Bye bye 2011, You won’t be missed
December 29, 2011 § 11 Comments
Not much has been happening in the sewing room the last couple of weeks. I did do a machine sewn binding demo at work on some potholders, then managed to make a hot pad to go along with them. The hot pad is made up of 2 1/2-inch strips from my French General stash, sewn together and cut into triangles with my 60-degree ruler. I added a layer of Insul~Bright and scraps of batting to make them all heat resistant.
Frankly, I have had no real enthusiasm to do anything beyond the necessary in the sewing room. Napping, reading and knitting a pair of socks has been about all I’ve done.
I did try to trick myself into working on this long-standing WIP – or is it a UFO now since this is the 3rd Christmas where it still isn’t finished. But it didn’t work. I’ve been stalling because I don’t know what I want to quilt in all of those setting triangles. In my mind I have visions of beautiful feather quilting which exceeds my abilities. So, to keep the front from intimidating me, I turned it over and started doing pebble quilting on the back. But I don’t really like it. Plus, it really eats up the thread… a little more than a bobbin of thread for each setting triangle. I’m tempted to rip it all out entirely. Why has this one been so hard to finish?
This last year has been a challenge that won’t be missed. We’re still trying to figure out why I am not sleeping well and suffering from insomnia. At least I think I’ve finally found a doctor who is willing to investigate. I’ve been given all sorts of crazy explanations. And any prescription or over-the-counter sleep aid seems to do the complete opposite and keep me awake. We did discover that I have non-reactive mono. Once exposed to the mono virus it can reactivate all over again. Non-reactive means that it is trying to reactivate but just isn’t quite there yet. That explains part of my tiredness. And we also discovered that I am allergic to eggs and a few other things… just in time to be excluded from all of the holiday goodies. BTW, ground flax seeds soaked in water become gooey and can be used as a binding agent to replace eggs. They seem to work well in pancakes, meatloaf and scones. So far that’s all the recipes I’ve tried to replace the eggs. I’m ready to put this year behind me and start a new one.
Unfortunately, there are a few UFO’s that will be waiting for me on the other side. And hopefully I’ll have more energy to put towards some new ideas floating around in my head. I’m ready for the New Year to start.