Finished Facing/ Cataract Surgery

Except for the sleeve and documentation tag, the Kansas Flinthills landscape is finished.

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I’ve only done one faced edging before when I followed someone else’s instructions and it was a pain in the butt. This time I followed my intuition and did what felt right. It was easier and came out great.

faced edge

I really like how it looks – the simplicity of it.

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I don’t like how much hand work is involved with sewing the hanging sleeve on by hand. When I do a bound edge, I sew one side of the hanging sleeve into the binding seam, eliminating quite a bit of hand sewing.

Since I had my cataract surgery last week on my right eye, my vision is pretty lopsided right now. I am looking at the world through one corrected and one uncorrected eye, so things are a bit wonky. My new interocular lense is for long distance sight so my close up vision is not so good. Next week I will get the left eye done so I expect the long distance will get better and the close up, perhaps worse. If needed I will be able to get reading glasses for that eventually, for now I find a magnifying glass helpful.

The effects of color have been interesting and so obvious right now when alternating eyes makes it easy to see the difference in the before and after surgery colors. One does not realize how yellow everything is with cataracts because the change is so gradual. I thought I was seeing perfectly fine, but in reality that was not the case. I had been thinking that we were having an especially lovely spring this year and I gave credit to the generous rainfall. Everything was such a saturated green this year with golden highlights, just beautiful! It was just the yellow cataracts. Yellow being always a part of green sort of intensified it. And the washed out areas of sunlight turned yellow. The surgeon related a similar story. A lady came in for her first checkup. She said “Look at my shirt!” “What about it?” he asked. “It’s PURPLE!”, she exclaimed, “It was brown when I bought it.”
Makes sense, purple and yellow make brown.

Just last evening, I noticed that the shower curtain and towels didn’t go together any more. I thought they had nice peachy colors, but in fact, the yellow in the cataracts made the pink in the shower curtain peachy and the beige towel took on a nice glow and they looked so good. But in reality the pink and the beige that they really are looks pretty bad!

Time to go shopping; I wonder what I will discover next! It is an interesting journey!

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4 Responses to “Finished Facing/ Cataract Surgery”

  1. Loretta Armstrong Says:

    Cataract surgery is amazing….had it a couple of years ago and I too found a new color world. Enjoy see red not orange!

  2. Ruth Says:

    It is totally amazing! I am enjoying the process – leaving soon for the second one, today.

    Shopping yesterday I did not find a suitable towel for my bathroom!

  3. LeeAnna Paylor Says:

    How intriguing. Color being so relative. What about judges who have developed cataracts? Home dec people? Who knew? Good luck with it. Your quilts have a glow to me too. LeeAnna

  4. Ruth Says:

    Good points. I don’t know the answer, but I’m sure cataracts would affect what they are seeing, too. As time has passed I have noticed that other quilts were affected, but probably no one else would notice as it is very subtle. Only I would notice that things are not quite how I intended!

    My best advice is to get the surgery as soon as possible!

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