Thursday, January 25, 2007

On The Mend!

Thanks everyone for the well wishes, both for my birthday, and for getting over this crud that has slowed me down!

The good thing about being a massage therapist is that you can't work on people when you are sick. This means, you have no choice but to get better, and fast! The throat is feeling better, less gunky, the sinuses are draining. I feel nearly whole :c)

I've been quilting slowly, but it has been hard to focus on machine quilting with the big machine when the sinuses are full of pressure and....I think this cold came with a "do not operate heavy machinery while under the influence of...." So now that I am feeling better, I am raring to go on some quilts that I have slipped behind on. Thank heavens for understanding customers who understand why you don't want to quilt when you don't feel well. The machine is a machine, but I am not!

I have finished two bindings. I told you about the epiphany stars....this afternoon was clear enough and dry enough for me to get a pic outside. It turned out FAB! I love it. I love that the stars were made with so many well wishes. This quilt has a special place in my heart,it's what has gotten me out of the funk that I was in before Christmas!

I've also finished the binding and the sleeve on the amish strings. It went straight to the washer and is now in the dryer...I had to remove chalk markings. I am crossing fingers it washes up and dries nice and IN SHAPE, or it will find me wetting it and blocking it on the floor overnight. I'll post a pic of that one when I get a chance. It's dark now.

On the massage front...good things happening! I went to my chiropractor yesterday afternoon, and he asked me while he was adjusting me if I would like to work in his office 1 and 1/2 days a week! Wednesday all day, and friday half day. This will work fine with what I'm doing, and maybe work well enough that I can give up the other place. The other place I just work whatever clients call and I schedule...I never really know how busy or slow I'm going to be. This way it would be set days a week...and though he takes a big cut out of what I would make, I'm not having to pay $500 a month rent at the beginning of the month, then scrambling to make so many massages happen before I can break even for the month and then start making a profit (and hope there is one). This would also give me set days to be home machine quilting for clients.

I'm going to give it a try for both places for the month of Feb...at the end of the month I'll make a decision if I'm going to stick with the clinic or not. I hate to leave them high and dry, but I've given it a year and it isn't as busy as I'd like it to be for the rent I'm paying.

I also have massage clients come to the house...I've got one coming this evening for 1 1/2 hours...and I don't have to leave home to work on her! So that is nice too, plus I have been doing house calls off and on.

That's all for here!


  1. The stars look great. I especially like the border, it ties everything together nicely.

  2. The Epiphany Stars are dazzling, and the quilting is exquisite! It's fabulous; completely. I am looking forward to an entire weekend of string quilt piecing while on a retreat with my small group, thank YOU for the inspiration! Congrats on the job offer... here's hoping that your birthday was a happy one!

  3. Anonymous9:46 PM EST

    The new work arrangements sound like they will be much better - hope everything turns out the way you want it to. The Epiphany quilt is stunning - the quilting pattern is just perfect :-)

  4. I love your stars quilt, you've made it up so beautifully, and I love the border, just lovely.
    My fingers are crossed for you for this new work arrangement. It sounds so much better for you, and it will mean you can spend more time quilting!

  5. Bright stars and a very interesting border.

  6. so glad you're feeling better!! And the quilt looks great!!!

  7. I like how that star quilt turned out too. I am still a bit tickled how most of them have dark backgrounds. Makes mine twinkle :o) or maybe that is just a bit of sewers pride...

    Glad you are feeling better - hope the massage thing works out one way or the other.

  8. epiphany stars are wonderful! You should enjoy it for years to come and I'm sure the well wishes hte stars were made with will surrond you and comfort you almost as much as the quilt itself :-)

  9. My word - I am looking again at your strings and lilies. Previously, I could only see the string blocks as one unit. Today, I see the lily block, with string corners. Again, I can't wait to see it finished.

    Congrats on the new possibilities working with the chiropractor, with regular hours. Sounds like a better arrangement.

  10. How to make something nice out of different looking blocks, that is something you are a master at! Epiphany quilt is a really nice quilt. Congratulations!

  11. Glad to hear you're feeling better and the Epiphany quilt is lovely. It inspired my sister and me to do a blue and white sampler quilt as our next joint project (all 10" blocks) with that snaggle-toothed border.

  12. beautiful quilt - the stars are awesome and the border just sets it off.

  13. Your stars look beautiful and I"m so glad your feeling better! The work with the chiropractor sounds like a really great deal!

  14. Quilting on the stars is wonderful. Epiphany is gorgeous - you all did fabulous work. Fingers crossed you love working at the chiro's office - sounds like it could really work for you. Glad you're feeling better!!!


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