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Sunday Stash: Biding My Time...
I still haven't been able to really take off on my longarm yet because of a host of scheduling distractions and kids underfoot 24/7, but all that changes in two weeks when "I'm Busy Quilting, Go Ask Your Dad" officially begins! (I'm counting down the minutes at this point, but I'll spare you ; ) In the meantime, I'm amassing support tools. Color cards, thread samples, thread nets, extra needles and bobbins, and a tension gauge have all recently made their debut in my studio.
Not just storing up tools, but tips and techniques, as well. This weekend my parents very nicely offered to watch my kids while I attended classes at Bits 'N Pieces in Pelham NH. Debby Brown, who blogs at Quilty Pleasures, was there on behalf of Handi Quilter to teach TNT: Thread, Needles, Tension and Rule Your Quilt, both of which were very helpful. The first class made me wish I owned a couching foot, and the second class was a great intro to ruler work, which I'm constantly admiring and eager to learn!
Unfortunately, after spending a small fortune on new rulers and a fabric-purchase-turned-babysitter-bribe for my quilty mom, I pulled into the driveway with a smoking car thanks to a cracked gasket of some sort that blew transmission fluid all over the engine. (On my previous return trip from Bits 'N Pieces, I got ridiculously turned around by my GPS and just about doubled the 2 hour drive home, so I think that stretch of highway is forevermore "not my favorite.") This means there is no couching foot in my near future, and apparently also no quilting, as I fear I'll be spending the better part of my 2014 quilt stash cash, not to mention the better part of my day tomorrow, with the local auto mechanic.
What's your best/funniest/wildest travelling to a quilt class/show story? Have you attended any classes recently? What did you learn?
I planned to link up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash today, but that darn Molli slacked off with the linky in order to get some extra beauty rest before his big TV appearance tomorrow! So excited for him and all his recent quilty successes, though! : )
Ughhhh . . . . I HATE dealing with car stuff!! Last year, I used my monthly fabric allowance towards a new air conditioner . . . 13 months later I've missed out on some great collections and we're moving - LOL!!! I've had the good fortune of never breaking down on the way to a quilt shop, but we're getting ready to start a 37 store hop so I'm sure some type of mishap will occur!! Sending happy vibes your way!
Oh my! Rough weekend. Hopefully this week will be better. I met up with my guild this weekend and have an issue with my emergency brake. Anyhow I can understand not wanting to get involved with your long arm until you have a good amount of time to understand it. I felt the same way with my embroidery machine. I took this week off from work and have a solid week to test the waters with it :) Hopefully your countdown won't seem long!
I'm glad someone gets it - my mom keeps asking why I haven't finished any of the practice tops she sent me and doesn't seem to understand that longarming for ten minutes at a time is not the way to get a queen sized quilt finished :P I'm sure she'll be happier with the results when I've had a week to focus and get into a rhythm before I start. I hope you really enjoy your week off, Julia, and that you get a lot accomplished with your new machine!
I was in a free motion quilting class and at the very end (last 15 minutes or so of class) one of the other ladies in the class sewed into her thumb and got stuck in the machine. I felt so bad for her and was just frozen in spot until the paramedics came. Apparently I'm not much help in a crisis. :/
Ouch!! But don't feel bad, Yvonne - I'm no use to injured adults either. If it's one of my kids, I go into autopilot mode and can usually get them triaged before the panic attack hits, but lord help my husband if he ever needed first aid and I was the only one around - I'd probably faint before I could dial 911!
I absolutely LOVE that quilt shop is only about 30 minutes from my hours ... so dangerous! Good luck with your car issues and hopefully its not a huge problem so you can spend some money on new quilty things :)
Hi! I just found your blog through Plum And Junes new blogger hop. A couple of years ago I was driving to my local quilt shop which is a drive along country roads about 25km away. It was harvest time which means lots of grain trucks on the road. One went past really fast and really close to the line down the middle of the road. It actually sucked the front bumper and grill off my car, sucked it underneath my chassis and it bounced down the road behind me. Luckily my car didn't lose control! It was a big fright though.
Ok, you win, Sarah - that is insane! I can't imagine how scary it must've been, but thank goodness you were ok in the end. And thanks for joining me from the hop : )
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