I got a great report from my doctor at the last appointment. My doctor says she is proud of me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a doctor tell me that before. I’ve gone from 237 pounds to 185. My A1C was at 10.6 this time last year and its now 8.4 according to my last blood test a month ago. Under 7 is my goal? My heart is ok. The damage can’t be undone but I can prevent further damage. I’ve learned how to prevent over extending myself. I haven’t had any of the flu like symptoms (which were signs of my heart stress) in many months.
The doctor says it would be ok to go back to quilting for a living provided I don’t start working 16 hour days anymore and I keep doing as well as I’m doing with my diet. In fact she is encouraging me and believes it would be good exercise. Quilting requires walking 12 feet back and forth along the table which can add up to quite alot of walking. She says she will know if I’m not doing what I’m advised to do. The tests will tell on me.
So what now? I didn’t have customers anymore. I took a bunch of my business cards to the Louisville Quilters Day Out event and handed them to people I met at the show. Several said they plan to bring me work but I’m not so sure they will. One person has actually brought me two quilt tops to quilt.
I’m very happy to be getting work again. Working on my own quilts was ok but not the same as working on quilts that help my budget. If I can get three or four tops to custom quilt each month it would be just about right. I wouldn’t be overdoing the work and it sure would help pay the bills.
When I was at the show I told people I wanted the worst quilts brought to me to work on. Bring me the tops that other quilters turn down as too difficult. Give me the tops with D-cup centers or the extremely friendly borders. Give me the tops with the seams that don’t always hold together or the tops that have never seen an iron. Give me the beginner quilt tops with the mismatched corners and the cut off points. No one believes me but its true. Why? Ok I’ll tell you. Those type tops challenge me. The perfect quilt tops intimidate me. With perfect tops I must also be perfect and I get stressed. With imperfect quilts I can be free to relax and have fun with a design. Like this one.
Ok, enough time on the computer today. I need to go listen to a couple of quilt tops. I think they are talking to me about what design to put on them. It will be a few days before I start the quilting. I ordered the batting and it will take a few days to arrive.