Saturday, May 26, 2018

Merrily I Sew Along...

*medical update at the end of this post   

Here's the front, back, and sides of a Sloan travel bag for my friend Jenny.  If this fabric turns out to be too bright for her, I will happily carry this bag.  I've had this fabric for a couple of years and love it.  The interior bag, essentially a second bag with zippered pockets and side pockets, is at the sewing table right now.

My niece Molly has been on my list for a while, and we finally found a set of fabrics she likes.  I'm still deciding on design, but I do have a jelly roll (42 strips that are 2.5" by 42), a layer cake ( 40 10.5 x 10.5 squares), and a charm pack (40 5"x5" squares) ready to go! 

The design wall is still hosting these 20 blocks that are all 15.5".   The body of these blocks are from my ever growing stash of blacks, grey, and white - with the obligatory bits of red, of course.  This project is another "quilt as you go" or reversible quilting, the technique I used for this quilt recently (with full credit to Sharon Pederson for this reversible technique.)  I love being able to grab a block and stitch.  Such a sensible way to sew, especially with summer weather. 
Detail from one of the blocks

Detail from another block

Here's a new studio toy.  This tool is to punch holes in leather belts.  But I am hoping to use this to "punch" through multiple layers of fabric so that I can set rivets.  I have tried using a hammer and a punch awl, but it's pretty tricky.  So I am eager to get this out of its plastic casing (which is also always a challenge...). 

A few months ago I bought 75 yards of zipper tape and pulls.  I'm pleased to report that I have successfully used this tape for the interior zippered pockets of the Sloan bag mentioned above.  It's a bit tricky to get the pull onto the tape correctly, but thanks to a tutorial on Google, I know how to do this!

Speaking of Google, I had to Google what my GI doc found during my colonoscopy:  three AVM's which he cauterized.  AVM's are arterio-venous malformations where arteries and veins get all tangled and stem blood flow.  Dr. Lee took care of the three he could see, but there's the possibility there might be more.  So I'll have some more blood tests this summer and see if my hemoglobin rises.  And I'll see Dr. Lee in August for the next step, if there is a next step. 

When I was released from the hospital two weeks ago, I made some Chocolate Chip cookies with a recipe that uses a lot of tahini.  These may be the best cookies ever.  The day after my colonoscopy I made some oatmeal butterscotch cookies.  Both of these cookies came from a place of gratitude.  I thrilled to be alive and feeling good.  (and I shared these cookies - I can't have stuff like this around the house!).  I love my doctors.  Monday is our 36th anniversary - just tons more gratitude.  I'm a lucky and thankful woman.

1 comment:

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Lots of great interest to me in this post, Donna. I have noted the link to the reversible stitching. I so admire your ability to make those beautiful bags and handle zippers! I have not had a colonoscopy but I have the annual stool analysis test-so far, so good. I guess any day now I will have to step it up. I think it's great you are staying on top of this which is preventative. You deserve a cookie!