Tuesday, February 19, 2013
My sinus surgery was a complete success and I'm happy to report that I can breath through my nose. :-) I still have a headache and my left eye hurts a bit but there is still a tube in there that gets removed on Friday and I suspect that is the culprit. But it's almost over - a year of being sick. I can't wait to start to feel better. Hopefully I'll be able to stick to my running plan now. I want to loose some of the weight I've gained over the past couple of years and I can't do it without exercise and running is my exercise of choice. Over the past year, I haven't been able to find any momentum because I'm always sick. I want to run at least one half marathan this year (targeting the fall) and lot's of smaller races. I really enjoy it.
Monday, February 11, 2013
I've actually been making progress on my second casket project. It's a tiny glove scissor case and this is the cuff at the top of the glove. The size of the linen is giving me fits. I just can't see well enough with even my best cheater glasses and even though I have progressive lenses in my glass, they are worthless for stitching this fine. I broke down and bought the highest power cheaters yesterday but didn't have time to stitch last night. I hope they work. I think it's time for a Dazor light with magnifying lens. I'll need it for all the fine work I need to do on the casket.
Close up of the quilting pattern - like how it turned out. As I said before, I finished two last week and I'll take a photo when I have a chance. I have another quilt on the frame but as fate would have it half way though the quilting yesterday the machine started to misbehave badly so I quit for the day. I already ripped a ton of quilting out and that is not easy to do so I walked away and I'm looking for advice from my Yahoo Group on my brand of quilter. Sometimes I hate this machine. I'll only have two quilt tops to go after that! I can't believe I'm always done with almost 20 tops. :-)
Think of me on Wednesday - I'm having a mass removed from my sinus and I'm quite apprehensive. I've never had any sort of surgery and it's freaking me out. :-) I'm sure it will all end well but I hate not knowing what I don't know.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
I'm way behind right now. We are currently on month 10 of lessons and instructions and have already received complete supplies and instructions for four projects and started on the instructions for the fifth. And I still need to start work on designing my box panels. And for that I need to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and my Bamboo Tablet. I don't want to draw and redraw the panels over and over again as I change my mind. But the learning curve for my plan is huge. My plan is to have all my casket panels more or less designed and colors and stitching styles selected by the time this first course is over. And I want to have most of my supplies gathered - stitching frames, linen, silks, extra bits, etc. by the time the second stumpwork course starts (nine months from now). Then I start working on my box as the months of that course unfold.
And don't forget I still need to buy my casket. I'm sure it's going to be around $3,000+ or so but I'm pretty sure we can pay for it monthly with delivery after we are done paying for it. For me that is in a couple of years. :-)
Up for this weekend (already on the quilt frame) is another JoAnn Fabrics quilt of the month from around seven years ago. That one I plan on keeping as the colors still work in my house. Then I can start a French General that I made a couple of years ago! Can't wait for that one. French General are currently my favorite line of quilt fabrics. The just one more top to go and I'm totally caught up with my tops. I have my next quilt cut out - it's a smallish wall hanging - about 36 inches square but with lots of little pieces. And the beauty part? I'll be able to quilt it right away. :-) It's great having a long arm quilter. I still have around a dozen or so quilt tops kitted up. I really want to start to get to those also. I hate buying more when I have tubs filled with uncut fabric. And it's always been a goal of mine to be a finisher and not just a starter with everything I do.