Anemone: talkin’ and stitchin’

The restrictions on movement are getting tighter.

Everyone in this household is safe and well, sheltering (mostly) in place. We still have to buy groceries and medication, etc, but the Husband has sensibly said that we should not both go, one of us is enough to shop. But given that my everyday life isn’t that different, I’m not feeling restricted, trapped or stressed. I have things to do, many, many books to read, food to cook and fabric to sew. I’m OK. Where I do get stressed is in worrying about friends in danger zones, especially those already not in perfect health.

So, well, I’m cooking and reading, but mostly sewing! No big surprise there. Before, from a few days ago.

After, below. I got another long row of flowers assembled (the one on the left in the image below), and am about to sew them in. After that, I’ll cut fabric for what is likely to be the last row if it looks about right. I’m still thinking about what to do on the back. I have a variety of fabrics, but I like to make the back work with the front, so it needs a little thought. I think I’ll also face the back edge rather than straighten it off and bind it. Probably…. I also like the idea of stitching the outer edge to a straight band of fabric, so long as it works well visually. We’ll have to wait and see, even me!

Over the past couple of days I’ve enjoyed a number of conversations with blogging friends, on the phone, by Skype and on FaceTime (hello again, Anne, Dale, Sandra, Jan and Linda!). It’s such fun to put a voice and a face to your online ‘voices’, and I hope we can continue to stay in touch. It’s interesting to hear how your daily lives are affected by the pandemic, and how you’re dealing with it. I have learned things and gained ideas from talking to you all, so thank you for your time, your friendship and your warmth in reaching out to a (comparative) stranger. Anyone else up for some cheerful conversation and a lot of laughs? If so, say something in the comments πŸ™‚

Stay home, stay safe and stay well.


43 thoughts on “Anemone: talkin’ and stitchin’

  1. craftycreeky says:

    I’m on 12 weeks self isolation, but as you say, with sewing and gardening, it doesn’t stress me, before now I’ve had a weeks holiday from work and realised at the end of it I hadn’t left the house apart from short dog walks – I’m clearly not such a sociable being πŸ™‚ My OH is having to do the shopping, which is a bit of an eyeopener for him – how much!!!
    By the way, loving your anemone quilt, I’ll be interested to see how you choose to finish it.
    My daughter sent me her Ipad over so we can keep in touch better, so once I get the hang of it, I’ll be in touch, take care in the meantime πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, I’m rather like that too. I can go all day without talking to another human being quite happily (the dog doesn’t count!), and I don’t think I felt any different when I was in isolation during chemo with a zero white cell count. I’m content with my own company, some music, a book or two, a sewing project or 10… It’ll be lovely to hear from you when you feel ready; FaceTime really is a boon! Just remember we’re now only 9 hours ahead of you; Queensland doesn’t do Daylight Saving.

  2. As you would have heard on the news … further restrictions are in place… which is good so as to contain things…. does do my head in a bit though as I can’t hop in the car and head out like I used to as I’m very much at risk as u well know ….
    I so enjoyed our chat this morning as always and my sewing is going very very well too 😍…. I think NH was very timely as it gave me a skill I so longed to have and now isolation or not I’m more than happy to stay indoors πŸ˜„

  3. I too am only occasionally missing ‘normal’ life. A week of fine weather has seen me out in the garden for at least part of every day and I can see the benefit – to me and the garden! What would it be like though if we didn’t have sewing or other creative things in our lives. According to my son my daughter in law is on her phone all day long and going stir crazy. I alternate between feeling very sorry for her and being cross that she doesn’t have any hobbies other than socialising!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s still too hot here to spend a lot of time in the garden, but come the cooler weather I have a mountain of pruning and weeding waiting for me, depending on how long my back holds out.
      I find a life without some kind of creative hobby incomprehensible. I know there are people out there who don’t have a hobby, but what on earth do they do with themselves in their free time? Surely you can only watch so many movies and read so many magazines…

  4. I so enjoyed our chat Kate. The magic of Face Time!
    Being alone with nobody else to do things for is an absolute gift to me. Of course if any of my friends or family get the virus I will find it difficult not being able to help them or see them, but other than that I am in my own kind of heaven!
    And the environment is improving day by day, giving the Earth a breather.
    I am immensely grateful for all that I have and keep thinking how difficult it must be for anyone without a garden, in challenging relationships or with children in a highrise flat.
    I know I am one of the lucky ones.
    Stay safe and well everyone.

    • katechiconi says:

      Solitude is greatly underrated, I find it pleasant and I have no trouble keeping myself company with the help of the dog. But it’s also very good to talk, and I enjoyed myself tremendously! Let’s do it again soon. πŸ™‚

  5. kathyreeves says:

    A chat sounds like a great time Kate, it would be great to get to know you a little better!

  6. Dayphoto says:

    I love the fact I got to talk to you way, way way over there! it was exciting and FUN! We must do it again!

  7. Sharon says:

    Anything you work on is fabulous and inspires me Kate…loved reading the thread of comments, we are very lucky to be crafters and have the ability to weather these trying times. I too, have no problem with staying cloistered and crafting. In fact talking is taxing at times as I have always had problems with my voice. With so many friends and family checking in these last weeks my voice is shot and I have had to not answer and text…text me not talking. In fact, secretly, it drives me crazy, the phone interruptions to my crafting πŸ™‚ Stay safe!

    • katechiconi says:

      Do what I do, and schedule appointments! I try to do FaceTime with my family, mostly, and as I’m doing it from my laptop, I can’t just do it whenever, so we fix a time I can work around. But the impulse to check in is totally understandable, isn’t it? In normal life, they can confidently expect you to be there whenever, forever. These days…. it’s different.

