore's words from 1910 and his call for peace and freedom for his beloved India resonate in my heart and my own fervent belief in our need to call out for equality and freedom and a better life for all people in our own countries, nations and our much bigger world.

We must simply and complicatedly open our hearts to one another with love for all of man and animal kind and with the deepest of true sentient caring, compassion, and most of all, mercy.

We must direct our minds and our hearts through the energies of this love and compassion to envision, create, and bring forth into reality a new and better world.

The true world of sacred communion and all encompassing community that in our hearts, minds, and souls we all dream of within our deepest dreams within a dream that we call reality.

We strive to reach across uncertainties to our own basic truths and desires for a happy, healthy cohesive family, country, nation, and most of all world.

And we have really good days filled with really good fun while still working towards our individual goals and desires manifested for all. And for one not limited by and not just through and for our own selfish egos. 

And that my dear friends is not always easy to do. This is the hardest lesson, learning and truth 

And for me it's always starts with hope, faith, and charity--and always, always begins with love for family.   

And we all  have really good days filled with really good fun while still working towards our individual goals and desires with an immediate goal of being as happy and healthy and productive in living our days and weeks and months, and lives as we can.

With all of these wishes, all of these dreams and all of the otherworldly pains and challenges we can still celebrate each blessing of a new day.

For our family,  on one such lovely day, we collected apples from our apple trees in our back orchard and using nature's bounty and our family's gifting of a DIY cider press, we made homemade apple cider!

Oh yes! Apples from 7 other fine feathered family members domain! 

But don't worry, my chickens...there's lots more where these came from and mre again to come from other apple and fruit trees!

Our trial run with 8 adults and 3 preschoolers (plus all 7 chickens wondering where their apples were going!)  

All helping, each at their own ability,  interest, and energy level. The littlest ones (with occasional supervision from their parents and grandma) used their hands to clean the apples as they bobbed around in a big plastic storage bin.

The Littles removed them when clean and placed them withing reach of dad, uncle, both moms and dads or grandparents and up onto a sawhorse and planks table.

The rest of us worked at this first station where we took turns feeding the grandkids' washed apples into the hand wheel cranked scratter apple cider pressing process #1 as son and son-in-law took turns turning the hand crank "steering wheel". 

Note: In less than  a week we now have an old motor recycled by Larry as our new and improved motorized scrabber for our next apple cider day! Hand cranking is not easy especially with little ones wanting to help 😊

At station #2 my daughter fed that mixture into her apple pressing unit where pure clean juice poured down into clean pails.  

Transfered into pitchers, decanters and thermal hydro flasks with the help of all but grandma and grandkids who were now playing and trying very hard not to jump on beds with cider glasses in hand! 

The proceesed cider was from our own trees, organiclly grown, fresh, and quite delicious!

Making memories to record and to treasure by doing what you can, when you can and working and having fun trying something new makes for a very good day and a very nice break from the rest of our lives of work, worry, and challenges, for all of us.

And with meaningful thoughts and words and  best thoughts that others may also be blessed and free from anxiety, fear, pain and suffering and one day be free to have even one day of love and happiness as we did. 💜


💜 Gratitudes and Blessings! 
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Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Heart Filled Days

It’s all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—

Be sure you count—should I forget
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.  

 --Emily Dickinson

My Own Heart Shaped Comfort  Pillow for Breast cancer

Catho-Port post surgery, Chemotherapy Seatbelt Protection, Aids in Comforting Pain of Coughing (clasp to chest as with heart surgery patients who are told to bend into a pillow as they coughl


Directions for making your own Heart Shaped Breast Cancer or Heart Disease Comfort Pillow:
1. Tape 2 sheets of 8 5" x 11" printing paper together. 

2.  Fold back into 1 sheet using taped seam to draw a half elongated heart shape, just like cutting school Valentines!

3.  Cut out both halves at once. Open and use as your pattern.

4. Cut out 2 hearts from your fabric of choice.

5. Using the 2 pieces of fabric (front + back) sew together using standard  5/8"  seam along outside curved heart shaped edge but leaving a 6" opening for filling with stuffing!

6. Turn right sides out. 

7. Stuff with polyester fiber fill, kubuying new in bag from a fabric store) or using recycled stuffing from any fluffy pillow or even cutting up leftover quilt batting as i did into 2" pieces!

8. Once fully stuffed, pin opening edges together and hand stitch closed.

For chemo-port or post mastectomy patients, place heart pillow below one breast angling center curve of heart underneath that area. Seat belt crosses over the body of the pillow when in use.

  💜  Another option  💜

Make small tiny pillows to tuck under places seat belt rubs. Anything whatsoever in the 4 to 6 inches long and/or wide range works.

Give to someone you love or anyone in need or make and  donate to any hospital or ancer care center in honor and memory of someone you loved.

These are also wonderful for those recuperating from chest surgery of any kind, as one does after Cardiac Surgery etc. See, my pieced pillows ormake your own from solid fabric or fleece using my link above.

And here on my huge list of things that can be made, given, or donated to help others.

My Blog List of Free Patterns for Cancer Awareness: Quilts, Ribbons, Quilts, Caps, Pillows, Pouches, and other Projects

Come back frequently.  I now only type, post and blog on my cell phone and it takes a lot of corrections to get a post finally corrected and finished!

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.