No Finish This Friday

Well, I guess not every week is going to include a finished project, right? That is unreasonable.  But I did come close! It wasn’t a terribly productive week. Monday morning I had my second round of Botox injections. I have been receiving them as a way to lessen the frequency of migraines as well as the severity of them. My first round was in July and I will receive them every ninety days.  Both times, the series of injections set me off and triggered a cycle of migraines.  So, it wasn’t unexpected that I was down for the count for much of the week.

While I was in migraine mode, I wisely stayed away from the sewing machine as I tend to make so many mistakes if I sew while dealing with headaches. My brain just doesn’t fire on all pistons and I make silly errors.  Instead, I sorted my scrap pile which hasn’t been done in months. I also watched too much TV but Netflix has the most recent season of the PBS show, Call The Midwife, and I love that series so I couldn’t help myself.

As is often the case for me, the blue scrap pile and the green were huge. I managed to stuff the greens into their tub but no way would the blues fit. I posted this on Instagram and found someone who could use blue scraps. Those are packed up and ready to be sent off to a happy quilter. It is nice to share them, better than tossing the fabric and really, how on earth will I use all of it?!

Yesterday I felt much better and was able to keep my appointment at the long arm shop. I had planned to take the jersey quilt and finish that up but I chickened out. I decided to take one more of my own quilts to gain a bit more practice time before I tackle the jersey quilt.  I was nervous about thread or needle issues with that thicker quilt.  When I got there and talked to the gal at the shop, she assured me it wouldn’t be a big deal to quilt Sam’s project so it will definitely be the next one I take to the shop.

I loaded my Sewcial Bee Sampler quilt top and was excited that I was able to load it (almost) without help. I am getting the hang of this process which feels good.  The quilt top lay nice and flat – also exciting to me – it doesn’t always happen that way. I decided to just do a simple meander so I could focus on controlling the needle’s speed and direction.

Because I didn’t place any focus on a more challenging quilting motif, this was very relaxing and I really enjoyed it. I had almost no hiccups – the thread snapped once but the shop gal was able to adjust the bobbin tension and I was back in the game in no time.  I have to say, I am loving using the shop’s machine because there is a source of support right there – It is the best of both worlds.

It took no time to get the top quilted up. Another perk of renting time at the shop is their huge cutting table in the back.  I was invited to use it to trim and square up the quilt once I had finished. This process is so difficult at home because I don’t have a surface larger than the dining room table and I have to lay both my cutting mats under the quilt and keep shifting everything around. It is not easy, for sure.  But having this huge table available to me makes the task a breeze.I loved everything about finishing up this quilt. Today I will prepare my binding strips so I can do the hand stitching this weekend.  Hopefully I will have a finished quilt to share with you soon.

 I have also decided to pull my “Ring Me” quilt out of the closet and work on it. I started this one as a part of the blog hop celebrating Amanda Jean Nyberg’s recent book, No Scrap Left Behind.  I want to make it queen size instead of lap size (as I originally planned) so I have some cutting to do to enlarge it.  Previously I have been hesitant to make larger quilts because I dreaded quilting them on my home machine. I feel like I have options now so I am going to take advantage of that and make some larger projects. I would love to put this one on the guest bed in my sewing room.

Ok – enough for now.  I have a custom Etsy order to finish up and several fabric orders to pack. The shop has been really busy this week which makes me happy. It has been so nice to have this part time job that I can work into my time schedule, depending on whether I am dealing with a migraine or not.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

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11 thoughts on “No Finish This Friday

    1. Bernie Post author

      Oh my gosh, Yvonne! That cutting table is just awesome. It is large enough to lay a king size quilt on to measure and square up. I was in heaven! Have a good weekend. 🙂

  1. Janice

    Hi Bernie, So sorry to hear you have to deal with migraines. I admire that you are taking your quilts to a long arm and doing them yourself! I don’t know if I would be that brave. Glad to hear your shop has been busy this week! Another brave endeavor! (I guess I’m just a chicken) 🙂

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Janice. We all have something we are having to deal with. That is how life goes. The long arm has been such a fun thing to learn. It makes me excited to finish the next quilt top so I can practice some more.

      Have a wonderful weekend!!

  2. Kristi

    Your quilt is so beautiful! Glad you had a nice time of the shop, sounds like a nice group of people!

    1. Bernie Post author

      I feel so fortunate to have this resource. It is the shop in Yuba City, so the drive is a bit long but not a huge deal. They are very nice to work with. Hope you have a great weekend Kristi! 🙂

  3. Mari

    Your quilt looks great at this stage! It will be nice and cuddly. Glad that you were able to take it and longarm it. A headache can really destroy all motivation, can’t it? Looking forward to the jersey quilt next. Happy weekend!

  4. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow

    My Brother-in-Law suffered from major migraines for a good part of his life / I know from him how incapacitating they can be. He’d see the colors ahead of time…then could only be in a darkened room for about 24 hours….spent a Christmas Day like that 🙁 My DIL has them to a lesser on meds / I know how hard it is to find the correct med to correct or help each individual. I hope that this is found for you or that you ‘grow out of it’ somehow. In my Brother-in-Laws case it was hereditory.

    Glad that when it passed you had a great and productive time at the shop 🙂

  5. SarahZ

    Both of your quilts/tops are wonderful! What a great idea to rent time on a long arm! It sounds like such fun! I had a blast playing on one at a quilt show this spring!


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