Sadly, I had no choice but to be on a quilting hiatus last week. On Monday I threw out my back and spent the rest of the week trying to manage the pain (which was intense and unbearable for a few days) while taking care of the girls with the help of my wonderful neighbors and then thankfully my mom flew in Wednesday to help rescue me. I was at the chiropractor’s office four times and had an MRI to rule out a herniated disc (thankfully it’s not herniated; instead it’s just degenerative disc disease which sounds worse than it is). I am feeling almost back to normal now which is why I was able to sew yesterday. It is surprising to me how I miss sewing when I don’t do it for several days, especially since I am still so new to this hobby.
To get my quilting fix during my downtime, I spent a little time perusing flickr and quilting blogs looking for inspiration. I then had a great idea to see if our local library has any quilting books. The neat thing I figured out is that I can request a book online and then a librarian will gather up my requests and put them on the hold shelf for me. How cool is that?? It’s like a personal shopper at the library but there’s no buying involved.
I had requested six books be put on-hold. I went to the library yesterday to pick up my holds and came out with 18 books. I decided to check out the quilting section to see if there were any others I missed. I guess I found some.
I’ve been going through the books, flagging quilts/techniques/color combos/designs that I like. Some of the books have so many flags, that I might just need to get the books to add to my own personal library! The books that fall into the category of full-of-inspiration are:
Liberated Quiltmaking / Gwen Marston (Surprisingly, this book was published in 1997. The techniques and quilts in this book seem so much more current than that)
Collaborative Quilting / Freddy Moran & Gwen Marston (the quilts in this book are brighter than I would normally be drawn to, but still a lot of inspiration inside)
I’m looking forward to putting some of this inspiration into some new quilts.