Monday, September 28, 2009

Okay, yes, you were right !!

You all told me to take it easy ... and ... well... yes. you are all just too smart for my own good :]

Going out to collect the Bear last Monday on a wave of pharmacologically induced wellbeing wasn't a particularly good idea and I paid for it for the rest of the week [ but I'm glad to have my little buddy home nonetheless ]
Now I'm trying to behave
not necessarily succeeding
but trying
I think it's generally acknowledged that I don't do bed rest very well, but I've had to accept the necessity for a couple of days, whilst trying to persuade assorted animals NOT to leap up onto the bed by way of my recumbent and achy self... otherwise most of my time has been spent on the couch, either prone or sitting and engaged in the same largely fruitless battle with the assorted furrbabies that want to comfort me by draping themselves about my person.

Speaking of which, I have discovered that a 6 kilo Sophie presses down harder on the sore bits than a 7 kilo Bear. Possibly because her 6 kilos is in a much more compact body.
She is also far more determined and much harder to shift [ especially since I'm not supposed to lift more than 2kgs at the moment ]
Anyway during the 'sitting upright' periods I've been engaged in an activity that I haven't done a lot of over the recent past - namely hand sewn [ pieced ] patchwork.

Once upon a time I used to piece almost exclusively by hand - back in the days when dinosaurs ruled the earth and rotary cutters didn't exist - but these days I would normally head to one of my machines as a first choice.
If, that is, I could actually sit comfortably at the machine or exert enough pressure to use a rotary cutter. Which I can't. [ and don't ask how I'm managing to sit at the computer because you wouldn't like the answer ]

Anyway, it's been quite restful and also pleasing to discover that those traditional skills haven't atrophied completely, even if my eyesight isn't what it used to be
[ and look, look - with all this resting, I have actual fingernails - woot ]

Of course this all looks a bit rough and untidy at the moment

but that's because it's not joined together... this is just some of the finished units laid out [ un-ironed ] to give you a sense of where I'm headed.
The block is 15" finished and contains 141 pieces, so I'm rather glad that I only have to piece this one which is going to end up as the centre of a medallion quilt


lisette said...

very purty :) i'm very impressed with the matchy matchy pointy pointy. keep resting sweetie - glad you're taking it easy xxxx

Vickie said...

oh that is looking great and fitting together nicely..glad to hear you are now taking it easy,cheers Vickie

crazyhaberdasher said...

Just perfect! Now...let me see..... 6 weeks on the couch sewing ....mmmmm... should produce 4 lap quilts at least....!!!! LOL! Just kidding.... Actually, I was surprised you were not knitting, but then again, with Beryl arriving, I guess there will be much sewing. Good job you are staying put!

sue said...

I am glad that you are starting to feel better, even though you have a few extra kilos trying to warm you up (although it might be the other way around Im sure) as those animals called cats know exactly where to sleep to keep away the cold. Your patchwork looks great, and at least it is keeping you occupied. I hope you feel much better very soon.

Bernie said...

How lovely that you are enjoying sewing patch work, easy on you and wonderful for your quilt.
So glad you have slowed down a bit, lovely to know you are on the mend....and yes your fingernails look lovely.......:-) Hugs

Anne-Marie said...

Ooh I like. Quilting is something I want to get into but I should use up some yarn and fiber first.

I am having trouble sitting still too. Moving house doesnt help, but tomorow I am determined to sit and knit and not do too much else at all.

Keep on taking it easy!

Lynne said...

Glad to hear you're being sensible - get well soon!

Sheepish Annie said...

I always thought I'd be good at bedrest being as I truly do love to rest. I was surprised at how hard it was when I actually had to stay in bed for a week! I'd say you are doing quite well staying put and following doctor's orders. And that hand piecing? Gorgeous!

ozjane said...

Am impressed by the progress in sewing. I did hand sew the rest of a Dresden plate I had started yesterday.
Have Moggie on a diet ...we are losing weight together.
Glad bear is back even if noisy...guess he does have to give permission for you to chat with friends. Glad you have Nardie and hope she is good at daughter discipline.
I am so impressed at all those points and trust you to try something super challenging.
Do keep at the will be so grateful later on.