Last Sunday I knew my hand/arm/shoulder was a little sore but I just wanted to finish off a small bag I was making. Then in the afternoon I tackled the garden, pulling out some persistent weeds and used the pruning saw to remove a couple of shrubs that didn't survive last summer.
Monday I promised myself I would take it easy but unfinished patterns beckoned and I worked on the computer for most of the day.
Tuesday I finished the backing for the new red and white quilt and dropped this and another quilt off to Susan Campbell (Rowdy Flat Quilting). Susan was working on a button hole appliqued quilt and took time to show me how she custom quilts the blocks. She made it look incredibly easy. No marking, just freehand. In the afternoon I did a little punch needle hoping to finish another sample.
On Wednesday I went for a massage (was lucky to get a cancellation when I rang). Last time my arm/shoulder was sore I needed many weekly, followed by fortnightly, then monthly visits before it came good. It doesn't mean I stop sewing altogether. I make sure I spend only short periods hand sewing, before switching to the machine to rotary cutting to housework (yes I will even clean the bathroom just so I'm working different muscles) back to hand sewing or punch needle. And I become more diligent with my excercise routine - supposed to stop and do them every 10 minutes (or is it 5?).
Was I good yesterday and rest my arm? NO! I'm still in this finishing off mood. This is pretty rare for me, so when it comes along I have to make the most of it. I made the backing for a quilt, a bit tricky because I hadn't purchased enough fabric and had to add a strip, binding for four quilts and sewed the binding on two. Don't know when I'll be able to hand sew it down.
I needed fabric to bind one of the quilts and couldn't decide if I would go to the shop or not. Was thinking if I don't do it today who knows when I'll get around to it. I didn't waste valuable time 'tidying myself up' and tried to sneak into the shop without anyone seeing me. Opened the door and walked into Sue-Anne and Michelle. Should have known I'd get caught!
I couldn't resist a few other pieces while I was there. No plans for these fabrics other than the purple. There are some wonderful spots around at the moment. The binding fabric is red and was already on the quilt when I realised I should have taken a photo. Sorry, I'll show you when the quilt's finished.
The plan for today was to type this post and then take my time looking through the new book that arrived in the mail today. The days almost over and all I've managed is a quick tantalising peak.