Then I realized why it aggravates my arm (when something like knitting doesn't). I am trying to use the same length of thread that I used before my surgery, and it's just too long. When I use shorter lengths of thread and am mindful of how far I am stretching out my arm, then it doesn't hurt. Light bulb! :)
I actually fused this piece back at the end of March, knowing that I wouldn't be able to stitch it for a while. I just wanted to do something at the time. Since then, I have stitched on it off and on for short periods at a time, and that is why it has taken so long to finish it. Now I can finally present block 4 of A Rainbow Garden (with a little closeup of the french knots in the middle of the flower).
Since it's a block of the month, I'm way behind due to the surgery. I've received block 12, and should get block 13 in the mail in a week or so. At least I know I have a lot of pretty stitching coming up, already kitted. I went ahead and prepped and fused the pieces for block 5, which looks to be another lovely block. I adore the background flannel on this one.
One more "rainbow" related project update before I go - I finally finished piecing the second blue hexie block for Over the Rainbow last night. This one I planned out a bit more than I usually do when piecing them. I like the effect, but don't want to overdo it, so I'll probably go back to randomly piecing the next one.