Thursday, June 25, 2020

It’s Always Something....



My elastic came.  The elastic I was going to use to make a mask a day throughout July.  So now I have elastic but am back to being one-handed.

My sister sent flowers.  So nice.  I saw my wrist surgeon yesterday, and she was wearing a mask I made her.  I have some gentle therapy and exercises  to do while this humerus starts to heal.

I’m no longer in shock. And I just found out from a blog reader that quilter Pat Sloan broke both of her wrists!  The last picture?  Oddly enough it’s the only part of me that doesn’t hurt...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Luckiest ot the Unlucky

Saturday June 20 was such a good day.  I was in the studio finishing this lovely 90 x 99 shot cotton quilt top.  I vacuumed, rejoicing in how easy this task is with 2 hands.  I even set out the fabrics for the next quilt I want to work on.  I want to finish this quilt top by July so that I can turn the entire month over to purses and masks.  One of each every day.  Piles of fabrics for both are set out.

But then I tripped on uneven sidewalk about a mile away from the house.  Nice ladies called 911.  ER took care of facial lacerations and made sure there were no brain bleeds.  I broke my proximal humerus and see my bone doc tomorrow.

Thankful I didn’t do more damage! But I’m incredibly sore - everything hurts.

I keep thinking of I Robert Burns and how the best-laid plans of mice and men “gang aft a-gley.”

Monday, June 15, 2020

Celebrating - Social Distancing Style


It's been difficult to shelter in place.  Not seeing family and friends has been hard.  For the first two months we exchanged food with 2 of the grandsons at the base of the driveway.  Then last month the 4 of us decided that the risks were minimal and we actually have had dinners at the dining room table.  Son Mark has been in the house a couple of times.  And like so many families, we are having discussions about whether to get together and how to get together.  This month marked three milestones - Sam Mo graduated from Northern Michigan State, Ben Mo graduated from high school, and Brandon turned 21.  Daughter Julie came in from Atlanta to celebrate with her son.  And we had to have some sort of party, right?

I made masks for everyone, which we didn't wear.  Everyone brought their own drinks.  Appetizers were individual snack bags of various crunchies.  A Mediterranean feast was laid out buffet style, but Mark was the only one serving.  Cupcakes for dessert.  Seems safe, no?  But then the time for pictures came.  No masks, standing close to one another, some of us touching - ***eye roll***

Is this all part of the process of opening up?  Did we take a risk by getting together?  ...to be determined

Two sad notes:  Ben, the hs grad, just started a new job and couldn't come to his own party on top of not having a graduation ceremony or a prom.  And the girls were in an accident (absolutely not their fault) on their way home.  Both are ok (phew), but the car is totaled.

The next day I had coffee in person with quilties Eileen and Melissa.  Between seeing people and almost have full use of my rehabbed wrist, normalcy seems closer.  BUT we all know this is not a time to let down our Covid-19 guard.  Be careful out there!




Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Quest for the Perfect Mask


 We're now three months into Covid-19 and all that comes along with it.  Mask-making and mask-wearing is now just as important as it was in late March,  There are a zillion free masks patterns available.  But which one to use?  It's kind of like trying to find the hottest/steamiest iron or the quietest, best-stitching sewing machine.  I have a favorite iron (Oliso), a favorite sewing machine (my Brother 1500 straight stitch), and I now have a favorite mask pattern.  Ami Simms and Valli Schiller, both women I know, created a pattern with darts for the nose and chin as well as some pleats.
This mask pattern allows for a variety of way to fasten.  I'm out of elastic right now, so I am using home-made fabric straps.  This kind of mask goes over the head and then is tied behind the head.  It can easily be removed and yet still be attached.  There is also a huge discussion about filer vs non filter.  And here's what I am comfortable with:  using a batik which is very tightly woven for the outside and a soft cotton for the inside.

Two of the grandsons have graduated - one from hs and one from college.  Another grandson just turned 21.  We are having a socially-distancing get together.  14 people.  The party favor?  Yes!  A mask!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Gratitude


In no particular order, I am very thankful for 

1.  my design wall
2.  John
3.  my sewing machine with the knee lift and automatic scissors
4.  my Vietnamese friends and their cooking know-how
5. drugs 
6. Quilty friends and Zooming
7.  John
8.  my sister Paula
9.  new Quilty friends
10.  Cristina and her sourdough bread sharing
11.  my hand surgeon Dr. Urbanowski and my occupational therapist Eileen
12.  being able to open jars and baggies again
13. my fabric stash and various supplies
14.  being excited about quilting after tamping that down during February and March
15.  an aura - albeit light - of political optimism about the possibility of political change this fall
16.  babies
17. my special WW buddy Cecilia
18.  my generous friend Sarah S
19. my grandchildren
20.  John
21.  being able to hand quilt again.  So soothing.
 22.  My friend Dorothy and what she passed along to me on FB

This might morph into a quilt...
23.  A summer day like today with the studio windows open, the gentle hum of cicadas in the background (this is just a renegade brood, not the real thing which comes in 2024).
24.  John
25.  Emerging from the Land of Broken Wrist into functionality.