And just when I thought things were going great..... my knee was badly swollen despite my efforts with keeping it raised and iced. My stomach wasn't feeling that great either and I knew on the way home that I was in trouble. Arrived home at 6 PM - crashed on the couch for three hours. Walked the dogs and went to bed.
I'm feeling better today, but don't think I'll do an entire day at work. I need to be horizontal to really give the leg a rest so the next quilt is loaded on the long arm, I'm going to get part of it done this morning. Have a nap and then go to work. Technially my knee doesn't hurt at all - it is the flipping muscle in the back of my knee that is causing me to hobble around like I'm severely injured. It just doesn't allow my leg to bend without a great deal of pain! More ice - more healing time and I'm sure it'll all be good. Got a follow up appointment on Thursday - you can bet, I'm asking him about this muscle issue!!! It's probably all part and parcel of the healing process.
So for today - you are going to get more quilting ideas from QuiltCon.
|Straight lines and curvy lines|
|More straight lines mixed with curvy lines|
And quilting doesn't get any easier than this. Those are serpentine lines across the entire background. Now that's easy to do!!!!
|Serpetine lines on the background|
|Wavy lines through the entire quilt|
|More straight lines|
|Straight lines again (sorry - this is the third picture of the same quilt)|
Now this is super simple. Just straight lines in verying distances from each other!
|More straight lines|
|Curved with some straight lines|
|Concentric circles (I think they are - maybe they are continuous)|
|Refridgerator coils in a different color - love it!!!|
|Quilting creates a design - this is very simple to do!!!!|
|More straight lines in varying distances from each other|
|Straight lines in the background|
|Parallel lines with a bit of a curve|
|Very swirly lines|
|Very common elements for quilting|
Very simple quilting in this one - large expanse of negative space is divided up (makes this way easier to quilt on a domestic). Pebbles and straight lines!!!
|Negative space broken up|
Does that give you some ideas on how to quilt your quilts??? Seriously, we get so caught up in what happened in the past - I MUST STIPPLE. I hate stippling. OK - that is harsh, but it was the only thing anyone ever did - that it's boring now. Well not boring - just a different fad I suppose and who knows - it may come back in style. People have gotten so much more creative with the quilting and for those beginners, did you know that stippling is extremely hard to do???? I think that is why some people never get beyond it. There are other designs that are way more easy to quilt and if you like what you do - you will continue. Remember - randomness or being consistently inconsistent is the KEY to successful quilting. If you aim for perfection, you will FAIL every time.
I do remember going to a quilt store many years ago and they had just acquired a quilting frame with a sewing machine on it. I don't remember the brand, but it wasn't a big one. There was a young girl operating the machine and she literally had a hold of the machine with one hand and was winging that machine around on the quilt. It was awful!!! It was a very generous loose meander/stipple!!!!
On that note - I'd better get in an hour of quilting while I'm still conscious, then a nap and then off to work where I will have a much slower day - less walking packages to the back for shipping, less standing while cutting fabric. I don't know - I'll figure it out. Sitting felt good yesterday until my knee swoll up and my pant leg was too tight!!! Perhaps a pair of PJs today would be more comfortable!!!! Hmmm - the orange ones with the polka dots or the red ones with the polka dots??? I don't think I have any Northcott PJs!
Have an awesome day!!!!!