Waiting In The Wings

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Simple Sewing

 So I'm at the computer today writing my blog post, a simple post, a simple project! At least there is a little progress.

My last post I showed a selection of fabrics pulled to make a start on a new quilt, check out here 


My intention was to make a simple bar quilt as seen in a post by Penelope Handmade. I started cutting 2 and 1/2" strips

next step cutting into set lengths along with the raspberry pink fabric

which is pretty overpowering, so how about making the solid strips narrower

looking better but still not happy with the overall effect. The pink strips here would be 1/2" wide finished, the first photo would be 2" finished.  I was dreading ironing lots of seams because my iron is pretty heavy,  a comment from Wanda at Exuberant Color asking if I had a small iron jogged my memory, yes I had - somewhere! 

Found it and decided to give myself a treat, visited the patchwork store and bought one of the wool ironing mats, a good size 14 and 1/2" x 17 and 1/2" and I'm thrilled with it.

Still not happy with the strips I thought the pink might be less overpowering in smaller amounts

and definitely much happier with this look, bring on a 16 patch quilt! A few blocks here below and you can see that the pink is a little tricky to show true in photos, comes up darker in this photo.

Slightly straying from quilting now, at least leaving behind fabric for the moment. Quite some time ago during a trek down to the Sandspit we came across what I think could be an ideal patchwork studio in a stunning setting - have a look at this, could you see yourself here?

You would look out the windows and door onto this

and if you feel like a little exercise how about hopping in a canoe and paddling up the creek!

Oh, as we're on a pink theme with the fabric how about this tulip from a bouquet of flowers received 
Mothers Day, just look at the colour in the centre.

All from me for now, see you all again soon.


Sunday, May 1, 2022

I'm still here!!

Yes folks I am still around and over the past two days I've been spending a little time here and there in my happy place aka sewing studio, following a difficult month. All motivation left me totally, I haven't been reading blogs and had no interest in my quilting, I was completely overwhelmed with all my health issues and especially so with the new problems since January. During this time I have been  attending appointments either at the hospital, hand physio, shoulder physio, balance physio, orthopaedic dept, cardiac dept. my family doctor plus one emergency dept visit and fitting in exercises daily as required by the various physiotherapists - you get the picture!

However today is May 1st,  a new month and the turning over of a page, what better way to begin than a short visit to the beach - love those clouds just double click to view a larger shot - 

and pulling a few fabrics to add to already gathered pieces for a new quilt

lovely rich colour to brighten any day!

As I am only able to work at the computer for 15 minutes at one time before my shoulder packs in I was wondering how on earth I would write blog posts, a dear blogger friend Linda at Art In Search suggested voice recognition software!!! Telephone call to the guy we've worked with for years with our computers to ask for info - turns out it is already set up on my Mac - hopefully in a few days I shall be reasonably proficient, this post is using the keyboard as normal.  Break time now,  back shortly.

The inspiration for the fabric pulls you see above was the combination below

I fell in love with this colourway of Hokusai Chrysanthemums  from Philip Jacobs and by chance I had the raspberry blender fabric on the the table as I unpacked new fabrics. I hope to have progress to show you in a few days time.

You may be wondering what has happened to Fractured 2 which was on my design wall, this is now consigned to the parts box, I just couldn't work on it any longer so there was no point in trying to push myself, better to begin something new.

I've been enjoying not clearing weeds out of the garden beds but sitting on the garden bench watching John take care of this chore! A lot of the shrubs have long since finished flowering but the hibiscus are a joy to behold right at the moment, here's one of my favourites

That's all from me for now, I intend to post again in a few days with a little more content, fingers crossed!

Happy Quilting


Wednesday, April 6, 2022


Although it's slow going I have another round of Fractured 2 on the wall, some pieces sewn, some just pinned.  The original pattern uses many fabrics for the individual blocks but of course I decided to try something different, in doing so it's taking me some time to work things out.

Progress also with my fractured wrist, I am now able to use my hand much more for my sewing but have to be very careful, it will be 12 months before we can be sure of whether I have full use or not. Ultrasound shows that I definitely do have a full thickness rotator cuff tear in a tendon  left shoulder, this has unfortunately come away from the bone! It's the tendon attached to one of the four muscles  so very little use of my arm but a lot of pain, and again there will be a long  road ahead. Thank goodness for Accuquilt.

I celebrated my  progress by buying two pieces of fabric, the first one I'm thinking of using in the Judy Newman pattern mentioned in my last post.

