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These two weeks!

I already have made such headway on sewing this week!  I’m so tickled!

This past weekend (omg weekend before last!) my guild went on a shop hop!!!  It was entirely too much fun.  We went all around Nashville and went to really neat shops (and one…that are a little urban legend-y) and we were greeted so pleasantly and had such a fun day!  I found some REALLY adorable origami animals fabric that well, I couldn’t leave without.  I also stocked up on more (because I needed them!!!) fat quarters and a book that I’ve been looking forward to getting, Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt.  I absolutely love all of these sweet blocks in this book!  Eventually, I’ll actually get to make something that’s in there!  I saw another book while we were on the hop, Another Bite of Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson, but I decided to get that on my Nook.

This weekend I went down to Tuscaloosa for my  nephew’s birthday party.  I wish my birthday parties would have been so cool at 6!  Everyone had a blast running all around the Children’s Hands On Museum (CHOM) “learning and playing” and maybe goofing around.  I also was told there is a “big slide” that I needed to see.  I had no idea that it was a Hunger Games trial esq giant slide!  I carefully scaled this behemoth and came down in 6 minutes.  I may have taken a little less time but a girl in front of me got all the way to the top, got scared, wouldn’t move, then almost kicked me in the head on her way down.  It was my fault really, I told her “hey I’m right here, be careful!”  Also…when I got to the top my phone fell out of my pocket, so I couldn’t even get a picture from way up there.  It was also about 80,000 degrees, so the faster I got down that slide the better.

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I finished up the Big Love heart quilt top, but I think I want to add something more to it.  It just doesn’t seem big enough to me.  I FINALLY got to cut into those Michael Miller The Littles fabrics.  I’ve actually almost got that quilt top complete, too!  Needless to say, I’ve had some serious sew-jo going lately.

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So what have you been up to lately?  That’s all for me…well mostly but I’ll save something for another post. 😉

Until next time!  Happy sewing!

The Danger that IS Sewing and Quilting!

DUH DUN DUM!!!!

Okay this is one of those “this will never happen to me” situations.  I’ve giggled at my sewing machine’s manual with all its warnings that say “or you may be injured”.  I have heard of people using rotary cutters and nicking and slicing (OUCH!) fingers and hands.  I’ve read about people sewing over their fingers!  Needles in fingers, ER visits, all of it!!  I have just been over here saying “well it’s a good thing I’m never going to be injured while sewing!  Because I’m overly careful and worry!”

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No avoiding it. You’re risking your life any time you sit down to sew.

Famous. Last. Words.

On Sunday, February 9th I was in the shower, because I’m a human and I shower, and all of a sudden, I pulled a muscle.  It was as if my arm and shoulder just fused together and my head wouldn’t move.  It was not fun at all.  I do not recommend it.  So, I decided it was best to cool it or at least tone it down for my exercise.  I go to zumba and step aerobics at my local YMCA a lot of days of the week.  I started to feel like I was on the mend, and I went to step again, and everything was fine until we started to stretch and I felt like my arm was trying to pull itself off of my body.  I invested in a hot water bottle, which is amazing by the way.  It’s not like one of those heated pads with beads or seeds or corn inside.  This sucker is hot, and when one side starts to cool, you flip it and somehow the other side is still hot!  I don’t know what kind of magic it’s using but I love it.

My quilt guild meeting was on Saturday the 15th, and I was really excited because we were having a free-motion quilting lesson.  I have dabbled in free-motioning, and I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos.  I mean, a lot…of YouTube videos.  So an actual in person lesson and “how to” was what I felt was the final step I needed.  I was very pleased!  I think for a first real effort at stippling I did pretty well.  Other times I’d made a little flower, and I’ve written my name in sort of cursive.  I knew loading and unloading my machine in my little rolly tote wouldn’t be so great on my shoulder, but it would surely be fine, right?

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Pretty little FM-flower!

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Sort of cursive Ashley!

WRONG.  Sunday morning I woke up and it was much worse.  I stayed on the hot water bottle a lot.  I have figured out what it was that has rekindled the injury.  When you free-motion, you move the fabric around, and the way I did it I think I rotated and moved my shoulder too much for the situation it’s been in.  I haven’t really been able to sew much either, simply because it hurt so badly to move my arm for more than a few minutes at a time.

But not all hope is lost!  It’s been almost a full two weeks since the initial injury, and I would say I’m at 97% this morning.  My biggest pains lately have been when I look to the left, but now even that has subsided greatly.

This week, was also my birthday! YES!  I love my birthday!  Everyone saying happy birthday to me!  I get things!  Okay I love getting things, I think I may have mentioned that before…I like when people even say they want to give me things…but then actually getting things is probably the best thing ever!!!!  So, for my birthday this year I got something so awesome, SO AMAZING!!  When I sew, I like to jam out.  I mean, I kind of blare my music to where you can hear it all over the house, and my husband is like uh, can you turn it down?  So then I use my kitty ear headphones, which were another birthday present from either last year or the year before, and are amazing and cute and I love them and they’re from Japan!!!!  Well, the only problem is when I use my headphones I’m tethered.  I have this cord hanging between me and my phone, so I put my phone on my sewing table but then my arm fights with it while sewing, so I put my phone in my pocket and this and that and the other and it’s kind of a big cat-astrophe. (you get it? because they’re kitty headphones?! YES!)  So, I have been thinking about these bluetooth speakers.  My husband thought the same thing, and bam!  I have the CUTEST little bluetooth speaker, and while it is small, it is LOUD!  I recommend it highly.  It’s a Logitech mini boom, it’s maybe 4″x3″ or so, but it is SO loud!!!  Which, I love…I can’t listen to Kanye and Pink Floyd and Jewel (yes, all of them) on a medium to low-level.  When I go HAM, jam out to Money, or even get a little emotional singing Adrian, it needs to be loud!!! (If you don’t know what going HAM is, just know it’s an explicit version of going hard.)  And…we can’t leave out the “it’s all coming back to me now” karaoke sessions that are obviously going on in my sewing room.

Gettin my sew on!!

Gettin my sew on!!

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The single best thing ever. ❤

I hope you’re all having a lovely week as well!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!