Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Stash report

It has not been a very productive week quilting. My longarm machine has been down for over a week because of the tension screw rattling out. We have the part now but haven't had the time to get it up and running.

I have been trying to put Tennesee waltz together. My snowballs were not the right size so the layout was not working. I tried three other layouts. After much ripping out of stitches I came up with a classic layout. I think I have one charm pack left that will make another row. I will need more red for the star points and the quilt shop had another fat quarter of that. THEN after joining my rows, I realized the bobbin thread didn't get placed in the case right and the seams are not perfect. Grrrr, me and bobbins this month! I am not going to rip it out but I need to reinforce a few seams.

This is just what drives me nuts. My plan didn't work so I had to alter the plan. It took me over a week to get to where I found alternates. My triangle tips are a little clipped and the snowball alignment was 1/4 to 1/2 inch off. I wanted so much for this to be a perfect quilt for the show in October. I have discovered that when I am under pressure to make something special everything goes wrong. I try too hard and lose my way I guess. I think for future reference to myself, I need to just make a quilt and if it is good for a show then ok. Don't set out to create on with that destination. I did the same thing with a long arm quilt too. Relax, this is fun remember?

Yesterday was all fun. I didn't do one thing for cleaning the house. I had 2 grad parties and one Wedding party to attend. It was fun. Today will be send DS off to camp and the DH and I are going shopping at the Outlet Mall a couple of hours away. I have a lonely week ahead, I will have plenty of time to clean then. The taste of being an empty nester when he is gone is kinda weird and scary. I am too young for that!!!

So I started another quilt to ease my pain. :) I will show that tomorrow on design wall.


Quilter Kathy said...

I know exactly what you mean about the scarey empty nest!I think your quilt is turning out fabulous!

Judy said...

Empty nest is a little scary but after a couple hours, it kind of grows on you. :-) Seriously, it's been 7 years now for us and I still have days when I'm very lonely for my kiddos...
And sometimes quilting hands us cut off points but in the grand scheme of things, they aren't that important. I love the way it's working out.

Amy said...

Judy is right. There is an adjustment period but then you start to enjoy it. It's such a joy when we go to visit and an excitement when the kids come home. But it is also nice to have the time for just my husband and I in between. A friend of mine said it is definitely a rekindling of the romance and I would agree with that.

Sorry for all of the struggles with your quilt. You are right - it is supposed to fun.

Micki said...

You will get used to the empty nest , and may land up liking it. Your quilt is awesome!