More on Recovery – April 22, 2015

April 22nd, 2015

What can be more of an encouragement while recovering from open heart surgery??? What can help distract from the healing incisions which can be irritating????

Some great news!

While Karen and Joe went for a walk, her little assistant is sneaking a picture of some happenings last night in Paducah!

2015 AQS QuiltWeek® – Paducah

And the Winners Are…
Wait no longer for the complete list of contest winners at AQS QuiltWeek® – Paducah, KY 2015! After the show, photos of the winning quilts and videos of winning quiltmakers will be available.

Winning quilts will be featured in the next issue of American Quilter magazine.

Janome America, Inc. Best of Show #202 MAJESTIC MOSAIC, Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Woot! Woot!

Our little local paper picked up the story, as well! She was unable to do a happy dance but her assistant did one!

Karen is in shock but so delighted that she and Renae won this honor!

Recovery Time! April 21, 2015

April 21st, 2015

Karen is recovering comfortably at home. She is doing so well! She is up and about and enjoys being able to take a walk outside. Karen plans to be in her sewing room later today! I wonder if she is doing so well due to the best nurse ever?!?!? Joe Blog

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Or, could it be the fabulous outpouring of prayer, well wishes and good juju from all of you?!?!?


Thank you so much!

Heart Surgery Recovery – April 17, 2015

April 17th, 2015

Good Morning!

Just wanted to pass along the update that Karen is doing well and resting. I have included some pictures to help you all see that!

Karen has a commanding view of the river from her corner suite in the CICU. The staff is amazing and the facility, grand. The midnight shift made up a bed so that Joe could stay with her. Must have been comfortable because he said he even took a nap!

Room with a View

Karen’s room with a view of the river.



Sitting up

Karen has been out of bed and is sitting up in her snazzy pj’s.


Karen’s vitals look good and she is looking forward to a little walk today.

Karen is still, obviously, in some pain but the medications do help.

Many thanks for the love and support at this time……keep those “good vibrations” coming!

Heart Update: She’s Out!

April 16th, 2015

So glad to tell you all that Karen is out of surgery! She will be in ICU for the next 24 hours or so for observation then on to her deluxe accommodations of a regular hospital room.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bessie, the cow, for her valve! They did try to repair the flappers, but it was better to go ahead with the replacement. All went as well as can be expected and now……the recovery! Hopefully, we can get this busy gal to rest and recuperate!

Until the next update…….



Heart Surgery Update

April 16th, 2015

Not much to tell you all yet. Waiting is the name of the game! Karen is prepped and ready to go. Surgery will start at about 1:00. Thank you for your well wishes, prayers and good juju. Keep sending them!

Heart Surgery Today- April 16, 2015

April 16th, 2015


I am having open heart surgery today.  Yes, you read this correctly.  I will take all of the prayers and, as my friend Pam says, good juju that you want to send my way.  I’m going to need it.  I’ve known about this problem for just under a year.  My doctors feel that I should take care of it now while all of my other tests are excellent.  If I have seen you recently and not told you please, please do not be offended.  I am a crier and I was having a hard time telling people without breaking down.  I’ve never had a surgery of any kind or even been in the hospital so this is pretty scary for me.  And, I’m starting my surgery experience in a big way.  The problem is with my mitral valve.  I have two leaflets that are flapping, my word not the docs, and my heart has become enlarged.  My surgeon is going to try and do a repair. It sounded more likely that I will have a replacement valve.  If I do get a replacement cow valve, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the cow.  It is nice of you to donate your valve for me.  I really do appreciate it.  If I am mooing the next time you see me, don’t be surprised.

Either Joe or my assistant, Lynn, will try and keep you updated.  I will be in the hospital 4 to 6 days and then home recovering for the next 6 weeks.

More Photos From My Trip to Punta Gorda, Shared Quilt and Book Review

April 10th, 2015

Here are more of my favorite photos taken while on my walks in Punta Gorda, Florida.

