Wednesday, April 26, 2017


The good news is that I have a relatively minor inflammation of the white of my left eye. The bad news is that it hurts like the dickens across my whole face. Not infectious. Some cortisone drops should clear it up. Yesterday was a bad day, I got about this much sewing done:

The top parts of the remaining five pieces I need to make for the current clue of COTDN.
All I could manage after lunch was some crochet and lying about like a slug.

Today, I am a little better, but went back on ibuprofen because the pain is getting a bit much and it should also clear the inflammation. I used a cold compress over my eyes for a while too. So, I am getting a little bit of hand piecing done, and started assembling two charity lap quilt tops from a pile of old nine patches from online swaps -- they are decades old....

Well, I am sure Clyde is trying to chew through the closed door to my office to let me know it is definitely his lunch time. I'd better hop to it, or he will take his frustration out on poor little Bonnie and start a kerfluffle.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ready, Set, Go!

I laid low this weekend, and lots of rest and home remedies got rid of the sinus issue and most of the facial pain. My eye is still red and sore, so I will see the eye doc this afternoon.

I managed to get meals on the table, do some light chores, (not nearly enough!) and printed and trimmed everything I need for a week's worth of hand stitching. My go-kits are packed and ready for my bee tomorrow. Clue Six of COTDN and the rest of my third La Passacaglia Rosette.

I also string pieced a few blocks for Dawn's Early Light.

Question for anyone doing this mystery quilt:  Are you pressing these fiddly blocks with your full sized iron, or a smaller craft iron?  I had trouble in an earlier clue getting the intersection of so many pieces to lay flat when I pressed with my full sized iron.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Gift that Keeps on Giving.....

The Palm Sunday Stomach bug of 2017 has been difficult to recover from. I've had bad facial headaches, and my left eye is still today, I am breaking out the home remedies to see if I can improve things. So far, it's just a normal level of sinus pain, not that "Who hit me in the face with a baseball bat" feeling.  Tea tree oil, neti pot, eyewash, homeopathic eyedrops.  I really hate going on antibiotics, but I may break down and see a doctor next week.

I've been mostly devoid of energy and ambition, but I have caught up on my COTDN mystery quilt clues. Struggling with the small fiddly pieces that meet in an 8 part seam and I think my green is too dark. But it should be interesting to see it come together.

After errands, I'll see if I have the oomph to sit at a sewing machine for a while. String piecing or something mindless perhaps.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Printer Jam

Nothing ruins an inklingo project like a jammed printer. I was hopping right along printing Clue 5 of the Case of the Diamond Necklace, and when I turned my back, I noticed this giant jam up of my printer. Can't even get to the feed tray now.

Soon it will be time to deposit the requested ransom in his food dish, and I will be able to sneak back here and finish.

I finished stitching Clue 4 this morning, before a very nice walk in the warming and greening woods. Our deer friends are in hiding, but we did see a garden snake. Not as much fun as deer spotting.

I am eager to put this mystery quilt top to bed. For some reason, I feel like I have too much in motion right now, so I will stick with this til at least the finished quilt top phase before moving too far onto something else. I haven't been near a sewing machine in weeks, it's been all hand stitching. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Feeling a bit like Flat Stanley

Perhaps your children or grandchildren have done a school project involving mailing around a little fellow named Flat Stanley. I was laid low this weekend by a stomach bug that easily ranks as the worst one I have experienced in my nearly sixty years. Eldercare stress, a virus, food poisoning, I don't know what it was, but it had me flat out for a good 18 hours. Clyde the cat rarely left my side, he is such a good chum. Poor guy had a rough week with his two canines being extracted last week, so he has been needing extra comfort. But he gives it all back to me, for sure.

So, very little quilty stuff happened til today. And today there was only slight progress.

I finished Clue 3 of the Case of the Diamond Necklace, and have just printed Clue 4.

Went to my bee for a while today and started another rosette for La Pass. The center is from some fabric someone left on the donation table at the bee. An easier fussy cut since the center doesn't have match points.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Finished something

Something small. A rosette for La Passacaglia.  I have been so mired down lately. The storms and falling barometer always make me feel sluggish.

So I celebrate this small victory.

My inevitable critique...the pinks aren't an exact match, but the pink in the outer ring harmonizes well with the pink in one of the rosettes that will adjoin it. So it's going to be ok.

On to the inklingo mystery, where I have mistakenly cut more than I need because my sluggishness includes brain fog.  But everything will find a home somewhere. I save scraps.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

quilting interrupted, mostly

Time to finish the taxes, in our usual getting down to the wire fashion.

A bit of progress on La Passacaglia, but nothing photo worthy yet.

Clyde the cat was in for a dental cleaning and came home minus two upper canines. It's been a rough two days. Both cats are craving their kibble, which he can't have til Friday. So we sneak Bonniecat to a secluded room for furtive kibble snacks. Until this morning, Clyde wasn't drinking much and he would kind of bang and roll his head on the water bowl, so we can't even put the water bowls out yet, just present water to them on and off all day. Thank God he was able to drink this morning, and he is not banging and rubbing his head everywhere, so I think the pain is subsiding. Next challenge: getting the pain pills in.