Sunday, January 20, 2013

Black and White and Red All Over


Just a little project to keep me out of trouble while I knit, and sew on my Quilt Club project. I love the batik in front, and the red pops out of the black like a beacon.... I think I will make a second one just a little bigger now, since this is perfect for my iPad, but a bit small for my other goodies that I NEED to carry. Maybe two inches, that's all. I think I have some black and white fabric with animal skeletons.....


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Warping the Quilt Club

So this is the block that we are all starting with this year... Sunbonnet Sue, classically done.  I, of course, am a rebel, and have no intention of doing Sue in a classic style.  In fact, we spent much of the time in quilt club discussing how to warp the standard Sue block into something less like your grandmother would have made, and more like a technicolor dream.  Or nightmare, in some cases!  We will be making 12 blocks, 8 small, 4 large, using either Sunbonnet Sue or Overall Bill or a combination of them. 

My first block has been started... Sigridr and Balli are my two Norse faceless friends.... oh, this is going to be fun!  I am doing the handwork now.... I have many plans.....


Friday, January 11, 2013

Chaos and Order

Today we saw the neurologist, and got some not so good news.  Meg actually did have some shearing and bleeding in the parietal lobe, shown on the second MRI.  No treatment, just time and watching, but it means she is more at risk than we thought for a second seizure.  She also has some facial paralysis from a crush injury to her forehead.  This will all heal up, but will take somewhat longer than hoped for, and that wasn't what Meg wanted to hear.  Nor Gil and I, of course. Still and all, she is doing well, and expected to make a full recovery.  

The wallhanging I have been working on shows pretty well her shoulder injury... there is a small bit at the top that holds it together, the break goes all the rest of the way down, with about a 3/8th to 1/2 inch separation at the bottom of the scapula.  The radiologist says it is the kind of injury they see with baseball bat assaults.  (Shudder)  The ribs are healing as expected, they take months, of course.  Her pain level is better, but not zero, which is the goal.  Time, time heals.  Rest, sleep, food, water.  Those are the things she needs.  Me?  I need my daughter back to normal!  Soon.  It will happen soon.  In the grand scheme of things.  Just not soon enough for any of us.     

 Each of the elements has meaning...I won't explain them all, but the Kantha stitching represents my prayers, and the bird is God's ever present Spirit.  

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Knit One, and an Anniversary Coming Up!

I saw a really cool looking shawl, and being cheap, uh, frugal, decided I could figure out the pattern myself, saving the princely sum of 7.95!  We'll see how successful it is, but so far so good... with, of course, modifications to make it mine.  I will post pics of the inspiration and the finished product later. 
I am fast approaching my 400th post!  I am thinking of an appropriate celebratory action... but in the meantime, I am working on a little wallhanging.  It was started after my daughter was out of the hospital, and I needed to start working through the feelings I had.  It is still a work in progress, but here is a teaser... I am very much enjoying the process of stitching my feelings onto this fabric.  It is amazing to me how much of the negative it drains away and lets me concentrate on the positive.  Working with my hands has always been therapeutic, though I didn't realize it at the time, but now, it has become a necessity.  If that is my addiction, so be it.  It is a fairly innocuous one, I suppose.  At least my wife whispering husband knows where I am, nights!