Think about this.....

...the only thing scarier then reaching out to the unknown is settling for that with which we are comfortable.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Correlation

I think I've found a correlation between hot flashes and anxiety. When I could hear DW snapping those threads around the hook assembly (and making those damn loops) I would get very anxious and then I'd have a huge hot flash. When DW was quilting along fine, we'd be in our little happy groove and everything was fine; no hot flashes.

After fidgeting and fixing the machine yesterday, I was only able to get about 2/3 of the quilt completed for the customer who wanted it by today. If I didn't have to head to work this morning, it would be done before the days end. She wanted to put it into a quilt show next weekend but I'm just not so sure anymore.

I'm off tomorrow, but then have to work again on Monday. I love my job, but working is stupid, especially when it interferes with my quilting and quilt making. We may have to re-think this whole working thing.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Anxiety Foundated

My anxiety yesterday was [unfortunately] found to be real. It's not because this particular quilt is difficult to do, but because of how DW has been performing lately.

Even after all the hours Chris put into trying to make things right, it still isn't.

After spending 10 hours yesterday with this piece, this is all the further I have come.

First row not even completed
My parents think it's time to start applying some pressure to the HQ/Gall folks to make this right. I'm thinking, after I get this particular project completed, that my parents have been around the block a few more times then I have and maybe I better heed their advice. I hate to make waves, but enough is enough.

Needless to say, I better get to it.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Another Stitcher's Garden

This is for another Stitcher's Garden participant. She met me at a class she attended on her not usual day and loved how my Stitcher's Garden was quilted. We started to load it before I had to head off to class yesterday morning.

Another Stitcher's Garden Quilt
Today I'll be working on this and must admit, my anxiety is at an all time high. The hopes are DW performs like he should rather then his behavior of late with all the looping whoo-ha.

While Chris was working on DW Tuesday, I was able to get the batting cut for the first rag quilt I'll be making with all those flannels, and...I started sewing them all together before he left.

While I was waiting for Rebecca to arrive yesterday morning, I was able to start getting the Christmas Tree blocks together, so progress is being made in here, albeit, slow.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

6 Hours...

...and $$$$$ later, we have DW working like new again!

Chris was from a different shop then where DW was purchased. This is why the cost. Had I had Gall do the work on the machine, the cost would probably have been less because I would have taken him in rather then having a home visit. BUT, the machine would likely not have been fixed. Been there. Done that.

What did Chris do all day? Here's an abbreviated list:
Retimed
Fixed spring assembly
Updated Prostitcher (and then broke the computer running the machine, but a new one is coming from HQ)
Disassembled the whole hook assembly, cleaned it, and then reassembled
Adjusted the needle height
Adjusted tension on bobbin winder and,
He killed a fly. :-)

He did a lot of other little things and we worked together to find out DW no longer likes Madiera thread. AT ALL! No matter what we did he would loop stitches on the back. Any other thread in my menagerie he's fine with, but every Madiera thread we stuck on him he would loop. Anybody need about 9 cones of really nice Madiera thread? I have four that are unopened that I'll take back to Gall.

The good news is now he really likes So Fine! thread, which I would rather have him like. Except, it's not as readily available to me and will have to get on-line to order some up to replace the Madiera I've weeded out.

Chris said to stitch for a bit with other threads and then maybe reintroduce the Madiera back in. I may play with it a bit if I have time this morning before I head to Portland to class (it was switched to Wed. this month). But, I have a new customer coming this morning so I may run out of time before I have to take off. Otherwise, I'll play with it later this afternoon when I return home.

At any case, we have some pretty nice stitches happening here and the machine sounds great. Hurray!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Perfect Autumn Day

Crisp weather and a frost last night started our beautiful morning. Chris is coming soon from Lake O to work on DW, I have a new customer dropping a quilt off before noon, and I have the next four days off. I'm hoping to get some serious quilting done during those four days.

With the suns rays filtering in through the studio windows, I realize I need to wash those dreaded windows. What a mess. But, let me see; wash windows-or-spend time sewing/quilting. It's a tough decision.

Here are last weeks BOD's.

