Nature notes and finger sticks

So, yes, another hodge-podge post.

First, the finger sticks. I have complained before, perhaps tediously, about ramming the blunt end of my needle into my fingers when hand quilting. Also when stitching hexies, come to that, but primarily quilting. People helpfully suggested protective options, and I decided upon silicone gel finger-cots. They don’t fully protect against sticks, but they slow things down, protect against excessive callus formation, and are slightly tacky, assisting with pulling a fine needle through many layers of fabric. So far, so good. Also, they were cheap, and I got a packet of 10, two for each size of finger! I have also discovered that if you’re wearing a band aid and need to get your hands wet, they’ll stop the water getting to the band aid. So, not a bad use of about $8…

And then there’s the stealthy approach of spring in North Queensland. Not really noticeable yet in terms of climate, but there are big fat buds on my scarlet hippeastrums, the brunfelsia is flowering with delicious sweetness you can smell all around the back yard, the azalea is in full triumphant pink shout, the gerberas are showing cheerful faces and the orchids growing on the trunk of the callistemon and elsewhere are in flower. Another stem of little sugar bananas is very slowly filling out with the slightly warmer temperatures, so I’ll have the whole issue of what to do with them all over again.

Also, Mr Sunbird is out and about, doing a recce for nesting sites. I’m using the front porch a fair bit because the daytime temperature is so nice just now, so I don’t believe he’ll try nest-building operations right there, outside the big window, but an old nest is still hanging outside the back door, so maybe he’ll do a reno instead of a new build!

Today, I’m going back to Saturday morning Days for Girls sessions for the first time in a few months. The last DfG quilt made $700 and went to the son of the lady to whom I dedicated it, who was so helpful to me in providing neatly trimmed out DfG scraps, and was so kind to everyone. It’s time to start cutting scraps for the next DfG quilt, and I believe I have a plan in mind, not just “slam a bunch of squares together and hope it works”, this time. The fact that it always did work is serendipity, not skill.

And that’s it for today!

45 thoughts on “Nature notes and finger sticks

  1. Dayphoto says:

    Ah, Spring! Luck you. Although, we are cooling down and heading into Fall…it’s that next month I dread.

  2. Good morning 😍
    Happy Spring 🌼
    I love the season even though my allergies don’t 😅
    My pear tree is flowering slowly… iris’ are showing lots and lots of new sprouts… diosma’ in full flower …. Waiting for my Port Wine Magnolia hasn’t started yet but will soon 😍
    And my day today …. GOING TO A BABY EXPO WITH MY GIRLS 💖

  3. Your finger-cots (new word for me) remind me of my teacher father’s “rubber thumb” which he wore while grading papers. It was large, sported many holes (presumably to air out a teacher’s steamy thumb), and kept him from the dirty habit of licking a finger to move on to the next page. Thank you for that memory blast.

  4. Joining the chorus of aaaah spring! Even though our nighttime temps are still a bit chilly. I enjoyed your garden ramble, it’s exciting to see new buds and blooms reemerging. Now we’re both home from recent forays let’s try and chat this week.

    • katechiconi says:

      Now I just want the grass to start growing so the Girls have more grazing choices. Currently we’re shifting them from patch to patch several times to prevent bald areas. And yes, let’s talk soon!

  5. jmcheney says:

    Mr. Sunbird checking his image against the cloud reflection…. he’ so vain.

  6. Things are feeling rather autumnal here, so its nice to read of your signs of spring.
    I must look out for finger guards for the shop – they look very useful

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    Lovely signs of Spring. We’re enjoying an Indian Summer, time for me to plant bulbs.

  8. claire93 says:

    pleased you’ve found a solution to finger damage!

  9. magpiesue says:

    I’ve got a set of those finger protectors on my shopping list. I never could get used to using a thimble but maybe these will be useful. You’ve got to make the most of the pleasant days of spring. Oh, and what a good return on the quilt! That’s terrific!

    • katechiconi says:

      They may be more effective at reminding me to be careful than at actually excluding sharp pointy objects, but whatever it takes to get the job done! And yes, it was a great result!

  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I haven’t heard of those finger protevtors before but they look useful. My Mum taught me always to use a thimle but it is not easy to getone that fits properly.

  11. I love a newsy post. I’ve seen finger protectors and have tried a few. Those sound perfect. Spring is a nice season…for a minute. I’m so grateful to see fall popping up on occasion here at this higher altitude. It feels so much more tolerable. That little bird sitting on your car is quite something. Looks like it wants to reflect on it’s own image in the window.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sunbirds are one of my favourites. Mercurial in speed and temperament, lavishly beautiful with that olive-gold belly and highly polished blue iridescent throat and scimitar beak, and such incredible artists with their nests. I hope he decides to build again, somewhere I can watch it happen…

  12. You sound upbeat and energized so spring must be just around your corner. I feel the same way eery year, and again as autumn approaches. I’m glad the silicone cots are working well. In by sewing and embroidery days, I always had needle dents in my fingers. I haven’t thought of that in years.

    • katechiconi says:

      The days are longer, and warmer, things are starting push out buds and flowers and tendrils (even in the tropics, things lose leaves, especially the very tender plants), and the birds are eyeing up the nesting opportunities and prime sites. Whenever I begin hand-quilting a piece, I am resigned to a month or more of fingertip damage on my right hand. It’s part of the price I pay, along with a stiff back. But to me, the price is worth paying. The results are a reward in themselves.

  13. […] by my friend Kate’s Nature notes post, this is what early spring looks like in my garden. A little bit messy, overgrown in places, […]

  14. kymlucas says:

    Pretty sure it’s not just luck that your quilts always come together so beautifullly. Skull and your eye for color definitely come into it.

  15. craftycreeky says:

    Those finger cots look good, I hate it when the wrong end of the needle goes through a finger! I think there’s an awful lot of skill going with the luck to make your gorgeous quilts 🙂

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