A place for me to journal and post pictures about my quilting adventures.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Busy but finally mailing

The box is taped, labeled, and sitting by the front door for tomorrow's pick-up by our mail carrier. Four of these are out of the HeartStrings red-white-blue Chinese Coins project. The right top one uses some of the HeartStrings R-W-B swap blocks, and some other donated blocks. I nearly had heart failure when I was quickly hanging these for DH to photograph - one of the blue stars had run. Off it went to the washer and Synthropol - and it worked!! They are all washed, ready for cuddling. I still have the basket-weave top and another funky caterpillars top to put borders on, quilt, and bind. I decided to put these five, with pillowcases, in the mail to meet Alycia's deadline, and will finished the others soon. I forgot about labels, sorry Alycia. I meant to at least write on the quilts, but I forgot that, too.
I'm excited about attending the Nebraska HeartStrings sew-in next weekend. We are going to the quilt study museum (it has a fancier name) in Lincoln on Friday, then sew on Saturday. I may need to stay over until Sunday to drive home in the daylight. It will be fun to meet all these HeartStringers I think I already know and count as friends.
I had what I hope is good news today. I met with an eye surgeon who is willing to "exchange" my intraocular lens implants. I've had very fuzzy vision, and little "low light" vision since my cataract surgery, which was 3 years ago. They kept saying my brain would adjust to these implants, but it hasn't happened. I still see the rings of the implants as huge halos from every light or reflected light. At least I learned I'm not crazy - it seems to happen in about 10% of patients with the ReStor lens. I haven't been able to drive at night since that surgery. It was the final thing that made me not able to work in Surgery - you either have a lot of reflected light, or low light when cases are performed with scopes. I had to come to terms with the fact that I was unsafe, for my patients as well as myself, in that environment. It will take two more surgeries, but hopefully I will have clearer vision by summer. I'm not holding my breath, though, I am an OR nurse, and we seem to be a magnet for complications.
I hope you HeartStringers like what I have created with your Chinese Coins. It has been very interesting, and I have enough left for 2-3 other quilts for more Quilt of Valor. I did use some of them making cuffs for some of the pillowcases.
Happy Quilting,

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The blues have it!

I cut and fiddled on the design wall trying out everyone's suggestions. I ended up with the blue paisley. I was really trying to make the center glow, but the yellow I had just died - no luminosity in that one. So this is the layout. I have one more row of strings, alternate blocks, and setting triangles, but that would involve standing on a ladder to reach, so you just have to imagine those. Thank you to all that responded with your advice and suggestions!! Now if I can just piece it together without turning blocks the wrong way!

Happy Quilting,

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I need a bit of help

I'm working with another set of Chinese coins made by a HeartStringer last year. I'm really enjoying this grouping as it is a nice change from the others. These did not play well with the others, but are beautiful on their own . I tried to load a larger picture so you could click it. If you do, you will see pink, toile in red and cream, toile in blue and buttery yellow, and a variety of reds, blues, and gold-browns. There are flowers and geometrics, with some damask roses thrown in. These do not say "hurly, burly man", but instead "girly girl". I just love them.

As I was trying them on for different projects, I remembered that Mary posted a picture of a basket weave HeartStrings quilt. I thought these would look good in that. When I measured out the strips, almost all of them were about 11-12" long, just right to make into 5 1/2" squares. I tried setting them as a basket weave, but there wasn't enough of them to make that work in the QOV size. DH had already said they were really busy. I played with them in EQ6, and came up with this setting. I do love things on point. Now for your input , please.

What do you think about the alternate squares? In the photo there is 1-a medium blue which has a paisley pattern to it, 2-a very light blue with silver specks (hard to see but in the second row of squares), and 3- a yellow piece in the center. I put the EQ drawing up there, and I think I might have enough of the yellow to do the center, but not the whole thing, and I don't seem to have a close enough match for it in my stash. What do you think about the blues? The medium is somewhat busy in person, but the light is very light. Light blue in the middle, Yellow as the outside? HELP!! Also, do I alternate directions of the striped blocks?? Your opinions, pretty please !! Thanks for any comments.
Happy Quilting,