Well, so that last post was a little on the negative side. Not quite existential angst, but certainly not my most optimistic and sunny post. Who new that being “over” quilting was a sign another migraine was on the way. In deference to any followers, and in just in case another such post gets written again, I thought a quick explanation was in order. I have chronic migraines, i.e. more than 15 a month. More like about five days a week, without a preventer. Finding a preventer that works is a long process, involving trials, side effects and withdrawal when drugs don’t prove helpful. Take Topomax, or the “evil” drug, as most users call it. It is brilliant at getting rid of migraines and chronic pain, the main side effect is that as an anti-convulsant it takes about 20 IQ points off, though on the plus side it also makes you lose weight (hooray!). Turns out it also made me allergic to sunlight. While I could handle the zombie like effects on my brain, turning into a sunlight-avoiding vampire was one side effect too many. Since the sun doesn’t shine too much here on the west coast of New Zealand over winter, this took a while to manifest. Sandomigran has reduced my migraines to paltry affairs, a couple of times a week. Lots of disorientation, but not too much pain. I don’t drive at night any longer, since I have proven that I don’t see things like approaching cars, or pedestrians, which is a necessary and safe part of driving according to my passengers. In addition, my migraine aura, the bit that warns you a migraine is coming, has changed….and hence the earlier post. So, here’s a more upbeat version of my quilty progress of late.
The Gypsy Wife hand quilting is coming along. I have been concentrating on stitching around the individual blocks, since the ribbons running through are largely done. I took it along to my quilt group the other night, since they hadn’t seen it since it was a pile of blocks. There was a bit of oohing and arghing, and a general consensus that none of them would ever attempt it. They are all appliqué experts, and tend to avoid piecing. I have finished cleaning and ironing all my free fabric, whoopee! And then Lois arrived with more. Quilters are very generous, but I shall have to step up production in order to keep up with incoming fabric. I have several quilts buzzing around my head at the moment, just waiting to get out.
The Postage Stamp is basted, quilted, and I have found a method for the using backing as binding technique. Today is the big day to get this one off my WIP list.
That will leave the Pansy Monstrosity, and the Crazy Log Cabin quilts. I am still in denial over the Pansy Monstrosity, but since feedback over the Log Cabin was overwhelmingly positive, this one will get finished, rather than given away.