What I did on my summer vacation
I so look forward to my family's annual beach trip. It's funny that we all get along really well but we rarely see each other because we are all a bunch of homebodies. It seems that renting a giant home is enough of a draw that we can all still be anti-social but also be together.
A couple of family members couldn't make it so I was able to invite two of my favorite introvert friends. They fit in perfectly.
As usual I couldn't make it a week without an injury. I had a "shower mishap" that again reinforces my lack of grace and stability. The shower in the master suite is a demonic shower connected to a tub with steps up and down to get in and 2 doors. It's best suited for really tall people. I was standing on the edge of the tub to hang my bathing suit when, predictably, I fell forward. I now have my right upper arm covered in KT tape and enjoying frequent ice packs on a probable torn deltoid. It would be a freaking miracle if I could make it one day without a bruise or cut or some sort of muscle pain. I'm already feeling better but it means another week away from dyeing.
But there's good news too! This house has a indoor balcony from a partial 4th floor and that motivated me in another way.
I finished the quilt! I knew that balcony would be the perfect place to hang it for a photo so I took it along with me and finished it Monday. Don't fret over the look of the lower left corner. The quilt does lay flat but that's the last corner I worked on and it was still a bit wrinkled. I wasn't about to get an iron out at the beach!
Frankly, finishing it was kind of sad. Now I'm at a loss for a new handwork project and we all know that's something of a crisis. I can't watch TV without having something to work on or else I'll eat myself through every show.
Here's the last blossom. This was a coincidence but quite poetic that the last blossom was in my Grandma Dove's favorite color: purple.
Now to commence agonizing on how to quilt it. But there will be no quilting going on this week either!
5/30/2018 10:43:45 am
The quilt is gorgeous! What fun to see the whole thing, too.
Tina in NJ
5/30/2018 11:17:32 am
Vicki, the flower quilt is fabulous! (Gotta find a thesaurus, I’m running out of adjectives!) Congratulations on getting the top done.
5/30/2018 11:19:05 am
Congratulations! It's stunning! I have no doubt that a new handwork project will present itself in due time 8>.
Becky in VA
5/30/2018 01:59:43 pm
Congratulations on creating a beautiful quilt! It is fabulous! I understand a bit of sadness when you take the last stitch and it is DONE - it happens to me too. I sometimes drag out the finishing, just because I don't want it to end! Looking forward to watching you quilt it!
5/30/2018 02:42:28 pm
I hope you didn't tear anything and heal quickly. I'm in week 8 with a revival of the torn rotator cuff injury from 30 years ago. We need our arms to be happy.
5/31/2018 09:36:34 am
HI Wanda - I feel your pain. I had what turned out to be a rotator cuff injury that I kept hoping would go away. After 6 months, I finally saw a dr. After 6 weeks of PT, questionable ultrasounds and an MRI, I finally got a cortisone shot that has helped immensely. They suspected a tear but apparently it wasn't torn. Hope you have seen a dr. too! And I hope you recover quickly too!
5/30/2018 07:10:04 pm
It looks beautiful. At least with my recent broken ankle I could still stitch while I was otherwise out of action. Hope you recover quickly.
5/31/2018 06:18:05 am
Love, love love the quilt top!
5/31/2018 08:06:10 am
From someone who slipped on the ice in January and broke her wrist, I understand the lack of mobility. I hope it heals fast.
5/31/2018 08:58:20 am
Congratulations Vicki on the finish of this magnificent quilt top. All that beautiful handwork is a tribute to the quality and fortitude it took to complete, along with the time and love that have gone into creating this family heirloom. I really hope this will stay in your family for many generations to come.
5/31/2018 09:31:50 am
Your quilt is so beautiful!
5/31/2018 09:51:08 am
What a beautiful finish! It’s really a beautiful quilt top now and we can only wait to see how you quilt it. Bummer on the shower tumble incident....hopefully you will heal quickly! Take care of yourself and enjoy your time with family and friends!
So sorry you have injured yourself! Hopefully your bruises and aches will soon fix themselves. Now on to that beautiful quilt - oh my, how I love this one! It is stunningly beautiful Vicki and you have good reason to be ecstatic with it. It's most definitely a work of art and, as I know I've mentioned before, it makes me think of my grandmothers and the quilts they made at one time.
6/1/2018 12:55:08 pm
The quilt is just beautiful, and I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation! I had to laugh about not making it week without something happening. I have so many cuts and bruises that look like they would painful enough to remember, but getting one is so common that I'm not even aware when it happens. Hope it's nothing too serious and that you recover soon!
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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.