Sunday, January 08, 2012

Getting There

Thank you to everyone for the well-wishes!  I'm making a good recovery.  No more sling, as of Wednesday.  I can shower and dress by myself again, which is so nice, although I still have to adapt for the left arm as I have some trouble getting it up very high or putting it behind my back.  I'm back to most of my usual activities, which is good and bad.  I had to actually cook the other night, and wash dishes too.  I really didn't miss that!  *grin*  And Monday I "get" to start doing Physical Therapy.  But, on the plus side, I finally got some sewing done!

I started with a few string blocks, while I had the sling on.  Now I have graduated to more precise sewing.  When I did my clean-up of the quilt studio, I finally found the I Spy blocks for DGD's quilt.  Yay!  So, I got those up on the design wall the other day, and now they're all sewn together.

This pattern is actually a Disappearing Nine Patch.  All the I Spy blocks are going every which way.  I think one could go insane trying to figure out how to keep all the images right-side up when you're doing this pattern, so I just didn't even try.  Besides, I think this makes it more interesting.  There's no right or wrong side up to it, so when you're using the quilt, it all works.  That's my theory anyway.

Now I'm auditioning something for the outer border.  I think I've decided on a solid green fabric, which is not what's in the photo.  It was tough.  I auditioned at least 10 or 15 fabrics.  I hadn't planned on an inner border, but it seemed to be needed.  The center is so busy it needs a "stop" before the purple border.

The other project I'm beginning is a "Pet Robin", which my guild is doing for our Block of the Month this year.  This idea is from Nancy Chong.  It's where you do the concept of a Round Robin, but you do your own quilt, not passing it around from person to person.  We each wrote a suggestion for the next step,  put them all in a bag and drew one out.  Our first step will be to add applique.  Each month we'll do the same thing for the next step.  I haven't even got a first block done yet.  I had a hard time deciding whether or not to do this.  Now I'm still trying to decide what to do!  I think I'll be different, and make mine wonky.  It sounds like more fun to me.  And it probably won't be very big.  I may start with a block that's somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 to 10 inches.

Well, off to do more!  Happy quilting!


  1. I'm so happy that you are back in action. I would be a basket case if I couldn't sew. That round robin sounds interesting. I'm participating in a round robin this year for the first time ever. I hope I don't blow it. The others are all very artsy. I'm more scrappy traditional. It may be a big challenge for me.

  2. At our LQS I'm "famous" for almost insisting that prints are not (all) 'right side up'. I don't want to be locked in to hanging or laying out a quilt "just right". :-)

  3. So glad you're doing better, but darn, too bad you couldn't hold off cooking and dishes longer, lol. The quilt is great - I do think an I Spy with everything going every which way is much more interesting. You can look at it from any angle and find something. The Pet Robin sounds fun, and I do love the sound of wonky!

  4. Glad you are back to normal. The I Spy is looking good and you are right about the "stop".

    Best of luck with the Pet Robin. Sounds very similar to the Liberated Round Robin we did last year.

  5. So glad to hear you are on the mend. It's the pits being laid up, you think of all the things you could be doing! I too, needed to clean my sewing room, I found the table again and in the process pulled out a disappearing 9 patch in progress. That's my next piecing project on my plate as I know I'm close to finishing all the blocks/sashing. Happy New Year and take care of yourself. Share your round robin, I like that idea!

  6. I am so glad your feeling better and glad to hear your back at the machine!!!!
    isn't it comforting to hear the machine humming along?


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