Slow, like a slow thing

…. that’s very slow.

Which is a fair description of my progress on Twilight. It’s getting done, but in short bursts. Unfortunate, because QAYG needs concentration and a decent chunk of time applied to each section. Still, at least there is progress.

I have two thirds of it assembled. You can see the top and middle sections are put together, the bottom one is still to be done. After that, I will have the two long seams to do, always the worst part because the sheer weight of the thing drags and makes sewing accurate small seam allowances difficult to maintain. It’s my main reason for assembling it the way I do; minimise the number of long seams you have to do, and you minimise the potential issues as well as the definite stress! I know people who do their QAYG assembly row by row, and I don’t know how they do it!

I really like how the very dark blue sashing makes the colours pop and gives definition to each individual block as well as bringing the whole thing together.

Not much to report on Chateau Sunbird. They added the porch, a little lip that sticks out over the entrance hole, and then apparently went on their honeymoon. Either that, or they decided it wasn’t quite perfect, or they didn’t like the neighbours, or something. Time will tell if they come back and move in.

Oh, and one tiny landmark. I have now lost 20 kg (44 pounds) since the beginning of May. My doctor is thrilled! I’m pretty thrilled too, as I can now wear lots of old clothes I’d put away sadly, thinking I might never get into them again. I have a waist once more!

Back to the sashing strips, I have a quilt to finish!

57 thoughts on “Slow, like a slow thing

  1. Twilight looks beautiful and the darker colour does make the blocks stand out.
    U are amazing having lost 20kgs… that’s awesome news and u must be feeling so much better in everything you do now. It’s so nice when all the sacrifices pay off. You will now have to change your goal weight 🤩

  2. Dayphoto says:

    WOW! I am impressed with you and your weight loss/health issues! You ROCK girlfriend!

  3. Imagining the skill needed to create this kind of quilt makes me shiver but working with those colours I imagine as pleasant. Sun Birds on honeymoon..good thought… at least some-one-thing is getting a holiday 😎
    Congrats on the 20 kgs… it’s always worth keeping a stash of favourite clothes!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s mostly know-how and practice, if I’m honest! Thanks for the congratulations, I’m thrilled, but am now seriously considering reducing my goal weight, since getting to a ‘good’ rather than merely ‘adequate’ weight seems more achievable these days.

  4. kymlucas says:

    Amazing weight loss, especially since it’s all just due to eating well! I am So Impressed! And, of course, I am always impressed with the beauty of all your creations. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      There has been a lot of psychology applied. Distraction techniques, turning aside negative thoughts, questioning motives, etc. In a former life, I’d have said it was all a bit woo-woo, but have had to seriously re-think my position in light of what it’s helped me achieve.

      • kymlucas says:

        I’m so pleased for you. I can only imagine what a challenge it is. And there’s a place and time for woo-woo. 😉

      • katechiconi says:

        It has needed a fair bit of discipline. I’m a bit single-focused at the moment, and hope that once I have achieved my goal I can jump off that track and be a little more ‘normal’. Ultimately, I’d like to manage both my weight and blood sugar to the point where I don’t need medication, but my doctor may need convincing…

      • kymlucas says:

        Well, s/he may change her/his mind if you keep up the good work!

      • katechiconi says:

        I agree! I’m working on the principle that another two 3-monthly checkups showing me at normal levels and he may agree to the experiment of stopping the medication.

  5. Wow! The quilting might be slow but the weight loss is tremendous – I am thrilled for you and so impressed – well done – huge virtual hugs.
    And the quilt – so pretty.

  6. magpiesue says:

    Wow, that’s excellent weight loss! Good for you! Twilight is looking fabulous – no surprise. Hang in there with those long seams. 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      There will be many pin sticks, but I’ll get it done. So far there hasn’t needed to be too much unpicking, but the long seams tends to be where it happens most. Fingers crossed!

  7. Congratulations on your significant weight loss, Kate. I’m so impressed. I’m sure you feel better too.

  8. Emmely says:

    Progress is progress. And the weight loss is amazing. It’s tough to stick to a healthier diet but I am not surprised that you are one of those people that manage to pull it off. Great that you are already experiencing some health benefits from it too. Do you know if it is also improving the insulin intolerance?

    • katechiconi says:

      I find the incentive to lose weight is far greater when faced with the potential health issues diabetes brings, so that explains my unusually high (for me!) level of self control.
      To go technical on the outcomes: My HbAC1 percentage is good and I have maintained BGL between 4.7 and 7.0mmo/L. Translated, that’s normal range. Combined with the drugs, it’s maintaining the status quo, which was not at critical levels anyway, only just into diabetic range.

