Quilt ADD in therapy

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Colorado, United States
Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. I am a longarm quilter who can work for you. I enjoy any style, from pantographs to all-over to full custom, ranging from traditional to modern. I love bringing vintage tops to life and am willing to work with a challenging quilt top. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mid-Week Makings

I don't usually do WIP posts anymore, but since I caught up last weekend's BOM work on Tuesday and forgot to edit that in, I thought I'd pop my head in this way for a change. 

Those 100 "diagonals" patches are finished, and all the Bag 1 and Bag 2 pieces are connected.  :)  They'll hang out up there until next month's work for Sage & Sea Glass.

Normally I only do priority work M-F (which is whatever project is up on my UFO knock-down list) and my evening TV-time hand stitching. Right now, that is:

Putting together the "Collection for a Cause - Heritage" top from the 2008 kit I'd bought. This one takes longer to do than tops usually take, because I'd decided to place the fabrics the same as the original 1830-1846 quilt. I mean, if you're going to buy fabric that was meticulously reproduced specifically for that quilt, and the entire reason you bought the set was to make the reproduction quilt, wouldn't you do that with the placement? 

But it does mean you can't just random-scrap assemble, and the practicalities of this household preclude laying this large set out on the floor and then grid-assembling. 

I had printed out a photo of the quilt back when I got everything started and made the pinwheels in 2008. Fortunately, everything was in the box, still organized. I'm slightly over 1/2 finished on this top. The first half is hanging out on the piano while it waits for its complement to be made.

These colors are not floating my boat, but I have to admit that it's mighty nice to have a break from  all the blue/green quilts I've been working on for months.

I noticed yesterday that on-point setting no longer phases me the least. It used to feel tricky and a little challenging to me years ago. I remember it being quite daunting, in fact. 

Like curved seams and Y-seams, though, once you've done a lot of it, it's Easy-Breezy from there out.

When I finish this up in about a week, I'll move onto my next-in-line longarming UFO. I still don't have enough energy recovered to do both that and patchwork in the same day. Someday I hope to be back to my former full work capacity!

Evening sit-and-stitch at the TV with Scott continues to include cutting out bird bodies and wings for the Heather & Patrick temperature quilt. I can just about see the end of the set! It will be 1460 bird parts when I finally finish. I still have to trace out the last 5 colors. (32 in all)

I just have one set of dots to run through my Perfect Circles for those to be ready for assembly attention at next weekend's BOM session.

AND - !  My brand-new Grandma labels arrived yesterday!!  Now I can stitch one onto this luscious little Cuddle blanket that I threw together for our very first grandbaby, due this fall!!

Linking up at Susan's Midweek Makers 

Monday, April 12, 2021

BOMs Away - Neptune's Gift and Sage & Sea Glass


Welcome to the Link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!

Where we share what we're doing on a BOM type project
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom)

I finished the 16 smaller flying geese arcs for my Neptune's Gift BOM:

And I got a good bit of work done for Sage & Sea Glass. This week was slotted for attention to Bag 3 of this BOM. That work is to put together 100 cream patches that have 3 greens in them on the diagonal. 

When I have a large number of repetitive patches to make, I do them in batches of 20 at a time, and add the next batch as I go to the next seam. So once I'm well into the process, I'll have 20 at seam one + 20 at seam two + 20 at seam 3, and so on. You get to start smaller than the whole job, and then after going full steam a while, you get to taper down so that when you start to weary of the entire set, your work gets shorter and shorter. It sustains me through tedious portions of patchwork.

While I was working on Bag 3, I was also doing the connecting work of Bags 1 and 2. I love the resulting patches! They're so much prettier than their parts, but they also look like Siamese kitty faces with gigantic ears.

But I only got about 2/3 through the process of this week's BOM work. Not because I wearied of it, but because Marissa and I took advantage of the beautiful weather to visit the site she and her fiancé have chosen for their wedding at the beginning of June. 

We wanted to count all the posts and columns, and get measurements of the spacing so we can plan out the swags and bows and greenery pieces she'd like to decorate with. You can't use tape, and everything has to be up, ceremony performed, and down within the 2 hour reservation they have. And the only thing you're allowed to put down on the ground or toss at the couple (because of the lake and wildlife) is real rose petals. So then we came back to the house and dug out all our stashes of silk flowers, gauzes, ribbons, baskets, votif stands/jars, etc., so she could see which things work with her color and style scheme. There's a definite advantage to being the youngest of three girls in a family that has plenty of storage space to keep decorations from former weddings and celebrations! We have gaps in the plans that will need some purchases, but not very many. Mainly just the right color of ribbons for big post bows on the gazebo and in table decorations, and a few more flowers in a particular color.

