A day late and a blog short

So, there are a whole lot of things going on in our house right now that mostly involve moving, and it’s 100% stressing me out.   Typically when I’m stressed I tend to lose weight (don’t hate me…I didn’t ask for this!), so will this be a win-win?!  New house, smaller waistline?!  We’ll just see!  I am kind of excited at the prospect of having a sewing room that is just a sewing room and not a spare bedroom, must better lighting (anything would be an improvement) and being able to like, really set it up exactly how I’d like it to be. 😀

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Stress face….and Al….Being a ham.

Because of these stressful things, I haven’t been doing a WHOLE lot of sewing.  I know, it’s just awful.  Sewing should help with the stress, and I’m doing the opposite.  The times that I have hunkered down to sew, it’s not been turning out quite like I’d hope, so that’s been no fun.

I started making a bag for my husband’s aunt so that when we go down there for Easter, I can give to her.  Well the first run turned into a big fiasco.  One of the patterns got cut too short, it affected all of the columns, the fix was working for half of the process but then just stopped.  Why, I don’t know!!!  Plus, for some reason, all of the columns I was sewing together started bowing.  They’re starting to look more backwards C like than just columns, and again, I have no reason why.  The more they bowed, the less the seams were lining up, so I told the hubs, he suggested just starting over.  Yea, because it’s that easy, right?! O_O

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It started out so nice *sigh*

Well it turns out in this one instance it was.  I had plenty of leftover pieces from this jelly roll I was using, so I decided to make another, just a quicker one.  Instead of doing the postage stamp patch work, I am doing this bag the same way I have done the other bags in my shop; straight rows.  I got that all sewn together, and I FMQ’d it, got all the pieces cut out, got my zipper…just sitting there waiting…
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So now really all I need to do is put all this together.  It will be totally fine, I know.  So that’s what I’ll be working on tonight.  Tomorrow’s quilt guild time (Yay!) and we’re doing paper piecing.  Not the English style, the one with the paper base…and you sew on the paper, or something.  I’m excited because I have seen so many of these patterns that I’ve wanted to try, and now, once again, my guild is pushing this little bird out of the nest and right into “you’re going to face your fears and sew what you are afraid to sew” real life.  I’m using this cute little lady bug.  It is not hard looking at all, so I’m pretty stoked.

Anyhow, that is all that’s really going on right now; stress, being busy, bag sewing problems, y’know, stuff.

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!

Kicking it up a notch!

I went out of town last weekend, and what do you know I’m out of town again!  Last Wednesday was mine and my husband’s 3 year anniversary and we went to Gatlinburg. And today my best friend got married!  AND I went to a baby shower!  So many things going on.  How do I find the time to sew and keep up with football!? Very carefully.

Good news everyone!  I finally finished quilting the chevron quilt!

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All I have to do is bind it up and it’s ready to go!  I’m so glad.  Now if I can only finish quilting that other one…

I finally got up the nerve to try my free motion foot on my machine.  It just looked so weird and I wasn’t sure how it was going to go on!  I also found out I can’t drop my feed dogs and I have to use a darning plate.

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This was my first attempt.  I think it was pretty good! So now I have that to play with. 🙂

My friend got her daughter an American Girl doll for her ninth birthday just a week ago, and since I’m here I wanted to make something for her doll to enjoy.

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Now she has her own blanket and pillow!

Well I think that is about it for now.  Oh, I can’t forget about this little guy!

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Here’s me and my nephew.  He was so excited to see me!  Obviously the favorite aunt. 😉

Until next time!   Happy sewing! And Roll tide! ;D