Well, I gave hand embroidery a try to other day and was happy to find that my bum finger doesn’t interfere with hand-sewing. I was able to give each of the Star Wars’ characters their faces. That puts me further ahead. I will have only Hans Solo to do and embroider his face when we get settle in FLA for a while.
Now, I had a question on the Circle blocks. You can find my how-to HERE and the original how-to from Riley Blake HERE. They are simple as you are stacking smaller circles on larger circles and then onto the block. All stitching is done while the circles are whole and you simply stitch around the circles, leaving a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Then, simply “slice and dice” into quarters.
Several have expressed interest in the Origami Cranes quilt that Cathy made and I shared Sunday. They are paper-pieced, first of all. I found a pattern from Pottery Place HERE. The Pottery Place design is “on point”. This one is straight on square.
We are currently resting in Georgia, outside Cartersville. I wish we were sitting in Marietta as there are scads of quilt shops there and none here. Of course, it’s Sunday as I write this, and perhaps none of them is open anyway. We will get to Florida tomorrow and stay at one of our usual stops, Lee’s Country Campground in White Springs. After that, it’s an easy day trip to our destination.
While I’m typing with nine fingers, I have unwrapped my “bum” finger to take a break from its swaddling and to work my finger just a little. The joints are becoming very stiff from being straight out for three weeks and I’m going to start doing a bit of bending to see if I can get it to bend normally again. It sure doesn’t take long for them to tighten up! I don’t want this finger sticking straight out forever so I will endure some discomfort and try to at least get the middle joint working now and then the one closest to the tip will get worked on when the finger is a bit closer to being healed.
That reminds me that I wanted to revisit the Superior Gloves once more. My son, a meat cutter and manager of the meat department at a BJ’s Wholesale Club was up last weekend and looked over my glove. He said it was a good glove, but to emphasize to everyone that is a cut-RESISTANT glove, not cut-proof. I did run my rotary cutter over the top of the glove five or six times and it did cut through a little bit. HOWEVER, we quilters are not going to be running our blade back and forth over the same spot intentionally so I think we are safe in using the glove. I don’t want anyone getting injured on my watch so I’m telling you this as a warning. Cut RESISTANT is not Cut PROOF. Be smart about using the glove AND be smart about using your rotary cutter. Son says he’s ordering me a metal glove which he says isn’t “clunky”.
Happy and safe stitching to my quilting friends, and a pleasant day to everyone.