I've been trying to keep myself busy both at the sewing machine when my knee will allow it and with hand work when my knee won't cooperate. Thanks to a couple of friends, I "rediscovered" the stop/start button on both my machines and this has helped somewhat in that I don't have to use the foot pedal but it does take a little getting used to.
When the pain in my knee subsides, I've been working at machine blanket stitching the houses for my "village" quilt. Forty-two houses will be included in my quilt village...and that's a lot of machine sewing for a gimpy knee!
Over the past couple of days I've been trying to complete three or four blocks a day and at last count, I have ten more to go and then I can start to assemble the flimsy.
I'm sure that I've mentioned this before so you are all probably aware that I'm NOT a batik kind of gal, but the person who I'm making this quilt for is, hence the choice of fabrics. It's not that I don't like them...after all, I'm a child of the sixties who loved the tie-dyed look back then...but they're just not me now.
And when the pain in my knee becomes too much to handle, I work on making the 164 hexies that are required for the next border for my Brinton Hall quilt.
I should be finished those either later today or tomorrow which will allow me to move onto the next step in order to complete the center medallion.
I saw my first Mr. and Mrs. Robin in our backyard this morning, a sure sign that spring cannot be too far off. We had a dusting of snow the other day which is almost all gone so they'll be able to forage for their worms and berries with ease. By the time I got my camera, they had flown away, probably back to their nest building.
One last note and that is I hope that those of you who have asked me questions to which I've not replied are wondering why I haven't. Honestly, it's not because I don't want to but it's because I can't. You've come up as a "no-reply" blogger which means that you haven't included your email address in your profile when you set up your account and if it's not there, I have no way to contact you.
Deborah Smith, I would love to answer your questions so what I'd suggest is for you to email me directly by clicking on the little vintage-looking post card on the right sidebar of my blog. I look forward to hearing from you.
Time to go and give the chilli that's simmering on top of the stove a little stir.
Sure smells good in here!