The box is taped, labeled, and sitting by the front door for tomorrow's pick-up by our mail carrier. Four of these are out of the HeartStrings red-white-blue Chinese Coins project. The right top one uses some of the HeartStrings R-W-B swap blocks, and some other donated blocks. I nearly had heart failure when I was quickly hanging these for DH to photograph - one of the blue stars had run. Off it went to the washer and Synthropol - and it worked!! They are all washed, ready for cuddling. I still have the basket-weave top and another funky caterpillars top to put borders on, quilt, and bind. I decided to put these five, with pillowcases, in the mail to meet Alycia's deadline, and will finished the others soon. I forgot about labels, sorry Alycia. I meant to at least write on the quilts, but I forgot that, too.
I'm excited about attending the Nebraska HeartStrings sew-in next weekend. We are going to the quilt study museum (it has a fancier name) in Lincoln on Friday, then sew on Saturday. I may need to stay over until Sunday to drive home in the daylight. It will be fun to meet all these HeartStringers I think I already know and count as friends.
I had what I hope is good news today. I met with an eye surgeon who is willing to "exchange" my intraocular lens implants. I've had very fuzzy vision, and little "low light" vision since my cataract surgery, which was 3 years ago. They kept saying my brain would adjust to these implants, but it hasn't happened. I still see the rings of the implants as huge halos from every light or reflected light. At least I learned I'm not crazy - it seems to happen in about 10% of patients with the ReStor lens. I haven't been able to drive at night since that surgery. It was the final thing that made me not able to work in Surgery - you either have a lot of reflected light, or low light when cases are performed with scopes. I had to come to terms with the fact that I was unsafe, for my patients as well as myself, in that environment. It will take two more surgeries, but hopefully I will have clearer vision by summer. I'm not holding my breath, though, I am an OR nurse, and we seem to be a magnet for complications.
I hope you HeartStringers like what I have created with your Chinese Coins. It has been very interesting, and I have enough left for 2-3 other quilts for more Quilt of Valor. I did use some of them making cuffs for some of the pillowcases.