Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Dear Jane progress

Well Nigel is recovering wonderfully from his contretemps with the surgeon's scalpel. Apart from a ridiculous looking mown patch across his midriff, a neat horizontal scar of about 2" in length beneath his belly button and some pretty spectacular coloured bruising you'd never guess anything had been done. However he is being very careful about what he lifts if anything and so is making an excellent job of directing proceedings (especially with the kids) from the sofa. He's been a lovely patient actually - not at all demanding and is returning to work tomorrow albeit only for shortened days for the rest of this week.

I've been pretty busy with work and also with Sarah's rugby over the past week or so (she played on Sunday and they beat the opposition 22-10 with her scoring the first try and a conversion) - but in the evenings I have managed to get a little bit of stitching done whilst sitting on the sofa in front of the tv.

I'd forgotten, in the thrall of my new-found stitchery addiction, just how much I enjoyed hand applique

Dear Jane reminded me - these five blocks are all 'freezer paper on top' hand applique and were quick and a pleasure to complete

I think now I ought to look at some of the pieced block patterns now to intersperse between them.

I honestly can't see me making a full DJ but I do have a bare patch of wall in my lounge behind my Singer sewing machine table which is crying out for a wall hanging - this might be just the project. Hence the turquoise, sand and cream colourway.

On the other hand I may just pick some more applique blocks and do my very own Applique Baby Jane - who knows?

However I do have a BQL February bag to drum up from somewhere before the end of this month, which basically means tomorrow, although I'm not sure the hearts will make the final design in my case - so Jane will just have to have a little patience.


Anina said...

Hey! You're supposed to wait for us!
Just kidding, these look great!

Doodlebug Gail said...

Ouch - poor Nigel, commiserations for those of you who are taking "directions" from him.

About the BQL bag. I did mine and didn't put hearts on it and didn't even quilt it. I put a heavy weight fusible interfacing on and did some free motion quilting with an embroidery thread. Lined it nicely and it looks good. It is in the albums and on the blog if you want to have a look at it. The March Bag is lovely and you'll definitely be wanting to do it.

Juliann in WA said...

Glad your patient is doing well. Hope his recovery continues on an easy path.
Your DJ blocks are so soft and lovely. Looks fun.

atet said...

Glad to hear your husband is doing well, waiting for surgery is not fun!

Love those DJ blocks as well as the embroidery you've been doing. What fun projects, though like you, I need another new project like I need a hole in the head. It's just such fun to start something!

Tanya said...

So glad to hear that your hubby is recovering and managing well from the sofa! Give him lots of babying!

Karol-Ann said...

Thanks for the link to the bag site. I have not been keeping up so didn't even know of it...
Poor Nigel, but hope it's not poor all of you soon. Fetching and carrying can wear thin LOL
Lovely blocks (as usual!)

janet said...

Love the dj blocks. I am also taking up the challenge with Anina. Sorry but I have to ask - is the applique method where you put the smmoth side of the FP on the wrong side of the applique and then iron over seam allowance so it sticks onto the waxed side? Do you remove the FP before or during the stitching?