Like the proverbial snail, slowly, ever so slowly, I'm moving toward a true-blue finish! The last of the Christmas quilts I plan to make is finally all hand quilted, trimmed, and awaiting a binding, perhaps as early as week's end. This is the top as it looked in late December last year.
In the latest of several glitches trying to get this one across the finish line - there were two potential red fabrics I had chosen as possible bindings. My most favorite one that I for sure had enough of - just looked like it might be a bleeder, so several weeks ago I washed it in hot water with Synthrapol and predictably it did bleed. After several more wash/rinse efforts, it appeared to have stopped the bleed, so it was dried and ironed. Today, just before cutting into it, something told me to hand wash it once again - yep, a bleeder forever it seems. It probably would be totally fine on a quilt with mostly dark fabrics and no whites, but sadly not for this quilt. Second choice is an oldie Jinny Beyer fabric, probably 20 years old, a tried-and-true one that I love - but - likely not going to be enough to bind the entire quilt. So, tonight a quick perusal of other reds to see if anything else in the stash might work. Probably I'll end up with a pieced binding using two or three fabrics, not going to go out and try to buy anything at this point.
So, an update on the eye issue. Saw a retina specialist a few days ago. Turns out the latest issue which is really messing with my sight is fixable with one laser procedure! In layman's terms it is a "secondary cataract" that developed behind the lens inserted when my cataract surgery was done four years ago. Medical term is posterior capsular opacification. Interestingly, this is a very common occurrence after cataract surgery, showing up in about 50% of patients! Who knew? Fortunately it is very treatable, and the success rate is around 95%. I feel blessed that there is a possibility that my sight may return to what it was early this year. Just super impatient, since the first available opening the specialist has is the last week of November! So, in the meantime, quilting is muddling along with one eye closed most of the time, otherwise I have no clear vision, near or distant. Driving is limited to the country roads near us that are sparsely traveled, no city driving since I can't read the road signs at this point!
Hopefully, I'll be back with a finish soon. Happy stitching!