I finished the ruler work on my quilt 2 days ago and have started all of the background fills. After some trials, I decided on the swirled pebble. It's slow going and I have to do it in short sessions but I'm making progress.
Nibbling little by little, I got 2 of the green corners finished by last night. I pebble for about 40 minutes and then I do something else. I don't get bored because I have a good audio book and, besides, you know that I love tedious things. During breaks I work on the wall a bit and I have a new section about half done.
I think I mentioned that I have some sort of nerve issue with my wrist so this part of the post is going to be a bit of advertisement. My wrist problem probably stems from when I was 8 and broke it. Then about 20 years ago I bought a knitting machine and way over-used it for a few months. I started having problems then and they have been recurring ever since. It's definitely a nerve thing because three of my fingers go numb and when it gets really inflamed my arm aches from my fingertips to my elbow. Tiny quilting, hand knitting (which I don't do anymore) and typing are 2 of the worst things for it.
I also happen to deal with a lot of tendinitis. It's just one of my genetic oddities. It seems to be inflamed somewhere in my body at all times.
KT Tape to the rescue for both! I do use a lot of ice but for all day help, I found KT Tape a few years ago and it's amazing. If you watch athletic events you will see these brightly colored tapes on the athlete all the time. The website has videos for application on pretty much every part of the body. I've used it on my wrist, shoulder, back, knee and ankles. It really helps provide support and cuts the healing time in half....for me. The tape is stretchy and that is what makes it better than other sports tapes. I'm really sensitive to adhesives and this tape doesn't bother my skin at all and these things stay on for at least 3 days....through showers. I did add a little strip of Gorilla Tape to hold the ends down since this one is likely to get wetter than usual. Just a little redneck touch. If you have any kind of muscle, nerve or tendon pain you might give this a try. You can find it at Wal-Mart and it's only about $10 a box. I keep it stocked here.
Back to pebbles!
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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