Friday, 26 August 2016

A late return but look what I did........

I feel as if I have been away for ages, and certainly longer than I intended, but I had an accident the day I returned from holiday.  It was just a stupid trip, I was waking across a tiled floor and looking at my grandchildren, I didn't see the shallow step down, just about 2 inches, and I fell.  Unfortunately I fell on my head and knocked myself out.   I refused to go to hospital as I was due to travel home, a few hours later, but ended up there a couple of days later when back in the UK.  Fortunately my CT scan was clear, but I had concussion.   The headache is now gone, just a sore spot on my head.   I did feel rather subdued though and not my usual self at all.  I couldn't blog either, I didn't even read any blogs,  I tell you I needed a big kick to get me going, so here I am.

I do have some progress to show you though which I started before I went away.


Oh yes, the circles quilt is nearing completion and I gave it a good shake.  
You see although it looked good with the bright appliquéd blocks it was just a bit boring and needed some more interest, so, I added a stitch and flip triangle to the plain corners using 1.5 inch squares.


It made it a bit tricky to join the blocks, and rows together, but I love the results, it just adds another dimension and gives it a lift.   Like it?


And here is the back.  I had to re press some of the circles and press the joining seams open to educe the bulk.  Karen gave me a great tip, apparently when you do half square triangles or stitch and flip triangles you should press them open BEFORE you cut them apart, it makes them more accurate.  Guess what?  It works, they are easier to press and you don't get the distortion you can otherwise get.

The thing is what do I do now.  I had planned on adding a border, but then I thought it may be too busy. It does need to be a bit bigger though as it is only about 48 inches square.

Well I liked the idea of  using rectangular blocks of colour after reading all about Luna's lovely quilt here, and Stacey's beautiful quilt Winter Polarity.  But maybe it would be too much colour for my quilt.  THEN, after talking it over with the lovely Jennifer, who not only gave me a wonderful suggestion but even planned it out for me on her programme and gave me a visual to see what it would look like, I have it.  No I'm not going to show you, not until it's done.  Thank you so much Jennifer, you go beyond friendship to help others.

Ok, thats the end of the quilting stuff.  Here are I some pics of my holiday for those who are interested.


This is one of the famous views of Corfu.


 I like this one


 My beautiful daughter and grandchildren.  Kelsey's hair was very long but she had it cut off at Christmas to make a wig for a child who had lost theirs through illness.  She raised more than enough money to make it into a wig in the process.




On a visit to a monastery Caryne and Kelsey were wearing shorts with their shoulders exposed, they were given skirts and shows to wear before they could enter.  Rather fetching don't you think?




Out for an evening meal, a group selfie.  It always looks strange to see Caryne with a glass of wine her hand as she hardly ever drinks alcohol.


Time to depart, goodbye Greek Islands

I hope I didn't add too many and bored you.  Promise I won't leave it so long next time.

Until then
Smiles from
Kate

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42 comments:

  1. Poor you! A concussion is really the last thing you want to bring home from holiday. But good to hear you're feeling somewhat better now. Hope you get well soon!
    I'd also think, that different colored rectangles might make the quilt too busy. I'm very curious on what Jennifer and you came up with!

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  2. Oh, so sorry for your accident ! I'm happy you're a little better now.
    It's a bright and happy quilt. I'm looking forward to seeing the border.

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  3. beautiful photos - I'm sure you have been told to never neglect a head injury hope you are feeling well now.

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  4. I sure am glad you are OK! Those grey flippy corners were the perfect touch to make the quilt come together beautifully.

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  5. Oh, I am so sorry to hear of your accident. How miserable. Concussions take a long time to heal from - must be frustrating.
    The circle quilt is lovely Kate. Thanks for sharing pics from your holiday. So pretty!!! I bet you had a great time with family.
    Welcome home. :-)

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  6. So sorry about your accident - yikes! Glad you are back in action and your quilt is looking terrific! Good call on those corner triangles!

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  7. Being a clutz myself...I totally can relate to your accident! What an awful fall, but so happy you are feeling better. Your quilt is coming along beautifully! I love it and can't wait for more. Your family is beautiful...great pictures!

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  8. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the circles and bright colors. Great vacation photos, too. I hope you are fully recovered from your fall.

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  9. Glad you are ok. Love the holiday photos- I have great memories of holidaying in Corfu many years ago. Love the little triangles you added in the plain areas. Can't wait to see more.

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  10. Glad you are ok. Love the holiday photos- I have great memories of holidaying in Corfu many years ago. Love the little triangles you added in the plain areas. Can't wait to see more.

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  11. Glad you are ok. Love the holiday photos- I have great memories of holidaying in Corfu many years ago. Love the little triangles you added in the plain areas. Can't wait to see more.

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  12. Welcome home! I can totally relate to your fall. I find I fall even more when I wear my glasses instead of contacts. Glad to hear you are okay. I think your circle quilt is something to really smile about. It's looking great and I love the addition of the gray triangles that form squares. Now I'm super curious to see what you and Jennifer have come up with. And thank you for sharing the pictures from your holiday. What an absolutely gorgeous place. I love getting to travel through my quilting friends. Unfortunately, we do not get out much in my home.

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  13. I was so sorry to hear about your fall, and I was sure you were going to say you broke something when you fell (because that is what I did last spring!). But a concussion!? Ouch! I hope you are feeling okay now. Your circles quilt is beautiful! You've definitely given me some inspiration!

