Not a Lot Done

Handful of Scraps, Wagon’s West (dresden plates)

Yesterday was one of those busy – had to go some place – kind of days and little got done.  Another eye appointment this one to get the cataract taken care of that grew very quickly since I had the retina eye surgery in February.  Evidently that is one of those things that can happen with that kind of surgery is that if you have a cataract it can grow very quickly after surgery.  So yesterday it was sit and wait at the Cataract Eye Surgeon’s office for all the test and stuff to get prepared for it.  Only one eye needs to be taken care of so it will not be one of those things were you no longer need glasses.  I will still need them but the right eye will be improved – not perfect as they have to “balance” out I was told.  Now they need to get in touch with my insurance and then set up the appointment for me to come back.  Hopefully in a couple weeks– then I will need new glasses too unless I could magically wear my old glasses and have them right – wouldn’t that be great!  You know with the Chinese years – year of the donkey, the monkey whatever? I think I will refer to 2016 as the “Year of the Eye” have had one thing after another should never forget this huh.  Having trouble with your eyes and being a quilter sure makes you appreciate eye sight a lot more – you really wonder how you would manage if you lost your sight or most of it.

I did get a little work on hexies done before we left for the afternoon – not a lot but some –  Handful of Scraps – the area above the brown/blue hexie flower on the right is where I am working – a lot of neutrals to go.  I am linking to Quilt Story:Fabric Tuesday today and Esther’s Quilt Blog.


the area of Wagons West that I worked on Sunday night and continued on Monday night as the dilating of the eyes was finally clearing up.    On the frame it measures 56 x 70 so I will need to be careful with this one so it doesn’t shrink up too much – this one too has wool batting in it.  I think after washing in cold water I will let it dry about 15 minutes in the dryer and then air dry it – I don’t want it to shrink too much – for some reason I was thinking it was larger – but no it will be lap size or wall hanging size!  The main reason I have used wool lately is because I got it on a good sale awhile back and so I thought I would try it.  I have a king size for the next quilt on the frame so I guess I will need to be careful with that one too but I did do over size (105″ square) on that one to allow for some shrinkage.


I had so many comments the last couple of days – thanks for all the kudo’s on the baby quilt – I love it and love how it turned out and so glad you all think so too.  Also was asked what quilt goes on the hand quilting frame next – the Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier – a very big quilt and will be on the frame for 4 to 6 months at minimum.

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6 comments… add one
  • Kathi Jul 19, 2016

    Karen, I hope your insurance company approves this and you can get your cataract removed quickly and without issues 🙂 If yours is year of the eye mine would be year of the achy knees! lol
    I love the quilty progress you have made even if you think it isn’t much! lol
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  • What beautiful work! I am just starting a hexie quilt, not quite finished with my first diamond shape…seeing yours in progress gives me great ideas! And yes, having difficulties with our eyes does give a greater appreciation for the miracle of vision, doesn’t it!

  • Kathleen Jul 19, 2016

    Boy I would agree with you on the Year of The Eyes. Hope it doesn’t take too long for all the paperwork to be completed. I was lucky enough to get both eyes done at the same time so I could go without the glasses. But having the one will be so much better, it’s amazing. I’m with you on appreciation, I do not take it for granted. I’m been having lots of days like you had lately.
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  • Sandra B Jul 19, 2016

    I hope they will be able to schedule your cataract surgery soon….I know you will be glad when it is all behind you!
    Year of the Eye certainly describes 2016 for you!
    We are in the midst of some nasty hot, hot, humid weather here in Virginia….had a little bit of rain overnight, but it didn’t do much to cool things down….a little bit of relief tomorrow, then back up in 90’s, and over the weekend, we will have triple digits for several days….UGH!!

  • Rebecca Grace Jul 19, 2016

    You know, I got prescription reading glasses for the first time when I started working on applique and my eyes were getting tired quickly. Now I love them, they are my “Secret Stitching Weapon” — I can see the fabric threads so clearly that it feels like wearing my glasses is cheating with superpowers!!! Remember how Wonder Woman wore glasses when she was disguised as Diana Prince? That’s how I feel about my “Wonder Woman glasses!”

    Hopefully the eye surgery will be a big help to you so the Year of the Eye can become the Year of the Amazing Quilting instead.
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  • Kathy Jul 20, 2016

    The last time I went to the eye doctor (last June), I had a cataract that was about halfway to needing surgery. Since then, my vision has gotten pretty bad, especially in my right eye (I wonder if that is the eye with the cataract?). But I’ve read that chemo can affect one’s vision, so I want to wait and get my vision tested when I can feel confident that the (temporary) changes from the chemo have passed. Unfortunately, no one can tell me how long that takes. Hopefully your insurance will cover it.
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