I had such high hopes of having a quilt (or two) to show at my quilt group meeting this past week, but alas, my brand-new-fancy-sewing-machine that I USED to love, has been giving me fits. I can sew for about 30 seconds before the thread breaks - and it doesn't matter WHAT kind of thread is in the machine - so projects that were meant to be finished in time for Christmas are still piled up, oy vey! I've had my new machine serviced, have hauled it into the sewing machine store to ask for help many, many times, last Saturday being the last time I was there, only to be told, in not so many words, that it was "user error." Then the sewing machine sales lady tried to talk me into trading my machine in on an even better, bigger, more expensive model. Well guess what, I threw a fit. Yep. I had myself a big royal kanniption fit right in the middle of the sewing machine store. So big, in fact, that I can never go there again!!! I can count on one hand how many fits I've thrown in my life...and still have my middle finger left...but I hit the breaking point when the sewing machine lady went into her sales pitch, disregarding everything I had said, and told me for only $5,499 I could take home a new machine that would purr like a kitten! I might have foamed a bit at the mouth as I was heaving my machine out the door, screaming at the top of my lungs, "I hate kittens!!! Do you think I'm some kind of Idiot?!?!? I bring my machine in for help and you tell me my thread is bad and then you want to sell me a new machine?!?!?!" I'm sure they're still laughing. But it doesn't end there...no, I went home and told the mister about my fit and there is nothing he loves more than fits...so he said we would get some satisfaction!!! I told him we had to go to another store, though, because I was afraid they would call the cops on me if we went back to the same place! We got to the 2nd store and the mister milled about while I stated, as calmly as I could, my concerns and issues. I could have sworn the sales lady was listening when I told her my machine just didn't work right, and I was very unhappy with it and could she help me figure things out so I could get back to quilting?? She was very attentive and nodded her head and said she got it, but would I just please sit down and try this other machine, it has all the bells and whistles my machine has but is super easy to sew on and she said breaking thread would never be an issue!! So, wanting to be normal and nice, I sat down and began to sew...It purrrrred along nicely and the sales lady began to blather on about how lucky I was to be there that day, they were having an unadvertised SALE! I could trade my machine for the one I was sewing on and would be given a 20% discount for their special one day sale, and 20% off because it was a floor model, and $500 off for being last years model, and she would give me $1,500 for trading in my machine...Godfrey, they would end up paying ME!!! I sewed away on the newer, fancier machine, and it was great and easy to use and the sales lady had me under her spell, telling me I could take home this new machine that day, wouldn't ever have thread trouble again! The mister was all pumped up, "If this is what you want, get it!" he said! Everyone was all smiles. And then, the sales lady said, "So with all the discounts and trade-in deductions, you would ONLY have to pay $3,499.00, what do you think, great deal, right?" Coincidently, $3,499 is exactly what my fancy-schmancy machine that doesn't sew cost me! Well, it happened so fast I didn't have time to stop myself and neither did the mister...I stood up, and right there, in front of everyone, and had myself another fit! The mister grabbed the sleeve of my jacket and slowly pulled me out the door as I was frothing at the mouth. So much for getting some satisfaction! It was not a pretty sight, I'll admit, but really, she didn't listen to a word I said and just wanted to sell me a new machine!!! Now there are two sewing machine shops in Seattle that I can never go in again.
Our meeting was at Helen's beautiful home and she still had her Christmas quilts out so, of course, I had to take pictures of them for you to see! Helen has such a great way of using fabrics and piecing blocks together - she never uses patterns, these are all her own creations. Sorry this one is blurry...Helen used a great Christmas border fabric as one of the rows in this quilt, I've used it in one of mine and still have some left - wonder where it's buried?!
Yes, I know it's sideways, but I have tried a half-dozen times to get the pictures going the right direction and I have gave up...you'll just have to turn your head! This quilt was a group project - as in we all made and received blocks to make a quilt for ourselves just like Helen's - except none of our quilts are the same. I love the one I have, it's my very favorite Christmas quilt because when I put it out each year I think about the women who made those blocks for me - especially the ones who have moved away. I miss you girls!!! Come BACK!!
This blurry picture is also Stephanie's quilt - although we all said it looked like a Marsha quilt! Wait, this might not be Stephanie's - I'm not sure - maybe it is Marsha's!!! This is my kind of quilt - quick and easy to piece, or as some say, down and dirty!
Denise paper-pieced this quilt...so you know right there it's above my pay-grade! I've done my LAST paper-pieced quilt but I SO love seeing what Denise makes - all of those intricate little pieces, sewn in a way that makes my brain hurt! Love this!
Think of this post as an I.Q. test...in how many pictures is the little Christmas plate on the table going the right direction?!? Godfrey! You know those Apple commercials where they show cool pictures and there are no words and then at the end they say, "Shot with my iPhone 6" - maybe they would be interested in my iPhone pics?!? This is another of Denise's creations, all finished and ready to be snuggled!
Neva was the lucky girl who spied this quilt at the Block Party Quilt Show in November...it was all pieced and the backing came with it! You have to get there early to find stuff like this - way to go Neva! And way to go Denise for making her go early!
Another beautiful quilt made by Helen - and I think both of these little pink quilts are hand-quilted...hard to tell in a picture, especially one that is sideways! If only I was normal or had a brain or a teenager living at home to help me!
As we would be talking, Helen would wander off and reappear with another Christmas quilt. This Christmas present quilt was also a group project - we all made gift blocks...mine are still in the "aging process" but hope springs eternal...IF I can ever sew for more than 30 seconds at a time and IF I can ever find time to sew, I will dig out my gift blocks and maybe by next Christmas I'll have a new quilt!! Stranger things have happened!
This quilt was made by Barbara...just turn your head, give your neck a stretch! Notice the big Santa panel in the quilt? So cute! And then notice the background "tree" fabric between the row with the houses - very clever, no? Barbara made a quilt just like this for our gift exchange a year ago and she decided she wanted one for herself so she made another!
Wow! A picture going the right direction! Okay, so you're probably on to me...I wanted to provide you with an opportunity to stretch/exercise while you're sitting at the computer! This sweet heart quilt is...Barbara's...I think! It looks like her to me! I can't remember - sheesh, I've got pictures going this way and that, Rosie pestering me to throw the pig and the mister is down the hall banging on the wall - which can only mean a giant mess is in my future...so let's just say it's Barbara's quilt and call it good! No great! Let's call it great!
This beautiful quilt belongs to Barbara - it's her Valentine bulls-eye quilt. I have one just like it - this was another group project and one I actually finished, too! It was a buggar to make though...sew, cut, pull-out hair, sew, cut, pull-out hair...but eventually it was finished and my hair grew back and I love my quilt! I love group projects - it's a great way to get a great quilt!
It seems only fitting that we end our show today with another of Helen's quilts - and it's going the right direction! Every time I see this sweet heart quilt I tell myself I'm going to make one - little hand-appliqued hearts, it's just wonderful...maybe this is the year I make one?!? Hahahaha, I crack myself up!
Okay kids, that's it - wasn't it fun? After our show and tell we had a fabulous lunch and quite by accident I brought up the subject of politics. I ran out to my car to get some meds and on my way back in I noticed someone had a bumper sticker that said #not normal. I thought it was funny and I also thought I needed one of those! So I mentioned it when I got back to the table...and was informed that under the words #notnormal was the word resist...in my head I was laughing because I'm thinking, yeah, it's good to resist being not normal!!! THEN I was informed that it referred to Trump and HIM being not normal. Annnnnnd the light came on, I'm a little slow up on the uptake. So that started us on the political talk...and now I fear we will have to ban any talk of Trump at our meetings so our heads don't explode or put thimbles in our ears!
Really though, I love the idea of a bumper sticker that says "not normal" because that could warn everyone and maybe even get me some sympathy! #notnormalnan...even better!