What I’ve been doing when I wasn’t quilting this past year

This is my afternoon post for December 4. I promised to tell you why I have been “dormant” on embroidery and quilting for the past year, so here it is.  And it’s a short explanation—I wore out my hands. 2018 was a year when I made quilt after quilt and did very little machine embroidery. Those quilts were very pretty, but were mostly for AccuQuilt’s free pattern library.  Most of them had seams that were pressed open and used the unusual shapes in the Companion Qubes.  That and crocheting some afghans for my children and grandchildren ended up leaving me with very painful arthritis/tendonitis in my thumbs. So with delivery of the last quilt at the end of November 2018, I have neither quilted nor done much machine embroidery.

I did try a few things—I love breadmaking and became a semi-expert on pizza dough and made some great artisan pizzas. But it’s hard to eat that much pizza. And kneading pizza dough is not great for the hands.

Another thing I did was sign up for software classes at a couple of online training sites and spent time honing my skills in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Procreate. In addition, I have taken a number of classes in Machine Embroidery Digitizing and have learned a lot from those.

After a trip to Biltmore at the end of May and a review of the photos from the trip, it was apparent that I needed to lose some weight. So at that point, I threw myself into a daily exercise routine and cut out all the extra snacks that were so enjoyable. By the end of October, I had lost 20 pounds and that still feels so much better than where I was in May.

And that’s all there is to it—I took a year off from quilting and two years off from machine embroidery and now I’m back. Even so, it has been a very productive time for me.  My hands are much better too and knitting and sewing are easily done without constant pain. 

5 Replies to “What I’ve been doing when I wasn’t quilting this past year”

  1. I’m sorry you had such an ordeal with your hands, I understand how that affects one! I’m so glad to see you back, and I do want to remain on your email lists, thank you!

  2. It’s great to have you back! Pain of any kind makes life difficult, but I’m glad you found other hobbies to keep you active. The quilting world has missed you!

  3. I’m truly so sorry you have had so much pain in your very creative and talented hands. I had no idea. But I’m glad to know you took time off, feeling better (I hope 100%) and are back. I’m always eager to hear about classes you take, your creative time, as well as fun insights from your trips & time with family. I do wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. I’ve truly missed you, very much.

  4. I was wondering where you ran off to. Sounds like 2018 was a busy year and 2019 was a time to recoup. You have been missed for sure. Losing 20 pounds, wow……I need to come and be a fly on your wall and eat what you eat. Glad you have you back.

  5. I just figured like me, you stopped blogging and I missed that. It’s great I use a blog reader and see you’re back at work, look forward to photos of your creations!

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