Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday & Sewing

What can I tackle today?? Sweet Hubby is on vacation, though he is tackling his own list of projects. I could tackle some housework, but I do that anyway. No, tackles should be those things you "put off". Since it is vacation, I don't really want to tackle a house project. The front closet can wait. Today I will tackle a quilt! I have been "putting off" this particular quilt for a couple of months. It is the quilt for Kyle's teacher and I just really dislike it. It is hard to work on something that you do not care for. I just need to look at it as "Kyle likes it". So today I will finish piecing the top and MAYBE even get it tied. I like to do the hand binding, so once it gets to that stage I will be ok.
Last night, at 11:00, I had one more seam to sew on the floral bag for my friend. Wouldn't you know it, I ran out of bobbin thread and had no more wound bobbins. I still can not figure out if I was tired or if my machine was taunting me. Every time I tried to stick the thread through the little hole in the bobbin, I realized (after 3-4 tries per bobbin) that it was not a hole at all. Why do they make it look like a hole when it really isn't one? Then after finally getting the real hole threaded, I put the bobbin on the winder. Does it spin clockwise or counter clockwise? I can never remember. Of course it spun clockwise, but I still couldn't remember that until the 4th and final bobbin! I thought I heard the machine giggle! After what should have been a few minutes, but wasn't, I finally got 4 bobbins wound and ready to go.
My machine (she really needs a name) has not been beeping at me as much lately and I really thought we were starting to get along. I even bought her this beautiful sewing machine mat from Tazzie Quilts. It is in Civil War replica fabrics, my favorite. It has a nice non-skid bottom and a comfy place for her to sit. The pockets are perfect for holding scissors and other sewing accessories. you could even stick a few hershey kisses in a pocket! She seemed pretty ungrateful last night. Well, I won't let that stop me. I will finish the top today and post a picture tomorrow. Happy stitching everyone!

13 comments:

homemakerkate said...

I think I too will takle a quilt today, that same quilt for my oldest daughter...someday it will be done....sorry the sleepy sewing gremlins got you last night. pesky critters. I love the machine mat, what a great idea, maybe that way I wouldnt keep knocking my seamripper to the floor.

Jenny said...

OK...this is my favorite tackle so far because I'm a quilter too! And yes, I've got one of "those" quilts to finish too!

Glad I found your blog...I'm gonna add you to my google reader!!

Karolee said...

Beautiful machine mat. Using that has got to make quilting so much more fun.

I need to tackle my desk today. It's gotten a bit out of hand and bills need to be paid.

Joni said...

Let's name her Agnes for all the agony she causes you from time to time! ROFL.

Debi said...

It is very hard to work on a quilt you don't like. Will you share what you don't like about it? Your machine mat is adorable.

Andrea said...

What a naughty sewing machine - lol ! I find mine always plays up when I'm in a rush or its late at night ! Why do you dislike the quilt - is it the colours or pattern ? Just being nosey !!

meggie said...

Laughed at the bobbins! Tired makes for some very strange happenings.
Love that machine mat, what a great idea. Good luck with the quilt.

Karen (Pediascribe) said...

It's tough to work on something that isn't bringing you joy! I'm doing that on a Pooh afghan for my nephew's new baby that I totally goofed up. I can still give it to them, it'll just look wrong. But now that I've realized the goof, I don't feel like working on it as much. :(
Good luck with your tackle!

Libby said...

I like Betty - Betty White *s*

Not Lucy said...

Just discovered your blog via the Four Seasons Quilt Swap.
You touched my heart with the stories of Charlotte and Zach. You are truly blessed!
I have had a number of quilts over the years that I just didn't like and they got put away for periods of time and then I would force myself to finish it and it wasn't so bad after all. Just think, when you get it done you can reward yourself with a project you have been wanting to do! :-)

Quilting Mama said...

So are you making progress? Hope you're able to get the quilt done today, I know that Kyle will be happy and you'll be happy to be finished!

Let me know!

Guðrún said...

Oh it sure is a tackle when you don´t like the quilt you are doing. Good luck, hope you finish it soon.

Rose Marie said...

When stuff like this happens to me, I take that as a sign to turn the machine off and go to bed! Loved to hear your tale. BTW, I like your quilt.