Sunday, April 13, 2014
Perseverance or Insanity?
I noticed at the end of the retreat on Friday that my machine was having bobbin stitch issues … again. <sigh> When I was piecing my Storm at Sea, I encountered skipped stitches and rats nests … a lot of them. When I finished the piecing, I took my machine in for servicing … but I hadn’t really used it until the retreat. I looked at the bottom of the first seam I stitched … no skipped stitches, no rats nests … all was good … or so I thought. Near the end of the retreat, I had to unstitch a seam (ugh!) and noticed a broken stitch on the bottom.See it there just to the left of the pin? So when I was stitching yesterday, I checked the bottoms of every seam I stitched … and sure enough, every so often there would be a broken stitch. My manual recommended a new needle … I changed the needle. No change. I removed and reinserted the bobbin. No change. I was using a new brand of thread, so I swapped that out for another brand. No change. There appears to be no rhyme nor reason to the broken stitches … I can chain piece 60+ inches of stitching with no broken stitches, or I can chain piece 60+ inches and have 4 broken stitches. There’s no discernible sound or sensation to indicate that a stitch has broken, so in order to do any stitching this weekend mean that I had to check the bottom of every. single. seam I stitched. Was that perseverance or insanity?
Finally I gave up and packed up my machine to take it to be serviced tomorrow. I am hopeful that it will be done in 2-3 days like it was the last time I took it in for servicing because I would like to get all 42 blocks of my Kiss quilt finished and then get started on DD’s herringbone quilt. At least I have a total of 8 blocks finished … with 7 of 8 segments pieced together for a 9th block.
At least I have my hexies to work on this evening … I’m just about done with the outer ring of block #24. And while I’ve enjoyed seeing those 2 1/2” strips come together into blocks, there’s still something so relaxing, so enjoyable about working with a needle and thread in my hand … I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching party.
I remarked yesterday about how our pear tree was about ready to bloom and that our cherry tree had just started to bloom … by late afternoon, I noticed that the cherry was in full bloom and our pear was close to being in full bloom. It was amazing to see the change in just 8 hours!
While getting caught up on my blog reading this morning, I found a link to a website that showed how many babies over the years were born with my name.
Obviously Kathleen was still a pretty popular name in 1951, when I was born … which would explain why there were 3 Kathys in my high school graduating class. Click here if you’d like to see where your name ranks.
Hope you all had a blessed Sunday!