To be honest, the real October challenge has been to get anything done amidst the spate of medical appointments, meetings, obligations, and looming deadlines, in the face of flagging energy. Finally---finally--I have been able to ratchet at least a trial with a higher dose of Synthroid, and perhaps in 3 or 4 weeks I might begin to feel a difference. I don't understand physicians who worship the lab results without reference to what a patient is reporting. Thyroid levels are not routinely monitored; no one know what 'normal' is for any one person without a baseline. All I can say is, if my hair falls out, nails are brittle, skin is dry; if I'm constantly chilly when no one else is; and if I am so tired I fall asleep any time I lie down or just sit quietly in dim light-- I'm not okay!
Oh, the free-motion quilting challenge. Oops. I did what I could. It's not great, it's not large, and it's the end of the month (given that we are going out of town until November 1st.
But here it is:
I was attempting to use different camera settings to get shots, because I used a very fine thread and worked in a small scale.
This accounts for the slight out-of-focus condition of the next photo.
The battery is also low, but I can't remember the steps to recharge (and it's not via the USB port.)
Everything is freehand. It is a mistake to attempt a diamond grid without some lines in place, I have concluded.
Teri Lucas's nautilus shell and bubble motif is definitely worth practicing and using.
I used a 70 Sharp needle and Bottom Line threads in the bobbin; the top threads were Bottom Line or Mettler metrosene.