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March 4, 2012

Back in the Saddle



Well I'm back in the saddle again (Aerosmith style, not Gene Autry style) and just completed my first post-neck-injury project! It took me about a week to finish, because I never allowed myself to sew for more than an hour at a time, and I promised my physical therapist I'd stop sewing any time I started to feel pain...so while I had to cut a few sessions short, overall my progress was pretty good!

I had my outpatient procedure last week and they gave me a steroid shot in my neck, so I've been feeling better since then (although the procedure itself was slightly traumatic...bad news is that I wasn't knocked unconscious with glorious drugs as promised, but was wide awake as a giant needle was plunged into my spine; good news is that since I wasn't drugged, I had my wits about me when I got home and was able to eat the last brownie before Ray walked in the door. You win some, you lose some.)

Anywho, I'm no longer wearing my neck brace except when I sew or sleep, which is awesome. But since I think the cone of shame was too hilarious not to share, here's a before and after photo for your viewing pleasure.

Sad Kaelin vs. World Domination Kaelin

But back to the block...

I stumbled across a Stained Glass Whirling Star block on equiltpatterns.com, and once I looked past the hideous marbled fabric, realized it had pretty good bones. It was a really easy paper piecing pattern and I highly recommend it for beginners who are looking to dip their toe in paper piecing - I think it would make for a nice first paper piecing project for those of you who haven't tried it before. My only suggestion is that when you trim your eighths, leave 1/4" overhang on the outside edge. For some crazy reason the designer made the block 12" square, so the final block measures 11.5" instead of 12". Weird, I know. So if you add a 1/4" on the outside edge only (but not the inner ones), your unfinished block will be 12.5".

Unfortunately, I didn't realize this was an issue until I was half-way done, hence the sashing on the outside of my block. Boo.

For my block I used some light blue Monaluna Mingle, Allison Smith's Peacock Dot, and yellow Denyse Schmidt prints (from Hope Valley and Aunt Edna, respectively). Although the solid looks black in this photo, it's actually Kona Navy. It was dark outside by the time I finished, so unfortunately I had to take an indoor shot and the colors didn't turn out that great. I would have waited until tomorrow, but I have to mail this in the morning because it's going to a friend :)


22 comments:

  1. Congrats on sewing again!! Even in little bits, it's better than nothing!!

    Great job on the block!

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  2. Oh and I laughed hard at your mustache!!! Love it!

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  3. Glad you are doing better. :)

    Your block is beautiful!

    Have a great week!

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  4. Glad you are better. Praying for a speedy and full recovery.

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  5. Congrats on getting back to sewing! I have neck issues too so I can imagine how excited you must be. :) You never realize just how much your typical body movement is dependent on moving your head and neck until you can't do it!

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  6. Glad to see you are back in the sewing chair, even if it is only in small bites. I loved your before and after shots. Are you going to wear that mustache to the office? I like this block - very dynamic. I may be trying this one out.

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  7. that's really lovely! I'm so happy to see you can sew again. Also, I think you should keep wearing the neck brace just because it looks so incredibly stylish! Think of all the cool covers you could make for it ;-)

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  8. Great news, stained glass windows are great inspiration, it's what I've used in my latest quilt!!

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  9. Yay! glad you managed to get back in the saddle again! It looks fab! I think someone should tell you that you appear to have grown some facial hair.....lol ;-) take it steady x

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  10. Glad you are feeling better great block, love the signature.

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  11. Great block. I love your before and after shots. 'Tache's and world sewing domination are the way to go - just don't make your neck all ouchy again :-)

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  12. Just lovely! Glad the hiatus is over!! WooHoo!!

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  13. Happy to see you sewing again!!!

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  14. Welcome back, girlfriend! This block is gorgeous. Love that eviiiiiil world domination K!

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  15. Glad your neck is healed and you were able to push out this gorgeous stained glass block---so pretty!

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  16. Ha! World domination Kaelin FTW! I'm so glad you're getting back to your normal routine, SLOWLY. Your first block back is awesome, friend!!

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  17. So striking, love those colours!! Glad you're back - and Aerosmith style too, you rock!

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  18. Welcome back! And what an awesome block to start back on! I'm definitely pinning this one.

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  19. love this block! and a happy friend i am sure will love it!

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  20. Great news! That's a pretty impressive welcome back block!

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  21. So nice to hear you are back to sewing!
    I thought the border of the block was intentional because the block looks nice with it!
    And I love the embroidery stitching - so adorable!

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  22. Such great news to hear you are feeling better. I can totally relate to your pain. Your block is beautiful and i love all the outlined and bordered pieces.

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