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Date: 12/1/12 7:58 AM

Finally got the back for my friend's quilt finished (the gold and green on I showed you) and layered it together and safety pinned it last night. Boy am I hurting this morning. I have it evenly draped over my white folding Joann's table as this is literally the only place I have to lay it out. Between the smoothing and the pinning I pulled both my mid back muscles you know the ones if you pulled it feels like you are having a heart attack when you breathe. Neck isn't feeling too great either. Did one square of embroidery stippling so far so good. I figure the quilting will take another then next weekend can finish up the binding and done. I would get so much done if I could sew in the early morning but then would wake everyone up.

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Date: 12/1/12 9:25 AM

Ouch! I have had a nagging pain in my left arm for months now, I hear you on the sore back!

The most frustrating thing for me also is not having TIME to sew. I have my 2 year old grandson all day, it is not possible to sew and watch him. When he takes his nap, my sewing room is right across the hall. If he even THINKS I am in there, he won't go to sleep. Or of he is in that kinda half awake half asleep state, if he hears my machine, he is UP.

By the time my daughter comes home in the evening, I am TIRED and not always mentally acute enough to sew. And they live here, so I still only have until his bedtime anyways.

Now she's working on the weekends too, and still going to school, so my sewing time has dwindled down.

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Date: 12/1/12 10:48 AM

Any room in your sewing room for a playpen. My daughter when she was little loved hers. I would bring it in the dining room an she'd sit there and play while I sewed. I don't know what the thinking is on playpens these days by mine was a Godsend. Or any change of putting a second machine somewhere else in the house or just while he takes a nap like at the kitchen table or something.

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Date: 12/1/12 11:51 AM

The days I was home with my daughter at that age she was so busy that nap time for her was nap time was nap time for me as well. Gave me more energy for night time sewing. Well organized, 3 hours a week sewing can be very productive.

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Date: 12/1/12 12:32 PM

How often do you stretch when sewing? You should do it every 10 minutes and not go longer than 15 minutes if you experience pain. I know, as I have been there and still have massages to get to the Hot spots from it---on Labor Day weekend.

Gently stretch your neck by laying your head toward a shoulder and hold for 10 seconds. Gently, now. Do not hurt yourself. Then go the opposite way and hold. You are not turning your neck, just bringing your ear toward a shoulder.

Do you raise your shoulders when sewing like I do? I must make myself stop this when I feel them rise up.

Another great expercise is to bring your chin toward your chest, slowly, and then hug yourself. You will feel the stretch in the trap muscles, and in the back of your neck. Hold 20 seconds and then raise you head and switch arms. If you had right over left for the hug, do left over right and hug again. Do these gently. Easy does it. You want to loosen things up and not make them worse.

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Date: 12/1/12 2:30 PM

My grandson is 2 1/2, he is too big for a playpen anymore. He can climb really well! We definitely got full use out of it though.

I have been seriously considering another machine. I am not real comfortable taking my big machine out of the house, and the idea definitely occurred to me to have a machine to use downstairs!

I am just not willing to get a cheap machine, so I need to go visit the dealer and see what kind of used machines he has.

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Date: 12/1/12 3:37 PM

A 2.5 year old all day, every day? I would be signing up for a long retreat (a retreat before the retreat so you can catch up on your sleep).
Yeah, you need to move your sewing area far away from his bedroom. I hope your daughter is done with school soon.

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Date: 12/1/12 3:50 PM

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A 2.5 year old all day, every day? I would be signing up for a long retreat (a retreat before the retreat so you can catch up on your sleep).

Yeah, you need to move your sewing area far away from his bedroom. I hope your daughter is done with school soon.

I have a sewing ROOM, so I really can't move it, nor do I want to. I LOVE my sewing room!

I really am thinking of a second, downstairs machine though.

My daughter just started school, so we have a long time to go. That's OK though! My grandson is the LIGHT of my life, I love that kid fiercely and will miss him terribly when he goes off to Kindergarten (or when he moves out). He has lived with us since the day he was born.

This time of babyhood and toddlerhood and preschool years is SO precious and it flies by so fast, I enjoy every moment I have with him, even if I am worn out by the end of the day. He will only be small once! I can sew for the rest of my life.

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Date: 12/1/12 6:31 PM

Great attitude Cat N Bull! I'm a total sucker for grandma and grandson relationships. My Mamaw was my absolute favorite person in the whole world. I loved her and I knew she loved me. It's been one of my deep sorrows that my son didn't have that kind of relationship with either of his grandmothers.

I think I'm the person I am today primarily because of my Mamaw's influence on my life.

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Date: 12/1/12 7:54 PM

Sorry you are in pain and that it's putting a damper on your sewing... I can relate a similar tale as I am a swimmer and Masters started a couple weeks ago and I am a bit out of shape... I over-stretched after a long swim two days ago, so it hurts to cut fabric at my cutting table or do any kind of deep bending. I have access to a warm water therapy pool and will do some more gentle stretches there... I also use a heating pad and that helps my muscles relax.

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