Oh my word. The last week threw me for a HUGE loop. In reality, I pretty much lost a week of life but my life got so much bigger.
On Saturday the 10th I was working on my Makers Market quilt. I was chasing an April 15th deadline.
I had talked to our kids and said I needed to work on the quilt today, limited interruptions would be appreciated. I NEVER do that but I wanted to make the deadline and things were really busy the whole week in a way I got nothing done. I just needed some time and happily, they all honored my request.
When I got to the machine, everything…seriously, everything was going wrong. I was so frustrated. It started with my picking the wrong thread color. AHH!! I have used this seafoam green thread on lots of quilts in the past. It has been a great color to use when there is no obvious color to use. I had stitched about a half of a bobbin’s worth of thread then I really questioned it. I thought I was overreacting so kept stitching only to find out that, AHHH!!, I hated it.
This quilt is going to be published in American Patchwork and Quilting. I wanted something I would be happy with. This, I was not happy with. So…I spent the next two hours ripping out what it took me 15 minutes to stitch. AH!!
I was so frustrated.
Then, I have been having a little trouble with thread breakage on the last quilt. It suddenly got worse and worse. I was ready to cry.
I played with the top and bottom tension. WORSE.
I was about ready to call my friend Carla who also has the same machine. I decided first to got read online and see if I could troubleshoot it myself. UGH. I hate doing this. I feel so inadequate when I try to fix something.
I read through some things and did everything I could sanding edges looking for burrs. No luck. I started playing with the tension and slowly it got a little better. STILL VERY FRUSTRATING!!
I kept at it and had about half of the quilt finished. I called it quits thinking I’d finish it the next day.
I was…up early. I started working on the quilt right away.
I was this far and quit…
I had been to a vintage junk sale on Saturday morning (I’ll tell you about that in an upcoming post) and they had pressure gauges on it. My brother Jim collects them for making his lamps.
Remember his motorcycle lamp? The gold circular part at the front is a pressure gauge.
I thought to go back to the sale and take pictures. I would send them to my brother and then he could let me know if I wanted any.
These are the gauges he needs to find to make his lamps.
Anyway…I was at the sale and had just checked out when Kelli called me to tell me her water broke.
Any thought about anything else left me right then. I didn’t care about the quilt or the sale or anything else.
I did message Jody at American Patchwork and Quilting. I told her we would not make the deadline of April 15th. She said not to worry about the quilt. This is what I mean when I say American Patchwork and Quilting is so wonderful to work with.
So a week later it was Saturday again. I hadn’t touched a sewing machine. I haven’t cross-stitched. I’ve done nothing except jump deep into the mom/grandma mode.
Does the picture look familiar?
I’m in the exact same spot.
Happily I got a little time and finished it. I woke on Saturday morning. There was one in the house except me and Rosie. I told her we had to make finishing this and getting in Monday’s mail priority #1 and that’s what we did.
I am so happy to not have a single deadline project loaming. I can sew what I want…well not exactly. I have two little boys who need a “Grandma Jo” quilt. It’s amazing how quickly a priority list can change!!
For now, I’m cutting back on submissions to quilt magazines or patterns. I need a break and Kelli is going to need me some at least for a month or two.
I have a TON of things I need to do around here too. Some of my stuff has gotten behind with so many quilts for publication. I’ve done one a month for the year so far. Oh my.
I’d love to show you the finished Makers Market quilt…well how about a little peek?
I think you all are going to love it! I actually want to make another in 30’s prints. I have a list of other stuff I need to get back to first…including those UFOs of mine. I sure fell off that bandwagon. I also want to make a quilt from this book, Scrap School. I really do want to sew a quilt and have you all sew along with me. I’m leaning towards making the quilt from Country Threads first. I did review the book if you missed that. You can find that HERE.
You can also check out the book HERE on Amazon. Grab a copy. I think I’ll start sewing a quilt from the book in June. As I said you all are welcome to join me in sewing.
Oh..and I’d love to participate in Lori Holt’s Red Sampler Quilt Along. Have you seen that? I typically hate samplers and putzing making a block at a time but hey, it’s been years since I did that. Maybe I should do it. Are any of you planning on doing it? You can read about it more HERE.
What’s a girl to do? There are so many quilts to make, samplers to stitch and grandbabies to love on!!