Monday, January 25, 2021

Count My Blessings and Star Bright Quilt Update

Five years ago today, I had a life changing event.  I had brain surgery to fix my ruptured aneurysm.  It truly is a humble experience.  I've learned not only that life in itself is a great blessing but getting a second chance is beyond measure.  Every new day is icing on the cake.  I wake up everyday with gratitude that I'm still here with my family and still able to do things that I love.  Life is precious, don't throw it away.  Every day is a gift, use it to do something good for someone.

I continue to sew almost everyday.  Some days are better than the others.  Some days I feel like I can conquer the world, other days not so much; just glad that I can get out of bed.  And that's ok.  Life is filled with ups and downs.  If you're down, just pick yourself up and go on.  The truth is sometimes I forget what I just wrote so I have to remind myself.

I'm happy to report that the Star Bright quilt repair is done.  I appreciate the many great comments and suggestions.  Things went smoothly, better than expected.  I did top stitch on all the diagonal seams, on top of the vertical and horizontal seams which are the old quilting lines.  After the quilt came out of the dryer, I can't tell the difference as in the pictures below.  My apologies for the colors in the photo which are not consistent.  I used different editing programs.



I used Aurifil color 2311 (50/2) for quilting.  For piecing I used a thread that I got from a local quilt show.  I don't remember the brand but this photo of the label underneath the cone is all the info I have.  The thread is Prime Piecing 70/2 which is very thin.  I like to piece with this thread because the seams lay very flat.  I usually use the default setting 2.5 stitch length.   I think this might contribute to the reason why the thread broke.  I don't think I'll use this thread for piecing any more.

Now compare the picture from 2017 and 2021.



I still have little bit of batting bearded through the top as I wrote about it here.  Now the problem is not as bad as before.


Have a great quilting day.


  1. I love this! And congrats on your five year anniversary. Cherish each day right?

  2. Well done & glad the repair went to plan. I think counting you blessings is well deserved by you after such a traumatic event. Take care, stay safe & hugs from down under.

  3. Bodies and modern medicine are miraculous, Margo. Congrats on being 5 years Post Op!

  4. A great reminder for each of us to count our blessings, each and every day! I'm so glad for you and your 5 year anniversary! Lesson learned on the thread.

  5. Congrats on the anniversary of the triumph of medicine and your recovery! I’m so glad that you are able to count your blessings each day and to quilt! Also glad that your repairs worked. I don’t know what caused the thread to fail, but am choosing to believe that the quilt has been very much loved!

  6. Happy special anniversary, and congratulations on this perfect repair. The quilt looks like new!
    Thank you for sharing, and linking up.

  7. Praise God they were able to fix it! Thanks for sharing your story. Good Providence.

  8. And Star Bright quilt is fantastic!


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