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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Quilting day

A whole day to focus on the longarm;  the "shelf of shame" is no longer big enough to hold all the little tops waiting to be quilting.



At Christmas we put new leaders on the machine, a bit nerve wracking but I think we did OK.



Reloaded a little 'dog quilt' which I started at the beginning of December (heck, where does time go?) and finished quilting.  Tried something I have never done before - used the channel lock and did straight lines from edge to edge, it came out very well.



After lunch I loaded the little top which was finished at the weekend and was able to quilt that before supper time.  It has turned out very pretty, apart from the exceptional rookie mistake right in the centre (which I didn't notice until later) which had me sitting down and having a major misery moment.



Once the top was off the machine I asked Management to "see what you can see" on it - he has years of experience looking at quilting!  His verdict was "leave it, this is still a lovely little quilt - and it IS for a dog".  He's right, but it doesn't stop me feeling down in the dumps.  Skills I haven’t regularly practiced over the last 10 years are, understandably, not just rusty but completely seized up.   But whilst I was sitting feeling sorry for myself I remembered just how much I used to practise on the longarm when we were in Hampshire: hours and hours and hours - not just half a day here and there but entire weeks on end.  So I should not be surprised that I am woefully out of practise now.  Since coming to Bag End I have been focussed on the garden, on being outdoors, and quilting has very much taken a back seat.  Deep breath,  move on,  these are first world problems and I am fairly good at pulling up big girl pants and getting on with it.  Weather forecast is dull for Thursday, so I might just knuckle down, bind and completely finish these two before I start on the next.



12 comments:

  1. NAUGHTY!!!! You are not allowed to call it the shelf of shame (according to Judy), but the shelf of colourful wonders waiting to be finished in your own time. They are maturing,(that's me talking). Mgt sounds like K with years of experience in looking at quilting, discussing colours, wonky points & all manner of other things. Once as coach captain on an oldies bus trip, he surprised the ladies who were trying to remember the name of a certain product, when he offered Vliesofix, to which they all sat in stunned silence with great big grins. That was what they were after.(giggle). You'll be OK with the long arm, as it's like riding a bike & slowly comes back if you can get to it on the odd occasion. I've also had a few moments with mine as I posted yesterday. Enjoy the time inside while the weather's inclement, keep warm & take care.

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    1. Oi, it's a Shelf of Shame because that's what you called it when you saw the picture in my sewing room! I would have loved to see the look on the faces of K's passengers, like Management I suspect he has picked up a huge amount by osmosis!

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  2. I don't quilt, but I knit and sew, and I hate to find an error, if it's on clothes, I will undo until the error is gone, on a dog quilt I would leave it, sorry Daisy.

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    1. If it was anything other than a dog blankie I too would have unpicked it Marlene.

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  3. It's very pretty, and if it's for Daisy then I'm sure she won't mind a slight mistake in the middle, in fact she probably won't even notice as she'll be too busy snuggling under it :)

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    1. Management keeps reminding me that no-one other than another quilter would notice and dogs don't care!

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  4. All those fabric colours look fabulous. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. For something which started out as 'use up some stash' messing about, this has turned out really well.

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  5. I know for sure Daisy won't notice or mind, she'll love it :)

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    1. As none of the quilts have fleece backs, Daisy will probably turn up her nose in disgust!

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  6. Wow! That's a real machine! Never seen one!

    You are serious about your quilting.

    But I have learned, never cry over stuff like this. Oh sure, it stops one, to see their skills have rusted, while not in constant use. But really, we can't dooooooooo everything, allllllll the time. We have to prioritize.

    No shame in the results of that.

    Hugs...
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    1. Thanks Wisp, both M. and I are pretty serious about our hobbies - you should see his workshop :)

      You are so right, I should not fret about rusty skills, priorities have had to be elsewhere for the last few years.

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