A happy spring Tuesday to you all!
The yo-yo weather has really gotten to me this
year. Perhaps it's been unusually bad, or I've been
unusually sensitive to it but finally, even with some
pretty cold nights, we're starting to see warm days.
We even had our first meal out in the pergola, enjoying
a fresh-mowed lawn, birds singing and trees blooming.
How I've missed it all, and how rejuvenating!
It sure makes me want to throw open the windows
and get busy cleaning and making all kinds of things!
Time to link up to Texas Quilt Gal's Tuesday To-Do
to see what everyone has been busy with!
Last week's list
1) Load a quilt and get going: Working on it.
I've been doing a lot of practicing on my FMQ
and with pantographs so I guess it's finally time
to jump in. My sis sent me a quilt top that she's
had ready to go for a few years so I spent last
night working on getting it loaded...but then
discovered that the backing only had an inch
or so extra on the sides which, of course, is not
enough for quilting on a longarm. (I'm sure when
she made it she thought she'd be quilting it on
her regular machine.) I think I can solve the
issue by just loading it sideways so I'll go at
it again later today if I find the time.
2) Finish cutting out Blues/Quilt #10: Done.
I need to make 1,280 HST's for this quilt so this has
been a bit of a chore. And so will be all that piecing.
But that makes it a perfect somewhat-mindless
sewing project while I focus a little more
on my longarm quilting.
I overruled Edyta's directions <gasp!> and chose to
go with the 4-at-a-time HST method. I think in the
end that will help my progress as well.
3) Figure out window treatments: Nerp.
Haven't even looked. Not my favorite thing to do.
Now for a check-in with the fabric tracking
With all the studio prep and long-arm obtaining,
it's kind of a given that I wasn't getting any sewing
done. Amazing how I still found time to buy fabric
though, huh? The darned stuff just sneaks its way
right into my sewing room! The current totals are:
Fabric purchased -- 112.5 yds
Fabric used -- 112.15 yds
Net -- +.35
In full disclosure, I have more fabric arriving soon.
Quite a bit actually. It's not likely I'll not be starting any
new quilts soon so it's time I reign myself in a bit, eh?
(Thus the purpose for this whole exercise!)
Speaking of exercises, a check-in with the shoulder
I finally got an MRI and was diagnosed with
frozen shoulder. I got a third cortisone shot, but
this time way deeper. I'm back to PT twice/week but
so far, way less exercises. Previously, I had a whole
litany of them that I swore was making me worse
and often left me in tears.
We're not sure exactly what is making a difference.
I know cortisone takes days but it didn't seem to
be doing much. Then my masseuse really worked that
shoulder--as she has been for months. Did it work
the cortisone in better? Is it that I'm not doing all
those insanely painful exercises? Is it the Biofreeze
ultrasounds I'm getting at PT? Maybe it's a combo
of any/all--we don't know but it IS better and that
makes life better. What 3 PT's have insisted on is that
the intense nerve pain is from my neck, especially
considering I have degenerative spine issues.
SO next up is to start looking at my neck but
for now, the nerve pain is mostly gone thanks to
the PT working on it, along with some traction.
With that being more painful than the shoulder
I'm open to about anything.
In the garden
The onions, radishes, lettuces and beets have all been
up for a few weeks now, though growing slowly in the
cold. With the warmer temps, however, I think we'll be
eating the lettuce very soon. The asparagus is also
kicking in and I'm looking forward to that gracing our
table--well, likely today! I'm still keeping to my
very-minimal-garden rule for the year but I'll be
planting some other things later this week.
And in the studio
Finding these cute jars, I decided to organize my scraps.
I have to admit I always thought this was a complete
waste of time. I just tossed them in a big canvas bin
and dug through them when I needed something.
I should know that by my own rule, I always work
better when knowing exactly what I have.
Out of sight, out of mind is what I try to avoid.
With more space now, I'm trying to get everything
out in the open so I know what I need to use.
Plus, seeing it can be inspiring.
I'm mostly done but, like my entire studio,
the details will get worked out as I work.
The week ahead
I've got the machine. I've got the studio.
I have tons of fabric and a bucket list of patterns.
Isn't it time I really DO something!?
(Why is it never that simple? LOL)
1) Quilt sis's Irish chain
Certainly I can make this happen?!
2) A whole bunch of other stuff that I'll share next time!
(I do like my teasers and cliff-hangers, don't I?)
We're moving into Easter and life is going to be very busy
these next two weeks. I did say I wasn't going to skip any
more Tuesday posts but I also want be able to focus on
Holy Week and Easter in the middle of all of this busyness.
We'll just see how it all plays out but for now, a very holy
and blessed Easter to all and when I post next, expect
some pretty cool and exciting stuff!
Can't wait to share!
Oh, and one last thing! Frustrated with boiled eggs
not peeling easily? Try this method from the chicken
Those of us who have chickens know all the egg tricks!
(And recipes. Boy, do we have egg recipes!)