I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
...you just have to drop everything and start a new project. And sometime you have to know when it is time to walk away for awhile. I subscribe to the Temecula Quilt Company's "Monthly Mini" program. This month was a "drop everything I've got to make this right now" kind of design. That's exactly what I did. I got it Saturday and finished the top on Sunday. It's so simple and cute I'm even going to do the hand quilting myself.
The flip side of this is the "time to walk away" situation. Not every monthly mini blows me completely away. My initial reaction to the one below was "meh." At first. But I also have Temecula's super adorable 2016 calendar which is basically 12 postcards with the month and a quilt picture on one side and the cutting and sewing directions for the quilt on the other side.
Well...January 2016 was the quilt below. Let's just say, it really grew on me and one day I decided I had to make it. It had been quite awhile since I'd sewn and I was rusty. And in too much of a hurry. I went home from work (the calendar is on my desk or I'd snap a photo to show you now), cut out the whole thing and started sewing. I got the pieced strips together in no time - easy peasy I was saying to myself. Then I proceeded to stitch every single strip together backwards. Let's just say there was a four letter word used and it wasn't "oops." No problem, just chalk it up to a learning experience and rip it all out. I couldn't find the seam ripper. So, I used my only alternative, my large Gingher dressmaker shears. Now, I can honestly say that was a stupid decision. Fortunately, I reached that conclusion fairly quickly which minimized the damage. Then, I got up and went to bed.
After I cheerfully finished my little log cabin quilt yesterday I restarted Miss January and got her put together, too.
Before I wrap up this monologue, I want to mention something about sewing machines. See those two little holes on the sewing bed of my machine? I think they are pretty common (Bernie had them) and I know they are for screwing in some accessory. But I have never actually screwed it in and am not even sure which accessory it is for. All they seem to do for me is swallow my pins.
With this new machine I've tried to be very, very careful and not drop any pins down the holes. But it happened yesterday. Now, when I take the machine in for its yearly service I'll get "the talk" from the sewing machine guy. You know what I mean...the machine is returned with the sewing test sample under the presser foot and another piece of fabric with some straight pins stuck in it. The mechanic will come out from his workshop and tell me "these were inside your machine." Sometimes they throw in a big ball of lint for good measure. It's said with the same tone the dental hygienist asks, "have you been flossing?" when they already know the answer but are just waiting for you to lie about it. It's shame I can live without. So, maybe we could make those holes optional. If anyone actually knows what gets screwed into them they can request the machine with the holes. The rest of us can use the bed for keeping their pins within handy reach.