Treading water

The last 4 days, I’ve found it hard to keep my head above water.

On Friday, I had some surgery. Oh, nothing serious, and actually, something I’d been waiting to have for some considerable time (think years, not months). I waltzed in cheerfully, but crept back out like a geriatric snail – with apologies to all the snails out there who are currently rather more speedy than I.

Each time I’ve had surgery, and there have been a fair number in the past 3 years, I’ve found it harder and harder to haul myself out of the black hole it dumps me into. Which is why, dear bloggy friends, I have nothing very much to show you by way of creativity, achievement, jobs done and deadlines achieved. I’m getting through the day and the chores with the aid of copious naps and pain relief, and that’s IT. There are two projects in the pipeline to which I have given what energy I was able to summon up. I’m still trying to decide which one I want to finish first!

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 6.02.41 pmOne is a hexagonal sewing box with fold out sides, beautifully designed by Lynn of Tialys. I’m one of her lucky pattern testers, and in honour of the occasion, I’ve dug out my last remaining piece of Amy Butler fabric, the design called Josephine’s Bouquet from the Cameo range for Westminster Fibers, in the dark grey and pink colourway. The floral medallion repeat in this fabric is the perfect size for the lid of the box. It was meant. I haven’t made much progress beyond cutting out all the card pieces and the outer and lining fabrics, but I shall take it to the sewing group tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll make some progress there.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 6.03.06 pmThe other project is a quilt for the Husband’s truck. He’s one of three drivers for the large and powerful beast they call ‘the office’, officially known as No. ECC44: Always Safe II, and known to me as Big Girl. She hauls 51,000 litres of diesel 250km to the mines three times a day, twice in daytime and once at night. I’m dismembering work shirts from all three of the guys, complete with their embroidered names, the embroidered company logo, reflective tape and buttoned pockets. There’s not quite enough fabric in 5 shirts (which is all I was given) to get really creative about it, but it will be unique, distinctive, personalised, and best of all, comfortable on the plastic covered bunk behind the front seats when the guys want to take a short break. Because the quilt will be made of old workwear, it doesn’t matter if it gets dirty – I know it’ll come clean again. A bit of creative piecing is needed to achieve the size they want: 72″ wide by 60″ high; I’m cutting 12″, 6″ and 4″ squares with extra seam allowance, and this makes good use of the available fabric pieces. The size allows them to lay the quilt on the bunk and then throw the top layer over themselves if it’s cool, or have a double thickness layer underneath them if it’s hot. I’ve also made an iron-on transfer of the truck’s name and the dates of operation; this driving team has migrated across from ‘Safely Home’ to ‘Always Safe II’, so both trucks are commemorated.

Tomorrow is delivering my baking to the coffee shop, followed by a morning at the sewing group. But Thursday’s all mine, and look out for slightly more impressive progress after that!

50 thoughts on “Treading water

  1. rutigt says:

    That truck quilt is gonna be a favorite I guess. I hope you will feel better soon ❤

  2. claire93 says:

    take it easy and don’t push yourself too hard. You have no deadlines to work to (apart from your baking orders) just take each day as it comes.

  3. Even Wonder Woman needs to rest sometimes 😉 Do the project you can sit with for the longest. You need to allow yourself proper recovery time, dreaming of even more crafty projects. Take care xx.

    • katechiconi says:

      The infuriating thing is that it’s making it hard to use my right arm, which is very limiting. Still, at least I got my embroidery finished for Sunday’s SAL post!

  4. EllaDee says:

    Not good you don’t feel quite up to par but to me, a mere mortal, what you’ve accomplished is impressive.
    Josephine’s bouquet is very pretty, but I was most excited to see the truck quilt a fantastic idea that the guys, will be quite a home with at work… Yet again, I suspect repeat orders will result!
    Hopefully another day or two will see you firing on all cylinders 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I reckon I’ve turned the corner this evening, more energy than the last 4 days, which is a relief.
      The Husband is already calculating how much he can charge for the orders he’s expecting for more quilts! He’s thinking of hanging it up in the truck window when she’s parked up in the yard at work, so people can see it.
      I like the idea of making use of shirts that would otherwise become car-cleaning rags, and having the names, company logo and truck names makes it individual and personal for the guys. It’s going to be a simple quilt, easy to assemble, so it won’t take long and I won’t have time to get bored with it!

  5. Get well soon !!! and no one is going to punnish you for taking it easy you know !!!!! Both the quilt and the box look great already !!!But they won’t walk away 😀

  6. Kirsten says:

    Hope you feel more like yourself soon. Take it easy.

