I don’t get sick very often, and it’s a good thing. I don’t make a very good patient. Most people want to be taken care of a little when they’re sick. I just want to be left alone. Rob has found the perfect balance of those from years of practice. He’s much the same way…”please stop asking me what I want. I don’t know. Just bring me things you think I’ll like every once in a while. I’m sure it will be fine. And, then I shall perish.” Okay, maybe he’s less like that than I am.
I had to take two days off and spend a lot of them on the couch. Not so much on Tuesday, more on Wednesday. And, yesterday, I worked from home and caught up. That was nice. I’d work a while and then sit for a few minutes and then work some more and no worry that somebody would see me screwing around and think I was shirking. For yesterday, that was 100%.
When I felt like it, I quilted. No new quilting projects started, even though I thought it would make me feel better (but I did start a filet crochet doily…I’m incorrigible.) I drew and started putting in the shapes in the center squares of the Indian Orange Peel quilt.
The whole rest of the quilt is quilted in every point-ey ditch and the center squares have this filler. I think I’ll outline them one more time to force the seam allowances to lay flat. If you look close, you’ll see that between my quilting and the seam, which is also quilted, there is a puffed up area and I think I’m going to need that to lay flat. Not sure yet. I’m going to wait until I lay the quilt out flat and see what happens. To make this work, I had to use invisible thread in the top and bobbin. Half these centers are light and half are dark. In the light ones, I used clear monofilament in the top and smoke in the bottom. In the darker ones, it was smoke all the way.
I only drew a quarter of the shape and I’ve been tracing that onto tissue paper with a blue washout marker. I’ve transferred ink to my quilt top before, so the only ink I felt I could trust was washout. It worked great. And, the tissue is a dream to pull out. I pin the marked tissue to the quilt, quilt along the lines, and then tear the tissue away and use tweezers to get out the finicky bits. Anything I missed will dissolve in the wash.
At some point, I need to spend several hours with this quilt in my lap and my seam ripper. Maybe I’ll do that at bee tomorrow. There are a couple long lines of quilting I put in before I realized I was having a tension problem. they need to come out. And, there’s a pucker. Oh, it’s a tiny one. But, it runs down the center line of the quilt. And, it cannot stay.
Everybody have a good Friday. I’m headed to the office. Yay. Can you feel my excitement?
Instead of starting something new to piece, I’m thinking about making a shirt. Man can not live by quilting alone. He must piece as well.