Colours of Happiness #10

Another cornerstone completed.

This is the one for Family. Of course, all the other components are the same as the previous one, but the hand lettering is different. I’ve tried to incorporate the shapes and curves of the Bengali lettering into the English word. I think this one works better than the previous one. Shame the lighting’s so washed out, but that’s what happens when you don’t have good daylight.

I’ll do another long side panel next, before I proceed to the other two cornerstones. They’re beautifully mindless once I’ve done all the marking up, I can just sit and stitch and think about other things – or indeed, nothing at all – as I work.

And some mindless work may be called for. The minor infection I had last week has risen up, gnashed its teeth and turned into a bit of a monster. I now have a very tiring and painful kidney infection which is not responding to treatment nearly as fast as I’d like. I’m on my second round of antibiotics and this second lot is strong and the tablets are huge, like horse pills, over 2cm (almost an inch) long. So, a little non-taxing distraction is called for.

Next time, I’ll show you what I’ve been distracting my miserable and rather grumpy self with

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43 thoughts on “Colours of Happiness #10

  1. Lovely as always… the lettering is perfect … so much work and I’ll be the one enjoying it 😍
    Take care with the infection and drink lots of fluids … nothing worse than being ill 🤒.. lots of love and hugs 🤗

  2. tialys says:

    That is one big boy of a pill – let’s hope it does its job and you feel better soon. I imagine just sitting quietly and hand stitching is just what you need right now so no going mad and doing too much!!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve been getting a lot of “are you sure you’re supposed to *swallow* that?” type questions, and given the size of the thing, it’s probably a reasonable thought! I’m taking it easy and drinking loads, because if this lot doesn’t do the trick, next step is hospital and an intravenous drip 😦

      • tialys says:

        Ha! When we first moved to France all the ‘over the counter’ painkillers seemed to be large and not for swallowing – even the thermometers were placed differently if you get my drift – very foreign to my English sensibilities. They seem to have moved away from that now but I can see the logic behind it (no pun intended).
        II do hope the horse pill and the water consumption (I assume you mean water 😉 ) work for you and you won’t have to wear a nightie that does up at the back any time soon. 🤞

      • katechiconi says:

        Yes, I’ve made the mistake of being unwell in France before, and was extremely disconcerted at how the medication was delivered. Fingers crossed I’ll start to feel better in the next few days.

  3. Emma says:

    I’m amazed Kate, that lettering looks fabulous. I hope that your infection clears up very quickly, taking tablets is never fun, especially this huge one. I wonder what the manufacturers were thinking 🙄

    • katechiconi says:

      They were thinking they had to get huge amounts of antibiotics into me quickly! But really, I’d much prefer to take three or four pills than try to swallow this monster!

  4. KerryCan says:

    The lettering is beautiful! Is that done with appliqué? And I so hope the antibiotics kick in soon and you feel better!

    • katechiconi says:

      No, the lettering is drafted and lettered by hand, using pigment pens, and then I quilted closely around the lettering. I’m definitely with you on the antibiotics kicking in!

      • I was going to ask the same question about the applique

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s a Pentel MMP20 Paint Marker in Gold, medium point. I do a couple of coats; the first one doesn’t put enough gold pigment down, but you can build up with second and third coats. I hand draft and mark the outlines first with white ceramic quilt marking pencil.

  5. Steph (@resting_whippet) says:

    Oh no, kidney infections are debilitating, speaking from painful experience. Get well soon!

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, this isn’t my first either… Which is why I took myself off to the doctor quick smart when it started. So far, not much improvement, but I’ll give it a few more days before I go back. The back pain is very tiring… But at least I can still sew by hand 🙂

  6. Lynda says:

    Your quilted corner is divine. The kidney infection is just a pain. I have only ever had one and it was in recent history. The pain can drop you where you stand! 😦 Kate, I do hope you are well and fit after this round of antibiotics.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve got a pack of self-heating adhesive warming patches you can stick on your back. It helps a lot. Paracetemol is good too! But I’m getting very bored with slugging all that water…

      • Lynda says:

        I used a bot of acetaminophen. I never thought of the self heating patches. I will file that for future reference! YES, that water gets boring!

  7. Joining in the wishes and thoughts on a faster recovery…I’d be crushing those and downing them with applesauce. I was actually admiring the pictures of the square with the lettering. It is so lovely! ~ Sharon

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re not supposed to crush or chew them, sadly. They do go down more easily in a teaspoon of yoghurt, though!
      I’m so glad you like the corner section. Two down, two more to go: Peace and Prosperity.

  8. Dayphoto says:

    Oh, my gosh! I hope you start done the road to recovery. Being ill with spring coming on is hard. Being ill is hard, period. Your sunshine quilt has brightened up our gray gloomy day. Your health news worries me!
    Hugs!

  9. craftycreeky says:

    Your lettering is beautiful, hope those antibiotics start working soon, kidney infections are nasty!

  10. kathyreeves says:

    I hope those horse pills are at least coated! I’d be cutting them in half! I hope they took a little blood too, to make sure they were giving you something that would kill your particular germ! I do love your corners, and how this beauty is progressing. Take a nap or two, and hope you feel significantly better in 24 hours!

  11. magpiesue says:

    Dang, if it’s not one thing it’s another! So sorry about yet another health issue to deal with. I know that’s not fun. Meanwhile, this quilt is looking spectacular. The recipient is one lucky gal. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m getting a bit fed up with it. in the past year it’s been h.pylori (the stomach ulcer bug), pneumonia and now this. None of them trivial, all of them unpleasant. I eat a healthy diet, get my probiotics, don’t drink alcohol or smoke, so why?
      I’m so happy with this quilt. It fits her personality perfectly!

  12. Oh my goodness, that pill is big enough to choke a horse! I love the quilting but that pill almost took my mind off of it. I get bronchitis but that’s about it. I eat lots of pickled garlic all year round but even more now that stuff is floating around. What you have does not sound good and I’ll keep good thoughts for you. Take care please.

  13. rutigt says:

    Looking so good!!!! I hope the antibiotic helps ❤ It´s not nice to not feel well!

  14. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Soo pretty !!

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