It would be smart to mark the edges of the page protectors with masking tape so you know exactly where it's safe to draw.
At one point I had several pages overlapping and, for a brief moment, thought I'd drawn on the quilt...!
After confirming that all was well (and restarting my heart!) I realized how lucky I was. Next time, I'll be more careful!
Once I had some ideas flowing, I loaded the quilt and got down to business.
|Pins hold the top square prior to machine basting.|
Since I planned to roll the quilt back and forth as I worked out from the center, I basted across the quilt in a few places as well as around the edges.
|See how the top puckers when it's rolled?|
Basting helps the fabric lay back where it belongs when it is unrolled again.
As usual, the more thread I add, the better things look. I thought the circles on the green fabric looked anemic until I went around them three times each. Now they look substantial and energized!
I managed to do quite a bit of quilting before I had to abandon ship and head to the city for surgery.
Since having surgery on Tuesday, I've been completely off the grid. This surgery was "stage two" of the reconstructive process after breast cancer.
"Stage one" happened in November, five years after losing my breast. It was a long wait. Only two surgeons in Alberta perform this type of reconstruction, and it was the only kind I was eligible to have based on my treatment history, so I waited.
If you are interested, you can read about the first surgery here. Be warned: the pictures are graphic, and the post is intensely personal.
|Chives in bloom.|
I'm not sure what I will post about this part of the journey. I don't want to make people uncomfortable, but I think sharing information is so important. Throughout this whole cancer journey I've been coached and reassured by women who have gone before me, and I've done the same for women following me.
When I went for the first reconstructive surgery in November, I didn't know anyone who had been through the same procedure. It was disconcerting not having someone to follow, so if I can hold out a hand to help the next woman, I will.
For now, rest and recuperation are in order. And more flower pictures!
Whoop Whoop Friday, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday, at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Show off Saturday, at Sew Can She
Anything Goes Mondays, at Stitch by Stitch
Show and Tell Tuesday, at i have to say
Linky Tuesday, at Freemotion by the River
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