November 4, 2011

4 Thinking First





At seventy with arthritis and a non-functional brain, I gotten down on the garage floor yesterday to pin the blue quilt. Just because I could do this easily at fifty, and do it but uncomfortably at sixty, doesn’t mean it was a really good thing to do it at seventy when you even have trouble walking. But I did.

About one third of the way into the project, I began to berate myself. Arthritis and cold cement floors don’t really combine well. Sometimes unthinking idiocy beats all my other talents, I told myself. Inching my way around the sides, I talked to myself pretending I was talking to my old truck. The laundry going round and round offered a homey sound to keep me company. The truck said nothing.

Over two hours into it all, I was done. Before picking up the quilt, I went upstairs to take two Aleve and grab the camera.

If I ever do another quilt, I shall pin it on a board that's been placed on saw horses. Sitting comfortably. I have hopes that I’ve Now learned to think before I act, but I don’t count on it.

10 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. YOu should know better. It was quite humorous watching me with my bum ankle get into the canoe the other day. High tide was the key and getting out a few hours later onto the dock was not too bad. Standing up from sitting on the dock almost put me under though!

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  2. The women I knew who quilted worked on a quilting frame. I could not have crawled around the floor at 40, let alone at 70.
    Beautiful quilt and love the blue. Dianne

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  3. I don't think I would have attempted it -- not because being on the floor is bad (I'd bring a cushion or two), but because I'm fairly sure I couldn't get up. (But I'm a little older than you.)

    It's a beautiful quilt; this is one of the memories you have sewn into it.

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  4. It's amazing what we can and will do at times, whether it's a good for us or not. It's a lovely quilt and you have really put yourself and your heart into it.

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  5. Loved the photo of the condiments...and the blue quilt.
    Hope the next time you think of the frame rather than getting on the concrete floor.
    I have all kinds of aches and pains these days as we try to settle in our winter home in Florida....

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  6. The quilt is just beautiful. And for what it's worth, I wouldn't have fared any better on the floor. I am most impressed with your eye for design and your commitment!

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  7. 1. The quilt is absolutely beautiful!!

    2. You amaze me with your talent and the fact you actually have a garage floor that clean that you can put a quilt on it.

    3. I would have been able to get down, but NEVER would have been able to get up without a winch!

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  8. Agree with all the others on how beautiful the quilt is. What a labour of love.

    Pining on board and placing on seesaw... hmmm, sounds like a good solution. Adapting art... the art of adapting, we all got to learn it.

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  9. Wow! I am so impressed! Painful as it was, it sure was worth it. This is a work of art!

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  10. gorgeous quilt! congratulations!! --you didn't give the saw horses away, right? :D

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