Pebbling, pebbling, pebbling
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!
Tina in NJ
7/29/2016 12:32:58 pm
Your swirled pebbles remind me of swirled marbles. See, the perfect glass analogy!
7/30/2016 08:00:06 am
The swirled pebbles look amazing. I will have to add that to my quilting toolbox.
7/31/2016 04:08:08 pm
Sticking my nose in. If you feel numbness, RUN to the MD. Some years back, I put off (and off and off) getting treatment for carpal tunnel. Surgery absolutely helped with the pain but some loss of sensation persists to this day and that hand is much weaker than the other. Good luck.
Rebecca in SoCal
7/31/2016 05:32:16 pm
Thanks for the "advertisement." I have sensitivities to adhesives, too.
8/1/2016 09:14:41 am
Your pebbling is amazing!
8/1/2016 12:43:19 pm
Thanks for mentioning the KT tape. I didn't know what this was when I've seen athletes using it. I just did something to my right wrist in a fall a few weeks ago and have been using an ace bandage, but this tape looks better. I broke my left wrist in 2012 and had surgery, and at the same time had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, which I've had for a long time in both wrists. I was a bit afraid to have it done, but it has helped immensely. I also had elbow surgery a number of years ago for the elbow version of carpal tunnel - (ulnar tunnel? - I forget) Anyway, I would get your elbow and wrist checked out by a doctor. They can do nerve tests. It's kind of painful but not terrible, and you don't want to have permanent problems. Good luck.
8/4/2016 11:36:44 pm
The pebbles are amazing. ...Acupuncture?
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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.