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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 473681 views.

From: judyinohio


So this is a bridal shower for Mr. Pirate's cousin's granddaughter.

Hope she's planning to have plain white china and not a pattern involving red barns, chicken coops and sunflowers.

Sorry for the rude response but one cousin's granddaughter lives in Virginia and I'll never be invited to any wedding (or shower) so I can't imagine getting lured into any such family gathering. (Another cousin's grandchildren live in the Seattle area and another cousin's family is in Florida ... you get the idea that many of us Hoosier descendants have become very widely scattered.)

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


judyinohio said:

So this is a bridal shower for Mr. Pirate's cousin's granddaughter.

You are exactly correct!

We/I know the cousin very well.  We/I even know the cousin's daughter very well, which is why we have been invited to the wedding, etc.   I know the bride-to-be from family gatherings but just not a whole lot.   I think it was very lovely of them to include us in the guest list; I was just griping about the shopping.  :-)   I enjoyed making the placemats & napkins very much.  :-)

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


wow...those look incredible! She'd have to be a troglodyte to not appreciate them.


From: judyinohio


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.  this one is really old - called Metal to Metal.  they are a little irritating but that might just be the 80's.  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.


From: judyinohio


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)