That's a good idea, Charlotte, I should see if I can talk to the PA I saw and ask him for a recommendation of someone I could see on a more regular basis. On the one hand, I really don't want to go on more medication (and the regular appointments that would probably entail: I tend to be a "check me up once a year and let me go" kind of person), but on the other: if I am developing high blood pressure I need to deal with it.
The quilt in question IS a "disappearing nine-patch." I had never made one before so there was a moment of "wait, what?" when the instructions said, "Now make the blocks 'disappear'" (more in the sense of: wait, I sewed all these together and now I have to cut them again, rather than a "what do they want me to do now?" sense).
It's actually a pretty fun pattern. It's just that lawn is kind of not-fun to sew on.
I did find a silk-blend batting to use. (I'm not sure if they even make 100% silk, outside of maybe the luxury comforter market). It's silk, tencel, and bamboo and sounds like it's what I want - it's very thin and is supposed to have good drapability. I was able to order it by the yard from eQuilter, who I've done business with in the past and been very happy with....in fact, I got an e-mail this morning telling me my batt was on its way. It was a bit more expensive than the cotton batts I usually buy for hand-quilting, but not outrageously so.
And again: I can't quite get over how much BETTER I feel having the hives gone. I'm actually considering going out and doing something fun this weekend - either just a trip to Sherman or maybe even a full fledged McKinney jaunt. (I may just try a Sherman run....it's supposed to be quite hot and these days, most of my quilt-related shopping - which is the main reason I go to McKinney - can be satisfied by the local shop. And of course, I have a strong interest in seeing the local place prosper.)
I do plan to do the fieldwork I didn't do last weekend on Friday. It's a short day of it - just a couple hours if I'm efficient - so if I go out early enough I can be done before it gets really hot.