October 19-25
I'm thinking these little blue squares should be coming to a close soon. At least I hope they are as I'm running out of blue scraps to use.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Little Something

I got a little project done before heading off to work on Saturday. We'll save this for around the house for when the little-little ones want to hang out for a bit on the floor.

Self-Binding Blanket
Yes, this is a blanket, not a quilt. It doesn't have any batting between the two flannel layers it's made of.

Yesterday was spent with the family. Two of three sets of boys/girls and my mom too were out at the apple orchard, corn maze, restaurant most of the day. Jim and I never got back home until 6:30 last night. We. were. pooped.

I have to work later today and Chris is coming tomorrow morning to take a gander at DW. It would be wonderful to get him back to full health again!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Reveal

This is what I've been working on for the past few weeks.

Latest Project
While this was on the wall it looked like a jumbled up mess. It's still only in the planning stages, but you get the idea. 

I had to get some items off the floor of the studio. After working on the Christmas Tree above, I started cleaning up the auction purchases and dropped items on the floor.

Organizing
I spent the whole rest of yesterday cutting up all my flannels. They were occupying one whole shelf in the studio and it was time for them to be put to use. And, I purchased a bunch of them from the auction (thank you Carol R.--I think) so I wanted to incorporate them together. 

I have them subdivided into piles of 'like' colors and feel like I can get at least two rag quilts out of what I cut up yesterday. Plus, I was able to stuff three dog beds between the donated batting scraps and the flannel pieces for the effort.

I have to work this afternoon which shortens my studio time for today. But I have another little project I'll do before heading that-a-way so I better get to it. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Off the Beaten Path

A number of quilters in our area can be identified by these:




Aren't they fun? 

Katie revealed her donation for the SIREN tea last night prior to the auction beginning. She hates it. I love it! I'd almost like to learn how to like tea just to take a crack at purchasing this lovely piece.

SIREN Donation Quilt
Last years UFO auction set an all time record high (monetarily-wise). Last nights auction probably set an all time low. Only 13 participants and under $200 earned. It's kind of disheartening I think. But I have no control over others and it is what it is.

Today I'm here alone--and I was awake early this morning. Quiet. Threads. Machines. Fabric. And, it's pizza day! What could be better? 

Well, sewing with friends could make it much better, but I'll take this today since I'm still kind of behind the eight ball. Some unexpected events occurred yesterday to disrupt what I had planned, but today should be virtually interruption free. I hope. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Not Quilt Shopping

I was gone all day yesterday with mom to Ikea down in Canton. What a fun day! I didn't think I could ever spend 7 hours in one store and not have it be a quilt store. But, I did buy something for the studio! A new chair for between each of my sewing machines. No pics yet because I have to put the thing together.

Tonight is UFO auction night for our guild. The morning will be spent working through my library to see what I need to contribute to the cause.

I'll also be working on the other little things I have going on around the place. I need to just stay put here until tonight because I feel like I'm kind of coming unraveled; a bit strung out if you will.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Catching Up Again

Since last Thursday, here are the previous days in a nutshell.

Friday was sew-in and then off to work. I worked a little on my Witches at sew-in, but that's about it.

Saturday was spent in class with Lenore Crawford. What an enlightening day!

Class Participants anxiously waiting to dig in

Lenore Crawford delivering her intro
Sunday I was at work all day. Monday...here's my BOD's for the past week (I spent Sunday and Monday morning getting caught up on the five I needed to do since Thursday).

October 12-18
Then I struggled with DW completing this for MJ.

Happy Halloween!
Actually, it went fine until I got to the last square and a half. Then the tension started looping again. Jim and I played with the tension assembly (again) and without going into a lot of detail, Chris, from Friends Quilting Basket out of Lake Odessa is coming next Monday to take a look at the machine. Gall doesn't want to seem to come out here and I don't want to haul the machine into them again; it never acts up at their shop.

Jim gave me the go-ahead to get Chris out here and quite honestly, Jim's pretty disenchanted with Gall for the time being. We'll see what Chris does and how DW acts after he leaves. I gotta do something because I'm starting to hate my long arm. Which is NOT good.

