This is gonna be my life for the next few weeks. I have 4 quilts that need quilting, and I'm totally kicking myself for waiting so long to get them done. I set up my Quilt Easy frame a few nights ago, and I now have a kink in my neck and a little bit of a back ache. Every night after the boys are in bed, I think about how I really need to start working on this quilt, but I always have super-valid excuses for why I shouldn't...my legs hurt from spending 3 hours in the park with the kids, or my legs hurt from working out in the gym, or my veins are bothering me...see the pattern, here? It usually involves my legs hurting. Anyway, last night, I decided to get the machine set up. I haven't used this particular machine for over 2 years. It's a big, industrial Brother that I bought expressly for quilting. I don't use it for everyday sewing because it feels like overkill--it's really big and really fast. But I need it for quilting because it has a long neck and a rolled up quilt can fit under it easily. So last night I spent an hour looking for the user's manual (I'm not the world's most organized person) and another hour getting reacquainted with the machine. Then I decided to just go with it...ON A REAL QUILT!!! Dumb, dumb, dumb. The thought did cross my mind that I should load some practice fabric and batting on the rollers, but I had already spent 1.5 hours or so a couple of nights before loading on a real quilt (what was I thinking?) So I took the gamble, and look what happened: Tension problems, thread breakage, skipped stitches. Looks like I have lots of stitch picking to do. Hope the recipient doesn't look too closely! :(
After playing around with the tension and rethreading, finally this:
Oh, and look what I bought to make my job easier, because nothing is worse than having to stop a project midway through to wind bobbins, right?
I thought it was a great idea, too, but turns out that size-wise they're a little bit too bulgy or something and keep popping out of the machine. So it looks like I'll still be winding my own bobbins.
Oh, and one more thing (since this is turning out to be quite the epistle), there is a suicidal robin that keeps smashing it's beak on my dining room window where I'm working. He starts at about 6:30 in the morning and keeps at it intermittantly all day. He's been at this for a couple weeks now, and no amount of shooing him away works. We even tried putting a picture of a crow in the window, but he doesn't care. See all the beak and blood marks on the left? It would be a lot worse, but we washed this window just a couple of days ago. Ugh! What to do?