Back from outer space

I know, I know, it’s been too quiet around here.

In my defence, I’ve had a pretty foul week. I’ve had to wait for blood test results to see if I had a familial auto-immune disease. Despite having most of the symptoms, it appears from the blood tests – finally – that I don’t. Which is great, but still doesn’t explain the symptoms. Never mind. Life goes on and my sewing mojo is back now that the doom hanging over my head has been removed. I have recovered my equilibrium and my optimism, and I’m back at it.

In token of which, the second Sugar Sprinkles pillowcase front is finished. Completely different, a bit more colour, and patterned fabrics, but still wonky-ish. I just couldn’t go past all those lovely bright colours and splashy prints. The greys are mostly a bit darker, too. The Husband and I can fight over which one we want when the time comes. He thinks they both look like TV test patterns. That’s a brilliant name for a quilt, and I may still need to change Sugar Sprinkles to Test Pattern…  Full credit to the Husband of Chiconia if it happens!

Now to sandwich and quilt these panels, make backs and assemble them. But there’s no rush; my F²F turn doesn’t come till August, and I still have my own blocks to make for that.

Now, what shall I make next…?

50 thoughts on “Back from outer space

  1. Marty K says:

    So much fun! I like The Husband’s idea of Test Pattern.

    I’m very glad that your tests were negative. I also understand the “search for a dx” — been through that a couple of times now. Hope you get some answers and some more good news!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a painful exercise, isn’t it? But no matter how satisfying it would have been to finally have a diagnosis, the actual syndrome is no picnic and I’m glad not to have it.

  2. I love your first one the best with the colors sprinkled in. I’m sorry you are struggling with something they find no name for or help to alleviate. I think we have all been missing in action lately for one reason or other. Hang in there. Sending hugs.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Marlene! It’s just more of the same old. It was interesting to think there was an actual cause for everything, but now that’s off the table, nothing has actually changed :-/ Glad to be back on track and exercising my creative muscles again.

  3. Love them both! I am happy that doom isn’t looming, at least not that doom. I like the idea of cheery-uppy pillow cases, It will be interesting to see how the quilt looks!

    • katechiconi says:

      I do too! They’re cheerful and sunny and I like them both for different reasons. How the quilt is going to look is still a mystery; I have to wait to see what blocks everyone else makes when it’s my turn 🙂

  4. cedar51 says:

    agree with the comments on finding what “ails one” rather than something vague – “like in time it will go away” because if you do lose a symptom it’s not the one that truly plagues one.

    Love the “Test Pattern” – I doubt that’s something that the modern young things can relate to…rather the TV doesn’t work, they bin and buy a new one. Whereas in those earlier times, TV’s cost an arm and leg …you got it repaired!

    • katechiconi says:

      I remember the Test Pattern being quite a feature of life in the days when TV stations didn’t put out programs all day long. And I’m guessing different countries had different patterns, so I suppose there’s plenty of room for variation 🙂

  5. So so glad u are ok… will chat about that later …
    I love the colours as always and while I’m in between my sandwiching and quilting my blocks for the next project I felt like doing something with the scraps I already have …. will send u pics 😻

  6. Good to see you back to your usual enjoyments 🙂

  7. magpiesue says:

    Well, neither one reminds me of the test patterns I remember from the TV’s of my youth but no matter. Sugar sprinkles will always win out in my world!

  8. Love the progress on the Test Pattern. And great to see a post from you back on my screen. x

  9. tialys says:

    I woke up in the early hours this morning and, whilst trying to get back to sleep, it suddenly occurred to me that you hadn’t been around for a while so I resolved to email you but here you are.😃
    Sorry you’ve had to play that horrible waiting game and shame nothing’s actually been resolved so you can start to treat those symptoms but, hopefully, it’s nothing or at least nothing as bad s the thing you feared.
    The test card piĺlow cases are fun and will remind you to switch off your screens last thing at night. 😪

    • katechiconi says:

      In a sense, it’s a pity the results are negative, as the diagnosis would have mopped up so many issues and explained them. But there they all are still, and I just have to get on with it. On the other hand, who wants a syndrome that increases your risk of lymphoma and the likelihood of a whole raft of other nasties? Glad to be where I am. And smiling again.

      • tialys says:

        Well they say ‘no news is good news’ – although that’s one of those sayings like ‘whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ that I just don’t get. Both sound like nonsense to me.
        Anyway, you haven’t got that particular syndrome and you’re happy so all is well and long may it remain so. xx

      • katechiconi says:

        A label for what ails me would have been nice, but this particular label came with all sorts of burdens, so yes, I’m glad. And clearly it has been a big relief because Hurray! I can sew again!

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    Yes, the test card is a very good comparison. So glad you had good news and bounced back.

  11. Welcome back! I am glad one nasty has been eliminated and hope you get a proper name and thus treatment for your symptom collection soon.

    I prefer the sprinkles to the test card but I do remember test cards! Actually a test card is very timely. They were there to show you the TV was working and allow you to tweak the knobs to get better contrast or whatever when nothing was being broadcast. That feels a bit like this time – nothing much is happening and we all need things to show we are still alive and functioning!

  12. knettycraft says:

    Glad your results are fine… autoimmune desease is no pleasure …. TV testscreen … my children (32/22) would look at me incomprehensibly 😂😂😂

  13. Glad results are ok, but can be very frustrating. I like the pillow cases.

  14. kymlucas says:

    Very glad to have you back! Ditto the person who had been thinking of you and was on the verge of contacting you. Sorry you have no name for your symptoms, although it definitely reminds us there are still many mysteries in the world. So sorry one of them is causing you pain.

  15. Dayphoto says:

    YAY I’m glad the doom is gone—BUT still having symptoms is horrid. Do you think you might have food allergies? Just a thought!

  16. Sharon says:

    Glad to read the nest results came back negative and you’ve got your mojo back…thats fabulous news. Keep on tracking down what the problem could be though 🙂

  17. I hear you on strange symptoms without a diagnosis. I finally got one, diagnosis that is, only to find there’s no treatment. There’s some comfort in having symptoms explained but sheesh. What your hubs calls the Test Pattern design reminds me of the values that show up on a lengthy list of test results — lots of grays and the occasional shock of color. Except you’ve made that arrestingly interesting.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sheesh is exactly it. It would be handy to have that one word to explain the assorted collection of symptoms, even if, like you, there’s no particular treatment let alone cure. Sadly my own Test Pattern showed nothing except that my blood sugar is climbing again. Time to take action…

  18. Moira says:

    Glad the tests came out negative. Here’s hoping that the docs do figure it out.

  19. I’m so glad you are ok!! Life is never fun when you are wondering what is going on with your body. I’m kind of going through that as well with my hands and my voice. Frustrating!!! Love you girl❤️❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not so much that the symptoms have gone away, it’s more that I don’t have a ‘label’ to store them under… Never mind, I’m probably just getting old! It has taught me to value my eyesight, my hands and what singing voice I have left – I sing a lot, but only to myself and the dog these days 🙂

  20. Steph (and Shinee) says:

    I definitely see the old ABC test pattern now that you’ve mentioned it! I remember how exciting it was to see it in colour, after years of black and white!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m liking the Test Pattern name more and more, but I really must wait till I see all the blocks in August before I decide if that’s going to be the quilt’s name.

  21. I’m glad you are back on good sewing form and hope you get the answers you need soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m enjoying making sewing progress, but I doubt I’ll make any progress with the illness. It would just be nice to have a diagnosis ‘bag’ to dump all the symptoms into. I do hate an open end…

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