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Sunday, May 26, 2013

This Week

I have been quilting this week. What I have not been doing is blogging, mainly because it turns out that the computer chair has been a factor in my walking issues. So for several days I've avoided this computer and this chair. I do have a laptop that I almost never use, so I've been fighting the computer wars with that laptop. One of the things that happen when you don't use a computer for months on end is that the updates pile up. Yesterday it literally took hours to deal with backed up updates including a full scale service pack that had never been applied to the laptop.

Right now, I can't blog on the laptop. I don't have a way to get the pictures into the blog from that computer. My intentions are to get a new chair into this room, but that also has to wait until I'm strong enough to go and get it, and can set someone up to help me get it out of the car and into the house. Not that easy on a holiday weekend.

 So here are the updates on the current quilting projects. The Coin Quilt top is finished. I rolled it on an old wrapping paper roller until I can get to the next step, which is putting the sandwich together and quilting it. I'm not sure what kind of quilting it will be, but it will be free motion. And probably more complex than most of the things I've done so far.

I've gotten almost all of the papers out of the hexagrams. I left the ones on the outside on purpose. It turned out it was not necessary to remove the basting except from the first one. I used my Purple Thang to dig under the papers so I could get them out and it was extremely easy.

I did the kind of basting where you do not put the thread through the papers. Once I learned that method it was all very easy to do.

It is going to make appliqueing this to the black background very easy. I have not decided if that will be done by hand or by machine. Not sure which way to go at this point.

Meanwhile, I've pieced two log cabin blocks. One normal and one wonky for one of Leah Day's Craftsy classes.

Yes, the block really is bowing out. This is the first log cabin I've ever pieced and I learned some important things doing it. Since it is actually a practice piece and probably won't be turned into anything other than a tote, and maybe not even that, I'm not redoing it to make it perfect. It will be enough for my purposes and frankly it might be a good thing to learn how to deal with a block that isn't quite all straight lines.

The second block is intentionally wonky. What is interesting is that it is not bowed out in any direction. It is a little too big for the backing fabric I cut, so I will cut it down to match the size of the first block.

The various things I'm doing for my knee and my walking are working, but slowly. More another time.

Take care all.


  1. Love the coin quilt. Can't wait to see what you quilt. Hadn't thought about using a tube to wrap it on. That would work great for smaller projects.

  2. I am glad to hear that the papers came out easily from the hexies. I have yet to take any of mine out. I am also loving the colors of your log cabin blocks. Keep up the good work. I hope your new chair happens quickly.

  3. Nice to hear from you again! I'm looking forward to seeing what you quilt for the coin quilt. It will be fun to see your progress on the Craftsy class too. I hope you get your chair quickly, it makes a huge difference.