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.


  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!

  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

  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.

  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.

  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....

  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!

  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!

  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.

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

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


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