Sunday, November 18, 2007

I should have listened

So many of you told me to take it easy on my shoulder even though the doctor gave me the go ahead to get back to normal activities. I should have listened! Since quilting a couple quilts on Wednesday didn't bother me much at all I figured I could do two more this weekend. So yesterday I quilted my two other string quilts for Hotel Hope. I started pinning the first one on the machine about 7:30 or so yesterday morning, and took the second one off the machine about 8:45 last night. These two seemed to take much longer than the first two - I guess the pantograph I chose was more complicated than the one I used on the first two quilts. I didn't think it was, but it certainly took longer. I had one break when I went to coffee with my daughter about 10:30, and another of a couple hours when I went grocery shopping and fixed dinner. By the time I crawled into bed I was wiped out, and my shoulder, back and feet were aching. So I took the last of my Vicodin along with a couple Tylenol PM's.
I remember talking to Fred a couple times this morning - once when the dog wanted back off the bed and once when he told me he was going to the gym to work out. I remember commenting that it must be raining too hard for golf and he confirmed that. Next thing I know I was waking up because I needed to head to the bathroom. I could believe it when I looked at the clock and it said 10:33! I guess that Vicodin really knocked me out last night! I absolutely hate it when I sleep that late - which is why it very rarely happens. Besides the fact that I slept away at least 3 good hours of the morning, it takes me another couple hours to really wake up once I get up. I'm definitely a morning person - and don't do at all well when I sleep in.

Today I made binding for the last two string quilts and finished machine stitching it on. I used up the rest of my binding scraps, plus cut binding pieces from all the edges of the backing that I trimmed off after the quilting. One nice thing is that I'm really going through the stash making backings and bindings for these charity quilts - that will make room on my shelves for the fabric that's waiting to be prewashed before being put away. I made a stir fry for dinner since peppers of all colors were on sale at the grocery store and I had leftover steak to use. Now I'm going to spend the evening relaxing and hand stitching bindings.

I'll post pictures of these last two string quilts as soon as they are finished. In the meantime I'm illustrating this post with a few quilts from the show that was part of September Quilt Fest in Portland.
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Gratitudes:
1. Four more flimsies quilted
2. Fresh fall vegetables
3. Two, two-day work weeks
4. A clean kitchen - thanks to Fred's doing the dishes
5. New pink plaid flannel pajama pants and a fluffy, soft bathrobe

12 comments:

atet said...

Sounds like you've been going great guns since your restrictions were lifted. Wooo Hooo!!! Congrats on your retirement -- think of all the quilting you can do!

The Calico Cat said...

When the doctor gave you the go, did you tell him that you planned to quilt - a lot? (Did you mention all of the pent up energy from when you could not go?) I think when they (doctors) release patients, they have nary an idea of wht that patient will do...

cher said...

maybe all that rest will help the sore shoulder feel better faster-pacing Patti, pacing! what great quilts you have been able to finish up.

Carolyn said...

I did the same thing yesterday...took some Tylenol PM on Saturday night and didn't get up until after 10 yesterday morning. Felt like I'd wasted the whole day! I wasn't nearly as productive as you were though. Hope the shoulder is feeling better soon!

Dawn said...

Oh Patti, I hope it gets better. You made me tired and aching just saying all you tried to do!

ForestJane said...

Wow, those are some beautiful quilts from the show! Nice to catch up on the flimsies, but take care of that shoulder though!

Elaine Adair said...

Dear Patti-sore-shoulder ... take care! Hope you rest some.

Do you know the pattern maker from the third quilt? Kinda like a New York Beauty on drugs? It's just what I'm looking for.

Happy Thanksgiving to your and yours.

Cascade Lily said...

Patti! I'm away from Blogland for a couple of days and you make me feel like it's been a month! So much going on for you right now. I'm not surprised you wiped yourself out! Slow down...remember less than a month's worth of work days until you retire!

And how beautiful your grandson is. Can't wait till he's safely in your arms :)

Veronica said...

Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! Seems to be a lot of that going around since my DH retired, too. I hope your shoulder gets better with time and your new grandson is certainly a sweetie! And that little Sophie! What a cutie..

Kim said...

Beautiful quilts! I'm so happy to hear you're back to quilting again, and congrats on your upcoming retirement! Exciting news all around--it's been too long since I stopped by to visit! LOL!

Judy said...

I know the meds can make you loopey, but sometimes your body really needs the rest to repair itself. Slow and steady wins the race and gets you back in the swing of things!

The quilts are spectacular!

Ronda Beyer said...

Imagine my surprise to see my quilts on your blog, thank you for show casing them.. The first applique quilt was done by Linda Peck and I quilted it, the second applique quilt was done by Sandy Arbuthnot and quilted by me and the last one Best of Show "Stars for Arden" was designed, pieced and quilted by me... Thank you for honoring my work on your blog. Best wishes