Greetings! It’s been a good past few days! During my third PT session on Thursday, my therapist told me my elbow is doing GREAT – I’m one of the best “elbow patients” she has ever had and I must have “good healing genes.” I told her my arms should be strong because of my swimming and accordion playing and mentioned how much I miss playing the accordion so she told me to go ahead and try it and see how it goes. As long as it doesn’t cause any significant discomfort, it should be safe. I tried yesterday and I can play with minimal discomfort!!
So happy to be back to playing!!!! I still have work to do on the elbow, but the knee is what’s holding me back the most now and I can’t force things – must be patient!! Yesterday was also a good day because I was finally able to cook a meal for dinner – my husband has been doing all the cooking since my injury – and the check came from the insurance company reimbursing me for all my medical expenses in Thailand which I had to pay for up front!!!!! (but was way less than it would have cost here!!)
I finished the hand quilting on Spirit of Japan – I won’t show it again until I have the binding on. And I have started quilting Stardust!!! I created my own “Baptist fan” templates for marking – the fan size is 10 inches with quilting lines every half inch – and here is the first (of many!!) fans done (first the front then one shot of the back): (Click on any pictures in the post for enlargement/closeups)
It’s nice to get back to easier quilting after hand quilting through the thick Japanese fabrics. Even with thinner fabrics and silk batting, my stitches are not perfect because there are a lot of seams to quilt through and I refuse to stab stitch, except in rare instances. After all, I’m not a machine! Humans are not perfect and I’m not driven by perfectionism, thank goodness. ! I do the best I can and am comfortable with that most of the time though will rip out and repeat if a problem is too visible and really bad – not very often!.
I finished hand appliquéing the second border for “Twinkle” and now I need to decide what I’m going to do with the top and bottom borders – not the same vine as the sides. I enjoyed Audrey’s latest post at “Quilty Folk” talking about the process of creating something in 4 steps: Preparation, Incubation, Illumination, and Implementation. The design for the final 2 borders for this quilt have been “incubating” while I stitched the side borders. I’ve been looking through books and on-line for inspiration and I think I finally have a vague idea of what I’m going to do so am hoping “illumination” has occurred and will start to implement soon!! 🙂 I’m thinking of a pot with flowers in the center and vines going out to both sides on the bottom border. I’m thinking small wreaths for each of the 4 corners. And scattered appliquéd 5-point stars for the upper border. Here’s where it is now:
I made great progress on the doll quilt. Initially I was going to put the hexies on a cheddar background, but I looked at all my other doll quilts and many have cheddar backgrounds so tried red instead and I like it! (I’m auditioning some border fabrics in the picture.) Now on to appliquéing the hexies on.
It does mean I need to replace the hexie in the lower left corner as the red doesn’t show up. Will replace it with this:
Here are some of the hexes I finished since last post:
More Thailand pictures!!!
First, we visited the “White Temple” which is not a typical temple. It is a work of art designed and largely constructed by the most famous artist in Thailand, Ajarn Chalermchai. He has a group of “disciples” working with him on this. There are various themes – good and evil, wisdom, etc. – throughout the grounds and temple. There are incredible paintings inside the temple by the artist, but we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside. There’s also a museum on site which displays his many other works. Enjoy the pictures of the external temple:
(You may want to google the artist’s name or the “White Temple” if interested in more info.)
We saw a lot of rice paddies, learned a lot about how rice is grown, and even went to a rice factory to see how it is separated and bagged. All very interesting!!!
We visited a woman who has an indigo dying business and watched her mix and use the dye and then watched her employee show us how he uses stamps with various designs to apply wax to fabric before dying.
On the shelf in the 2 pictures just below are numerous stamps with different designs on them. We each got a chance to stamp a small piece of fabric and dye it – I forgot to take a picture of mine to show you!
In the second picture below she shows how initially the fabric looks green and then within seconds of coming out of the dye pot starts to turn blue and gradually the color deepens.
A row of the indigo plant on the property:
In the woman’s shop, I bought a thin indigo scarf and 2 tops to wear when the weather warms up – will model them later!!!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi