I have been asked – what is next when the Postage Stamp Border is finished – well I bought a quilt kit from Craftsy sometime back that I have not started on – it is a flannel quilt which I have never worked with before. I know most say to wash flannel first but Craftsy recommends not washing before as the pieces are measured for what is needed – all the pieces are the same kind of flannel so it should all shrink the same – and if you want enough fabric to make the quilt – I say listen to them even if it ends up being smaller after washing is done!! This is the pattern – and I bought the same line of fabric from another location for the backing – so the quilt will be made with all the same kind of fabric from front to back. Finish size is 84 x 96 – before washing and drying – I wonder what it will end up being LOL – I really don’t mind shrinkage – this might be a good one for the end of the couch on cold winter days/nights and to toss in the camper when we travel. I will machine piece and probably hand quilt so it would be for next year not this year. This one is called Murrieta Stars.
Here is a better photo of the colors – had to do better – the colors were looking too dark!
The other quilt that will get more work done on it is the Williamsburg Beauty. This will be a mixture of hand and machine work. So I really have plenty to keep me busy once the Postage Stamp quilt is finished. I have one quilt waiting in line to be quilted that I finished a month or so ago – and I think I will be machine quilting it – I just hadn’t had time to get started on it – Hopscotch. And of course continue the hexies on Handful of Scraps, the Retro Air Ship Propeller Blocks which I will be tossing more color into to make it brighter and not boring – And always a quilt on the frame for hand quilting – I think that is enough for now – and of course if I ever get around to it I will be back to work on Love Entwined one day – maybe! The next quilt on the hand quilting frame after The Final Frontier is finished will be the Postage Stamp quilt.
Of course showing all this work means I didn’t get any work done yesterday and that is right – I was back to the Retina specialist for my eye again – problems, problems they just don’t want to go away. First I had the retina detachment in February on my right eye – then the cataract grew super fast so I had to have the cataract removed – from that I was one of the 20% that had complications of course – I had a gray area grow on the back of the lens – that was removed with a laser treatment about 3 weeks ago – from that I ended up with swelling in the retina area – so back to the specialist Friday and was informed that it was two problems scar tissue from the original retina surgery and swelling from the laser treatment – first thing we try is a month or two or three of steroid eye drops 4 times a day and one drop of something else for a month to get the swelling down so I have better vision in my right eye – if that doesn’t work we go to the next step and go from there. As long as I wear my glasses my left eye is doing a good job and I keep on sewing and whatever and my close up vision is pretty good on it’s own and I don’t need glasses for that. I can see fine to drive – I have a little trouble with reading but not enough to slow me down – it is not creating a big problem right now. So lets keep our fingers crossed that the eye drops do the trick!
Anyhow the eye problem is why we have not planned any trips this fall – I have been asked why we have not been traveling like we usually do in the fall and we keep waiting to see if this eye problem is going away and it hasn’t – there has been a lot of running to the various eye doctors this year – we might go to some state parks in Arkansas this fall instead which means October and November (good months here at home that should no longer be hot) could be a little traveling time here and there and be close enough to home to see the doctor if needed. Lots of parks in Arkansas to see that we have not seen and Melanie & Ric are close by to move in and house sit when needed, they live just down the road a couple miles from us with his mom so are available when needed.
And Happy 64th Birthday to me today – glad I am still around for another year!!
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