I’ve been having a lot of fun sewing up a new pattern and rediscovering the joys of foundation paper piecing. Perfect points? Check! Perfect 1/4″ seam? Check! Pretty fabrics? Check! Simple Design? Check! It’s been great. I’ve been watching old reruns of a 70’s show “Emergency” which I obsessed over as a kid and which I’m having a lot of fun watching now. Thank heavens for Netflix. I sew right at my computer desk which is more convenient than my official sewing room (the 4th garage). I don’t like to sew in the sewing room because, being the garage, there’s only one outlet (?!) and the temperature runs from suffocatingly hot to downright freezing. It’s lovely weather now, so I really don’t have an excuse not to be out there except I guess I’m spoiled and want climate control and ample plugs. The supply closet (which is a re appropriated dresser) is the perfect height for a pressing station about a dozen steps away from my desk. It’s perfect.
I hope you are all enjoying spring weather. I know I am.
This week, I was reunited with an old friend. About 2 years ago, after a decade of faithful service, my Janome QC6260 started acting funny. I couldn’t sew a straight seam more than an inch or two when the bobbin case would slip and I’d get a tangled mess on the backside of whatever I was sewing. I took it in to have it serviced and it came back doing the same exact thing, but cleaner. Because I’m a coward at heart, I didn’t challenge the $75 cost for the “servicing” and set the machine aside convinced that whatever was wrong with it was terminal. Anxious to keep sewing, though, I grabbed a decent machine at half the cost of my Janome and started sewing. It’s a nice little machine with many features, but it hiccups whenever there are seams with more than two pieces of fabric. And it’s not crazy about paper piecing, either. So flying geese by any method were pretty much out of the question.
I was sewing along the other night, fighting with the machine over some piecing when I thought to google a reputable sewing machine place out here. I bought the machine from a really good dealer, but they are about 60 miles away and I wanted to find someone closer, if I could. Once located, I dropped off the machine at a little Mom & Pop store with great reviews. It was crammed with sewing machines and vacuums in various states of repair. I thought it might be a good sign that they were so busy. I had hoped to be able to sew a few inches in the store, so he could see for himself what the bobbin case was doing, but he was one the phone and motioned for me to just set it down. I was able to say “Bobbin trouble” and that was it. He gave me a claim ticket and I left.
Fast forward about 2 weeks, and I went to pick up my machine. He had replaced the bobbin case (Hooray) and tied the old one on to the handle for a souvenir. I took it for a test drive and low and behold, it’s as good as new. I’m so happy to have it back and have it working well again. Best money I’ve ever spent! It’s a good machine and sews like a dream. I put it to the ultimate test and sewed some flying geese and it went over the seems so smoothly, didn’t jig and jag and get all funky with it. Hooray! So now I’m wondering if it’s best to keep or sell my other machine. It would be nice to have a backup, but I don’t really want to store it in the meantime. I guess I’ll just wait and see.
In other news, Lancaster County 7 is ready to download. We’re halfway done already. Time sure does fly.
Lancaster County 6 is ready to download.
I have a bad case of the “should have’s.” I should have handled that better. I should have just been myself. I should have listened to my gut. It’s hard to get over a case of the should have’s because the only way to get rid of it is to acknowledge that you made a mistake and promise you’ll do better if given another chance. Up until yesterday, I wanted to find a hole to crawl into and wish it all away. But as I came to terms with it and realized just where I went wrong and how I could do it much better if the same situation ever appears at my doorfront again (and how I hope it does appear) the embarrassment slowly dissipated. And the lesson learned could finally reveal itself. I’ve learned how important it is to stay true to who you are. The whole mess came from me trying to be someone else – someone I thought I should be more like – while if I had just stayed authentic to myself, I would have been embarking on a new journey right now. But I missed the boat – or the plane, train, or automobile. There’s nothing wrong with trying to improve yourself – to be a little better version of yourself day to day. But stifling the genuine you is a no-no. I’m getting to the point where I can be thankful for the lost opportunity because it’s opened my eyes, so I feel good about that. I’ve kept a daily gratitude journal since December of last year, and writing in it really helps to put things in perspective. As I go back through the pages, I see the things in life that really matter, the birth of my first grandchild, and the daily reminders that God loves me and knows who I am. If I can just remember who I am, it will be all right.
Lancaster Co., block 4 is ready to download.
The center block can be purchased here.
I’m busy putting together a new quilt called Stars & Garters and am having so much fun. The fabrics are yummy Civil war repros and I bought a lovely toile for the backing. Can’t wait until it’s all done!