90° thinking…

I’ve been a bit unsettled in my mind the last couple of days.

Not without reason, I’d stipulate. Losing months of work is one cause. The dog behaving as if I’d started maltreating him because I had to take him to the vet for his annual shots is another. Thinking out a big forthcoming project is a third.

So I slowly started assembling the Opal scrappy quilt. It looks lovely. The lilacy-blue sashing works particularly well. The top half is almost done, one seam to go. I was just sitting there a bit vacantly staring at it, when the whole thing just rotated 90° in my head, the two halves side by side. Like this:

And there it was, a potential solution. Let me explain.

Ever since we moved into this house, I’ve been looking for the perfect thing, or things, to hang on the wall above our bed. There is one obstacle, which is a wall light bang slap in the middle of the space, or I’d have whipped a quilt up there pronto. There is also – now – a solution.

I will finish Opal in two halves, and hang the two quilts on the wall above the bed, one on either side of the wall light. The height from the top of the bedhead to the ceiling is almost exactly right, and they will stick out a little on either side, which I don’t mind. They will look great with my hexie quilt on the bed, and against the very soft pale green of the wall. What do you think? I love the idea!

I feel much better now.

I’ve started sewing together a new piece for Days Gone By. The dog can just get over it: he’s had a cheesy treat and two bones, and that’s all that he’s going to blackmail out of me with the mournful, reproachful looks. And I have just had a brainwave about dealing with the Big Project I have coming up.

Things are looking up!

By the way, there has been no news, no calls and no joy at the police station about the missing DGB hexie quilt. So I’ve said goodbye to it, and am moving on. If it turns up, I’ll be stunned and overjoyed, but I don’t expect it. Thanks to all of you for your good ideas, suggestions and great support.

54 thoughts on “90° thinking…

  1. kymlucas says:

    I think your solution is genius. Don’t you sometimes wonder where ideas like that come from? The kind of idea that spring forth fully formed? I used to find that in my writing, but sometimes similar inspiration strikes in other arenas in my life. Unexpected solutions.

  2. jmcheney says:

    Beautiful & Brilliant & v-a-v! Treats after the dr.’s visit usually work after a little while. Maybe Mouse has a painful association with inoculations. But he will get over it soon I predict. I’m glad you’ve cheered yourself up with creativity. It’s a boon, a balm & a magic charm!

    • katechiconi says:

      The shots won’t have been too painful, but he loathes the vet’s, he tries to back out the minute he smells what’s inside the door. Still, he’s looking happier now… I’m really pleased with the quilt solution, and importantly, so’s the Husband!

  3. My dog used to run a bit of fever after her shots so I gave her a baby aspirin to help with the discomfort. The next day she was feeling much better. I’m glad you emotionally let the hexi go but I’m still holding out hope for you. Love how your mind works. Great ideas!! I’m sure it will spruce up that wall nicely!

  4. magpiesue says:

    What a brilliant idea! And we know you’ll pull it off beautifully. Poor Mouse. They do know how to work on our sympathies, don’t they? Probably best to let the hexie top go. Who knows, maybe it will turn up when you least expect it.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s made me so happy, the idea that I can look at these lovely scrappy blocks every morning, instead of having them folded away! Plus that bare wall will be nicely dressed. Mouse seems to be fully recovered after a nice nap. I’ll have to wait and see if he’s going to get a complex about jumping into the car now that he associates it with going to the vet :-/

  5. Lynda says:

    I’m glad you have a solution to work around your wall lamp. I think it will be lovely. Also glad the Mouse is back to his old self too. “Cheesy Treat” (code word CT) is what we call them here as well. The mere mention, gets our little dog Noodle barking his head off, twirling in circles and then he runs to bark in the Big Dog’s face, as if to say: “Did you hear that!” He’s a panic. 😉

    I’m still hopeful that the Hexie quilt will turn up.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m afraid I’m still a sucker for big pleading brown eyes. I have a bag of small cheese cubes, a box of homemade meat treats and a package in his ‘walkies’ bag. Yes, he’s definitely spoiled, but the vet says he’s very healthy and a perfect weight, so I’m not too worried… The hexies reappearing would be lovely, but by now, along the lines of unlooked-for miracles.

