11/18/13

Back to Basics Monday

Today was the first day of feeling relatively back to normal since Mike got sick. Although he was released from the hospital about ten days ago, he wasn't up to eating normally for the first week or so. Also, he was planning to be gone, and I was planning what I was going to be doing while he was gone. It may not seem like much was happening with those two things, but it did mean that things seemed out of the ordinary. This morning Mike went off to work, just like normal. I did my usual day-at-home things, just like normal. It's nice to feel like all of that is history now. Of course, with Thanksgiving coming up next week, things will get crazy again soon. For now, I'm just going with the flow.

I did a little sewing today. I started the Cornflowers table runner that was to be my NewFO in October:


I got as far as making the strip sets for the flower petals:


Then I had to stop because my right wrist was killing me. I did too much applique over the weekend, and it always happens when I do too much applique. I think hefting the iron around is what causes it. Lifting it, and also putting pressure on the fusibles seems just a little too much for my wrist sometimes. I'm not sure if its arthritis or tendinitis. Whatever the case, it started up earlier this morning and when I started using the iron for those strip sets, my decrepitude took over. Right now I have a pain patch stuck on it and a wrist brace to immobilize it. Sometimes it's better by morning...sometimes not. I'm hoping this will be one of the better-by-morning times.

So instead, I moved on to picking the fabrics for my November NewFO project, The Good Morning quilt.


Isn't this a pretty quilt? It would be a good choice for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The pattern appeared in the March/April 2012 issue of McCall's Quilting. I still have a white on white polka dot fabric on order, but I picked the rest of the fabrics out of my stash today:


If I have time tomorrow (and if my wrist is feeling better), I'm going to start cutting it out. There is a lot of cutting involved, but I think it will be easier to do it ahead of time than to do it block by block, as I sometimes do.

The only other thing I have to report today is sort of exciting...to me, at least. Remember the little "Home Sweet Home" stitchery I made as a housewarming for Erik and Mae? Well, I sent a picture off to Quiltmaker magazine just to show them what I'd done and the little modifications I'd made to it, and they published it in the latest issue of Quiltmaker! Today I received an advance copy of the magazine, and there it is!


Fun, huh? I told Erik that when I'm dead and buried it'll suddenly become extremely valuable and he'll be able to sell it for zillions of dollars! What are the chances? Anyway...little things like that make my day. I'm easily amused, don't you know.

So I hope your Monday went well and that all of your body parts are treating you well. The weather was awful here today, and it's supposed to get worse over night. Ah, Oregon. Home sweet home.


28 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Well, congratulations on being published! Hope you are feeling better tomorrow.

Sher S. said...

That is fantastic to be published and I know Mae and Erik are very proud of you. I'm sorry to hear about your wrist, would a warm compress help or heating pad? I have a wrist brace from falling and breaking a small part of my wrist (no surgery or cast). That will help but may take a few days. Hope you feel better fast.

WoolenSails said...

Congratulations and nice to get a free issue for doing it. I got some mail from some companies asking me to do that, using their product, just need to make something that has only theirs in it, lol.

Debbie

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I think zillions is a fair price!
Love the good morning quilt.

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh wow!!! Congratulations on getting published :) I'm not at all surprised that they loved it and wanted to share it!

Janarama said...

How cool is that ... being published? Congratulations! That's awesome!

Becky said...

Congratulations on being published! I broke my dominant wrist about 10 years ago. About 2 years ago I finally bought an Alliso iron so that I wouldn't have to set the iron up and down, it just pops up. Easier on the arthritis as well. I'm also changing (slowly) to an ergonomic rotary cutter for the same reason. Good luck with yours. Remember that we can't build back everything we destroy with overuse.

Brown Family said...

It is fun to be published, I have not been for sewing and quilting, but when I made miniature doll houses, I was. People at the doll house shop had me signing the magazine. That was my 13 minutes of fame!

Kirsty said...

You've just gotta love 'normal'! Very pleased for you and congratulations on being published. Well deserved.

Jeanie said...

Wow.... congratulations on being published....that had to be pretty exciting! Love the fabrics for the new quilt.... looks light and spring-like!

Lynn - JnL4God said...

Congrats Barbara that is awesome! :)

Dana Gaffney said...

Congratulations now I"ll be watching for the new magazine. Thanks for the explanation of why my wrist has been hurting, I had a feeling it had something to do with the cutting and ironing I've been doing.

gpc said...

Congratulations! That's not a little thing at all, it's just plain exciting (and well deserved). :) Hope you feel better quickly.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Congratulations! How wonderful!

Patrica said...

How exciting to be published! It must be a relief to be back to normal if only for a week, I know how much I enjoy my routine.

Dar said...

Barbara, What an honor. Congratulations on being published. It is not surprising though given the talented lady that you are. I love that magazine. I miss subscribing to it but I stopped all of my mags because I don't have time to read then yet.

LethargicLass said...

You're famous now! :) How fun for you that must have been! Hope your wrist feels better soon. I have had my bursitis in my shoulder acting up recently so I can sympathise.

Julianne said...

Wow! Congrats on a publish Barbara! Wooohoooo!!! Any chance I can get a copy of that beautiful quilt pattern? I really love it.

Jacque said...

Wow! Congratulations! I'll be able to say "I knew her when..." LOL
Sure hope you are better this morning!

Lyndsey said...

Well done on being published. I love your fabric choices for the November NewFO. Take care of yourself, you need your wrist for all your beautiful embroidery.

quiltzyx said...

I hope your wrist (gee, I almost said 'ankle'!) is feeling better today. Is your iron heavy? Maybe you need one that is easier on you.

The Good Morning quilt is very pretty. It looks like it would go together easily, but yes, a lot of cutting to start. My sister called me the other day & invited me & my sewing machine to come up for T'giving. She bought a Quilt in a Day pattern & some jelly rolls, but didn't understand what other fabrics she needed - and she's paying me to sew it! :) I think it's the "Braid in a Day" pattern.

Congrats again on your magazine debut! WOOOOooooOOHOOOooOOOooooOOO!!!!

Tami C said...

Congratulations on being published! You did do a wonderful job on that stitchery. Glad I subscribe to the Quiltmaker magazine. Hope you are feeling better tomorrow. I sometimes sleep with my heating pad wrapped around my wrist (it has an automatic timed shutoff).

Diane Wild said...

I had a quilt published in a Quilter's Newsletter Magazine a few years back. It's a special feeling, isn't it? I know all about achy body parts from sewing. Goes with the territory.

Melinda said...

I recognized your little quilt in the magazine this morning. How exciting!

Kate said...

Congrats on getting your project published! That is so cool!

Hope the wrist is feeling better.

Karen said...

So good to read that you feel all is back to normal. It does make a big difference!
i like the look of the new projects, but it is a pity your wrist is not happy.
I think it is a great thrill to see your project in the magazine. Congratulations!!

Michele said...

I'm betting that you have tendonitis. I have it too and nothing helps but to stop using it for a while until it heals properly. So sorry. It isn't fun at all. Congrats on the publishing news. That is exciting.

Junebug613 said...

I'm a little behind on my reading, but I'm hoping that your wrist is feeling better. How exciting that your project got published!