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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

It's here. It's wonderful. It took me five hours to load a quilt.

Five.
Hours.

I read the directions on how to make the leaders.....I re-read the directions cause they made no sense...I figured it out....I sewed them then attached them....attached them wrong...I said a bad word...no one heard me....it felt good.....I un-attached them and then re-did them the right way...I think....I decided that even though everyone said to practice that I was a quilting savant and put a quilt on there....took me forever.....I took a break and had some Doritos......and a coke....took a deep breath and went back in the sewing room to fight the fight of the righteous....I lost the fight of the righteous when I broke a needle five minutes in.....fixed the needle issue and poked a hole in my finger...got a band aid....had thread breakage and a major snag.......got out my trusty seam ripper and got to work....I no longer think I am a quilting savant.....I am now having a very large glass of wine.

I am eyeing Ms. Gracie right now and toasting her with a very lovely Pinot....she is gleaming and beckoning me. I am too tired to heed her sirens call.

Tomorrow is a new day. I will sleep then post some pictures.

Today was the best day ever! :)

Heehee she's here.

10 comments:

Jodi said...

You make me giggle!

Till Tomorrow then!

Judy Laquidara said...

Too funny! I remember having done the same thing. I think I loaded every quilt backwards (backing with the wrong side facing out) for the first year! Anything that doesn't go just right . . remember that many of us have done the same things over and over and we overcame and so can you. Don't forget to breathe!

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

I'm glad you made to the Pinot. I'm certain the you'll bust up that learning curve in no time at all!

Leigh said...

Just remember baby steps!


................5 more days!!!!!

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Hey, I read on one of the blogs a while back that the wine will relax you & help you do a better job!! But seriously, when they say "practice" they're not kidding. It takes a while to get the hang of it. I got my Gammill Premier last August & it took me quite a while to work up the courage to put a real quilt on. And, I watched Linda Taylor's video on how to load a quilt half a dozen times before the frame & machine even arrived. Just keep working at it & soon you'll be amazed at what you can do.

Mary said...

I guess we all forgot to mention the struggles once it finally got there. It's different but it won't take you long to figure it all out. Of course, I've had mine 6 years and I still have days like this where nothing goes right.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

You need to get past this...it is the same struggle I have with mine. i overcome it, then it's months before I use it again and i have the same troubles. I am going to do a whole heap of bushfire quilts on it and get past the novice stage!
have fun! Tracey

Shasta said...

Happy birthday Dawn, and congratulations on your new quilting machine. I'm off to buy some stock in wine.

mascanlon said...

I laughed...but only because I won't ever even try it! This is why I know lots of great long arm quilters!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Okay, here I am again to say disregard the email I sent you, Australia, amazingly enough, is not actually 2 days ahead of you...Easter just had me confused!!
But now it is 12.11 am on the 11th April and I think I am correct in getting in first to say Happy 40th!!! Lots of love dear Dawn! Traceyxxxxxxx