Happy New Year to all! I am new to this site but thought I might add some things I have learned as a disabeled quilter. I have learned the following;
Plan a time to quilt each day ;
Time how long you are able to work on a project-don’t push it - even if it is only a 1/2 hour a day every day that ends up being over 3 hrs. a week;
I have found it better to decrease the length of time I quilt each day then to quilt too long one day and spend the next three days unable to quilt at all due to pain.
Use alternating ice packs, heating pad ( NO MORE than 20 mins. each) on affected arm or wrist areas after quilting;
Quilt before taking pain medicine;
Osilo (sp?) has an iron that you do not have to lift up and down; it lifts automatically after your hand is off the handle (Expensive but will save your hand and wrist from over extension ; I will have to save up money to purchase one but believe it will be worth it)
Get a good chair to quilt in; good back support;use a round pillow behind your lower back.
Make sure you adjust height of ironing board to a good height for your arm angle;
I am just completing a quilt from a log cabin pattern from a “Quilt in a Day” by Eleanor Burns; that has taken me seven years; I don’t think it matters that many quilters could have done this quilt in a weekend or even to completed it in a day. When it comes down to it , what difference does it make that it has taken me years to finish? We both still have a completed quilt to enjoy!
Express yourself in your quilts, don’t be afraid to change the pattern as you go along or adjust the pattern to your ability; but also don’t be afraid to try something new to challenge yourself- it’s great to surprise yourself. You will never know if you don’t try.
If you have a few quilts under construction at once in different stages you can do what you feel you can do for that day, cutting, piecing or quilting, designing, etc.
If you find you are unable to do something without a great deal of difficulty, keep trying different ways to accomplish the task; DON’T GIVE UP
When not quilting; read over instructions or read a quilt book (by Alex Anderson- all of hers are fabulous & still for sale!!); reviewing even the basics may solve a problem you are having!!
Be proud of your accomplishments! Post your quilts on this site; don’t be shy!
Remember to enjoy the process & focus on what you are able to do rather then what you are not able to do ! I know I may never be able to make a blue ribbon quilt but the people I give my quilts to don’t care in the slightest! I love quilting and wouldn’t give it up for anything!
I hope this may be of some/any assistance or encouragement to someone out there!