Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Let's not panic!

I think it's absolutely hilarious that I wrote about how much time I take for myself and then BAM!  I'm in trouble timewise!

I'm sitting at home on Sunday sewing away and having fun despite the fact that I almost lost an eye. More on that in a minute!

I always set an alarm to ring 24 hours in advance of ANY appointment so, in the event that I've forgotten the appointment, there is time to do a mad scramble and get prepped.  So my alarm goes off at 1:30 in the afternoon.  Hmmm - that doesn't sound like a notification - that's an ALARM.  I checked and OH DEAR - there is a guild lecture at 1:30 on Monday afternoon.  It was in the back of my head, but for some reason, I thought it was the following week.

OK - let's breathe deep. There is NO need to panic, despite the fact that I'm already working on two projects that had to be done by Monday morning.  You see, I spent the entire morning leisurely prepping a project for the retreat instead of doing what was urgent FIRST!  The Task Master and I are going to have a little talk at the retreat.  And for those expecting a Motivational Monday post - that will come tomorrow.

Now that the urgent stuff is complete - wait let me tell you how I almost lost my eye. I had to quilt a small project and since it was stitch in the ditch and the project was small, I decided to use my domestic machine and use invisible thread. My sewing machine hates invisible thread, but I had no choice.  I loaded the pre-wound invisible thread bobbin and the spool of thread on the top.  Don't forget to loosen the tension because that is critical.  I'm sewing away and BANG - the darn needle breaks.  My machine HATES invisible thread.   So I grabbed another needle.  I was doing great.  Then I had to start a new line of stitching and the darn needle broke with the first stitch.  Why??  I have no idea. But part of that needle flew up and hit me in the cheek about 1 inch below my eye!!!!   How did that happen????  That freaked me for a bit - that was close to my eye! This time, I put a TOPSTITCH needle in the machine with invisible thread, but I needed to get this project done!  No more broken needles and I didn't lose my eye and it was my good eye too!

Now let's deal with that guild lecture. I still hadn't unpacked from the last lecture a week previous. What's the topic of this lecture??? I normally write it in my book, but there was nothing in the book.  I have three lectures this month and this one just seemed to be a mystery.  I had to get into my e-mail and searched and searched - NOTHING was mentioned about the topic.  Nor where the location of the meeting was!!!   How could this be????   A quick e-mail to the program person and within an hour, I had all the information. Both she and I had forgotten some important details!!!!

I got the trunk show packed and into the car.  The meeting was scheduled to start at 1:30.  I arrive a few minutes before 1:00, only to find the parking lot packed.  NO WAY!  The meeting starts at 1:00???   YES   --- oh god - I rechecked my e-mail and it did say 1:30 PM  so I had not made a mistake.  Thank god, I decided NOT to stop at the chip wagon for a hot dog!!   A quick dash to get the important stuff out of the car. I didn't have time to grab my purse or my phone - I had to get stuff set up because I on the schedule BEFORE the break!   But let's not panic!  OH no!!!!!

Anyway - the presentation went off very well. We had a lot of fun and it's always super exciting to do my "The Life of a Quilter" as I tell my journey as a quilter.  

As the meeting drew to a close, it was getting very dark inside the building. I didn't realize it, but there was a major storm brewing outside!  I drove my car to the door and that huge heavy suitcase that I carry my quilts in???  Well, it got bounced down the stairs and into the car as if that suitcase weighed 5 pounds!   It was POURING rain and I wasn't going to get wet!  Well, I did get wet, but not much!!!!

It was a long drive back and while I wasn't tired on the drive home, I had to have a nap when I got myself sorted out!  It was a long, sort of stressful day, but it all worked out!  Next time - I'm going to make sure that I have all the information in one place before the next lecture. Which I better do today as the next lecture is next Monday!!!

Yikes - what a crazy day!!!!!

Have a super day!!!!



  1. I used to use invisible thread in both the bobbin and the top. Then, everything I read said to only use it on the top and use regular thread in the bobbin. Maybe that would work better for you.

    Barbara at Stash Overflow

    1. Barbara - got another small project to quilt - with invisible thread! I might try your suggestion although technically there isn't any problem using both on top and bobbin. Just need to get the setting right, right needles, right threading of the machine, etc. etc. My sewing machine loves thread - just not invisible. Never has yet I can use it on other machines. I think it's just temperamental. Thanks for the tip!