A pretty pick-me-up

I’m in need of a bit of loveliness right now.

Having been due to attend court for jury service this week, I found myself starting a heavy cold last Sunday night. Luckily, I wasn’t going to be needed the next day, or the day after that. By Monday afternoon, it was clear that this was going to be more than your average cold. Reluctant to spray these potent germs all over the court, I went to see my doctor, who took one brief listen to the strange barking noises emerging from my mouth and diagnosed a viral chest infection. One medical certificate later, and jury service is no longer anything to worry about. The rest of it is not so wonderful, of course…. as it’s a virus, I can only ease the symptoms with the aid of my trusty box of cold and flu remedies.

Today, our lovely postlady dropped a box on the back doorstep. Thinking it was some car or mower part the husband had ordered, I brought it in, and it wasn’t till I saw the customs declaration and the fact that it was coming from the Netherlands and addressed to me that I realised it was that most welcome of parcels โ€“ fabric! The darling, kind sister for whom I made the Bonnard quilt had promised that she’d find me some fabric as a thank you for making her the quilt. And now, here it was; not one but three pieces:

The dolphin fabric is an easy one. I have some beautiful batik in exactly the same colours, and I plan to make a thin summer kimono-style dressing gown from both the fabrics, with a thin piping of bright pink.

The other two are pretty much demanding to be made into summer tops, and I’m already rubbing my hands in glee at the thought of what I can do with the scraps! For now, they’re going into my dress-fabrics box, to be fetched out and petted regularly. I don’t have any idea who they’re made by, as none of the selvedges has any information, but they are 100% cotton, and the quality of both the fabric and the printing is excellent.

I feel much better already!



54 thoughts on “A pretty pick-me-up

  1. Great timing all round, bolstering your spirits which in turn I hope has a magical recuperating effect on your physical state. Run with it, be gentle on yourself and feel better soon โ™ก

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s really nothing like a lovely splash of colour and the anticipation of fun stuff to look forward to. I still feel crappy, but I don’t mind nearly so much!

  2. knitnkwilt says:

    Have fun petting, planning and finally sewing and wearing!

  3. craftycreeky says:

    You can’t beat a bit of fabric therapy ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  4. tialys says:

    So, my hopes it would be a light tickle of a cold have come to nought. Still, on the bright side, no boring jury service and some new fabric – all is not gloom. Have you got your Vick’s Vapour Rub to hand?

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh yes indeed, and the Lemsip and the decongestant and the cough mixture… I think on the whole I’d rather be tucked up in bed than sitting in court, even if it does mean I feel crappy.

  5. Rest up with some lovely gentle crafting Kate and get well soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      Right now, my stuffed head is making anything more demanding than sudoku puzzles a bit of a trial, but I’ll get there. I’m halfway through an F2F block for July, so I have to finish that soon…

  6. nettyg says:

    Mmmm lovely soft cottons…..perfect for nose blowing and being gentle on your matching nose. No, just joking,…….although I still have a lovely liberty cotton hanky you sent me……you’ll look and feel special come spring when you get to wear your new creations. Good work escaping jury duty, feel better soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      They’re lovely, not as soft as lawn, but still nice and smooth and supple. I have to work out exactly how much I have and what I can make. It’s going to be fun!

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    So sorry you are poorly, and hope you are better soon. Such a super surprise and some marvellous fabric.I love that you are looking forward to the scraps. It has cheered you up wonderfully. But sshh don’t shout so loud- they will have you back for jury service.

  8. Kate, I haven’t had much of a cold for years until June 10. Man, did I catch one! I had run out of my Elderberry and Vitamin C capsules, so I went for Alka-Selzer Plus. That didn’t help much. I ordered Elderberry Defense from Nature’s Sunshine and bought a box of Tylinol Cold and Flu. Ten days later, sometimes I still feel like I did the day after. We can’t be sick because we have so much to do. Get well soon, my friend!

  9. writinghouse says:

    I love the dolphins! Much the same elevation of spirits occurs with me when an unexpected piece of electronics/book/wine arrives through the post. Get better soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. mlmcspadden says:

    Sorry you aren’t feeling good. I do hope that you are soon better. Lovely fabrics and I’m sure the resulting garments will be wonderul.

  11. Love the idea of defeating a virus with surprise packages!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think lovely surprises have enormous healing power. Think how nice it is to be sick in hospital and have unexpected visitors, just as you were feeling lonely and sorry for yourself. Or is that just me…?

  12. What a treat! Hope the fabric-sunshine helps cure your virus quickly.

  13. magpiesue says:

    So sorry you’re suffering, but at least you got out of jury duty! I hope you can knock this virus down quickly so you can play with the new fabric that much sooner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. kymlucas says:

    Hope you feel much better very soon.

  15. dayphoto says:

    My service duty as a juror was canceled also YAY! I sure hope you are feeling much better today.

  16. kathyreeves says:

    Those are very pretty fabrics and just the thing to make you feel better! Hope the virus runs away and doesn’t morph! I am on Day 8 and am hopeful that I might get some real sleep tonight. No jury duty, but there must be an easier way!

  17. Yikes. I think I would choose jury duty over a virus any day.
    Those lovely florals will make fabulous tops.

  18. Lynda says:

    These are lovely! What a nice sister you have.

  19. Catherine says:

    I hope you are well on the way to recovery now. What an awful thing to come down with. Your fabrics are a lovely gift, you will make some beautiful pieces with them!

  20. I’m sorry you’ve come down with a nasty virus, Kate, but I’m glad you’ve confirmed with your doctor and that you are on the mend.

    Your sister chose some stunning fabric for you. I’m looking forward to seeing them all made up into something wonderful.

  21. Emma says:

    I hope you feel better soon, viruses are nasty, but on the bright side you got to stay home instead of heading to court. I love those fabrics, especially the dolphin one, they are so cute! looking forward to seeing them sewed up and in lovely scrappy creations ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. rutigt says:

    Like, like, like! All three of them, but mostly the pink fabric (of course)!!! Virus are nasty and I hope youยดll get better soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I’m trying to clear out my inbox and found this hiding among so many unread blogs. I am so sorry about the cold but obviously your body wanted nothing to do with jury duty. It often speaks for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ All well and good to be of service but you have so much better ways of doing that. I did see what you made with the dolphin fabric and it was lovely. The pink and blue flowers will strike a cord quite soon, I’m sure. Thoughtful sister, you have. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I do indeed have a kind and thoughtful sister ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a habit of wearing the same summer tops again and again, and it will be nice to have a couple of new options!

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