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Nancy sent me an email to tell me about her quilt based on my Magical Medallions pattern. It will be in the Quilt Art calendar for the week of May 16th.  Here are some photos from her amazing quilt.  Thank you for sharing Nancy.  Impressive job.  Congratulations on making it in the calendar.













Just finished reading another John Sandford book called “Deadline”.  It is the 8th book in the Virgil Flowers series with Virgil being a Minnesota  state cop.  Virgil plans to help a friend with a dognapping issue and gets into much more trouble than planned.  While he’s in town to help his friend, there is a murder….then another murder….Loved the ending!


In June of this year, I’ll be teaching a workshop (which is already filled! They are taking names on a waiting list.) and doing a lecture along with numerous demonstrations at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.  Check it out

Until next week……

Peace River Quilters and Shared Quilt

April 6th, 2015

I got stuck in the Charlotte area Friday night due to flight issues….”no crew for the plane”.  The joys of traveling….  Thankfully, my trip to Punta Gorda, Florida to visit the Peace River Quilters Guild was a good one.  I had a wonderful time with the ladies from the guild.  I had been there once about ten years ago, just before the big hurricane.  Nice to see they have survived and are doing very well.  Here are some photos I took on my morning walks.

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Apparently, the owners of this home decorate their manatee mailbox for the season.  Honestly, some people have too much fun.

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Betty purchased my “Folk Art Fantasy” pattern a while ago and brought her almost finished piece to share.  Looking good, Betty.  Thanks for sharing.

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Until next week.

Amarillo, Texas, Shared Photo and Book Review

March 31st, 2015

I just returned from teaching at Quilted Bliss, a quilt shop  in Amarillo, Texas. You can find them at . Candy, the owner, is a very welcoming and kind-hearted soul.  It was a pleasure spending time with her and her husband.  The first evening, our lecture was held in the tallest building in Amarillo, the Chase building, if I remember correctly.  And the views of Amarillo were fabulous.


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Here are some photos of the Quilted Bliss.

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Love the way the fabric is displayed on this wall.

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This week also brought me an email from Riet Voogd.  She enlarged my Fiesta Mexico pattern and turned it into a bed quilt.  How cool is that?





I finished reading “The Snow Child” on my flight back from Amarillo.



It was rather unusual, and I don’t mean that in a bad way.  It takes place in Alaska during the 1920’s.  Jack and Mabel decide to make the move to Alaska after the loss of a child.  They need a new start.  Mabel is lonely and Jack is breaking his back starting their farm.  They are growing apart.  Faina, a child, comes into their hearts and home.  She enters their lives in a very unusual way.  You’ll need to read the book to find out more…..




Canada and Book Review

March 24th, 2015

I have been in the Waterloo-Kitchener area of Ontario, Canada for the past five days visiting the Waterloo County Quilter’s Guild.  My guild contacts were Elizabeth and Elizabeth!  It was wonderful working with both of them.  They had things very well organized. Their guild members should be giving them a big THANK YOU for all of their hard work.  Bringing in a national teacher is a lot of work.  And, going from the US to Canada can create some challenges.  You can find out more about the guild at

I gave two lectures on Wednesday.  One of the members brought her friend, Helen Blaskievich, along to the meeting.  Helen brought her finished “Magical Medallions” quilt.  I was awe struck.  Helen did an incredible job.  This is no easy quilt to make.  It has lots of difficult pieces. Helen conquered the task.  I am so glad Helen shared her quilt.  Love it.

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During the workshops, Joan Doke shared one of the blocks she made from Fiesta Mexico.  She is working on the entire quilt but she just brought Block 11 to share.  I love it.  This is Joe’s favorite block on the quilt so it’s fitting that he got into the picture.

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Lots of fun in the workshops….

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On my trip home from Florida, I started reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. I finished it on the airplane ride to Canada.  I have not seen the movie and did not know much about this book except that several people recommended it to me.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I really appreciate that kind of perseverance.  My feet hurt just thinking about how far she hiked on the Pacific Crest Trail.