Many warnings from a lot of you have come my way about the thumb joint problem about taking it easy and not over due.  Even though I am getting done with something’s I really am taking it much easier with my thumb then I used to.  I am watching how I hold my needle, watching how I hold the paddle thimble ect.  I am learning a new way to hold my thimble that doesn’t put any pressure on my thumb which means I am not using my thumb!! – a big switch up for me as I have always quilted away from me a lot at the frame – I am learning to do it the proper way – see the link – this means I am going slower and not getting done with as much but it is better because it is helping me – now I am quilting towards me or from the right –  a little more challenging learning the new proper way to hold the paddle thimble!!  Holding the paddle thimble properly and doing it my own way has caused the problems as I really spent a lot of time quilting the last several years – I have gotten done with a lot of hand quilting and now I’m paying for not taking my time.   Most of the time I do not have terrible pain  – I am trying to nip this in the bud before it gets worse by finding support for the thumb now so I can continue to do my hand work – I hope I haven’t given the impression I am in severe pain – I am not – occasional strong twinges but most of the time other than a dull ache it is ok.  This is not an “all the time” thing.

I got done with this much of Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited done on Wednesday night and it took an hour to do with a lot of little breaks during that time.  The lowest in the photo triangle had already been done.

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Now when I applique I do not notice the pressure on my thumb and I do it the same way but I do wear a support glove on my hand when doing any kind of sewing now until I get the brace I sent for.  I got done with both of these Love Entwined vases yesterday.  I have always been able to applique quickly when I set my mind to it – I use a tiny whip stitch with thread that matches as close as possible instead of a blind stitch that many use.  I am linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today if you wish to run on over and see more quilts that others are working on.

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Also on Wednesday I got more of my hexies done on Diamonds are Forever – this is what I was working on last night also while Gray’s Anatomy and Scandal were on so I’m sure I got done with more.  Little by little the projects will get done – just a little slower Winking smile  BillieBee’s is having the link up this week for hexies –

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That’s right quilters I dragged out the box and patterns of “Love Entwined” and looked it over yesterday and jumped back in!  It was time to select fabric for the vases.  I want to get some darker colors mixed in with what I already have in the quilt as they will be used in various areas of the quilt – 4 colors are dark – the flowers will be a mixture of light, medium and dark so I think they will be ok.  Switching up projects helps my thumb as I am not using the same motions over and over.

I decided to continue to use some of the wash out applique fusible paper that I have.  I used them on the zigzags and liked the way it worked.  I am going to be giving it a try on the flowers as well.  I used it like I say on the zigzags and some of the other parts but not on all of them.

Looks a mess right now – this was in the morning – the dining table is residing in the living room for now as the work continues on the dining addition – so I had the mess in the living room.  More room to spread out then on my smaller work table in the sewing room.

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The wash away sheets I am using.

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Iron the template to your fabric, cut it out and then glue baste (I used a glue stick for this part) the edges under – this does make for a neater applique although it is a method I have not used often.

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I then used Roxanne Glue Baste It with the needle nose applicator and my long tweezers to help get the pieces in the right position.

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The four vases in their proper corners – ready to applique down.  I am applique the top of the vases in place also as I do not need to leave openings as I am going to embroider the stems down and do not need to tuck any stems underneath.  I am going to be doing a bit of embroidery/applique mixture on this quilt.

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Some of my edges didn’t glue quite perfect but I will even those edges out a little while I applique by pulling edges out with my needle a little where needed.

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My lighting was quite right on a couple of these, I forgot to move my sewing light away and also had the flash – you will be seeing more of these in the upcoming days so doesn’t really matter does it.

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And here is some progress on the hexies “Diamonds are Forever”– I finished one side of the chain and starting in with the white again.  I am leaving the corners until I start to work on the side it joins just to make sure I don’t have to undo anything.