  6. Great idea! The light will
    Illuminate each half like an art gallery:)!

  7. tialys says:

    Great idea to create two panels with your Opal quilt. Alternative great idea – get rid of the wall light.
    My girl Flo sometimes won’t come in to the house when you want her to and will lower herself down to the ground – big brown eyes looking reproachful as she awaits the massive beating we obviously usually give her – until she is like a pile of black and white jelly quivering and boneless and impossible to move. When this happens in the front of the house and in view of neighbours I don’t know what they must think. Don’t you just love ’em?

    • katechiconi says:

      I thought about getting rid of the light, but it would mean making good the hole in the wall and taking away the switchplate, etc. We do use it occasionally, too! Mouse is over himself after an afternoon of concentrated fussing and spoiling. It remains to be seen if he’ll make a fuss about getting into the car again, knowing that one day, it may lead to the vet’s once more. I’m just grateful that he didn’t utter any Greyhound Screams of Death while he was getting his shots; they’re notorious and I think would surely have cleared the waiting room!

    • katechiconi says:

      For more on the GSOD, read this. It’s a good description of what to expect. So far, we have been spared…

      • tialys says:

        Haha! That sounds a little like Flo – she is a complete wimp – but being half the size of a greyhound I guess the dramatic impact might be slightly less terrifying.

      • katechiconi says:

        The noise is fairly terrifying, I’m told; thankfully Mouse has never inflicted it on us – or at least, not yet!

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the idea of using a quilt as a wall hanging, and a his and hers is genius. Hopefully the dog loves you again now.

  9. Sorry been in & out with coverage… love the idea and waiting for pics …
    As you said Mouse will get over his grumps 🤓

  10. craftycreeky says:

    Great idea, I like hanging quilts on walls. When we take our two to the vets, Lucy is trembling like a leaf as soon as we get anywhere near and wriggles non stop on the table, where as Rosie puts paws on table as if to say me please!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse was fine right up to the door, and then all he wanted to do was turn around and bolt. But he didn’t bark, whine, howl, bite or do anything apart from tremble a bit and his heart rate was a bit high. But he got a clean bill of health, and the vet says he’s a very healthy weight.
      I’m looking forward to seeing how the quilts look hanging up, I think it’ll really complement the room decor.

  11. That sounds like a lovely idea, they will look so pretty up on the wall.

  12. A new project is like a reset button. Onwards…

  13. KerryCan says:

    I see you are a very resilient person–pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. It’s a healthy attitude and serves you well! The solution for the bedroom wall is perfect!

  14. Yes, good solution. As for the dog…my sympathies are squarely in his corner. Going to the vets or the doctors is absolutely, positively no fun at all. Also, wonder what your dog’s previous experiences were. Glad to read that he has settled down.

  15. Dayphoto says:

    I like your solution! It is perfect with your bed cover. As for sad doggie eyes…I’ll bet he was delighted that ‘sad doggie eyes’ could produce TREATS so is going for more!

  16. Terri says:

    What a good idea for your Opal quilt. It sounds like a perfect solution to your wall with a light fixture in the middle. The hexie quilt on the bed is beautiful too.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it’s going to look good AND complement my bed quilt, the first queen size hexie quilt I ever made, all by hand. One thing I’ll definitely grab in a fire!

  17. Hope the new quilt project brings you peace. And may the hexie project show up some day when you least expect it.

  18. Kate, I’m just sick about the loss of your hexie quilt. I know I would feel a terrible loss losing something so precious. It sounds like you’ve given up hope by now. What a terrible shame.

    Our cats don’t like a) flea treatment and b) trips to the vet, but they adjust within a few hours. Perhaps dogs have longer memories or perhaps something bad happened to him after a vet appointment in his past life that you aren’t aware of. Lots of soothing and going about your normal business may be just the ticket.

    On a brighter note, a great plan to hang two, elongated panels around the light. I hope you’ll post a pic once they’re hung.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s two weeks since the loss occurred, and there has been no word, despite all the posters I scattered around town. Someone spotted it, thought it would look nice in their home and kept it, I suppose. There’s still a vague chance it’ll turn up, but I don’t expect or hope for it. I’ve drawn a line under the whole thing and have started another one. Still plenty of scraps to be used!
      With Mouse, I suspect the injury that ended his racing career involved some painful sessions at the vet, plus of course the visit when he was desexed! I think under the circumstances the poor boy was pretty well behaved.

  19. rutigt says:

    That´s a great idea! I think it´s gonna look very nice on the wall!

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