Friday, December 22, 2017

Long time, no sew!

Observant readers will have picked up on the fact that in recent times this quilters blog has been seriously lacking in, well, quilting. So now that I'm very much on the road to recovery, I ought to explain myself....


The night was dark, the September air was brisk, the other dog-owners had all gone home for dinner, and I didn't want to linger in the park across the road any longer than absolutely necessary. So once Chester the Wonderlab had done his business I bagged it up by the light of my phone's flashlight, and swiftly turned towards home, briefly looking back over my shoulder to call him.

Then it happened in an instant. A concrete bench that has sat solidly in the same place for the four years I've lived here decided to shift just a tad to the left.

Nah, I don't believe it either, but that's how it felt. First my left knee, then my right shin, then both my hips all made contact with the hard edges of the concrete and I went sailing headfirst over the bench, landing on the concrete base on my outstretched right hand (I had to protect the iPhone, didn't I?) and finally connecting my left brow and forehead with the concrete too.

I can see it all happening in slow motion in my mind's eye, and it's probably a good thing there were no witnesses - apart from my beautiful Chester - to what must have been quite a spectacularly hilarious tumble.

In the end, the only damage done was to my dignity, a few bruises and a scraped shin, and black eye that took a whole month to disappear while I wore sunglasses so I didn't frighten the children in the street.

And a fractured right wrist. And therein lies the rub.

Fellow quilters will understand when I say the worst possible body part to injure is one's dominant hand - in my case the right. Initially it was plastered, then splinted, and now I've moved into physiotherapy.

So there you have it. I've done almost no hand stitching since September, and just a little machining last week, and I don't mind saying I'm getting a little twitchy! My physio has advised me for the time being to stitch just during the ad breaks as I'm watching TV, and I've never been so grateful for those annoying commercials!

Ironically, some very exciting quilting-related things have been happening in my life, and I look forward to sharing them with you.


  1. Ouch, Di! You don't do things by halves, do you? A broken wrist is no fun Hope your stitching is back to normal as soon as possible.....and best wishes for a wonderful pain-free Christmas!

  2. you were so lucky as it sounds like your injuries could have been much worse. Take it slowly as mending takes time. Listen to the PT people as they really know their stuff.

  3. That is quite a tail or is it tale? My blog reader is going away next week and I find you do emails so I signed up..... will be looking for your continued mend and in time new quilting. Have a special Christmas and sing loud. In His Love.

  4. OMG Di!! You tell a good/funny story, but I bet it was by no means funny at the time. Thank goodness thats all you broke. I imagine you are getting very twitchy not being able to sew. Just keep up the physio and you'll be right. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. Bless your heart! I had no idea! Glad you’re well on your way to recovery. Have a happy holiday season!

  6. Thank you for enlightening us as to the circumstances of your tumble. While it's understandable that you've been reluctant to share, it's very helpful to know that benches are not necessarily stationary items, and that a recalcitrant bench may at any time pop up to do me wrong! I'm sorry you suffered through such a recovery to your dominant wrist, no less. Love the admonition of the therapist to stitch only during commercials! I'm sure there's no recorded programming and fast-forwarding on your telly! I'm quite looking forward to hearing more about the exciting doings in your life, as I already know Chester is on his way to stardom. Bless you, my friend.

  7. Oh my gosh! Di! You really took a tumble! Your poor eye, but more - your poor, poor wrist!

  8. Oh my goodness...glad you're ok! I have developed tendinitis in my stitching or crocheting they say...yeah right lol

  9. So very sorry to hear about this fumble in your life. Very glad to hear that no permanent damage was done to anything but your pride. Hers's to a Happy and HEALTHY and SAFE New Year.

  10. Oh Di, I am so sorry about your mishap!!! UGH!!! I will be praying and hoping for your stitching time to happily and painlessly increase soon for you. :^)


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