  9. tialys says:

    20 kilos?? Wow! You must feel transformed.
    Twilight is looking lovely – almost there now.
    As for birds. Earlier in the year we watched a wood pigeons flying back and forth, back and forth with a twig in its mouth painstakingly building a nest in, what even we could see, was a totally unsuitable place only to abandon its labours in the end and build it elsewhere in the garden. It was fun while it lasted though.

    • katechiconi says:

      It does feel really good! Rediscovering my waist has been a revelation… there’s a dress I want to get back into, and once I do, I’ll know I’ there.
      As for the pigeon, their ‘nest-building’ is so utterly token anyway that I can’t feel too sorry for the silly thing! Nearly as bad as our masked plovers, who basically scrape a bare patch on any old patch of ground – and failing that, will lay an egg on bare tarmac!

  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    WOW! A beautiful quilt and a serious weight loss! Congratulations on both. I hope you find a way to solve the cake deficit though. Lack of cake is serious! Maybe once you reach your next goal you can allow yourself the occasional small slice.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve found a recipe for no-sugar, no-sweetener chocolate cake. Going to try that bad boy out tomorrow! I think it’ll get cut into VERY small portions and put in the freezer so I don’t sit down and snarf the lot.

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        I hope it is delicious!

      • katechiconi says:

        Just sampled it, and it’s pretty good. I’ve got a few ideas for improving the recipe next time. It doesn’t taste ‘virtuous’, exactly, but I need to boost some of the other flavours to replace the hit you’d normally get from the sugar. More spice, more cocoa…

  11. Jule says:

    I love the narrow sashing.
    20 kilos – wow! Congratulations!

  12. anne54 says:

    I love the way the colours in the blocks merge together until there is the snap of the strong, dark edging. My eye wants to rove around to take it all in.
    Congratulations on loosing the weight! It is not an easy thing to do….another reminder of how determined you are!

  13. Congrats on the weight loss!!! I’m treading in the danger range and make almost till lunch when the whole thing unravels. I wish it was just cake. Something has to change for me too.
    I love the dark blue sashing! It does make it pop. Almost done feels pretty good too.

  14. Bear says:

    Congrats on the weight loss. I bet you feel a lot better, too. I know I did a few years ago when I dropped 150 unexpectedly. We moved into better digs and had money to buy good food, and I think that was the main issue. I feel so much better. I love the quilt progress. I did vacuum my floor and moved out furniture so I can lay out my quilt and baste a sandwich tonight. It’s King size, but will probably be A wee over Queen when I get it bounded. Looking at the outer boarder, it’s about twice the width as the sashings, so I’m thinking it was meant to be folded over and bound that way. I have no clue what I’m doing at this moment, though.

  15. Progress is progress. It’s less about how long it takes to do something than the doing of it at all – so well done, and enjoy the making.
    That is a significant personal goal you’ve achieved – no weight loss that I ever manage to achieve is referred to as a “tiny landmark”. It is A Major Accomplishment. I’ve got used to the little bits of woo woo and have even started to think they’re sweet. (Goodness, what is happening to my brain?….) I’ve lost 7 kgs and things are looking good, but I set my goal at two kgs less so will have to try for that now. I could revise it but I feel like that would be a cop-out. It certainly is nice being back in all my “old” clothes 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve just reset my goal to 5kg less than the original. I’ve got this. I can do it. I’m liking the rediscovery of some of my nicer clothes 😉

      • Nice Piece of Work says:

        You are One Strong Lady. Five kgs is not insignificant. And your determination is inspiring – thank you for that.
        I have something to show you, which will make you laugh – it’s a pair of men’s jeans that I got at a thrift shop a while ago. They are so well made and have features that made me think of your post re pockets that I snapped them up, even though the zip was broken. I thought they would be too small for me but had the zip replaced anyway (life is too short to do that myself so I took them to an alteration lady round the corner).
        She did a perfect job and I tried them on for the first time yesterday. They fit like they were made for me. And they only cost me R5! That’s probably 20 cents in Aus dollars. I’ll have to send you a picture because of all the “masculine” features – they are so ‘not me’, but I love them anyway!

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh, they sound amazing! I will buy new jeans when I no longer have a kangaroo pouch to spill over the waistband. And isn’t it just amazing when something you thought was too small is actually perfect! I had that the other day, and I was Soooooo pleased with myself!

      • katechiconi says:

        Will go and check!

  16. cedar51 says:

    I agree with everyone about a/ the WIP quilt b/ the weight loss – “Magnificent” c/ the addition to the sunbird nest, yes let’s hope they are coming back…lots to celebrate Kate

  17. I like the dark sashing. I did QAYG row by row. I like your process better. It seems more manageable.

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