I have been machine-quilting, off and on, most of today, and I am BEAT.
When I took the basted quilt to the machine, I couldn't decide how I wanted to quilt it, so somehow, it's turned into a sampler.........(that happens to me alot, now that I think of it,...I did that on Aunt Edith's quilt, only with hand-quilting !)......anyway, I started using all the different quilting designs that I have been practicing on the quiltalong quilt, and now, I have to keep finding new things to use, or make sure that I don't quilt any block just like the one next to it.
I have quilted 40 of the 50 blocks, and have used LOTS of thread. One of the most frustrating things I've run into is a 'backspin'. I've read about that happening to your bobbin, but mine spins at the top of the machine. I've wound thread from a serger-sized spool of thread onto a bobbin, and am using that at the top of the machine. Well, every once in a while, for no apparent reason, the top thread (bobbin) just spins wildly and flips off of the thread pin !
AGHHHHHHHHH ! ! !
I had to take a break from it at one point, and it was the perfect opportunity to go look in on the quilter's monthly meeting. I was able to give a little help (hopefully) to a lady who was putting 3 sets of mitered borders on a quilt top.......she was mitering each border separately !
Anyway, I think I'll go and decompress for a little bit before bedtime.
Special thanks and thoughts go to my super-generous gal-pal, Jodie Ann,.......so sweet of her to understand that I need time to work on some gifts now. Sure do appreciate all the work you send my way, Jodie.
I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy; for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
"NOW THANKS BE UNTO GOD, WHICH ALWAYS CAUSETH US TO TRIUMPH IN CHRIST !"
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear....Psalm 27 1-3
Psalm 31: 7, 8
And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; thou hast set my feet in a large room.