It's been quite a while since I've attempted any quilting on my mid-arm machine. As you know, I saw the hand specialist in the morning, but I was home in plenty of time to get a start on April's OMG...to quilt and bind the Sundress quilt. As for the hand specialist, he didn't offer up any magic for my thumb. Time and patience will be the watchwords there. His only option was to fuse the joint permanently, and I'm nowhere near ready to make that move. On a positive note, it does seem to be improving with time. I doubt it will ever be the same as it was, but if the pain continues to decrease, I'll be happy.
As for the quilting, the Sundress quilt is one of my older WIP's. I started this project back in 2017 and I worked on it while we were making our trek around the perimeter of the USA. It was there I first encountered the dreaded bullion stitch. After watching several very unhelpful YouTube videos, I gave up and did something else. Four years later, I'm stitching them like a pro. Here's one I did on one of the stitched inchies projects. It's the little rose right there in the middle.
In the middle, I did a kind of meandering flower motif.
Smitty wanted to make sure I didn't go too fast...all for the sake of my shoulder's comfort, doncha know.
When I had it finished, it looked like this:
Here's how it looks from the back.
And I was able to do all of that fairly comfortably. It was tempting to keep going, but I'm allowing the part of me with better judgment to make decisions where my shoulder is concerned. So I stopped there. Today I should have time to start working my way around the sashings and into the dress blocks, but I'll be taking my time. No more than three dress blocks in a day. If I can tolerate that well, I might add another block day by day.
Also yesterday, I stitched enough of the Heartland Barn to move my hoop.
Now I've moved it to the bottom of the piece where I'll be filling in the barn door, completing the road, and stitching a tractor that's parked there.
When I got home around noon yesterday, the light was good for attempting a better picture of the flowering plums. They are so pretty against the blue sky.
This one tree is the only one of our dozen or so that has begun to open. The rest should be close behind.
By later in the afternoon the star magnolias were opening all the way. I just love these.
They are so delicate and pretty. On the undersides of the petals, there is a pink line.
It's a gift when they can open without getting beaten up by the rain.
It has cooled off some today, and we're not expecting any sunshine. The rest of the week will be on the coolish side, but no rain is expected. A roofer is coming by today to talk about options for our roof. It's original 30-year life expectancy has come to an end. After last year's fire debacle, we considered doing a metal roof, but we're afraid that's going to be prohibitively expensive. We can do asphalt shingles for about half the cost. They should last another 30 years, and so we won't have to put on another roof until I'm 97 and Mike is 99. That ought to hold us. We haven't given up on the metal roof yet, but cost may be the deciding factor. As you might guess, I'm totally thrilled to be meeting with a roofer this morning (not).
But before I go, here's something fun. Matthew's main squeeze, Lyndsay, is returning from Bali in a few days. She'll have to quarantine for a couple of weeks before we see her. I've been communicating with her via Messenger, and she sent me some pictures of some beautiful hand woven cotton fabrics several days ago and offered to get some. I mentioned I had a landscape quilt in mind (one that's been on my to-do list for about ten years), and I sent her a picture to give her some ideas about color. She sent me this image showing me what she'd picked out. Aren't these perfect?
Also, Matthew found a vaccine appointment, and so he'll get his first vaccine next week. He isn't supposed to be eligible until the 19th, but he found a clinic with more supply than demand, and they agreed to give him an appointment sooner. As he explained it, "I kept asking, are you sure?" And they said, "Yes, just take the appointment and stop asking stupid questions."
Okay...so onward. The roofer is coming, and I must pretend to be interested.