Good News, Bad News

The good news:  the test valance I made for my stepmother Shirley’s living room windows last month was a great success. You’ll recall from my last post that I’m helping her update her living room by making bespoke valances out of an elegant furnishing fabric. The Dear Husband and I enjoyed a quick trip to Central Oregon at the end of September to visit her and test out the valance and drapery rod in her home.

The bad news:  at some point during that trip I was exposed to Covid-19. I woke up at home on Friday, Oct. 7, with mild cold symptoms, took a Covid test, and looked in dismay at the second pink line on the home test. The DH and I immediately went into isolation mode per CDC guidelines.

The good news:  my bout with Covid hasn’t been bad. My cold symptoms never worsened although I did experience three days of fatigue. Neither my stepmother nor a dear friend I had lunch with in Bend came down with Covid. The DH tested negative five days in a row.

The bad news:  on the sixth day the DH tested positive. I arranged a video conference the next day with a physician who prescribed the anti-viral drug Paxlovid for the DH. By then I was one day beyond my five-day isolation period and was able to mask up and get that prescription for him.

The good news:  within 24 hours of taking the first dose, my husband was feeling remarkably better.

More good news: yesterday I got the borders sewn onto the ’30s reproduction quilt top found at my guild’s silent auction in August. This is the border print next to a corner block:

Here’s a look at the top on a double bed:

Isn’t that pretty? I’m very happy with my choice of fabric for the outer border. The top measures 81½” x 93½” right now; it will shrink a bit from quilting and laundering.

It sure felt good hearing the sewing machine in my sewing room humming again! I’m now primed to cut into that gorgeous decorator fabric with the goal of heading over to Central Oregon before the end of the month with the finished valances.




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7 Responses to Good News, Bad News

  1. Nita Davis says:

    Hello Dawn, those borders make the quilt look so lovely. More importantly, I am so happy and grateful that both you and your ‘Dear Husband’ are feeling better after the bout with Covid. So happy I got to see you, even briefly, while I was in Portland this summer. Take care. Nita

  2. Christine J Lentz says:

    Lovely quilt, Dawn!
    Most importantly, you and your husband are on the mend!

  3. Vickie Rooks says:

    Oh my, so much news! Glad Charlie’s case responded well to medication! Glad your case was mild! Borders look great on your lucky top! Looking forward to seeing the valances all finished!

  4. Sandy says:

    I’m sorry that you and your DH got Covid, but am so glad you both had mild cases.

    Your quilt is beautiful. What a treasure.

  5. Catherine Wilson says:

    Blessings that you are both feeling better!
    Beautiful quilt with perfect colors!

  6. Melody Wilson says:

    So glad you’re both feeling well…and you’re sewing again.

    Can’t wait to see the valances!

  7. Diane says:

    Nothing keeps the residents of the Portland White House down for long.
    The result on this vintage quilt is just perfect. Well done, Nubs!

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