Hi Everyone, I am here still! Physical limitations have kept me from creating and writing for over a month now, but gradually I am getting better. After reading countless articles on MS, PTSD and other nervous system disorders, my husband and I have discovered that many nervous system conditions can be exasperated by lack of sunlight. Did you know that the Washington state has the highest MS rate in all the US? Me neither, until recently. When we learned about this though, it got us thinking about the importance of sunlight and outdoor exercise. So gradually I started my outdoor therapy. At first it was only sitting out back in a lawn chair for 15 minutes during the hottest part of the day (40 degrees), but now I am up to doing small hikes on the weekends. I am left exhausted afterward, but at least I am walking, talking and using my hands better. Most people don’t even know that I am ill, unless I speak. We are hopeful that with the coming warm weather, I will improve even more.
As part of my therapy, Mark and I have started a new blog called Fresh Air Therapy. This is a blog where we will write about our outdoor adventures. We made the blog public last weekend after we had a super fun trip to the Madison Buffalo Jump just south of Three Forks, Montana. We are hoping to document our travels each week, as well as some awesome trips that we have planned for the 2018 season. If you are interested in outdoor activities please feel free to join us on our blog.
Now onto the “creating” part of this post…
I have decided that there is WAY too much hand quilting on the rose garden quilt. So I made the decision to cheat a bit and machine sew all the stitch in a ditch areas. Once this is done, I will go back and hand quilt in all the highly visible details. I have never done this before, but it seamed like a good option for me at this point in time.
I have finished piecing my Belle of the Ball quilt and it is now on my large quilting frame. I have one row complete and I did my first frame roll last week! I believe that this one is going to go a lot quicker than the rose garden quilt, because I am only doing stitch in a ditch around each piece. There will be no detail work because the fabrics are so bright that any detail stitching would be lost to the eye.
So there you have it, I am not quite back 100% but I am at least functioning now. I feel like Bill Murry in the movie, “What about Bob”: Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps…
Happy Creating Everyone!!!
Before you go, I hope you take a few moments to take a look at the work of the other women who are taking part in this quilt along: