Monday, February 17, 2014
The Screw-up Fairy Was Here
A couple of years ago my friend Jeannie gave me this plaque for my sewing room because she knows me, yes she does. This fairy spent quite a bit of time with me this past week, the little devil!
I was happily zipping along, quilting my valentine table runner when I happened to glance to my right and what did I see? Look closely, see that rat's nest of thread. What the hell? Where did that come from?
My machine was threaded like this. The red thread was through the machine and giving me no problems. The white thread was un-threaded and just sitting there. But as I had been sewing they had somehow been un-spooling together and creating this wondrous mess off to the side for lord knows how long, completely unnoticed by me! Oblivious much?
Meanwhile the sewing machine was un-phased and continued to sew a perfect seam! My fairy companion was working overtime on this one. Chris says the red thread is in the shape of a heart if you squint cuz she loves me don't you know. She should love me I certainly give her a fine home and plenty to keep her occupied!
So, what's the result of all this you might ask? Remember, I was experimenting with using my embroidery machine to quilt this runner (read about it here) and while I didn't get perfect placement with the design I think it turned out pretty anyway. I've bumped up the contrast in the photo in hopes that you can see it a little better but red thread on red fabric does make it hard to see. That was on purpose. I didn't want it to be too obvious for my first attempt.
The overall table runner came out so cute and served as the perfect back drop for my valentine bouquet of red roses from Chris.
One more little thing on Valentine's Day but really an idea you could use for any day. Our quilting group, the Needle Nellies had a Valentine party last week and we exchanged silly valentines just like when we were kids. I wanted to do something a little special for our hostess Kathy so instead of a kiddy valentine I made her this mug rug for her morning/afternoon libation, finished my new favorite way with a simple raggedy edge.
Here's hoping the Screw-up Fairy doesn't pay you too many visits this week. and remember -
"One who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything." Edward J. Phelps (lawyer and diplomat, 1822-1900)
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Until next time,