Robby Burns was so right about the best laid plans of mice and men. About mid March I noticed I was having some pains in my forearms, which I ignored, of course. Then I noticed tingling and numbness in my fingers. Uh-oh. Not good. Looks like my tendinitis is back, and the only “cure” is to stop using my hands so much.
So, I’m on a regimen of naproxin and wrist braces and NO SEWING for a few weeks. Instead I’ll be doing lots of designing, maybe some printing and painting, and general cleanup. My husband the enforcer is breathing down my neck to make sure I don’t cheat.
Luckily, The Quilt Show offered free access to all but the most current shows the weekend of March 19. I find it painful to watch most quilting shows, but Alex and Ricky are breezier than many hosts and make the doings seem a bit more spontaneous. And I’ve learned to skip those Bernina commercials that show skinny models writhing on piles of appliqued pillows and caressing them. Are we to believe those ladies actually did the sewing?
But I digress. So far I’ve enjoyed sessions with Sheila Frampton Cooper (everyone in the crew sported bits of blue hair in her honor), Melody Crust, Louisa Smith, Andrea Brokenshire, and Jane Dunnewold. I so want to go to San Antonio and take a class with Jane. Digital fabric printing may be my salvation if my issues don’t clear up.
I’ve learned that Ricky hand bastes his quilts with water soluble thread which dissolves when he washes his quilts to block them. And he has a cool way to run the thread through the quilt sandwich that involves a spoon. After seeing the variety of techniques the guests use to make their quilts I’m more convinced than ever there’s no one right way to do anything; there’s YOUR way.
I hope I get back to my way soon. If you want a detailed description of what can go wrong with your hands/arms here’s a doctor’s power point presentation. Finally, here’s a breath of spring from my brother’s camera.