I took a great class today at A Quilter's Folly. It was about quilting a quilt using your regular sewing machine. I love the look of a quilt after it has been quilted and finished and washed and it shrinks up and gets all soft. All I can do is a stippling stitch. I don't have any interest in hand quilting. Hand work is not my cup of tea by any means. I have tried to do things that are fancier, but it has always looked awful. This class is all about how to create beautiful machine quilting with your sewing machine. No long arm quilter needed. That's good because I won't have the money or the room for a long arm machine for a very long time.
The class was taught be a man named Lane. He is a self taught quilter. He does all of his quilts on his home machine. They aren't even fancy machines. He uses older machines even, not even the fancier quilting machines that have the longer arm area with more room for the quilt. I started with some easier stuff and then went onto some harder stuff. Some of it looked pretty crappy and some of it looked pretty good. I didn't do too good on the stuff that involved back tracking over previous stitches. I need to practice that. We have homework to so I'll get more practice though. For practice, we have to do a large square, like a 15x15 square quilt area and try to fill the entire thing. I'll add that to all the other sewing I have to do over the next 2 weeks. Why do I do this to myself. My list of sewing projects I need to do just seems to be getting longer and longer. Unfortunately, none of the things on my list are for me. They are all for other people. I need to start telling people no. That has always been something I've had a problem with. I say yes, yes, yes, yes, until I am in over my head, then and only then do I say no. Anyway, that is an entirely different post.
On a different subject, I am getting my next round of Botox injections on Monday. I am very ready for them. The spasticity isn't as bad as it got in December, probably because I was so stressed out with the holidays in December. It's bad enough though. I start to forget how bad the spasms are when the Botox is working until it wears off. I just can't take enough Baclofen to make a difference during these times. I'd do nothing but sleep. Speaking of Baclofen, I see a physical medicine specialist on Tuesday to find out more about getting a Baclofen pump. I know I will still have to undergo a test injection to make sure it is even going to be effective. That is the part I am really not looking forward to. If it works, I'm not looking forward to the surgery either, but at least I know I will get good pain meds after surgery. I'll just take things one step at a time though and make sure I get plenty of priesthood blessings. I know God will help me through this. I know if this is what is best for me, it will work out for the best.