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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 410870 views.
judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jun-9

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

I was just griping about the shopping.

I do not exactly love to shop but I have to get out of the house and see other humans or I will clobber DH. Even a friendly smile from a store's greeter is better than spending a whole day with Mr. Grumpy.

It's only a half-mile to the local Meijer's (mid-west version of a big box store) where I can purchase groceries, birthday cards, magazines, pick up Rxs or hulled sunflower seeds for the bird feeders.  I could have picked up a cool gift for a bridal shower if I had needed one. wink

That one hour excursion out of the house greatly improves my disposition for the next few days.

I worked on the hand quilting on my table topper yesterday & evening and I guess I over did it a bit.  I was learning how to use an "aunt becky" thimble based on watching some online videos.  It was going pretty well and I was making lots of progress.  Then I realized my hands and arms were starting to hurt and it was getting late.  As I was getting ready for bed I happened to look down at my hands/arms in the bathroom light.  Holy Moly!  The veins on the back of my hands, wrists and arms looked like a marathon runner's  legs.  Seriously creepy!  They look much more normal this morning (still old but normal). I had never noticed that happening before.

the quilting is going well though blush  I am doing a cross hatch in the background and I'm half way through the 1st set of lines.  Using masking tape to mark and quilting in a large hoop.  Lots easier to quilt in an area where there are no seams.  the stitches looks pretty even, though on dark purple it would be hard to see unless obviously different.

Are you talking about the "Aunt Becky" finger protector that goes under the quilt and you slide it back and forth so you can "rock" your needle back and forth?  It's supposed to help you stitch faster and make your stitches more even?  

that's the one.  I ran across a couple of videos that explained it better than I had seen before, were very helpful.  I still prefer using my finger underneath but after a while it gets too sore.  I think I was still pushing too hard with the aunt becky, made my left wrist hurt after a while.  I'm guessing I had my tension too tight.  or just need practice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DHEDYeIWz4&t=1384s  this one is really old - called Metal to Metal.  they are a little irritating but that might just be the 80's.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNyRoT9n7GE  this one she uses plastic wrap to demonstrate the sliding technique.  nice accent too smiley

Shelley it is hard to imagine someone not loving those placemats. Love the card too.

The quilt is looking good. Hopefully your hands and arms are back to normal.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jun-9

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:

I guess I over did it a bit.

Back in the mid-1980s when I was working on my needlepoint floor rug I did the same thing. (This was a wool rug with a classic Oriental design that I worked on for nine months.) Finally wised up and learned to set my kitchen timer for thirty minutes so I would stop and get up and do something else for five or ten minutes and then come back to working on the rug for another thirty minute session.

In late 1992 I had carpal tunnel release surgery on my right wrist so I'm speaking from experience about that happens when you abuse your stitching muscles. (Of course I did a great deal of typing on an IBM Memorywriter in those days as well. Talk about a non ergonomic machine. persevere)

latterberry

From: latterberry

Jun-10

judyinohio said:

hulled sunflower seeds for the bird feeders.

I feed my birds during the summer too and have been enjoying watching the woodpeckers and orioles at the suet feeder.  The feeding station is in the front of my house so I can watch from the comfort of my easy chair.  I decided to put a suet feed in my back yard to watch from the kitchen.  Of course those *&%^ squirrels do their best to get into them.  A couple of days ago on e of my dachshunds got sooo sick.  Throwing up bright yellow stuff all over.  Vet said she must have gotten into something but tested her liver and pancreas to be for sure.  A coupe of meds later I bring her home wondering what on earth she could have gotten into.  Later in the day I noticed the suet feeder was empty.  I couldn't see from the house but when I got closer I discovered those nasty squirrels had opened the door to the feeder and it must have fallen on the ground.  Two bricks of fat filled suet makes for a very sick dog!  Birds will have to hang out in the front of the house if they want treats.

latterberry

From: latterberry

Jun-10

Oh Wow!  Your stitching is amazing!  I used to quilt many year ago and could never get near such lovely stitches.  What kind of batting did you use? 

Thanks Lynne. I think it is Hobbs 80/20 buy it was a scrap so I am not certain. I don't use batting that much but that is what I normally get. Quilting with batik is challenging. But there are no seams so that helps a ton. They aren't small stitches but I am trying to keep them even. I am liking using masking tape as a guide rather than marking. That helps too because I can see them better without a marked line.

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