Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Use it or lose it

 Adage:   Simple words of wisdom often passed down from mothers to children.  I have a treasure trove of them from my Mom.  Today's is  Use it or lose it....in  a couple of  ways. 
   Muscle memory----I keep hearing that over and over, from free motion quilting to the therapist.  So let's get that out of the way first.  Day 67:   PT put the hurt on yesterday.....lots of stretching and the good news the rotor cuff is not frozen but the muscles have shortened.  Tears flowed but I got the arm up and managed to touch my head!  That sounds strange, but  to me it was a miracle.  Now to revive the memory in  the upper muscles. My brain says move to them and nothing happens;  they need to "learn" or relearn the action I want.  That is muscle memory.
  Second form of muscle  memory is free motion quilting.  This is the year of the Free Motion Quilting Challenge.  I got through April before the injury and I completely missed May.  And now it is the end of June.  I worked so hard to learn muscle memory and improve in this area, I just have to try again.  This month is taught by Cindy Needham  and repetitive designs are the focus.  She also has a great discussion on disequilibrium---teaching the brain a new trick causes an unbalance.  That's me right now!   Even if you are not participating in the challenge, it would be worth the time to check out the lessons.
    I spent a couple of days working on the tutorial for this month.....the results are not great.  I have not used it and have taken a couple of steps back.   I am not in full control doing repetitive lines.....need work there.  
But I will be brave and show what I ended up with. What I do know is  that I need more practice, and I do not like doing the pebbles or the geometric designs.  I love seeing them on quilts....I just don't like stitching them.   So another practice sandwich will be prepped and I will do this one again.  Use it or lose it.   

12 comments:

  1. I think you did very well. I think we mostly like to see designs that flow - geometrics break things up. Personally, I like to go with the flow.

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  2. The quilting looks wonderful to me! I'm glad you're able to get back to doing stuff you enjoy... just sorry to hear that PT is so painful for you!

    (((((Debbie)))))

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  3. Straight lines are my quilting contribution, and I'm really not good at them either. I'm not doing the free motion, I have an older machine, and that's my excuse. If I could quilt like you do now, I would consider myself an expert. I think your "attempts" are gorgeous.
    Hugs!

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  4. Your work is beautiful.I wish I I had your talent.

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  5. It may not be up to par in your eyes, but it looks great to me. I still haven't completed this challenge. I need to hop to it, but it will take even more courage to post mine! : )

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  6. Your quilting flows so beautifully, if you hadn't mentioned it I doubt anyone would realize you hadn't been practicing every single day! So good to know that the injury is on the mend. I'm also relearning FMQ technique, having switched mid-June from my trusty old 1942 vintage Singer to a new Janome - totally different world, but it's all good. Best wishes with your PT and a quick recovery!

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  7. Such mental strength and determination - I just know you will master it!

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  8. I'm glad your recovery is progressing. Your practice looks good to me. Wish I could do that well and I don't have an excuse.

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  9. I think it's beautiful, you did a really good job.
    Sorry to hear about the pain, but at least you had some good news, you've come a long way. Any idea on how long it takes to rebuild muscle memory, is it like the FMQ, touch your head 10 times and it's yours?

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  10. Debbie, Your June free motion quilting looks wonderful and to think you did it being a bit handicapped. I love your eye for spacing each row/design of stitching. There is enough white space that makes your design pop!

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  11. Your June FMQing looks beautiful! I hope you get all of the use back of your muscles, that has to be frustrating.

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