Friday, December 18, 2009

Always When You Need It Most

My sewing machine had a breakdown last summer the very morning that I needed to turn in quilts for the County Fair.  I know, if I wasn't such a procrastinater (I really excel in that department) I wouldn't have been sewing at 5:30 in the morning for a 8:00 am deadline on the same day.  It should have been a lesson. But as I've mentioned in the past I'm a slow learner.

After turning in what was done to the fair, I took said machine to my LQS and they very nicely loaned me a machine.  I don't know if that's a regular practice or not but they lent me an awesome, very fast, very fancy, very expensive machine.  Since they had a little trouble fixing my machine - mostly because he's busy - I've had this super-duper machine for quite a while.  I'm hoping they never fix my machine.  I have asked how much they want for the one I'm borrowing and haven't gotten a figure yet, but I'm afraid it will cost too much.

Not to change the subject, but I just got into Christmas mode yesterday.  (There's that procrastination again.)  Wanting to make several gifts I got to selecting fabric, cutting, sewing, planning more.  Almost to the finish of the first gift and it happened.  My needle broke.  No big deal.  I replaced it.  Something didn't sound right.  Apparently there is a burr or nick or something on the part that holds the bobbin case and it drags. No sewing is happening now.  So again, just when I need it most. 

There's good in this though...

- I'll have all these projects cut and ready to sew when my machine is working again and some people will be getting surprises in the mail when they least expect it.

- I have at least two tops waiting to go on the frame - I know I'll have fun quilting those and won't feel like I'm taking time from other sewing.

- I've been neglecting the house a bit, with all my other sewing on teapots & other stuff. Now I have time to clean things up and do some holiday decorating and some baking.

I guess I'm gifting baked goods. 

I just hope there isn't another cake-tupperware-fire incident.

Don't ask.


Karen said...

....ur a funny auntie...

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hi Kathleen!

I am like you.....I thrive on procrastion.

Can't wait to see what you come with next.

Cara said...

I'm just catching up - been away from my studio for 2 weeks. I'm so happy for you, that you were able to get a new machine, and that they loaned it to you free when you were in trouble. They must be really special people. My experience wasn't that good.