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    I was speaking from personal experience, I must confess....
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    Love, love, love the educational use of the bone films! We always use Third's trips to the Clinic, especially pediatric orthopedics, to learn something new. Third has a follow-up appointment at least once a year to that department and they always take films of both feet, making sure all the ankle is on there.

    My only tip, even tho it is wickedly woo-woo: homeopathic "symphytum officinale". Helps bones knit without lingering after-stuff.
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    Badger, I need a translation: First is rereading "Mathida" by Roald Dahl, just because, and we are having a tough time with this sentence - "These breeches reached to just below the knees and from there on down she sported green stockings with turn-up tops, which displayed her calf muscles to perfection."

    Problem - "turn-up tops". I am imagining knee-high socks that have enough length to fold over (down) at the knee/top, but we both are getting hung up on the "turn-UP" part. Am I correct in my imaginings? Google search is unsuccessful. Thaaaaaanks.
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    Some garbled thoughts on the art and craft of patch

    I like patchwork. I'll happily look at books of patch for hours. However, more often than not what I'm looking at - with great enjoyment - does not tick my aesthetic boxes. That sounds odd, doesn't it. I like it in a mathematical, problem-solving kind of way. I like to think about the whys and wherefores behind the design. I enjoy thinking about the ingenuity involved - I find it interesting and fascinating without, necessarily, liking the end result.

    There's another strand to my obsession, too. The literary/historical/feminist side to patchwork. The Color Purple/Thimbles*ness of it.

    *Good lord, I loved that book. I can still remember key images from it even now and I think I only read it once, borrowed from the library as a young flibbertygibbet. Out of print now, but worth tracking down, if my memory isn't playing tricks on me.

    I like the thrift aspect to the endeavour - making something functional and decorative out of scraps, offcuts and fabric salvaged from old clothes.

    What doesn't speak to me is the advanced craft side of it: I don't like the ironing, the measuring, the rotary cutting. While I admire the brilliance of a lot of contemporary quilts, with their precision and detail, they seem oddly inorganic to my eye. There are a lot of techniques that I simply refuse to engage with... I iron once, before I cut, after that I simply work with/around the crumples. I use a template and cut with scissors. Hand sewing means that I work with the seam lines rather that working in from a precision-measured seam allowance. I don't block (measuring and adjusting at the end of each block), I simply tweak as I go and hope for the best.

    As to the actual manual labour... some days I like it and other days not. Mostly, this year, it's been a way to make my commute feel constructive. I like it when it is an act of creative love, when I'm sewing for someone I care about, each stitch is a word, each fabric is a memory and the quilt is a kind of love letter. This quilt is not like that. The in-laws quilt started life as a quilt for me, but when husband saw the fabrics he went rather pale and recoiled. He is not a man who can tolerate chintz. And, if it had been a keeper, I would have done something much simpler with the fabrics - think of a chessboard with large squares, now divide the black squares in quarters...this was to be the sort of scheme for my own quilt. But then I'm also drawn to blue and white ceramic tile-inspired ideas, so my very own quilt might come one day.

    I get caught up in planning my quilts, but I also plan them on the fly, in progress. I never buy enough fabric - because buying fabric to chop up doesn't sit well with me, I tend to furk through remnant bins and look for offcuts. Because I do everything by eye and have a fear of over-buying, when I do buy off the roll, I repeatedly under-estimate.

    So, when I say I'm unhappy with how this one turned out it's because I know I could have done it better. I made compositional mistakes and, truly, hexagons were not the best shaped building block to use with these delicate patterns. I should have put it together in rows rather than constructing it out of blocks of seven in circles around a central patch - to make a 'daisy'. If I wanted to do it in daisies, I should have used the plain green to space them rather than the same floral as in the middle of the daisy. (I only bought the green when I realised that the daisies - when formed into rows - weren't working.
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    Turn up socks make me think of these, because you turn them up over the elastic band thing - I don't think this is called a garter or suspender - I have a feeling there was a special word for it

    My brother wore those socks and the elastic band things...
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgergirl View Post
    Turn up socks make me think of these, because you turn them up over the elastic band thing - I don't think this is called a garter or suspender - I have a feeling there was a special word for it

    My brother wore those socks and the elastic band things...
    I'd go with that, always thought they were just called sock garters, wore them meself for a while in me youth when in the cubs!

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    Re: Patch

    I can relate to so many of your thoughts, Badge - admiring other quilts without necessarily "liking' them, enjoying the maths involved, and the frugality of making something for nothing, as well as finding the craftsmanship beyond my reach - I wouldn't even go so far as to hand-piece. What I can run up on the sewing machine will have to do

    Like you, I can't see the point in buying fabric to cut into tiny bits and sew back together again. That's one reason it took me so long to finish my second quilt - I had made it entirely from remnants or gifted pieces and was reluctant to buy backing or binding or even batting. Finally I padded it with a leftover blanket, pieced a backing and (in a stroke of brilliance) bound it with bias strips cut from an old tablecloth. So the quilt I had intended for my daughter when she moved from cot to bed should now be ready for her 21st birthday, lol.

    Both my quilts I know I could have done better, especially the first which was hexagons - way too ambitious for a 16yo beginner but to me at the time there was no other kind of patchwork. Nevertheless, I still love them, mostly for the memories contained within the scraps, but I also choose to believe there is a certain charm in their lack of professionalism that perhaps some of the more exquisite quilts do not capture.

    All the best for your future projects. No doubt they will not be perfect either but they will be special for having been made by someone who has learnt more about quilting and about herself.

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    I use gmail and I empty my promo/social media buckets regularly, which means I get the message 'this tab is empty' with some frequency. Just once, I'd like the next tab to say 'the ones out there are far away'
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    I did nine hours at work yesterday (not actively working, mind - patch and the LRB saved me) and five today (mostly working). Doctors are like musicians. The orchestra has stereotypes - the flighty flautist, the lusty first violin - sub-specialists are much the same. This weekend was an exam for the oncologists, which type of musician is the most disorganised? I read the case info as we were photocopying. This woman has ovarian cancer, I said. Raised Ca-125, post menopausal. Yep. The other staff member looked stunned...how'd you, what the...?
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    I ORDERED 'THIMBLES' AND IT IS ON ITS WAY FROM AMERICA... reader's report coming your way soon.
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