Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Best Laid Plans

As you saw in my last post, I was all set to get that lap quilt done over the weekend. I got up early Saturday morning and was rearing to go. But my machine had other plans. I'd start, the thread would break, I tried several times, rethreaded no luck. I thought I would change the needle. but I was out of needles. So I went to the shop to get more needles. While I was there, I discussed my problem with tension as well. The shop owner suggested a couple of things and I returned home ready to go again ANNNND, found out I had the wrong needles. I trusted that the shop owner who sold me the machine would give me the right ones, nope, he gave me the ones for a different model. Sewwww, I' decided since I had to go 20 minutes back to exchange the needles I wouldl take the machine in for a checkup. She hasn't had one in over a year and my free service agreement runs out in May so now is a good time.

But I did not ditch the quilting completely. I pulled another pig from the poke and worked on 200 Flying Geese units. Yes 200! They are part of the pieced sashing for my Underground RR quilt. Now I know why it ended up in the UFO container!! But the units are done and I am ready to join them together. I have also been knitting. Finished a hat for my DH that finally meets his approval and I am now knitting together bits of yarn that are left over in strips to be put together eventually into an afghan while I wait for my new circular needles for a shawl kit I bought and for my instruction book on socks. Yes, I am going to take the plunge and try socks.

My machines will be picked up tomorrow and hopefully that lap quilt will get finished! I have also ordered a new machine, a 16" mid arm which will arrive in about 8 weeks. It fits on my existing fram and I'm excited to have more space to quilt!

Our 27th anniversary is Saturday. Doesn't feel like we've been together that long. I guess that's a good sign. LOL!! We will spend this one quietly. Dinner and a movie.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. I promise pics of my URR progress after the weekend.!


Vicki W said...

Our anniversary is Saturday too! "Only" 22 years for us. Happy Anniversary!

Kay said...

A new mid=arm sounds great. And happy anniversary!

BetsyE said...

Congrats on 27 years! That's an accomplishment! We're only at 17, but looking forward to 27!

Libby said...

Happy Anniversary - hope you have tons of fun celebrating.

Can't wait to hear all about your new machine!

julieQ said...

Oh, I so want a quilter!! I am glad for you and hope it is wonderful.

Debra said...

What kind of machine did you buy?