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Some have asked what kind of brace did I order for my thumb and where did I order from – I think a lot of us hand quilters and others have trouble with our thumb!  The brace is called:  Comfort Cool CMC Restriction Splint  I ordered mine from Amazon.  It should arrive at the end of the week I think.   I know what works for some doesn’t for others but I hope it will work for me.  The other one I used had a piece of hard metal running the length of thumb and it hurt for me to wear it and it made the thumb pain worse.  You could not remove the metal.

Comfort Cool CMC Restriction Splint, Size: Small, Right

Diamonds are Forever – almost the whole row of the chain of color now added – after that will be two rows of white hexies – then I will work the opposite side and then the top and bottom.  My thumb doesn’t bothered me much with hand piecing – it is the quilting that has the added pressure that pains it.  I am linking to Lee at Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts

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I suddenly had the urge to get out my applique patterns for Love Entwined yesterday – I don’t know if you heard – if you are making it you most likely did – but someone finished her Love Entwined quilt recently – I believe she machine appliqued the quilt although I am not positive on that EDITED:  Narelle just left a comment and said she did it by hand!  I am amazed you got it done so quickly – it is a tremendous undertaking.  Here is a link to Esther’s blog where she has had permission to post a photo and talk about it.  Esther is the designer of the replica quilt that was originally made in 1790.

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This is what my Love Entwined looks like – I am not even done with the center medallion!!  I don’t think I have touched it in almost a year.  I don’t know if I will ever make the whole quilt but I do want to finish one round at a time and maybe it will just be a wall hanging – I don’t know.  There is so much applique in it – a huge undertaking.  The next up if I am to finish the center is the corner vases and the flower bouquets springing out of them.  I am needle turn appliqueing this.

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My basket of all kinds of fabric that will go in this quilt including a lot of Japanese Taupe’s that I bought last year for it. (the last of my not on sale fabrics!)

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I hope to start to spread some of this out on the dining room table this week and look it over and choose some fabric for the vases first and then see about how it goes!

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Ok I didn’t control myself and I quilted too much on Sunday night resulting in no quilting on Monday – thumb ached a bit too much – ouch – I have ordered a different thumb brace that another quilter recommended – it has good reviews –  the other one just didn’t work while I tried it on the trip  making it hurt way too much instead of making it better and I gave it a good amount of time trying to wear it.  Moderation will be the key I’m sure Smile I will just have to force myself to slow down on the hand work.

But because I did persevere I got done with row #7.  The white chalk marks will rub out/wash out.  Six more rows to go and the triangle row at the top.

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Don’t pay attention to the unevenness of the scallop border  – they are all a little different this is free hand and also the final stitching is where the binding will go – it is just basted down.

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Seeing as I decided to not quilt at all yesterday I worked on the hexies instead as hand piecing doesn’t seem to bother my thumb as much – I didn’t just sit and work for hours – I was at it off and on all day and evening.  I have about a half row of white to do still and then the chain of color starts and I’m wondering how I will like it.  I am linking to Connie’s Freemotion by the River   and Quilt Story and Esther’s Blog: WOW

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I felt the urge to start working on my applique yesterday but refrained as I would rather get the hexies done now that I am on the borders.   Time enough to start one of the others later – one hand work a day right now will be plenty.

Have you all seen that the Fat Quarter Shop has a Flash Sale every single day?   (the link might take you to yesterdays sale, just click refresh for todays)  Over the years I have done a lot of shopping through the FQS sales pages but this flash sale is a really good deal – I am not getting paid or compensated in anyway to mention them – they are just one of my favorite stores and wanted to pass on the information to those of you who might not have heard of this.  The fabrics are from all the lines that they carry – but the prices drop from $10.75 a yard to $4.84 (today) prices vary with the product.  It is worth checking out if you haven’t.


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I have extended one side of the hexie quilt by one and half rows of hexies – doesn’t look too different yet but if you compare it to the photo from a couple days ago you will see what has been done.   This side that I show was what was the “top” or “bottom” in the photo from two days or so ago.   Little by little it will be done.  I want to add a complete 3 rows of hexies to the border before I start to add the “chain” of color pieces.

