I managed to finish something. It is just a baby quilt. My friend Lynn gave me this fabric. It was simple and easy to put together. I quilted this on my domestic, since I am not really able to use my longarm at the moment. I am out of practice, but it is a simple meandering so no big deal. I used a holiday blanket I got for the back. It is super soft, which I love. I did not have a need for this quilt when I made it, so I will just set it aside for the right moment.
The Struggle – So, my most recent visit to the doctor was not a pleasant one. I was told not to expect much more that what I already have. Be grateful I am walking. Most people with your spinal injury never walk again. Ugh. Took that to heart. I am no where near where I was less than a year ago. I can walk about 500 ft. before my legs want to give out. I can stand a few minutes before I need to sit down. I am still attending physical therapy and they claim that my strength has gotten better. I have zero stamina.
This affects my life in every way imaginable. I cant do things with the family that I would like to do. I can’t do the things I would like to do. I do manage to sew, but stick to small pieces because they are easier to manage. Not as heavy to try to push through a domestic machine and well, the long arm…that involves standing and some strength. I waited years to have one. Have not had it long, but cannot currently use it. It is heart breaking to me.
Let’s not mention that I have had continual ear infections, all kinds of stomach problems, and a racing heart since I have had this surgery. Of course, nothing is related to the surgery itself, so they say. Test after test after test, which tells us nothing.
So, my mental happy place is my sewing room. I do force myself to go in there. I do try and work on things. It is not the way it used to be. I am hoping this is not my new normal, but I just don’t know.
Yep, that is all I got done this past month for the Hand Quilt Along. Ugh. It has been a rough month at the Brewer House, but I think things are looking up. I do most of y hand sewing at swim practice and winter swim has officially ended. We will now start swimming clinics until Summer Swim starts. I also, did not have my vehicle for three weeks and half the contents of my hand sewing bag had spilled out without my knowledge. So, I was missing a bunch of stuff. So, to see all the wonderful hand quilting progress from people who actually got something accomplished, please visit the following:
Well, I have not gotten much accomplished. I have three blocks finished and a pile of cupcake papers sewn, but that is as far as I have gotten. I do love the cupcake papers. They work so well on charm squares. PLease make sure to take the time to review all the other participants in the Mystery quilt along. I am sure they are not nearly the slacker I am.
So, this is not what I had in my head. I believe this is referred to as a Zipper Quilt. I was laying out my colors in a way I thought would complement the design of the “Zipper quilt”. I mean, it is OK, but somehow I had something else pictured. Not sure why. I laid it all out first, but then when it is all together I am surprised. Usually, I don’t things things on my design board and like them better when they are sewn together.
The positive about this quilt, is that the blocks sew together really fast. I chain pieced them, but in a sort of odd way. I had 2 charm packs that I cut in half. Then I cut 2.5 inch strips and sewed each of my 2.5 by 5.5 charm pieces to each 2.5 inch strip. I had a 42″ strip with a bunch of my charms sewed to it and then just cut it apart. Can’t remember how many strips I used, maybe 5. Then it was just a matter of arranging and sewing them all together.
I do plan on quilting this in the near future. May get brave and do something new (at least for me). I will have to do some practicing first though.
So, I struggle with the process of quilting. This quilt is no exception. I attempted to freehand hearts. When I look at the quilting, I can see how it improved somewhat about half way through, but it is still no where near where I would like t to be. I do like the colors in the quilt and I will give it a young lady for her sixteenth birthday. I need to get another one ready to practice on……