The second is for a pattern seen a few weeks ago - Verandah - a very simple straightforward quilt which will be ideal. I think this is a Heather Ross fabric.

I also received yesterday my order of Kaffe Collective fabrics rom Glorious Color, most definitely a glorious collection, I'll post photos next time. 

Gathering fabrics for a few quilts I have in mind, not too complicated and which can be cut with my electric cutter. Something new is that I'm looking at a new range coming out from Alison Glass,  very bright and lots of possibilites.

That's all from me, time limit for arm use is up but here's a photo of how to take things easy after a very busy day!!!

Oh,  just remembered there may be a squirrel about to make an appearance shortly!

Notice I've changed the format for text, decision taken after reading about left justification being easier to read, I know a few other bloggers have changed also.

Happy Quilting until next time


Friday, March 18, 2022

Slow, slow stitching

More or less four weeks since I wrote anything here,
I think that's a first!

Definitely slow progress on all fronts, but progress all the same.

March is officially the beginning of Autumn here in New Zealand 

already the leaves are turning on our Japanese Maple and the huge oak tree
in the garden next door.

I'm now in a heavy duty splint with permission to enjoy my stitching and
quilting in small chunks of time, there are only small chunks of time
because I have so many physio exercises to work on!

So, what have I been spending time on in the past week of cast freedom,

creating order in my blue quarter/half yard drawer,
sorting through scraps a little at a time and cutting hexagons
out of suitable sized small pieces

and to save time I decided to try one of the glue sticks made
for that purpose, it would also
put less pressure on my hands, never done this before and did wonder about the
removal of papers, after one hour I decided to see if I had success with a tidy removal - 
no, I did not!! I shall be back to basting with needle and thread.

I have a new book

and I don't truly know why I did this when Judy Newman quilts
are pretty detailed and I had limited myself to easy, peasy projects making
use of squares, decent sized triangles and so on.
However, there is one particular quilt in the book which I had seen earlier
is deliciously scrappy and medallion style.
Just the name of the quilt took me back to my early years back home in
Lancashire living by the moors, farm fields with old stone walls
and also rambles through woodland with mixed hedgerows, collecting
bluebells to take back home to Mum, making daisy chains with friends.
I realised I was once again becoming excited about my quilting after the
past few months.

Hedgerow is definitely going to be started pretty soon, yes, I know have a few
projects on the go right now but I like to work that way. I love making a start on new 
new quilts.

So, guess what arrived in my little studio as I was feeling more energised

another squirrel!

Here is the beginning of my appropriately named quilt


This is a pattern by Kathy Doughty and I made a quilt using this quite a few
years ago,  check out the Fractured QAL label below, given the circumstances I find myself in I just had to do another one!
The pieces are just placed on the design wall, a little stitching planned for the weekend
along with placing an order for the new Kaffe Collective fabric range.

Time to close, my fractured wrist is telling me enough  right now and
as it seems I have something by the name of a rotator cuff tear in my right
shoulder which is quite frankly extremely painful, even down the whole arm,
I really have to keep to my limits.

Happy Quilting


Sunday, February 20, 2022

Latest news from a bionic quilter!!

 Thank you all so very, very much for your kind words and thoughts on my last post,
they all helped me tremendously and I'm sorry I couldn't reply to all individually at the time.
I didn't ask John to update as he has been so busy during the last four
weeks, I'm sure you'll understand.
This little post will be written with rest times in-between for my hands.

Present situation ....

new fibreglass cast as of two weeks ago
Surgery of almost 2 hours went well, no problems with anaesthetic
and they also gave me a 16hr full arm block to help with the
initial pain when I came around.

I must tell you that I had a 'quilting fairy' as one of the two surgeons!!
I mentioned I was concerned about the outcome as I was a quilter, she said she too
was a quilter taught by her grandma and believe it or not she shops at the
very same store as myself a short ride away - her comment was
"Kaffe Fassett and Tula Pink  - can't get enough" HOORAY!!
She reached under the cover and held my hand as the anaesthetic struggled
to get access to my difficult to access veins and I drifted off quite happily.

Apologies for overlong medical detail in advance, this will be a one off!!

Discharged 24 hrs later after a few little hiccups with medications, two were
missed the night of the operation and two the morning of my discharge, I was also given
morphine. Having not slept for 24 hrs I was not feeling good at all and whilst
with John in the Discharge Lounge I became aware of all these coloured dots
when I closed my eyes, very strange. Home in the car on a very hot day,
seat reclining when I began to see beautiful groves of the most wonderful coloured
trees - purple ones, gorgeous, green even better and so on. Arrived in the drive
where I apparently passed out cold! John was able to get me out of the car as I
was gaining consciousness and we made it into the house. At this point I also had an amazingly heavy
plaster cast.

