Sunday, September 15, 2013

This didn’t happen over night!

Hi all,

This year has been a crazy year, in February my oldest son was diagnosed with Asperger’s. His diagnosis took about 6 months from the time his grade 1 teacher let us know something might be wrong, he had diagnostic and IQ tests at school before he was referred to a pead for the diagnosis.

In June our youngest son was also diagnosed with Asperger’s. And my husband who sees a psych for depression has been told that he more than likely has Asperger’s too.

I am just telling you this to explain why things have slowed down on the creative front. The diagnosis doesn’t change who your child is, they are still the same, it gives us options for therapies and school programs. It also makes life busier!

However, I do have two finishes to share today! These have been months in the making….there are weeks when the sewing machine doesn’t even get looked at!

Scrap challenge quilt

This is my mini for Christine’s Scrap Challenge. It will be auctioned in early October, I will let you know the details when I have them. This was started in July and it has about 550 pieces, a lot for a quilt that is only 25” square.

Scrap challenge quilt quilting texture  
I asked for quilting ideas on Instagram and Bree suggested diagonal cross hatching. I love the texture it gives the quilt!

Scrap challenge quilt back

The quilting on the back looks great too, almost a double sided quilt!

And my other finish actually never touched the sewing machine….just needle, thread and the hot glue gun!


This is a pincushion. I used a free stitchery from Red Brolly and the timber bowl was turned by my uncle.

pinchusion top 
I don’t know if I want to put pins in it, it is too pretty.

pinchusion side on 
I hope I haven’t overloaded anyone with information, it actually felt good typing it and I considered deleting it all but I am putting it there because the more I talk about it the more I find others in similar situations and it is good for us all to know that we are not alone!

Til next time,
Jess :)


BillieBee (billiemick) said...

That is a lot to find out about your family, but at least you know what you are dealing with. I'm sure others with similar challenges will find you soon.

Your quilt is lovely.

Susan said...

You have a lot on your plate at the moment but Aspy kids! And you are not alone, that's for sure! I love the 'postage stamp' quilt! It is very striking! Good luck with the auction!

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

Ah Jess I had no idea it was all three of your boys - I hope you're doing okay?

I adore that pincushion - there is no way I could stick pins in it either!

Oops-Lah said...

Your pin cushion is just lovely and the stitching is beautiful. What a great idea to use a wooden bowl and it's even more special since it was hand made as well. The quilt is lovely too; well done with the two finished. I'm sorry to hear about your kids (and your hubby)! But I'm sure it's a good thing that the kids have been diagnosed now, as early intervention is quite important. My friend's father has just been diagnosed with Asperger's and he's in his eighties!! He too was suffering from depression. I wonder how his life would have turned out, if he had been given help earlier on in his life! Big hug!!!

barcord said...

Hi Jess. I typed out a big comment, and it seems to have got lost in the world wide web somewhere.
Love the heirloom if ever I saw one.
Your quilt is gorgeous. So many tiny pieces, and the quilting perfect as usual.
I will be keeping you and your boys in my prayers. I know there are many changes and routines to be set in place and get used to. Love to you 4 xxxx

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Love the pin cushion. My oldest was diagnosed with ADHD in February. He's 23 now, and graduated college in May, shortly after he finally got on meds. He's so much better now, and got the diagnosis on his own, when he figured out that he was having troubles that shouldn't be so hard. I'm so proud of the hurtles he's overcome. Now your boys can get what help they need to help them succeed, too.

Anita said...

Thanks for sharing about your family, depression is so hard to deal with. My teenage son was diagnosed with it several years ago and they also thought he might have aspergers but he didn't. Glad they're getting the help they need and you have sewing as your therapy :)

cat and vee xoxo said...

oh Jess, you've had a lot going on behind the scenes! I hope that now that you have diagnoses, that good strategies, plans and support will be made available to you as well. Your auction-mini is gorgeous, and the little pin-cushion is just so sweet and pretty - and how special that it's sitting in a bowl turned by your uncle! Your sewing is awesome - so know that when you do get time and space to sew, you are creating beautiful things. take care xx