The second border brought this Log Cabin up to 65" x 75", a better size if I decide to donate it to QOV. I think it's a little uhhhh "fussy" for a guy, and female QOV recipients are scarce. I'm not even sure I want to donate it - I'm liking it a lot! So, what do you think?? Too "fussy" for a guy?
Thursday, September 09, 2021
Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Between questions, investigating, not knowing how, getting a new roof due to hail damage, hiring tree trimmers, home insurance complications, health insurance, Air Link (helicopter) flight insurance, new heart-healthy diet, replacing a TV that was needed to help me "rest", redoing the studio to make it more usable, cardio P.T., and the usual home maintenance, I've been infrequently working on this Patriotic Log Cabin. For whatever reason, I kept getting mixed up with "which row?" kind of slip-ups but today it's in order. Sometimes, when making a row on point, the blocks don't appear to be in the right order until you lay it back out, and my eternal "too many jobs" got in the way of a calm approach. But it's almost together, and I'll finish it at next All Day Sew. For now, it's 56 " x 56". May add a plain border. I still need simple corners. Yeaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!!!!!
Recovery from my "event" is going along fine, and I'm dropping some needed weight on my new diet of "no fat, no sugar, no salt" and finding many suitable and tasty substitutes. Mostly I'm not very hungry, totally unlike my previous self. Cardio P.T is informative and an important factor for recovery. My many years of exercising at the Wellness Center was for flexability and building body muscle but not heart muscle. hmmm - be aware those are different. I'm still learning.
Monday, August 16, 2021
This is the last big project for the year. Old carpet finally GONE, and new vinyl flooring installed. This is the family room.
Here is the larger part of family room, needing a 2nd area rug.
A quilt photo ... this one is probably my favorite of many.
Yes, this is my arm, totally black and blue after procedures following a catheter and stent, after the ER said was a heart attack. I think the right name is a PCI. I was whisked from the local ER to the Air Link Helicopter in the middle of the night, too dark to see a view, to a Cardiac Hospital 3 hours (by car) east of my home. Local hospitals can only do so much. We (me and crew) arrived in 55 minutes, squeezed into that amazing little beast. Frankly, I was so interested in the flight, I had no fears about the reason. By mid-morning Tuesday, I was in surgery, all of 45 minutes, and awake, and back home Thursday, thanks to a dear friend who came all that way and then drove me home, weak, but alive and feeling tolerable. The catheter and stent into my heart to clear out blocked artery kinda messed up my sewing arm for a while, but I AM RECOVERING! Drop me a line if you have other questions. You might remember an earlier visit to ER said Anxiety, but they did recognize immediacy the second visit. I am blessed to have had the foresight to get to ER in time.
Monday, July 19, 2021
Sunday, July 18, 2021
This was my "ruined" block yesterday, (previous post) carefully removed from the quilt top. sad day, and even worse, there were 6-8 strips of the same fabric in other parts of my quilt top. I couldn't take the chance of "will it come out after I finish the quilting?" I figured total removal was my only option. Happily, this happened!
Saturday, July 17, 2021
This scrappy half log cabin top is layered and basted -- BIG project. but it turned out well. Dig that border! My machine quilting plan was straight line wedges in each block. Great idea, and away I went with a full head of steam. The lines were long and my ruler was short so I marked those lines in the first 2 blocks with blue pen, an old standby. After completing 2 blocks of straight lines, my wedge quilting plan didn't seem so great, and I removed the quilting stitches and spritzed the blue lines, then went back to think about another design, while it dried. Uh oh, Good Grief!!!! I had forgotten the part about "testing". Here is the ONE disastrous block after I removed it from the quilt. The stain went thru the batting backing. The other one block fortunately did not contain that offending fabric.