Thursday, March 1, 2012
Sewing without opposable thumbs
Hand sewing without thumbs is not possible. Last night I learned that the little gizmo that holds vegetables in place on a mandoline (fancy food slicer for the non-cooks out there) isn't just for looks. And, you better use one if you are going to get carried away with the speed you can slice an onion because before you know it you've sliced a piece of your thumb. Yowza! Damage was minimal but I still have three bandaids around the tip and can no longer hand sew my red basket handles or piece little houses from scraps or make tumbling blocks. All of that is what I've been working on since I can't seem to find time spend at my sewing machine.
What to do if you have an itch to quilt but can't? You dream. Ever since I saw the indigo and brown double nine patch by Betsy Chutchian in the "History Repeated" book I knew it was "the one" for DS #2. He's the one that moved out last summer and asked me when I was going to make him a quilt. Quilt=guilt...funny how close those words are. I am still tussling with myself over which indigoes to use. It seems I have very little of the prints I prefer and plenty of the ones that aren't quite right. If you happen to be a fabric manufacturer I have some ideas. Call me.
Being limited to quilt dreaming for now, I also pulled out one of my favorite state quilt project books. This is an oldie I bought from a friend who found she had duplicates. Does that ever happen to you? Have you ever bought a book more than once? Yeah, me too.
It is full of eye candy and quilt/women's history. I have even more ideas now for when I get my thumb back.