Tuesday, May 12, 2015

the sad quilter

If you haven't noticed the blog has been rather quiet these last few weeks. I wish it was telling you that it was because of something exciting and I had a big reveal today -- but that isn't the case. You see I have been on hand use restrictions for the last week and will be at least through this week as I have sprained the tendon in my right hand and am in a very uncomfortable and less than stylish arm brace. 
I don't know how this happened but I do know that I started having trouble with my hand about a month ago (pre stash bash) and noticed a large blue knot below my middle finger -- the pain slowly spread to my whole hand and included some numbness and shooting pains up my arm. Reluctantly I went to the doctor on the 1st and got the news that I was not to use this hand for 2 weeks. 
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Now you all know me and sitting still and not doing things is not my strong suit but this time my dominate hand was literally tied. I notified my bee groups and a pattern tester that I may not be able to make my deadlines that were coming up. I worry about deadlines and hate letting people down but at least everyone was super nice about it. 

I have been very sad not quilting in the evenings -- my husband works 2nd shift so I am usually alone, wishing I were sewing. We did make a trip to Raleigh for fabric buying right after the doctor told me no sewing -- I got some lovely end of bolts and used a local site like groupon for an excellent deal on all these lovelies. So much for decreasing the stash this month.
My sewing room is also a huge mess since I haven't cleaned up since the guild yard sale last month or even full cleaned up since the retreat. I am hoping to give sewing another go this weekend but the progress on my hand seems to be slow and the Dr may not give me the go ahead. 
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If she does then I will be starting on this list of deadlines -- hopefully at warp speed. 
-- Block of the month due 5/21
-- Bee Blocks due 5/29 (ok to mail late) 
-- pattern test due 6/3 (ok to fall through)
-- One Hour Basket Swap due 6/5 
-- MMBB BOM due 6/8
-- Alison Glass Mini due 6/15 
-- Tessellations Workshop 6/15
-- block of the month due 6/18
-- June Bee Blocks due 6/30 (end of 2 bees)
-- update on quarterly goals 7/1
-- villains Swap due 7/15 -- it's actually completed but I need to finish the extras 
-- Dad's Birthday quilt 7/18
-- Harry Potter Swap due 9/4 

So many deadlines and projects in my mind ... this hand needs to hurry up and heal. 

I did manage to create 2 wonderful deserts for friend's birthdays this month. One was a Strawberry Cobbler and the other was this Cherry Cheesecake with sugar cookie crust.  
I hope everyone else is having a wonderful May filed with lots of happy quilting. 


  1. Don't rush the healing process - it is very important, more important than that stitching - REALLY!! I love cheesecake and this looks yummo.

  2. Yikes! Perhaps, you can do other sewing things, like clean up your area, design, read blogs, sort through supplies.

  3. Oh no! This is terrible news. Definitely don't rush the healing though, like Vrooman says. Better for it to heal properly than to have lasting issues. Missed deadlines are stressful, but everyone will understand and the world will go on. Find some good books, binge watch some TV (Daredevil on Netflix is pretty good if you haven't seen it), go shopping, organize, read about techniques you want to learn, find the end of pinterest, watch some Cratsy classes...

  4. Sorry to read of your trouble. Hope you get better super soon. Can't believe you still managed to bake cakes! Your cheesecake looks delicious!

  5. do I ever know your pain! Better to let it heal than to have to go even longer without sewing

  6. Take care of yourself and hard as it may be follow the doctors advice-you need that hand!

  7. I agree. If you start up again at warp speed you will continue to injure it. Slow and steady will be the best for your healing.