Oh the joys of sit-down quilting. It is my favorite type of quilting. It's how I learned to quilt. I was hoping to share with you today my finished Meadow Mystery quilt, but instead I'm sharing this cute little flowerish shape and a public service announcement.
Public Service Announcement: When quilting at a sit down machine setting, make sure the surface you are quilting on is CLEAR of ALL unnecessary items.
When I started quilting Monday evening, I was doing nice therapeutic stippling in the background area of the quilt. When I placed my hand on the quilt I distinctly remember thinking, "that feels really puffy?" Yet I continued stitching. I stopped to reposition the quilt a bit, put my hand on the quilt and thought, "why does it feel so thick right in that spot?" You would have thought at this point I would have looked under the quilt, right? Wrong. I stitched a bit longer, letting the puffy question bounce around in my head. Finally, I flipped it over...
Are you KIDDING ME? I keep a small quilt sandwich at my HQ Sweet Sixteen so that I can check my tension every time I change my bobbin. I completely forgot it was sitting on the table and when I spread the quilt out to start quilting, it wound up under it...or rather stitched to it.
So with lot's of other distractions this week...it is still waiting for me to fix it. Think I can convince Dave the Quilt Engineer he is still in quilt training and he has to do it?
This evening was the Evening of the Arts at my daughter's high school. It's an evening of music, theater and art. This year my daughter is taking a stain glass class, a class I also had in high school. I'm so stinking proud of her.
This is a candle holder that she made and had on display tonight (I think I can see a quilt top). She also had another surprise in store for me. About six years ago when we were moving, I discovered a 3D mirror I made in stain glass class had somehow broke.
Two of the gray pieces of glass had came off and the wire vine was mushed flat. Disappointed, I started to throw it away, when my cousin, Doug, came to its rescue, insisting on taking it home with him, saying he could fix it somehow. So years pass and I completely forgot about it.
When he found out Jen was taking stain glass he ask her if she would like to fix it as a surprise for me. So behind the scenes whenever time permitted, Jen and her teacher worked to restore my little mirror and it was on display this evening, along with this little sign...
Twenty years...seriously?? It seems like yesterday.
Fixing it came with its own little challenges, and well, they ended up having to substitute a blue piece of glass for one of the gray ones, but I love it! Now it is something that she and I share. She told me she hopes it doesn't break again, but I told her it's okay if it does, one of her future kids can fix it again :)
Today I'm linking up with Finished or Not Friday and Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!