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  14. Oh no, how scary. Happy to hear you are on the mend and the headache is gone. Really love the quilt you put together it's so cheerful looking :) Can't wait to see how you quilt her up!

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    1. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments Shannon. I am so much better now and just about back to normal.
      I am so happy with the way my quilt is turning out. I have a couple of ideas for the quilting, and I plan to do something a little more challenging to my favourite serpentine stitch.

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  15. Look at all those comments already! You've been missed! Sew glad you are back in the swing of things. I truley enjoyed the vacation pics. You have a lovely family. I can't imagine going to a Greek island. What fun. I'm loving that circle quilt! Glad my advice worked for you, especially on such small pieces. I can't wait to see what you and Jennifer came up with! XO,
    Karen

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  16. Oh my goodness, you sound like you are on the mend now-prayers. Your circle quilt is really coming together. I have to say I am more & more impressed with it, the further along you come-very nice. A happy quilt with all the bright colors!

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  17. I do like your little quilt top! It looks so bright and cheery. I'm sorry about your concussion, but glad that you're getting better. Nothing sharp until you're all healed up!

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  18. Those circles look wonderful! Such a fun quilt. I'm glad you are feeling better, and those holiday photos look lovely!

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  19. Kate, no need to apologize for a long post!. All your posts are great! Beatiful quilt, beautiful pictures of beatiful places and a beautiful family! So glad you are on the mend.

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  20. Oh I loved this post. The photos were fun to see! A beautiful place to visit. I love your quilt can't wait to see the finished product!

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  21. Your circle quilt is so lovely! The stitch and flip triangles are just the right amount of "pop" and go perfectly with your bright colors! I love it! Would you mind if I used your idea on my Dot Your i's Quilt (inspired Amy Smart's design)? What a sweet young lady to donate her hair! Hope and pray you're feeling better!

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  22. Oh Kate! So sorry to hear about your fall and problems after, especially on vacation! I hope all is better soon. Welcome back!

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  23. So glad to have you back! You were missed! That fall sounds so scary, and I hope you are feeling better. Can't wait to see "our plan" put into action on your quilt! ;-) Really Kate you give me way too much credit. This quilt will be so lovely when it's done, and it will be because of your talent and artistry! Thanks for sharing photos of your vacation. So lovely!

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  24. I'm glad you are feeling better! I love that you added the stitch and flip corners to your quilt - they really do add another element of interest and fun. Can't wait to see it after you add your border. I don't think you added too many pictures at all - I loved them! Thanks for linking to MCM!

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  25. Your circle quilt is very interesting. It looks challenging! I'm glad you are having a speedy recovery. Your photos of the Greek Islands are fun to look at and inspire me to think more about visiting that part of the world. You family is lovely!

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  26. Great holidays pics and it`s nice you are better.The circle quilt is just beautiful!

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  27. Gosh Kate, take care! I do hope you are getting better now. Your circles quilt is looking great! Those colours are really popping, and the little squares set the circles off well. Lovely to see your family and holiday photos.
    Barbara xx

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  28. It looks like a great place for a holiday, such a shame it had to end with an accident. I'm glad to see you are back to being healthy again and it's good to see you back and blogging again. I love your circle quilt and the added triangles definitely give it some extra oomph. You take care now!

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  29. Thanks for sharing photos from your vacation - not boring at all - AND for your helpful circle sewing tips. I really like the addition of the little triangles. I'm glad you're ok after your nasty fall.

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  30. Your quilt is darling...I agree that colorful bricks will make a perfect border. And a definite thumbs up to the corner triangles. Sorry to hear about your trip. No, not that great vacation but the other trip. Hope you are getting back to normal now.

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  31. I am visiting from Bernie's blog, Needle and Foot. Oh my sorry to hear about the injury. I loved seeing your quilting project and family and oh my...the scenery ! :)

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  32. I am visiting from Bernie's blog, Needle and Foot. Oh my sorry to hear about the injury. I loved seeing your quilting project and family and oh my...the scenery ! :)

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  33. Hi Kate! I love your circle quilt! And I'm happy to see that you had lovely holidays here in Greece! I live in Chania in Crete. x Teje

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  34. I hope you are getting all well again very soon. Thank you for sharing Korfu with us.

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  35. You had a lovely trip. Hope the concussion is all gone by now. The quilt is so cheerful. The choice of solids really makes it pop!!! Oh, there is no such thing as too many photos 😊
    Hugs,
    Preeti.

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  36. Great quilt, it's so graphic!

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  37. Lovely pictures!...and what you did by adding the bit of grey to your quilt really added to it.

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  38. Glad to hear you're okay from your fall, concussions are no fun at all! I love your circle quilt, those little HST's are the perfect touch. And your holiday pictures look breathtaking! What a trip it must have been! :)

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  39. Ouch! Concussion is such a strange thing, isn't it? I'm glad you are feeling better now though. I like your quilt - the little triangles were a great idea, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you came up with for the border.

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  40. Hi Kate just returning to blogs after a break, again!! I am so sorry to hear that you had a fall and trust that everything is back to normal again now. The quilt looks great - can't wait to see what you have planned for it. The water in your holiday photos looks so inviting - sadly we haven't got away this year.

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  41. Oh my goodness, Kate! That is so scarey! I'm glad you are better! Looks like a grand time(other than your fall)!

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Kate