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Friday, December 09, 2016

May I Vent A Little Bit?

Please feel free to ignore my post if you want to.  I just need to vent a little.

As some of you know, my husband was recently diagnosed with cancer.  It's my understanding that it's 85% treatable and curable and that's absolutely what we want. Thank God for that!

I've spent the last 3 hours trying to find some sort of grant or financial assistance for cancer patients and there's a lot out there.  Unfortunately, we don't qualify for any of them.  At least not anything that I've found so far.

So many of you have helped us already and I feel awful constantly asking for donations.  Esp. when the economy has been tough for a long time and it's Christmas and everyone has their own problems to deal with and pay for.  I just can't believe there's no help for middle class couples.  This is so humiliating for me. 

Despite our insurance, the bills are unbelieveable.  I'm getting them now almost everyday.  Although Scott was able to work the last couple of days, he'll be off again for the next 10 - 14 days.   No work, no pay.  He started his 2nd round of chemo this morning.  And come January 1st, we have to start all over again with an outrageous deductible.  I'm still paying for a surgery that he had last December.  I was down to the last $1,500.00 when this cancer thing started.  I had hoped to pay that off by the end of the year but that won't happen now.

I'm working like a crazy lady republishing my cross stitch patterns, which I had intended to do anyway but I'm pushing myself now which isn't good.  My one fun thing is the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along.  I've been watching the progress photos over on Facebook and it's so cool to see all the different color combinations....remember, there are no rules!  Not even for me!! 

Well, I was wondering, instead of me asking again for donations, I was wondering if anyone out there would be willing to sponsor us?  Meaning, help to promote our Go Fund Me site by regularly posting it on your blogs, Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else you can think of.

I'm at my wits end.  I am so scared.  I cannot stand to be in debt.  I can't work enough to pay for all this.  Honestly, I don't understand how people who have worked all their lives, have always lived frugally and simply and have integrity, can end up in the position of having to beg for help when we live in the United States of America, pay taxes (like crazy), help our neighbors, help our parents, are kind to animals (how many have we rescued and cared for?)....I'm sorry, I just don't understand it.

My mom keeps telling me that I have to have faith.  Yes, I'm Catholic, I have faith but God didn't plant a money tree in my backyard and a person can only work so many hours a day.

Our only hope to just to keep our heads above water is our Go Fund Me site but I need help promoting it.  I don't have a lot of friends and I don't have a lot of family.  Just my parents and my cousin. 

Well, I just thought maybe some of you would help me with the fund raising end of this, by just promoting it.  I am so grateful for all the help that we've already received.  And the prayers and then kindness.....and everything.

And thank you so much for letting me vent about this.  I try to keep my blog for my needlework and related projects but I'm at a loss now.  And I'll try to stop complaining, at least for awhile.  I just know that writing it all down, helps to get it out of the system.

I'll post the next band for the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along next week sometime.  I know everyone needs to get caught up.  I think, I will take a break from working until next week.  Sometimes, a time out helps us to refocus.

Thank you again everyone.
Love to all!


Thursday, December 08, 2016

Never Ending Sampler Panel 1 Band 6

Band 6 for the Never Ending Band Sampler:

The flowers are worked with 3 strands of floss and straight stitches.  They should look like satin stitches when they're done.  Below is a closeup of the flower.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Never Ending Sampler Panel 1 Band 5

The 5th band for Panel 1 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitching Along features the Herringbone Stitch:

If you need instructions on how to work the Herringbone stitch and any other stitch you can think of, please visit Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary over on her Pintangle blog.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Scott's Cancer Treatment Update

Hi everyone, Scott is doing good. His strength is back which is good because the 2nd 5 day round of chemo starts on Friday. His appetite is good and I keep giving him Ensure for all the protein and vitamins that it has. He's working now through Thursday and then he'll be home again for 10 - 14 days. I'll keep the updates coming.

If you can share this on your blogs, facebook walls and other social media sites, I would be so grateful. We need all the help we can get.

And please keep praying that he continues to do well with this. Thank you so much for your support everyone!

Love and Hugs, Pam

For anyone who prefers Paypal, there's a Paypal Donate Button in the sidebar to the right.

Crazy Quilt Block Patterns

Originally created as an Online Crazy Quilt Class on Color and Composition.

9 individual block patterns on how to work with color and composition in crazy quilting. This was an online Stitch Along class that has ended now but will continue to be available to anyone who would like to learn this aspect of crazy quilting.

Following the step by step directions in these books, you can create these lovely 6 inch Crazy Quilt Blocks.

If you make all 9 of the blocks in this series, you will have enough to make a beautiful Crazy Quilt!

These are now available at Etsy:
Also available at Magcloud:

Never Ending Sampler Panel 1 Band 4

The band 4 of the Never Ending Sampler:

Work the flowers with straight stitches using 3 strands of thread.  They should look like Satin Stitches.

Experiment with the backstitching.  If 1 strand shows up, great.  If not, try 2 strands instead.

Right click on the image and save to your hard drive.  Then print up using any graphic software that you have.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Cats And Quilts December Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Okay everyone, all 12 Cats and Quilts designs are now available:

This is the December design!

Available at both Magcloud:
and at Etsy:

And here are all 12 together:

Please share on your social media!  Pinterest, Facebook, Blogs!  As some of you know, I'm working really hard to pay for my husband's cancer treatment.  Thanks everyone!

Cats And Quilts November Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Number 11 in the Cats And Quilts Counted Cross Stitch pattern series is now available:

Available at both Magcloud:
and at Etsy:

Cats And Quilts October Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Number 10 in the Cats And Quilts series is now up!  Here is October:

Available at both Magcloud:
and at Etsy:

Sunday, December 04, 2016

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