  7. Really hoping you start to feel better soon and find your energy once again. In the mean time take it easy and enjoy some relaxation if you can.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think I may have turned the corner at last this evening. I didn’t fall asleep at 6pm, and I’ve been baking all day without losing the plot. 🙂

  8. tialys says:

    Even feeling under par you achieve more than most! Don’t push yourself any further than your body and mind want you to – I’m sure you know that but a reminder never hurts!
    No wonder you were excited about your box fabric – it does look ‘made for it’ doesn’t it? The interior will be gorgeous too judging by the sneaky peak.
    Lounge lots, relax and get better.

    • katechiconi says:

      The lining fabric’s nothing flash, but the repeat pattern looks a bit like hexagons and blended well with the outer fabric, so I couldn’t resist it! I’m getting very impatient to get on with it and start using it, so it’s coming to the sewing group with me tomorrow to have all the fabric and wadding stuck to the cardboard. I doubt I’ll get as far as assembling anything, but a bit of progress will be good.

  9. manicmumdays says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished truck quilt! And the Amy Butler sewing box 🙂 Hope you are feeling well again soon ❤

    • katechiconi says:

      Feeling better this evening, thank goodness. The box is going to the sewing group with me tomorrow, so I hope to get it done by the end of the week. The truck quilt will take a bit longer, but I should have it done by the time the Husband is back on day shift in 5 days’ time, so you won’t have too long to wait!

  10. Dear Kate, only a workaholic like you would be making new projects, delivering cakes and generally filling every moment just days after surgery. It always takes me at least a week to recover properly from an anaesthetic, so you are already doing wondrously well.

    I love the box fabric, and admire the truck quilt enormously – it’s in the true spirit of patchwork.
    Look after yourself,

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, Viv, you’ve given me some perspective on the issue! Being unable to beetle around as I normally do has made me restive, which when combined with weary, is a dreadful combination!

      • It’s a dreadful combination that I live with, too, and the principal effect on me is guilt at my lack of achievement, so I really do understand what you’re going through.

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s a killer, isn’t it? Still, a couple of very large naps have helped somewhat, and I did manage to have some quiet play with Tialys’ cartonnage project which I’m testing for her, so the day hasn’t been a total washout!

  11. dayphoto says:

    Oh, Kate! Sending you hugs and love and well wishes!


  12. Take care, wishing you better soon!

  13. nanster says:

    Takes time to flush all the drugs through the body..please make deposits into the rest bank as you will tend to overspend the balance !!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m taking your advice – I made a major deposit this afternoon and feel considerably less foggy right now. It’ll help once I can stop the pain relief, but a 5″ incision somewhere that flexes all the time takes a while to heal enough to stop hurting!

  14. Grannymar says:

    Slow and steady is the way to go, you need to allow for the inner healing. I like the sound of the ‘man’ quilt and look forward to following the progress… you might have a new industry on your hands! Stay well, Kate and know we care!

    • katechiconi says:

      I do know, and am so very grateful for all the love and good thoughts sent my way. The truck quilt will be picked up again tomorrow, when I can finish cutting and start assembling, so hopefully I’ll have something to post!

  15. Magpie Sue says:

    Welcome to my world! Not that I wish anybody to join me particularly. Glad to read you’re beginning to feel better. You’ll be powering through again in no time. Love the truck quilt; no doubt all the guys will too. When that sewing box is finished it will be a stunner.

  16. Chillax, as they say in the classics. Really hope you’re feeling much better by now x

  17. So sorry to hear that the op has knocked the stuffing out of you. I guess the good news is that the long wait is over.
    That fabric for the sewing box is stunning! I look forward to learning more about the pattern as I love sewing accessories of all kinds.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly, there’s one more still to go, but then that will truly be IT.
      The fabric is sooooo beautiful, I’ve been unwilling to cut it for the longest time, but the minute I saw Lynn’s box templates I knew it was the right thing to use it for. I’m taking my time over making the box, as much because I’m testing the pattern as because I don’t want to muck up the fabric. So far, the instructions are working very well. Lynn has said I can post about it and show photos when I’ve finished, so if you like the look of it once done, the link will be there if you want to buy the pattern and make it yourself. She has some absolutely gorgeous etui and box patterns.

  18. kymlucas says:

    I have been out of touch lately, blogwise and social media-wise (Is there such a thing as social media wise?) so didn’t see this sooner. Just wanted to say I hope your recovery pace has quickened and you’re feeling better.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup, back up and running. The latest incision across the existing scar is holding up well to the usual abuse I deal out, totally ignoring the whole “do not raise your arm for 2 weeks” thing. I mean, who can keep their arm below shoulder level for two whole weeks?!

  19. Conor Bofin says:

    Kate, you keep on impressing me. I admire your fighting spirit and your bright outlook. I love getting your comments and wit on the blog.
    Get yourself right soon.
    Take care

  20. pattisj says:

    Hope you’re back up to speed very soon. I like the commemorative quilt for the big truck. You have a big heart.

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