Through it all, I was gritting my teeth half the time and trying not to burst out with too many "Bloody Hell!"s - Scott laughs at me, because when I'm in a ton of pain, that's my release valve. I still maintain that since we're not British, that is not technically cursing. <snort>

I finally got my first COVID jab on Wednesday. It made me feel sedated almost immediately, and I took a 5 hour nap. Felt basically fine all Thursday and Friday, and then Saturday all the lymph nodes in that armpit and breast and neck started filling up and getting painful. From that evening, all through Sunday, I felt like a Cookie Cutter Shark was attached on my armpit/breast and would not let go, and that it was all angrily infected (describing the feeling, not the actual state). Fortunately, this morning the nodes are subsiding. Now it's only mildly irritating. I think I'll give my body one more day to concentrate on immune system work, and tomorrow I'll get back to my daily walking "therapy" plan. (Which is a very leisurely .2-mile stroll, trying to get my body capable of exercising again.)

People keep asking me about deciding to get vaccinated, so:

Yes, I had full-blown COVID back in October. I was lucky and did not have to be hospitalized, but I did have to do 4 weeks of heavy duty steroids. And yes, I have Lupus (which means my immune system is all whacked out) - and is quite likely the reason I've been dealing with Long-COVID problems ever since. I chose to do the vaccine for three reasons: 

1) Re-infections keep popping up, and cardiologists do not trust that self-immunity lasts longer than six months; 

2) COVID in the wild keeps mutating, and I don't trust that whatever immunity I may have gotten will work for the newer strains (the vaccines are designed to target the stable portion of the molecule, not the pieces that mutate); 

3) About 20-23% of studied Longhaulers report that doing the vaccination greatly improved their symptoms 1-2 weeks afterward. Only 3% reported worsening, so the remaining 74-77% saw no change. Who knows - maybe I'll win the vaccination lottery and it will lessen my long-haul issues. One can hope, anyway.  I do know I can't do full-blown COVID again.  Hence, I'm doing the vaccination.

P.S. For conspiracy minded folks: There is no way in this universe that any government is implanting tracking units into us through these vaccinations. The needle is the tiniest thing I've ever seen and you don't even feel it go in. No tracking seed could possible fit through.  ;D  I believe in using discretion about vaccinations, but this is one that you should all get unless you have medical conditions where your specialist advises you to hold off on it. Bonus: It's 100% free in the U.S. right now. (I don't know about other countries.)


But let's get back to quilting!  Did you happen to do any BOM work the past couple of weeks? 

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up, 

and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, April 5, 2021

BOMs Away - Neptune's Gift, and a Large-Bird Easter


Welcome to the Link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!

Where we share what we're doing on a BOM type project
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom)

I hope you had a nice Easter. It was deliciously warm here, something like 72 degrees and gorgeous. I got a little bit ahead of myself and couldn't resist going out for a walk through the meadows behind us. It took zero effort to convince Scott to come along. 

It's just over a half-mile to stroll along the first stretch, cross the little brooklet on the wood palettes somebody placed there forever ago, meander around the bend  to the connecting meadows, and then you can go up the little rise to sit on a bench and watch the cowbirds and magpies doing their meadow "thing". Walking the half-mile back, we saw a gigantic red-tailed hawk surveying all the pocket gopher trails. Asked him to please come catch lunch from our yard. . . ha!

This photo is from Syracuse University. Check out those TALONS!

I thought that since there's not much hilly-ness to deal with on that walk, and we were being leisurely, I'd be fine. But no, just about 6 months out from getting COVID, that much "exercise" trashed me pretty soundly for the rest of the day. Good thing we didn't have company expecting a fancy meal! I was good for nothing but crashing on the sofa until dragging into bed for the night.

But the fresh air and sunshine sure were nice!

Apparently the large birds in our area all thought so, too - we've never had a turkey in the yard!

Texting the "kids," they thought it was cool that we were visited by an Easter Turkey.

But Navarre looks like he could have lived the rest of his life without seeing one - His face!!  lolol

And then we were visited by this sweet Mallard couple. We've seen them off and on the past two years. He stands guard a few feet away from her while she eats her fill under our bird feeders, and when she's happy and lays down for a moment, he'll grab some food for himself . . . and then they fly back to the pond across the street. We don't see them super often, so it's sweet when we do. The Canada Geese that like the same pond never come to our yard.

Between it being Easter and trashing myself doing too much for the long-COVID, My entire sum of BOM work this week was to wash the fabrics from my Month 2 kit that arrived Thursday, and get the pieces cut out on Saturday for some future action. I didn't do a stitch of sewing this weekend.



I hope you had a pleasant Easter!  Did you happen to do any BOM work? 

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up, 

and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter