Saturday, November 18, 2017

The diet (quilt) continues...

I am so glad to have two sets of the nine blocks finished for this latest project.  They are not quite identical, but are very close, but the backgrounds are different.

Now comes the hard part for me...having to pick out more fabrics for finishing...ugh.  Not my favorite thing.  I have been buying more 1/4 and 1/2 yard pieces for applique so sometimes I am more limited on longer yardage needed for borders cut with the straight of grain, which is my preference.  Every time I pick something I love, there just isn't quite enough there.

I auditioned so many fabrics for the sashing, cornerstones, and two of the three borders.

For this block set, I settled on this black with fun spots for the sashing and a favorite fabric that is quickly disappearing for the cornerstones.

I think the cornerstones and at least one of the borders will be different for the second set.

One border on both quilts will feature a couple of, hopefully, humorous phrases.  I've been working on prepping some letters.

I had an embarrassing fall on my bad knee last weekend when we went to Tuscaloosa to take in a show ("Putnam County Spelling Bee").  I misjudged the bottom step in the Allen Bales Theater and down I rolled with my head stopping just short of the low stage.  At least I didn't do it at the top of the steps!  

Miss Graceless, I was, and in a dress, too!  At least we got there early before the sell out crowd completely arrived...I only flashed one third of the audience (unfortunately, there is not a bad seat in this intimate theater).

My daughter was working backstage, so I texted to warn her that I was OK in case any of her friends recognized me out front and told her.

As a result, I have one very swollen, bruised knee and one bruised one.  I have to minimize my sitting time.  I can sit, but have to get up every five minutes and walk around.  What a pain...literally.  I totally cannot stand still either, so sitting down to piece and standing to press does not even work.

Knee surgery is certainly in my future...but hopefully not yet.

In stitches,
Teresa   :o)


  1. sorry about your spill - yes if you sit too long the knees get so stiff you can barely move - been there! I had a bit of a spill last January but luckily it doesn't sound as bad as yours and I wasn't in a dress!

  2. Ouch on missing a step. Ask me how I know it hurts. Perhaps when bruising and swelling recedes, there will not be a need for surgery. Back to quilting: one can never go wrong with polka dots. Geesh, when one has a good excuse for just sitting and sewing, it still does not work out to be the case. May you have a quick recovery.

  3. If I know you, you will find a way to sew with your sore knees. That said I think the tops are darling. Keep going. Hugs.

  4. Your blocks look fabulous! Your creativity is so inspiring. Sorry about your knee. I hope it heals up soon!

  5. Make sure you get that knee checked out if the swelling (and pain) doesn't go down in a few days. As I get older, I force myself to slow down on stairs and uneven ground, knowing I am one misstep from an injury if I fell. It's one of the annoying parts of aging. Hope you feel better soon.

  6. Great choice of sashing and cornerstones. Looking forward to the words of wisdom. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery from your fall.

  7. So sorry about your knees and the frustrating fall. I fell the other day when I was putting batting in storage. I totally knew that there were bags of batting on the floor but I didn't look as I stepped off the chair and stepped on one of the bags which slipped right out from under me and I fell. No injuries, thank goodness, but vexing nonetheless. I love your cornerstone fabric, wish I had some of that.

  8. Love your diet quilt blocks! So sorry about the fall and the pain you are now experiencing. Living in Tuscaloosa -- Nancy A:

  9. Oh no! I totally understand since I fell in the summer and am just now getting around without pain. Take good care of yourself!

  10. Really like the fabrics choices. You be careful. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  12. Sorry to hear about your unfortunate tumble. Feel better soon!!

  13. Love your work. Sorry about the tumble. I finally gave in 3 years ago and had knee replacement after 8 years of problems. Wish I had done it much, much sooner. If you do the prep work the replacement can be a breeze.

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