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.
" Do you not know?
Have you not heard???
The LORD is the everlasting GOD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31
"The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." Isaish 50:4