I won't be doing any stitching for awhile. I had surgery on my right shoulder a week ago, to repair a rotator cuff tear and remove a bone spur. I exacerbated the problem while doing a FMQ Numerical Quilts project for my Mid-Michigan Quilters' Guild. It seems I've had the tear for awhile, but it was treated incorrectly as a neck problem. The FMQ irritated the shoulder again and I sought re-treatment, figuring on a steroid injection and possibly physical therapy, but ended up wiyh my arm in a sling, weeks off work and letting my daughter borrow my Bernina, since I cannot use it right now.
Don't feel sorry for me, I'm keeping myself occupied with plenty of quilt related activity. I can still type with one hand, so blogging can continue. I can even share pictures of quilts I've created in the past. Here is String Stars that I made back in 2007, as a part of a guild fabric challenge. Five of the fabrics were supplied and the quilt could be any design and size. I had recently finished another quilt using the liberated piecing techniques taught by Gwen Marston. The inspiration for my quilt was a pattern from Gwen's book, Liberated String Quilts. We were allowed to add fabrics and I chose the green in the blocks and border, along with the blue and red, also used in the borders.
I completed my own FMQ designs, including the swirl in the first border and the feather in the second border. The flower design in the corner squares is from a template. I traced the pattern and quilted in a continuous line, retracing some areas as I quilted. The inside block area was quilted entirely with a meandering design, avoiding the star points.
Well, no FMQ for several months. I want to heal well, so that I can quilt for many years to come.
I am also keeping busy reading quilt history and doing internet searches on several topics. As a new member of the American Quilt Study Group, I hope to participate in the next quilt study. And, I am preparing myself to take the AQS Quilt Appraiser classes and attempt to acquire an appraiser certification. Certainly, this time off work can be well spent studying old quilts, patterns and fabrics. And, there are several quilting and sewing shows on PBS to watch.