In Bed With a Bad Cold

cold and quilt

In Bed with a Bad Cold
by Pam Rupert

Posted without permission. (Pam, if you wish, I’ll remove it, but thanks for your great rendition!)


And this was the Christmas Tree down at Urgent Care this morning (my second trip–I’m going to lick this yet!)


But I need to digress backwards and show off the three totes made in my Tote Bag class by three wonderful students.  They worked hard and all finished up.

Quilting Santa_1

I had taken some time this week to work on the quilting on my Santa quilt, and as always, How to Quilt This can really take over my mindset and stop me in my tracks.

So Fine Thread

I have had troubles free-motion quilting (FMQ) in the past, and have worked to figure it out.  I now have three different FMQ feet (the last one was the one that worked best), and am still experimenting with threads.  This one, So Fine by Superior Threads, is a dream, as is using their topstitch size 12 needles.  I purchased, and read, both of Diane Gaudynski’s books on quilting, which nudged a bit further along on this path. Both were helpful, but I don’t really see myself heading in her direction of teensy-weensy quilting decorated by gorgeous swooping feathers and lots of echo quilting.

Wide Open Spaces

This week, Judi Madsen’s book arrived, and this is more what I hope to quilt like.  I’m already behind because she has a huge quilting machine, so our techniques of moving the cloth and figuring out the quilting stitches will be different, of necessity.  But I found it really helpful in so many ways.  She also has a video up on YouTube which is also instructive.  So I quilted until the Bad Cold determined that I would not be quilting.

Quilting Santa_2

So the quilt is loosely folded up on my sewing room floor, waiting until I get better, get the Christmas tree decorated, the Christmas caramels made, the stack of research papers graded, the final given, the final graded. . .  But you know, Santa doesn’t come until the 24th of December, does he?  I doubt mine will arrive much before that either.  And somewhere in there we need to do a little bit of shopping.  Yessiree, it’s a bad time of year to be in bed with a bad cold.

15 thoughts on “In Bed With a Bad Cold

  1. Firstly, commiserations on your cold! Get better real soon! Love the tote bags- totally different, but totally cute! And how wonderful does Santa and his stars look! You are doing a beautiful job!

  2. The Santa quilt is coming along so nicely. I sure wish your cold goes away soon. Santa might even make your house the last stop on his night’s journey. As for shopping, the internet sure does make it a 24/7 opportunity. Take each day at a time.

  3. I am so sorry you aren’t feeling well. Your quilt is coming along beautifully. Love that Christmas (glove) tree. LOL What type of foot is working best for you?

  4. Gosh, I wish I could take away your cold – so sorry you’re not up to snuff! But even “not up to… Elizabeth” beats most others in terms of output! Your quilting is amazing and I know you are pleased. Like Vicki, I’m wondering what foot finally worked and how you see/determine that one thread is better than another. My eyesight has gotten so crappy I’m thinking big-stitch quilting may be my direction, but remain ever hopeful that I can improve my FMQ skills. Take care of yourself – it will all work out

  5. Elizabeth, take care of your self; Rest and heal; allow yourself to recover with out worry of deadlines and shopping. Keep it simple and it will be a lovely Christmas. Your quilting is just lovely, and will be a treasure! (I agree with Nancy about the internet shopping…make your list; go on line and buy just what you have on your list and log off!) No dragging out in the cold weather feeling crummy, it will just keep you sick all winter! 🙂 (That’s the best grandma advice I can give…along with a hot toddy every evening!)

  6. I hope you feel better! We were down with strep throat last week. It isn’t fun at all. But I love the in bed with a cold quilt. And I love your swirly quilting. I always say that I want to quilt like Judi or Jenny (sew kind of wonderful) when I grow up. 🙂

    We don’t have our tree up yet and my husband, who likes to be in charge of the stockings, never goes shopping till the day before Christmas, so you are in good company.

    Virtual hugs and chicken soup,

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