Friday, October 9, 2020

And I found another

   Did you read the post at Cluck Cluck Sew?  Click here for the post and her great tutorial and pattern for an Hourglass project.     I loved the idea to make a set of hour glass blocks each day.  Keep it easy, make it fun.  It reminded me of the Quilty 365 Circles project from a few years ago, which I really enjoyed making.  So I thought I could add it to the list of on-going projects.  

  And then I discovered these large HST units!  A large stack already begun for a similar pattern.   They will be easy enough to turn into hourglass blocks.  

   All of the units, pattern sheets, and a stack of paired squares ready to sew went into another bin.   It seems you can never have enough of those bins.   I need to decide or figure out how I want to proceed, which pattern to go on with.  The choice is between   the Scrappy Pinwheel idea or the hourglass a day idea.  



   I will figure out which by the time the spool blocks are finished up.  

To up-date the vision eye problem .  I tried to reply to all who commented, but in case I missed you.  The doctor did several scans, and such on both eyes.  What I thought was the "good eye" now is showing damage to the retina from the lack of B-12 from 4 years ago.  The optic nerve appears stable with no damage, but a small cataract is growing.  So that leaves me in a wait and see mode.  I return in 4 months.    In the meantime, I am adjusting and finding ways to compensate for the blurry and often triple vision aspect of it all.  

  It takes intense concentration to do most things, like read a recipe.  For dinner last night I made a new recipe and glanced at the time and temp.  I saw "200 minutes at 3500 degrees".......a tilt of the head and a second look corrected that.  So it is what it is.....please bear with me when I rant.  Otherwise, life is good.  Happy stitching.    

18 comments:

Pamela Arbour said...

So sorry to hear about your eyesight problems. I do hope they get you all fixed up soon.

I'm with you on those project boxes. Yours looks like those 12"x12" scrapbook bins. They are the perfect size. They will actually hold the makings of a whole quilt and sometimes even the backing and binding will fit in there too. They are perfect. I also use them for storing my precuts by color so I have a lot of those things. I actually passed up the last great sale that Michael's had on them. I think they were $3 but I told myself that I had plenty but it was really hard to resist!

Mary said...

What serendipity to find the project and precut units at the same time! Take care of yourself. Praying for healing for your eyes.

Louise said...

I'm pretty sure that's the recipe to make diamonds out of carbon dust! Or at least a recipe for disaster. Daily hourglass blocks sounds like a nice routine and you'll end up with a lovely quilt using those pretty fabrics :)

Gene Black said...

My heart goes out to you with your vision problems. My cataract on the left eye has drastically impacted my up close vision. I will be happy to have it fixed. I haven't been sewing for that reason, but perhaps I could do some simple blocks.

Kerry said...

Ooh mind you don't get a neck ache! Still fingers crossed it will work itself out. Frustrating for you until that time though. At least your oven doesn't go up to 3500 degrees! LOL

Ray and Jeanne said...

I'm so glad you tilted your head and reread the cooking instructions last night - at least your eyes are not impacting your common sense.😉 A block a day sounds like fun and it is so neat that you found the large HSTs and more. Deciding between the hourglass and the pinwheel might be hard. Take care, ~Jeanne

LA Paylor said...

as if life were not hard enough... of course it's your eyes because we're visual artists!! oy vey
your idea of a big block a day is good... then I'd get all wrapped up in it and make 10!!
wonder if I have any self control left?
LeeAnna

Trish@dollymall said...

I just found your blog and I am really enjoying your many posts. I raised my sewing machine table and suddenly NO MORE NECK ACHES!! It has made such a difference. You may want to try it.

Now, I am going to study your watercolor piecing. I have 20 fruit and vegetable fat quarters that I want to use, just fruit with fruit and veggie with veggie so I am looking for a few fabrics to add in to each.

Thanks again, Trish

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Have been wondering how you are doing. I hope that some daily sewing isn't a strain on the eyes because I know how you need your stitchin' therapy, as do we all! Prayers for you, and the doctor to clear it all up. Hopefully just a cataract surgery?

MissPat said...

Perhaps it's time to have Alexa or some other digital assistant read the recipes to you. I don't have much success with hourglass blocks, but I love pinwheels. Maybe you'll decide to do both.
Pat

Quilting Babcia said...

I'll have to steel myself to finish the quilting on Quilty 365 before even considering a project like this, although I do love hourglass blocks in a quilt. Your newest eye issues sound lot like what I've been experiencing ever since my cataract surgery with double vision, straight lines appearing curved both horizontally and vertically, and now the gray cloud of vitreous matter in the left eye. Does make for challenging quilting and life in general. I do hope your eye doctor is able to help you achieve some better vision at least in your better eye.

Janet O. said...

Debbie, I am praying that good news can be coming your way soon! Hopefully the eye issue can be corrected with a combo of time and care.
An hourglass a day sounds doable, and to already have a jump-start in one of your bins is a win!
I, too, love those bins. I tend to gravitate to them in craft stores and it has reached a point that I no longer have a good space to store them, other than the floor of my sewing room, in an already too full corner. I think my next effort should go toward actually finishing some projects, rather than collecting more bins. :)
I would hardly call this a rant (a little too on the gentle side to rate true rant status, IMHO), but if you truly want to rant, I'm listening.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

When my dad had double vision they corrected it with prisms in his eyeglass lenses. I imagine your doctor already considered that for you.

Sewing, any sewing is the therapy we need. I think I need to make some pinwheel blocks after reading your post.

Linda Swanekamp said...

I actually have an Accuquilt die for QST, so I could cut scraps just to make a huge asst of them. I would have to pull out and iron a lot of scraps, so I am not sure. Hoping you can find short cuts and tips to avoid eyestrain.

Mystic Quilter said...

I'm all for having a good rant when life deals us a hand we don't need!! I am so sorry to read about the 'wait and see' situation, Wanda's comment caught my eye (pardon the pun) when she mentioned prisms in her dad's glasses, I have had these in mine for quite a number of years and gosh have they made a huge difference, however my issue was certainly different to your own. Your dinner would have been cooked ever so quickly at 3500 degrees!

Lynne said...

How frustrating for you!
I’m still quilting, working on an improv quilt in a controlled palette of green, yellow and orange!
I think of you quite often when I look at my watercolour quilt on the wall in my sewing room.

Debbie said...

Lynne, If you return to read this....hello! I no longer have your email so I wanted to reply to you. Hope your life is well. Mine has changed but I am still hanging on.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Hopefully the eye stuff will settle down soon, and you will be able to compensate easily.

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