One thing is clear to me. We are going to be wearing masks for a long time. As my shattered humerus heals, I’ve discovered I can do minor cutting. Like for masks. And I can sew. Only not in reverse - I don't have the strength yet to press the reverse lever down. I see my bone doctor tomorrow, the same woman who surgically repaired my wrist in February. At a previous appointment, she was wearing a mask I gave her - nice. I see her tomorrow morning for X-rays and evaluation, perhaps to start back with OT/PT. Buddy Cecilia cut long strips so I can continue working on the quilt below. Slowly, surely, I heal. And I’m thankful.
Two weeks after my fall, and I am still so sore and bruised. I’m still taking opioids. With them my pain is less and I can do the prescribed movements/motions. But I still have to think my way through every move I make. With the brokeN wrist, it was a matter of finger dexterity and strength. This time I have the finger and wrist dexterity, but I can’t lift my arm. Yet. So I struggle through the day, balancing the drugs with the time of therapy movements. And to keep sane, I sew. I must. The next project up is Brandon’s quilt, made from the set of fat quarters Melissa, Holly, and Sarah bought for me at QuiltCon . I’m using a shadow box effect on a background that is grey-green-griege. Cecilia cut fabric for me - for a non quilter she is very good with the rotary cutter, and she seemed to like doing it. I need 3.5” strips of this griege- lots of them. I hope she’ll come back.
These leftover strips and bits of peppered shot cottons are going to be a 12.5” by 24.5” block for @artgal53, fellow Chicago Modern Quilt Guildster Debbie. She and 8 others, including me and spearheaded by @kiltedquilter67, are part of a bee, the #ChiModBee. Debbie is the first “Queen” of this bee. Can’t wait to see what comes from my block and the others she’ll receive! If you look at the hashtag, be gentle - we’re just getting started.
While I can’t cut any significant size of fabric. I can cut small bits. I had a whole pile of 2.5” squares already cut. Sticking with greys and lower volume fabrics, I’m making 6.5” blocks. I can do one at a time and these are perfect just to keep me feeling like I‘m productive. Below is an off-set pattern. Sewing does help to chase the blues away....