OP appt two weeks ago I was checked and told I would have to be in a lighter
cast for four more weeks as the surgeons could see I had
thin bones - read osteoporosis here.- and I had really battered the bones .Infusion will be needed to try and
strengthen and stimulate new bone growth.

I could regain up to 80% use of my hand, it won't be as it was before, very stiff
because of the stainless steel and titanium plate going from palm down into the forearm on one bone
and pins and screws holding the other bone with fragments. Both carpal bones
were able to be re-aligned.


I decided to see what I could do right now - able to steady two of the
2 and 1/2" squares with two left H fingers and pin with right - bingo!!
In a few days I'll see how I go trying to feed through the machine - fingers crossed.

I have had a brief rummage through one of my huge scrap piles and was
thrilled to find

this beautiful Martha Negley fabric - it's her first, you can see 01
in the selvedge, not ironed as you can see,  I'm now excited to see what other
long hidden treasures are waiting for me in there,.

So, a long path ahead they tell me but I won't let this beat me,
I shall take all care necessary but will be quilting with the help of physio and splints.
I'm going to ask youngest grand-daughter to help me make my little room more
user friendly for a slightly handicapped quilter who has been told that presently
she is not to attempt to lift more than a teacup with my left hand - no problem there, I do
have a working right hand.
I always enjoy a cuppa!

On the subject of a cuppa I bought this fabric a week before my accident, had
to bring a half yard home with me.

I hope to post again in a week with quilting progress.

Happy Quilting


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

taking a break - literally - and sadly

 well my friends this will be my last post for quite some time.

last thursday pulling out a few weeds by my path my neurological disorder kicked in, i lost my balance and use of legs briefly and headin g face down on to the concrete path, to try and save myself i put out my left hand to stop the fall, soon as my hand hit the groun d  i felt and heard the crac ks and crunch after crawling a few yards using r hand i was ab le to make it to gthe house before looking at my hand whic h was now twisted with obvious displacement of bone

 taken to local emergency clinic, x rays the extent of the damage severe off to the nain hospital emegency department, great team told me i had really done a major. tried closed reduction to try line the sheared radial bone, other bones moved and quite a number of fragments as bones had sheared.  ligaments partly torn been in hospital, allowed hoome yesterday for two days go back tomorrow 5am for surgery which i am dreading but without it they have told me straight up i would have a totally useless hand ,with isurgery and plates in with screws and so on at least i should be able to function but there is a long road ahead with casts, braces it support, physio and so on.

as you can imagine i am devestated and sit here in my cosy room surrounded by my lovingly collected fabrics with tears dripping down my face, i had makin g a collection  of aquas for a quilt just for myself so that will a long time off now.

i can use the index r hand finger to type this and whilst morphine dulls the pain it also dulls the senses

please make every minute of you quilting count at least i will be able to read your posts and your latest news

take good care of yourselv es and happy quilyin g


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Welcome to 2022

 My hydrangeas are already changing colour - love it when this happens
and we have the muted antique tones.

So, here we are into another year and I hope we all stay happy, healthy and safe and
can make lots of quilts!

In a previous post I showed the beginnings of a quilt for our eldest grandson
here below

I loved the way I had set up the border but still wasn't happy with the Plus blocks,
I spent ages faffing around and in the end decided to 'close the door' on this
particular design and begin again. The border pieces are saved for use in a future project.

A book by Jen Kingwell had interested me a few months ago

and this quilt in particular

but I wanted more colour, especially for the two solids, shown above
as a grey and mustardy colour. I also had a few doubts about the 
patterned squares, as I often do I changed a few things around.

My choice for the solids shown below

and I decided on the large squares to be 16 patch, bearing in mind that
there would be some waste.
However, I went ahead. The triangles are actually sewn on as squares and then
cut on the diagonal, I decided to sew another line 1/2" from the centre
in order to have mini blocks after cutting between the two stitched lines.

Here are three finished sample blocks along with a side rectangular piece

and I also have the left over mini pieces below

Apart from playing with this new project I've been carrying on with reorganising
my fabric storage and generally having a tidy up in my room here, also
listing future projects and deciding which of the few already in the works
will reach the finish line first!

So, back to work now in a beautifully air-conditioned room escaping
the terrific heat outside! See you next week.