  8. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    What a lovely pattern you are working on at the moment.

  9. You know I just adore this growing garden of delight! I will have a shot at making a flower hexie soon, just so I have the process in my hands a little clearer – but I now realise I don’t have anywhere near the requisite amount of fabrics to think about making even a lap blanket. One of the good things about isolation is I can’t just ‘pop out’ to pick something up. (My bank account might look healthier by the end of all this πŸ™‚ ) The total lock down is lovely from my point of view. It’s so quiet around here, a car passing a couple of streets away can be heard. Our early morning walks are taken in the dawn with nary another soul to be seen. At home however I am now quite the social butterfly! The last two days have been spent on social media, various video platforms – for the record, zoom is the best as I’ve just discovered – and Messenger the worst – and I am craving the quiet solitude that has been my life for the past decade. Isn’t it funny how things work out πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      Thing is, you don’t have to wait until you can buy more fabrics, you don’t need it all straight away. Just make some with what you have. It will wait. It will grow when you have time and when you can access more fabric. With this particular 2 inch hexie, you need a square of fabric 4.5 x 4.5 inches for each ‘petal’. With the more usual 1 inch hexie, you need 2.5 x 2.5, or the width of a jelly roll strip.
      I like FaceTime, myself. I’ve tried that and Skype, and F/T wins hands down, but both parties do need Apple devices. I haven’t tried the others, and I’m not planning to install anything new on either my phone or laptop, both of which are already protesting about lack of brain power. But I’ll definitely remember your comment about Zoom if anyone asks…

      • I’m not a facetime user and skype is given to lagging and freezing ….. who knew we would get kerfuffled with so many options. Do you remember the days when we just had to phone and pay a fortune for the privilege? πŸ˜€ and thanks for the measurements.

      • katechiconi says:

        Do you remember airmail letters…? Closely written or even typed, packed with information, often weeks out of date. I can still remember the excitement of a letter from my aunt in South Africa to my grandfather, the beautiful stamps and the exotic address on the back. You’re right about the kerfuffle. Communication has to be meaningful, or it’s just noise.

      • I do! Once it was the only contact we had with family overseas. Those rectangular envelopes with blue stripes around the edges, slightly battered and a tad grubby and stuffed with news which, as you mention, was in tiny handwriting – probably impossible for my eyes to read any more. I am lucky enough to still receive those exciting envelopes now and again – our mutual friend the Snail for instance – and also Alys – are among the senders of the happy mail that turns up here from time to time. There would be more if I were a better return writer I’m sure πŸ™‚ Blogging turned out to be a far more social platform than I ever dreamed of.

      • katechiconi says:

        For me, the problem is that those to whom I’d be writing already follow my blog, or I theirs, or they’re family with whom I FaceTime regularly, so it’s hard to come up with news I haven’t already shared. I post often, too, so nothing is ‘saved up’ to share in a letter. Having said that, when we were (for lack of a better word) courting, the Husband and I wrote to each other every day.

      • I know, the interweb has made the art of letter writing almost redundant. But it is still lovely to sit down with a nice sheet of writing paper and my best pen and share some bits that don’t make it to my blog. I’m not such a regular poster, so it may be easier for me Though then it is the sitting down and starting that is the issue! I love that you and the pre-husband wrote daily letters. I hope you have both kept them.

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh my word, yes! Letters like that don’t get tossed out, even in these throwaway days.

  10. cedar51 says:

    for some reason, I looked a bit closely at your flowers today and somehow they didn’t seem “flat” as in a piece of closely laid/stitched petals, I’m sure one of them in the bottom row is more fluffy and raised πŸ™‚

    out of the blue, I’ve thought of something…that has a lot to do with when I was doing home assignments for art school AND I still have quite a few of the supplies in a suitcase and arranged artfully inside in a basket… ccan’t start today it’s started drizzling outdoors…and it’s an outdoors kind of project πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      Let me guess: the purple one? It’s because part of the print exactly matches the flower next door in colour, so the edges of the hexies blends in, leaving the purple flowers to stand out more.

  11. It’s been lovely to chat with you, and the package in the mail made my day. And I’m still laughing about the umbrella and voting queue self distancing. Keeping up social connections while physical distancing and also up-to-date with Covid19 news means I’m busier than usual. Cos he does his mum’s weekly shopping the G.O. is keeping our supplies topped up, but happy dance his medical appointment in Coffs scheduled for tomorrow has been rescheduled to June.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, that’s great news! For a whole raft of reasons. I’m finding all kinds of silly reasons to laugh these days, mainly because the other side of the scales is getting so grim.

  12. tialys says:

    I’ve managed four hexie flowers now thanks to your encouragement to start joining up my lone hexies. Mine are one inch ones. I still don’t know quite what I want to do with them but will be interested to see how you will be finishing your edges.
    I am also not minding the isolation. Yesterday I had an hour long chat with my sister in Spain, checked on some of the more outrageously opinionated and bullying comments on the FB local women’s group I belong to (it was getting so bad some ‘ladies have been asked to leave 🀣) walked the dogs, joined some hexies, did a solitary Pilates class, needle felted a lemur, as you do, and cast a sideways glance at my ironing basket. The day sped by.

    • katechiconi says:

      It was the mending and the floors that need mopping that got the sidelong glances in this house. I made my Parterre block, sorted out fabric for the next 4 Anemone flowers, and starting poking about for fabrics for your F2F blocks. At least one block is going to be scrappy 2″ squares using all my most gorgeous peacocky snippets πŸ™‚

  13. Joanne S says:

    Again, really like those hexies! Very, very smart and colorful!

    • katechiconi says:

      One good think about the whole lockdown scenario is that it’s focused my attention again on projects like these and I’m giving it some serious time πŸ™‚

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