Thursday, July 25, 2013

This and That Thursday


Today is Thread the Needle Day

Today is Thread the Needle Day. You can be certain that today is going to be a great day........ if you sew.

Thread the Needle Day certainly is a day for those who sew. It also has a second meaning. The term "thread the needle", is also a saying. It means to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult. For example, suppose two of your friends are on opposite sides of an issue. You may have to "thread the needle" on that issue, as you attempt to retain both of them as your friend.

The creator of Thread the Needle Day did not document this day. So, until we find him or her, you can celebrate today by either sewing or threading the needle on issues.

As a quilter, I intend to celebrate today by spending time in the sewing room.  Winking smile


Hopefully I’ll have an easier time in the sewing room today … yesterday’s piecing was fraught with stitching problems.  Every so often, I’d get a rat’s nest or some skipped stitches.  Since I’m paper piecing, I’ve got the machine set on tinier stitches, which makes ripping out a real pain. 


This morning, it occurred to me to check my machine’s owner’s manual, and it seems that the needle can cause stitching problems, so the first thing I will do when I sit down at my machine will be to replace that needle.  Hopefully no more frogging today!


I have 21 block segments finished … so I’m over a quarter of the way done (I am planning to make this a twin-sized quilt and will need 80 blocks).  I’ve been at this for 10 days, so I guess I have another another month or so before I’ll be ready to start quilting … I hope to have some quilting done before we leave on our trip in September.


DH brought home a couple of tomatoes from our garden yesterday.  One was nice and ripe … and was yummy.  The other needed another day on the vine, but it has ripened on the counter and I plan to have a slice on my sandwich at lunch today. 

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“Cooler” weather has moved in … yesterday’s high (79) was 7 degrees lower than the record-setting low temperature on July 24, 2012.  We left a couple of windows open a few inches, and it was almost chilly in the house when I got up this morning.  


Have a terrific Thursday!



  1. So fun! An excuse to get in and sew with my machine today. Love it. That tomato sure looks yummy. I see tomato sandwiches in your future today.

  2. Good morning! Well I am planning a sewing day for sure as my templates arrived late yesterday afternoon. YAY!! I am anxious to get started. Those rat nests are either from a faulty needle or the tension is off. Since the Bernina's tension is ALWAYS right, I am sure it is the needle. Hopefully you will change it and all will be fine. Tomato looks good! I LOVE a home grown tomato. I could just eat one lie an apple, haha. Enjoy your day! I am anxious to see all your squares.

  3. Well, I'm not sure that I've heard "thread the needle" used in any way except actually threading a needle. I love that and will use that in the future.

    Wow, I'm so impressed at your tenacity when it comes to quilting. I'm afraid I wouldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel tackling such a project.

    Enjoy your day of quilting.

  4. maybe today is the day I should learn to even turn my sewing machine on!!! :)

  5. i am just loving this cooler weather, too! it's been nice to be able to drive with the windows down or sit outside for a bit in the evening.

    i have to hold the threads when i start if i don't have a leader ender piece or thread bunny under the needle, or else i risk getting rat's nests on the bobbin side. each machine i have is a little different.

  6. You're threading the needle, while I'm looking for a silver lining in the cloud! It's a day for cliches :)

    It's hard to beat the taste of a home-grown tomato, isn't it? The store-bought ones have no taste!

    Have fun quilting!

  7. I'm actually have tomatoes for breakfast today! Need to use them up. Some from the garden and some from Costco. Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and Feta cheese. So I don't know what paper what paper piercing is. Hope the new needle works for you! Thanks for the info on Thread The Needle Day.

  8. Like we need an excuse to sew???? Good luck with the needle change.

  9. I love having a window open with a cool breeze coming through. You get a better nights rest this way.

    Tomato looks wonderful.

    Have a good rest of the week.


  10. I can't help it but I am totally envious of your temps. How wonderful and refreshing to have that cool of weather. I came in from spraying off my porch looking like I went swimming with my clothes on, I had not.
    I love the idea of Needle and Thread day, I am going to celebrate that with my whole heart.
    I hope you get your problem fixed with your machine. Is that your new machine?


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