Later today I'm at work. I'll spend this morning puttering around the studio working on my flower from Saturday, my BOD, my other project I started, etc. until I have to take off for the rest of the day.

Tomorrow I'll not be around either. Mom wants to head to Ikea in Canton. See you on Thursday.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

More Quilt Surgery

This is how my afternoon/evening began.

UGHHH!
I inserted the Eiffel Towers into Susan's quilt. All was well. I set in the cross hatching on the first Eiffel Tower. It looked good from behind after checking it...and then this. I had loosened up the tension JUST A BIT because I kept getting a 'broken thread' message from DW, but the thread wasn't actually broken. And we looped. We looped through the rest of the first Eiffel Tower and again all through the second.

Pick, pick, and more pick. It took until early evening to get it all undone and then we tried again (after tightening up the tension once more). Success after three tries. How frustrating.

On a more positive note, her Patriot quilt is completed and it looks marvelous!

Susan's Patriot Quilt
Here's my little helper. She often camps out here in the studio on my old show blanket basking in the sunbeams.

Lily loves the sun
Today will not be spent in the studio, but will be spent working on quilting things. Mom and I are running the roads and while we are out and about I'll pick up supplies needed for our class on Saturday. I only need a few items since I have most all other required things. And tonight is our guild meeting so I won't see the house again until much later in the evening.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

(Un)Picking and (Un)Grinning

Some of yesterday was spent doing this...
Picking out stitches
This was a mutual adventure between Susan K. and me. She wanted four Eiffel Towers inserted into the quilt and I only put in two. I'm taking out the swirls that will be in the way of the next two I put into the piece. Picking is never fun and we don't enjoy it, but necessary at times like this.

While I was working on that, DW was stitching out some of her Patriot quilt. As I was working along I found this little spot.

Not my doing!
I took a pic in case she comes back and said it was my issue. CYA I always say.

I struggled with the Patriot quilt for quite a while yesterday because after getting the main body quilted, I had to remove it from the frame, mark it, turn it, and re-insert it onto the frame to work on the opposing borders. I should be able to finish this one out today so we can get those Eiffel Towers put into the other quilt.

I have another project I worked on yesterday as well, but it's too "rough" yet to take pics of. Plus, I'm working from a very poor photograph on the build process and, of course, it's taking a lot longer then I thought it would.

Today is another off work day so I can play some more in here. I have some goals I need to try to reach and to get ready for our upcoming class with Lenore Crawford on Saturday. I've yet to print out my large flower picture and need to address that at some point soon.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

This is About It

For the past four days, this is about all I've accomplished. Putting in 26 hours of work in three days sure takes away from sewing time.

October 6-11
I still don't have a great pic of my challenge quilt. Apparently it hasn't been one of my priorities of late.

Autumn is finally coming in. It was late year this year, and since it finally decided to descend upon us it puts me even more into the quilting mood (if that's even possible). I want to just hole up here for the next three days and sew, sew, sew. Which sounds good to me.

I need to organize myself this morning to see what fun things I can submerge myself in, so tomorrow should be a great blog post to see what the crisp, fall day brings into the studio.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Challenge Reveals

Here we are, awaiting the word to go and take a closer look.

Kind of a blurry pic, but it shows most of the hung pieces

Smaller Pieces that were on the table; mine is the larger yellow one in the foreground

Love the variety of projects

Here's our winner!
Peggy was very surprised! It was a great time seeing all that everybody created with the limitations given. I was amazed at what everybody came up with and it never ceases to amaze me the amount of talent within our little quilt group.

Today I'm tackling a variety of projects. I have about a half dozen directions I want to head towards so we'll see what the day brings. Maybe I'll get a better pic of my finished challenge piece for tomorrows post as well.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Keeping Track

I hadn't planned on blogging today since I JUST got home from work and the library. But so much was accomplished yesterday I wanted to "report in", if you will.

I started my day with my BOD.

I moved along to my paint chip challenge and it is now officially completed (no pics yet).

From there I started in with DW. I had to remove, adjust, remove again, adjust again the tension assembly because I didn't have it in correctly. I think I may have it just about right. The machine hollers at me when I get to sewing too fast (non-regulated at a greater speed then about 55%), which tells me I don't have the assembly in the exact position it should be in. And, it was being naughty about the tension. I hope we have this all worked out after crawling around underneath it about a gajillion times to check his quilting progress.

