Welcome to my blog! Above is a Primitive Gatherings wool project that I have had almost finished for several months. I needed a little wool to complete a couple flowers. I even had the binding on it! I quilted the fabric with straight lines before I appliqued the wool in place, which is easier for me since I am not a not a quilter. (I hate to say that out loud)
I have never spoken of my voice problems on my blog, so I thought I might explain what is going on with me. Over the past three years my voice has become increasingly high pitched and scratchy. It began when I was recovering from a flu bug of some sort. The kind that leaves you coughing for months. My voice never really recovered. Finally I saw my doctor about it and he was confident that it was a result of acid reflux. I never realized I had that problem, but he started me on medication. I also saw an ENT who scoped down my nose to look at my vocal cords. Oh well, you probably don't care about all the details, but I saw the ENT again yesterday and he says one of my vocal cords is immobile and dry, this leaves the cords without the ability to vibrate and make sounds. All of this has resulted in my inability to teach or speak at functions. In fact, it is difficult to have conversation at all. My voice is but a whisper at times and it is a strain to speak. I have been referred to a different specialist who may inject my throat with something to stimulate my vocal cords.
Meanwhile, I was referred to a speech therapist who gave me the best advice, and things my doctors failed to mention. Number one on the hit parade of advice was that I needed to drink more water to hydrate my entire body. I drank a lot, but mostly diet coke, which I found out is a diuretic, as are other caffeine drinks. They don't hydrate. I was using anti-histamines for post nasal drip and to help me get to sleep when necessary. Also a big no-no as they cause drying, as do the menthol cough drops I was using. Luckily the post nasal drip has subsided, as has the coughing, so that is helpful. So I am drinking lots of water, avoiding caffeine, and anti-histamines, and using fruit flavored cough drops when necessary. Since this problem seems to be affecting more people than I realized, I thought I would pass along what I have learned and maybe you can take steps to avoid going this far down the road. Not looking forward to the injection!
On a side note, I am scheduled to teach at an event in October in Hampton, Virginia at the Coliseum Convention Center. It is Expo II-2012, sponsored by Bella Fabrics. For info, follow the link. They have a great selection of teachers. So after that great build-up on my voice, let me assure you that I will have a microphone! I will be teaching an all day class on my Old Elegance quilt.Come join the fun if you are in the neighborhood! Save the dates October 13th and 14th, 2012.
Here is my bio:
Like most quilters, Marcie is addicted to
fabric. She thinks it must have first occurred the moment she was born
and was wrapped in a nice soft cotton blanket. As a child she
watched her grandmother and her love of sewing, and realized that she
wanted to do that also. She began sewing with cotton prints and sewed
through the evolution of fabric as polyester blends and then double
knits became popular. Now she has come full circle and she is the
grandmother, and she is sewing with lovely cotton prints again; only
this time she is making quilts!
Marcie's passion is scrap quilts. She has a
large fabric collection focused on reproduction prints. When she makes a
quilt, she draws from what she has on hand. She models her designs
after traditional quilts and tries to add her own twist to make it
unique. She sells her patterns under the name Patchalot Patterns,
putting her last name in play.
She is happy to say that she has had her
quilt designs published in several wonderful magazines, including
McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts; American Patchwork &
Quilting, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting and Primitive Quilts and
Spending time with her family takes priority
over all and in order to see them she must travel, as they live in
several different states. She is blessed with four wonderful children,
nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They all know that when
she comes, she needs a sewing machine, Diet Coke and Hershey’s Kisses!
It’s a family joke—quilts, coke and kisses! Life is good! www.patchalotpatterns.com
Oh dear, now I have to dump the diet coke reference! But life is still good, and we move forward trying to dodge obstacles that are placed before us!