A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
Happy new year to everyone! (If anyone is still reading this blog) Today is my birthday. Nothing special was planned. Just a quiet day at home.
For the past few months, as part of my at home physical therapy, I practiced swinging the quilting machine around. I’m trying to strengthen my arm. Well, just swinging the machine wasn’t my idea of real practice so a friend left one of her quilt tops with me. She didn’t care how long it took me to finish even if it took me a year or more. That was a relief because at first I could only work for five minutes at a time. Here it is months later and the quilt is finally finished. It’s hard to see the stitching but if you click on the picture it will enlarge.
Most of the designs I quilted are the same as before.
On the four patch squares I did a simple back and forth design.
On this rectangle shape I did a leaf and curl design.
I did a holly leaf vine design on this shape and a funky flower on the short rectangles.
Here I did a flower on the single squares.
On this long strip I did a stacked pebbles design. She liked this design and wants more on future quilts.
Here is a view of the back.
Another view of the back. You should be able to see the funky flower design a little better in this one. Lower left corner.
I believe my diabetes is almost under control. This morning my fasting sugar level was 102 which is great compared to when it was running in the 375 to 400 range. Normal is somewhere around 80 to 90. It’s been coming down slowly but steadily since I started with daily shots and being careful what I eat. My heart condition is being controlled with medication. I do feel as if I have more energy. I’m careful not to overdo though. I still have a long way to go before I consider myself quite healthy again. It’s just nice to know I am achieving my goal.
What will this new 2015 year bring? There is only one way to find out. Let’s get started and we’ll see.