With the exhibit behind me, I am back to completing a gift bed quilt (which I have been documenting...to be posted at a later date). I am not used to working in such a large size anymore, and the challenge comes now that I am in the quilting phase since I do use a long arm machine. I did consider taking it to a long arm quilter, but decided to do the work myself this time. Mainly the challenge is how not to stress my body and reactivate upper back issues. It has been a process of mindfulness. And how interesting to observe....staying present, watching and correcting tense body positions, taking breaks, remembering to breathe, and doing a lot of yoga asana to counterbalance the sewing! I found when I got in the mindset of "needing" to finish a section, that tension was mounting and it was time to get up from the machine for a while. Know the feeling?? I am enjoying the process more, now that I am not pushing to finish. And my body appreciates the gentleness.
On another note, here are some photos for your enjoyment from a visit to the San Diego Botanical Garden on Sunday.