Next up on the frame is another Hurricane quilt. This top was sent to me by sweet reader Phyllis Donohue (who is in her 80s!), a lovely patchwork with gold sashing. I loaded it, but before I could really get to quilting, something happened.
I twisted my knee somehow, not once but twice, and pulled at least two ligaments. I put myself into a compression brace for a couple of days, but that wasn’t doing the job, so now I have a bigger brace. It is getting better, but activities are curtailed for a bit as I am spending many hours in my chair every day instead of quilting, sewing or crafting. I can do a bit, then I have to rest and elevate the knee for a while, so all is slow going. I even had to go to the medical loan place and get a cane to take the weight off when I am walking outside of the house. Maddening!! But the good news is that I can write while elevating the leg, and will have a long post this coming week on color and fabric selection for you. I’m getting some continuing education done too, so that is good. But I need to get back to activity, back to the treadmill and back to hiking.
Looking at a recent Vogue magazine, I was amazed to see quilting make a big splash at some top end couture houses for this year! Chanel has brought back their iconic quilted bag. I remember having a knockoff of their older one with the chain strap many years ago.
Jimmy Choo has quilted stars on a purse.
Coach is showing patchwork on their bags.
Givenchy, too, with a quilted diamond pattern on their summer handbag.
Then look at this! Dolce and Gabbana, a really high end couture house, is showing this little number that looks a lot like the crocheted granny squares we made a long time ago. Amazing, what was old is new again.
On the thrifting front, pickings have been slim lately, but I did score some sushi plates recently. These are melamine with gold emblems.
This lemon motif melamine platter has been at the Safelight thrift store for quite a while. I’ve seen it several times and passed it by. This time I figured if it was still there, I’d get it. Not bad for $1.40!!
On a recent recipe post, reader and internet pal Susan sent me a note on the Asian Ramen Noodle Bowls. She breaks up the noodles inside the package with the flat side of a kitchen mallet before opening it. I tried this and it worked great!! Lightly beating the package produces small noodle bites instead of long noodles. The back of a wooden spoon works too. So much easier to eat, and DH approved!
One last thing, since I had the time, I figured out how to use DH’s tablet to get on Instagram. I will primarily be using it to give sneak peeks of projects that feature my affiliates and vendor sponsors, like Aurifil Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, Moda Fabrics, and other events in which I’ll be participating. Coming this summer, a quilt along for which I have designed an original block, a sew along for a fun remix event, and in the fall, a Row Along. So, now you can see little bits of things there too, but the main content will still be right here on the blog. Find me at frommycarolinahome on Instagram.
What is going on in your part of the world?