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I made a loaf of “oatmeal walnut bread” – except I substituted almonds as I didn’t have any walnuts.  Recipe here on an old post – it turned out delicious as always.

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Other than that we have been busy with an addition on to our house.  Some have asked now that Mike is not doing contract work what has he been up to  while I do my quilting – well he likes to add on to our little house and remodel.  For the past year he has been added a new dining room on to our house.  We have a small very old house (you can see how old by the wood walls that were behind sheetrock) and the dining area was rather tiny – then we got a new table quite a few years ago now and could see for sure we needed more space – the table was basically too big for the area it was in.  Last year Mike  had planned to add a screened in porch off of the kitchen but as it progressed we both thought at about the same time of how nice it would be to have a small dining room instead.

So all year he had been building and before we left on our trip this August, the door in between the old dining area and the new area came down (it used to be the backdoor) – we had the cedar boards up on the wall and finished.  The fan and lighting in place – the floor done – the outside was pretty much finished too – next was to tackle the kitchen wall and tear it down to open it and get ready to use the new room.  This is what it looked like yesterday morning.

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By late afternoon  it looked like this – a bit of work to do still as you can see but it is coming along nicely.  We will have a short divider wall on the left side separating the kitchen from the dining area – but only about 4 feet tall – it will still give an “open” space.  The kitchen counter top will be extending a way into what was the dining area to give a little more cupboard space and countertop work area.  We hope to have it ready for Thanksgiving. (I’m not sure what caused those white spots here and there on the photo – dust on my lens perhaps).  The dining room extends in back of part of the fireplace so you don’t quite see it all from this angle – maybe another 4 feet or so in length behind those book shelves?  I do intend to re-paint the kitchen when all this major work is finished and we will do something about the current floor as well.  I do not want to repaint often as it is not something I really enjoy – so I want a color I can live with for some time to come – but what!  I am really undecided about the kitchen walls that need paint.  The ceiling will need to be painted as well about 3 or 4 shades lighter than the walls is what I intend.

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In the meantime for this week anyhow the dining room table is sitting in the living room –

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And so are the tall chairs – hopefully this won’t last long LOL

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Of course I say “we” have been working on this – truthfully Mike has done most of it himself – with a little help from the “gopher” – me.  I have done a good share of the clean up work! and go for this and go for that.

Hopefully I will have my design floor back soon – I need it to baste a quilt that was finished before we left and I intend to give machine quilting another try.

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More quilting on Insanity Revisited done – I did more than I should have on it the night before last though so I did no quilting on it last night –

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I have one more square in this row to quilt and then the triangle and scallop on the edge – then it will be time to roll it down once again – trying to not over due it with my thumb (I do a lot of thumb quilting) so it won’t get too sore again.

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Printed out more hexies, when using Inklingo you can size the page so that you have no extra half hexies printed along the edge like this one is but that extra strip there just doesn’t concern me and I cut it off – a little waste yes but easier than going into my printer menu and figure out the sizing.  I think I got a hundred hexies printed or there about so plenty to work with for awhile.  I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday

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These are all the extra hexies I had left over to work with to use on the border – I think I will have plenty but there is a lot of brown/tan in there so I might need to go through the stash when needed to cut out a few brighter colors here and there – I think I will have enough “like” fabric to do so.

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We did get out for our walk yesterday morning and it was 40 degrees to start the day but Melanie hadn’t slept well the night before and delayed me picking her up until 10 – so it was mid 50’s when walking which worked out well – sweatshirt weather!  And when we were walking Jessica texted from Wisconsin that her area was getting snow flurries! Glad it didn’t while we were there – sleet in Montana and then snow in Wyoming was enough for me!



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Woodsie Glove: Enjoy 30% off for a price of $7.81.
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Captivating Cowl: Enjoy 35% off for a price of $7.80.

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