Waiting In The Wings

Monday, April 24, 2023

It's all in the planning

I haven't achieved a great deal in the past two weeks, cut all the HSTs for Tussie Mussie, the amount of these differed, a number were cut from one wof, more from two wof strips, then three strips wof.

Here I made use of the plate system for keeping things in order, used by quiltdivajulie, a great idea Julie!
The cutting took quite some time,  no die cutter used.

Just a few pieces on the wall  (not stitched) at the moment, other things seemed to hold me up!

I'm making an effort to tidy fabric, using large containers to hold the fabrics assigned to a few quilts on my list for this year and next. Cutting odd size scraps into 2 and1/2" and 1 and 1/2" squares for two projects and preparing strips for another two quilts I have in mind, all now neatly stacked and labelled. Tussie Mussie needs to be worked on quickly now, I had my pacemaker check last week and a referral was sent off three weeks ago for me to be called in for a replacement, probably within the next few weeks. As this procedure involves using a temporary pacing wire threaded in (I have no underlying rhythmn and rely totally on my pacemaker)  it's a little more complex, I may be taking it easy for a couple of weeks afterwards, no heavy lifting or reaching for fabrics and boxes.

You may remember my Dolly Mixtures quilt from a little while back

there were lots of sets  unused, they re-appeared during "the great tidy up" in one of the drawers and I probably have enough to make another small quilt.

I've been photographing in the garden, now suffering from the high winds and rain which do a great job of spreading rust spores throughout the plants. I planted three new canna lillies a little while ago, the seed pods of these plants have always fascinated me, I picked a few and photographed them on an old patterned saucer

just look at that lime green popping out.

We've been concerned for our daughter whilst she had four weeks in the UK and a week in Italy, she had missed one of her Covid booster shots. Arrived back on Wednesday, down with a sore throat and feeling pretty ill on Thursday, tested positive for Covid on Friday! She may have picked it up right before travelling home, but sitting on a 'plane for two 10 hour flights and an 8 hour lay-over in HongKong probably didn't help matters!

Dinner is calling me and then more sorting, hoping for quite a few more blocks of Tussie Mussie in the next post.



Nancy J said...

The cutting has been very productive, the other KF fabrics are in the post today, so you'll have even more.And enclosed some freezer paper print outs for the spinning star block, but you need to be able to say NO if you don't want to do that. I am saving it for a rainy day in winter, but after the cold wind all day today that season is getting closer,.

Quiltdivajulie said...

So sorry about your daughter and COVID. We are still wearing masks indoors when shopping (as are quite a few others). Your cutting has yielded wonderful results - and sending all good thoughts for the upcoming pacemaker procedure(s)!

FlourishingPalms said...

Oh Maureen, I'm sorry to know you need a replacement pacemaker. What an unwelcome disruption to your life, especially as you are apparently enjoying digging into your fabrics. I know what you mean about cutting and cutting (without using an Accuquilt) because I too have been cutting and cutting... scraps to clean up my scrap bins (that was successful, and feels SO good!), and now cutting stash for a Posh Penelope (Sew Kind of Wonderful) quilt. I want to take cut pieces on quilt retreat in three weeks. So much cutting! I'm giving my rotary blade sharpener a workout too! In any case, I wish you well with your procedure. Of course you'll take it easy afterword. Hopefully some gentle handwork will be just the ticket for recovery. And I'm sorry to know about your daughter getting COVID. I swear that every time I hear someone has returned from a cruise, or being overseas, they have COVID. It still isn't behind us.

MissPat said...

Oh dear, two bits of not so happy news, needing a new pacemaker and your daughter contracting COVID. I hope you both mend quickly. Your new project looks quick inviting.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Your Tussie Mussie quilt is going to be so pretty.
My pacemaker battery is on its last year I think. They told me they don't replace the leads, just the actual pacemaker. Your procedure sounds different or maybe they just didn't tell me the whole story. My appt. is in July for the yearly test on the battery.

Karen said...

I love your Dolly Mixture quilt, and it is fun to have left-over strips! Thank you for the nudge about bloggers that have gone quiet, put me to shame enough to do something about it!

Linda Swanekamp said...

The fabric colors and combinations are quite lovely and motivating. Although it is spring here, it has been cold, gray and wet alot. I am always amazed at your fabric collection and am inspired by it. Hope all goes well with the pacemaker replacement and wiring.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Hope your weekend is going ok, any sewing on the horizon? All your cutting out for the tussie mussie quilt looks exciting. Sorry to hear about your daughter and your health issues, hope things settle soon.

Ann said...

I'm late reading this so hope you and your daughter are well now. I didn't realize what is involved in a pacemaker. Aren't we fortunate the doctors can do all this.
I should use Julie's method on some of my quilts. It would be easier to put them away.
Thinking of you and your family.