Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Free Motion Quilting Project Update and a bit more

It has been quite a couple of weeks. Last week Leah Day of The Free Motion Quilting Project was sick so we didn't do anything new; we just kept practicing - or at least some people did. I had the flu! I was finally able to finish this quilt. It is machine stippled. I can't show the back yet - I even took the picture upside down - maybe the person getting the quilt won't see it!

I quilted this quilt in quadrants and I learned something new. I had been quilting "in a row" from back to front. I watched Leah's video and realized that I should be quilting left to right and right to left. It is so much easier! 

I am now in the process of quilting a companion quilt to this one. It is taking a while - life keeps getting in the way. 

My FIL is terminally ill and has had a really bad week - his health took a horrible downslide. We have been going a bit crazy with two short hospital stays and the move to a skilled nursing center in the last 9 days. We have an apartment that hopefully will be cleaned out by Friday and still have to deal with hospice ... We found out that he needed to move to skilled nursing just a couple of days ago. So tomorrow we are taking a break - we are going to a care plan meeting for my mom who is in the last stages of Alzheimer's. We feel a like a couple of gerbils on an exercise wheel!

My quilting has really suffered. I did a little FMQ tonight and my work looked horrible! After about 20 minutes, it got some better. So I guess, once again, my quilting will reflect my life. And as always, I find great comfort in quilting even when my stitches aren't great.


  1. Jeanne -

    Excellent quilt - colors and patterns are well suited!

    Don't you just love it when you have an epiphany (finding out right to left over back to front)? Just makes the whole day worthwhile.

    So sorry about your FIL and mother. You're in my prayers.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about all of the turmoil, but am very glad that quilting therapy had been helping. Your quilt looks great with all those bright colours.

  3. How wonderfully strong you are! And smart to fit quilting as therapy for yourself into your now busier than ever schedule. This is such a hard time of life to be caring for parents... I'm sending good thoughts to you and yours. Be sure to keep a little bit of everyday to do something just for yourself! Great that you learned something new and now have an easier way to do the quilting. Cheers and best wishes, June

  4. So sorry to hear of your family's troubles - hope you get some time to quilt in the coming week and that it'll be a comfort and relaxation for you.

  5. Your quilt is so cheerful! It seems your plate is very full right now. Most of us have been there at some point. Please find a little place for dessert...quilting.

  6. So sorry to hear about all your troubles. Glad that you have quilting to find comfort and rest. {{hug}}

  7. Sorry to hear about FIL. Don't forget to take care of YOU. Be gentle with yourself.

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