I am the Karate Kid!

Well, as you know I got the new handles and have been practicing. Did you see Karate Kid?
Mr. Miyagi said "Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important."
That's is what I am doing! I spin the circle(wax on), then spin out(wax off), making sure that I have my hands correctly placed and I try to be "even". I have been doing practice on passage quilts, and trying to remember to breathe. wax on.
Today I realized my hands were very sore from holding the handles in a "death grip". Deep breath and relax - wax off.
IMG_0650 by you.
The great thing about the handles is that I have the control knobs right done by the quilt top.
wax on - that gives me the ability to be more precise- wax off - I am hoping to learn to McTavish - wax on- now that my hands are closer to the needle-wax off .
IMG_0656 by you.
My upper arms hurt, hands hurt, but these hours have been good learning, I feel much more balanced.wax on- wax off - remember to breathe.

We are no longer alone. When we first moved in, we had no neighbors- no one across the street- just one family behind us. They got divorced and moved out. We were alone. In the past few weeks 3 new families have moved in around us and behind us we got "intel interns". I have always been jealous of the ladies a street over- they all moved in around the same time, they all know each other, they are all blonde, they look so darn cozy.. .. hummph. Part of me is so excited to have neighbors... I hope they like me.
Quilters Rock!


Jackie Russell said...

Your "wax on, wax off" looks really smooth. And I thought they were called swirls.

jacquie said...

how long have you been doing this? it looks amazing. mr. miyagi was right...great way to think about getting in the quilting zone!

Unknown said...

I love you quilting! Looks great:)

Unknown said...

Don't be so worried about whether those ladies like you or not, Rachel. (:

Cami said...

it looks like the wax on wax off is working out great! Love the quilting pattern on this one.

Debi said...

I love your quilting. I have yet to try spirals, but I keep on practicing.