Ok; so my last post (Back in the Saddle Again) alluded to me being “cleared to ride” my bike and get back to normal life. Well… I had a lovely 7 mile ride that same day, with my daughter and granddaughter, until this happpened….
….my big EGO crashed and fell and bloodied my knee. Nothing like being 63 years old sitting on the ground, under the bike and embarrassing yourself. My faith in humanity is restored when 2 drivers parked their car and came running over to the trail edge where I sat on the ground, trying to collect my dignity, and breath. My daughter is so wise to carry a first aid kit. We cleaned my leg up; slapped an available band-aid on part of it; and picked up the bike.
I was able to walk and so I got back up on the bike and road the last 3 miles back to the trail head parking. Then, when I tried to get off the bike, I realized I could not put any weight on my left leg and my daughter insisted I go get an x-ray.
Since the local hospital was 2 blocks away, I drove over to the ER; used the valet to park the car; and got “wheeled” into the hospital by the valet. Good grief….a skinned knee…Well, after several hours, and x-rays; and clean up; I drove myself home. (The best part of the journey was the valet who brought the SUV right up to the door and helped me hoist my EGO back into the driver’s seat! (That man got a tip!!!)
The good news is nothing was broken; although I could not put any weight on the leg until the following day. The abrasion went from just below the knee cap down about 8″. The black & blue; a week later; extends around the entire knee; front and back; up the thigh a few inches and down to my ankle. The darn abrasion doesn’t want to heal; and I have to keep “dressing it” and wrapping with an ace bandage. So…..I have been on hold for the last week from riding. BIG SAD FACE. Maybe tomorrow I can ride……in the driveway and around our property…..we shall see.
The incident kept me “out of the sewing room” for a few days too; because it was just TOO much to hike to the garage and climb the stairs. Now; by Friday, I was more able; and I got out to “play”! The Scrap Dance Minuet clue came out on Friday; so I managed the stairs. Over the course of a couple of days I got all my sewing done for Step # 4.
I have a few “extra geese” because I might have made a dozen “spares”. I also made a few more 9 patches in prettier spring floral prints. I have some that are a little too “fall like” to suit me at this point. I am doing a king size…..I do this to myself….I started with the throw size but have SO many scraps I just kept making 4 patches and flying geese. I started this while my finger was recovering from surgery and rotary cutting was a challenge. I just worked on the cutting a “little at a time”. I could probably make a few more king size; but I would have to switch to off white for the background.
Now I wait for the 2nd Friday in June for Step # 5. Are you sewing along on the Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery? It is not too late to start, especially if you have lots of scraps hanging around needing to be used! Try the table topper size or a throw size if you want to sew along. Click on the link about to get the directions. I’m going to guess that the pattern directions will come off of the blog post after the final reveal, and be available later for purchase; so if you like what you see; get it now.
Sunday our Senior quilt was presented to the graduate at church.
The piping on the edge of the binding really shows ! I love doing Susie’s Magic Binding Technique! If you don’t want to hand finish binding, I highly recommend this method. I use it on everything!
On Tuesday I went with 2 friends to the Embroidery Club and we made an “in the hoop” pin cushion. The pattern came from Embroidery Garden and was fairly easy to follow. It always helps that our Embroidery Club leader, ANNA, has great tips for keeping the project moving. This pattern suggests either felt or fleece. I made the blue one at the club; and came home and made the white one at home. I used stabilized quilters cotton for the top of the white one; and think it would have been better with felt. I used the colors I had at home in my “box of felt”. I might need to replenish my supplies !
This “in the hoop” pattern did require the use of a regular sewing machine after the embroidery was finished; the donut turned right side out. You had to stitch “around the center” to make the donut hole. You then cut out the hole and ended up with a nice “ring shape”. We stuffed with poly-fill and whip stitched by hand the small opening along the edge. I found that the eraser end of a pencil helped get the filling in around that center. The white cotton top donut has a little fussing on the edges and the fabric tended to wrinkle while I was stuffing and pushing the filling around. I don’t think I would try it with cotton again. Felt doesn’t fray and just looks a bit nicer. The finished donut is about 3.5″ across and 1″ high approx.
These would be fun if you had a child with a “play kitchen” and they needed some more “play food”. My box of felt squares hearkens back to Felt Food for a 2 year old when I made a lot of play food for the grands in 2013. Some of those felt food items are still floating around. At least one carrot made it’s way back to me during a grandchild visit; and the cats are enjoying batting it around! I can see; revisiting that blog post that my early efforts in making play food could be greatly improved with the use of the embroidery machine! The ones in that post were all done with a regular sewing machine and visiting lots of other blogs to get patterns and ideas.
What are you working on this week?? Have you made play food for kids? What are your favorite embroidery machine design sources?