So there I was, happily sewing this dress pattern, well I say happily but it was actually not a very nice pattern to use. I should have realised that when it said 'easy' on the packet is was going to be tricky...so much to cut out, it told me to cut out too many pieces, so I ignored that and used my experience to guide me. All the time I doubted myself but as I started to sew I realised there had been a printing error on a couple of the pattern pieces. But I persevered and gathered and stitched and thought I was doing really well, then I joined the front bodice to the back bodice and the seams needed to be pressed open. I just knew the material was going to let me down, it felt like cotton lawn fabric, nice and drapey....it was a bargain fabric.....I put the iron on a low setting and it ironed beautifully. I took a good look at the flattened seam, spread the material to check the stitching and it happened.....the fabric just came apart, in straight lines, it had gone sort of crispy. i just threw the whole thing in the bin, a disaster from start to finish! Anyway, I had seen this deliciousness and it was beckoning me so I followed the link to this post and I just had to try this out for myself, I cut out 25cm squares of cotton fabric and 20cm squares of curtain interlining (it was what I had in my stash and I just had to get on with this quilt) even though the interlining smelt funny when I ironed it. Anyway, the quilt is washed twice, line dried then tumbled so it would wash away the odd aroma. It did, it worked!! This is just a cot sized quilt but I have plans to make one for our bed, in quiet shades with varying sizes of roses and stuff over the different squares. Watch this space!
I had an MRI scan on my shoulder yesterday...totally freaked me out as I went into the tunnel thingy, so they reversed the switch so I came back out. The lady in charge was brilliant with me, no doubt had loads of experience with claustrophobic patients. I knew I suffered a bit with it but thought I was OK in reality. Well I'm not, I hated the whole experience. I couldn't bear the earphones clamped to my ears (maybe something to do with the dental nurse holding my head last week?)and changed them for some earplugs. I came to my senses and let the procedure carry on...I was to be in this tunnel for 25 minutes, I was ok'ish if I kept my eyes shut. The radiologist talked to me between scans which lasted all different lengths of time, 7 minutes being the longest. No, I couldn't do my 'deep breathing' which normally calms me as it might move my shoulder. So I did lots of shallow tummy breaths, there was no way I was going to make the scans blurry, I was not going to be in that tunnel one moment longer than I had to be! .....Did I tell you that Barry came in with me? Barry made the whole experience a little less terrifying by stroking my legs throughout and saying 'hello' in between the very noisy scans. I never used to be so pathetic, I think it is a combination of what's been happening to me emotionally over the last three years (almost at an end now) and the menopause.
Now all I need to know is if I should go and get some HRT or ERT as it is known in the States. Why do we spell Oestrogen with an O?
I am reading this book right now and it is helpful...from the information contained within the book, I'm beginning to think I am over the worst bit anyway, but what about brittle bones and heart disease...so many concerns, how on earth do I make the right decision? One of the things that Jenni talks about in the book is the lack of female history regarding this subject and the taboo that menopause brings. Ssshhhh.... I hope that me talking about it might be of help to both myself and the occasional peri-menopausal woman dropping by :^) Now I must go and find my cooling spray...is it me or is it hot in here?
Oh and if you have the time go and see my Ali's blog......it made me smile but then I am biased!
I found this rating thing on Julie's blog...a bit of fun?