I finished quilting out the charity quilt and then went ahead and finished the piece up to include the label. Here it is.

Another charity quilt
After I completed that project, I wandered downstairs to dig deeper into the bags of donated fabric/stuffing for the dog beds and found a few larger pieces to work with. I made six more shells.

I tidied up the studio and then pressed, measured, and loaded Susan K.'s second quilt onto the long arm. This is what DW is wearing now.

Susan's New England Patriots quilt
This was an interesting load. She pieced the backing and I had to get the strip on the back somewhat close to the center of the quilt top. I pinned incrementally up to the top of the quilt to make sure it was pretty close to the center. I hope I did it correctly.

I won't be long arming tonight. It's going to be all I can do to complete my BOD because 4:00 in the morning came very quickly especially when most of the night was spent tossing and turning.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Finishing Touches

Since everybody else is getting their paint chip challenges completed I thought maybe I should get mine completed as well.

It's mostly done...just those finishing touches needing to be addressed. That'll be the first item on todays agenda after getting the BOD done.

Here are last weeks BOD's.

September 28-October 4 
I was downstairs feeding and watering the rabbit this morning and while I was down there, started to take an inventory of our dog bed stuff. I have a LOT of stuffing, but not much in the way of shell materials left.

Somebody suggested I could piece larger pieces together to make enough for a top and back, but really? REALLY? No! I'm a good samaritan and all that, but no, no, no. So, I think I need to head to Hospice or Good Will to find larger pieces for the shells.

DW and I are going to spend some quality time together later today after lunch. I want to focus solely on him and run a few thread types through to see how he behaves. I'm getting low on many of my threads and need to put an order in for some more but before I do I need to see what he prefers. I'm thinking with his new springs, he shouldn't really be all that fussy.

That's about where my day is headed. Tomorrow I have an early work day (5 am-noon) and then off to the library to assist with sorting books for their upcoming book sale. I'll certainly be bushed by the time I get home so my BOD will probably be about all I accomplish in here tomorrow.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Relief

We delivered Barb's quilt after Bill came to pick up Betsy's yesterday afternoon. Relieved is an understatement. I was worried I wouldn't meet my deadlines for those two.

Work today from 12-9 so not much will be done in here. This "work" thing is already starting to get old and I'm only in my second week.

If (big if here) I get through this mornings BOD quickly, I may be able to test run DW before heading out for the day. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

One Down...

...One more to go. This took me WAY longer then it should have. Probably because I had to run to Portland to get more quilting thread to complete it.

Betsy's Paint Chip
DW did not do this piece. I still have that charity quilt on him to see whether I fixed him correctly, and honestly, did not want to struggle through any issues he may/may not have had. It would have been quicker to deal with any issues he may have had rather then trying to turn this project every which way while ditch quilting, but it's done and we're moving on.

Barbs is next. I don't thing I'll be able to get it on the long arm either. I still have the charity loaded, and hers is smaller then the total throat space on the frame. I'd have to add extensions to it and blah, blah, blah. I'll just tackle that one under Mike today too. It's square so it should not be as much trouble as Betsy's was.

And that's the way it is. Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Franken-Kitty

Frankenstein has nothing on my kitty. :-)

Franken-Kitty
We made these cute little ornaments on Thursday at our guild meeting. Thank you Mary Jean for heading this project up!

After returning home from work yesterday evening I started right in on my BOD. Of course, it was a huge 12 1/2" block and I'm still working on it.

I need to finish that up, make todays block, and then get right into the two customer quilts that are due ASAP for our paint chip challenge on Thursday. The customers will still need to bind and label their pieces before the meeting so I have to get right on this today.

The pieces initially look pretty small (I haven't even opened either one to take a look yet), so I don't know if DW will actually handle the quilting or whether I'll just get them both under Mike. The problem with Mike is that I quilt really close with him and it takes me a LLLLLOOOONNNNGGGG time to complete a piece. Perhaps I need to gear that back a smidge?