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Thursday, March 31, 2011


I had my day planned. I knew what was going to happen. Things were going to sail along smoothly. Then it happened! Here's the story.........

I was drinking coffee and reading blogs this morning. I found a new to me blog, The Way I Sew It. The first sentence I read includes the words 15 Minute Challenge. If you know me at all, you know it doesn't take much to send my off in a new direction......hence my new plan for today. I decided to go about my plan only I would use the timer set at 15 minutes and keep a list of accomplishments. I use the timer a lot and know that I can get so much done in just a few minutes. Then I would come here and tell you how great I did and how much I got done.

So I go into the sewing room to get the timer. I want to finish the quilt that is on the frame and decided to go ahead and put in a new needle (I quit yesterday when I broke the needle!) and get her warmed up. So I set the timer and got busy. After she was warmed up, I started doing some stitch in the ditch-not my favorite thing to do-and broke another needle (slow stitching on paper pieced blocks with thick seams)! Damn!!! I put a new one in and turned the needle down to pull up the bobbin thread and it hit the bobbin case. The darn thing is now out of time! I turned off the light, grabbed the timer and decided to sit down with a cup of coffee and vent.

Now I am going to vacuum, then sit on the couch and fold laundry as I watch the dvd (again) that shows how to time the machine. It should only take a few minutes. Thank you P. for inspiring me to do a day of 15 minute challenges. I think I will stay out of the sewing room for a while and do some domestic stuff and then see how many 15 minute blocks it will take me to time my machine.


Cathy said...

Oh no.... that is soooo frustrating!!!!! To know what you want to do, and then get stopped in your teacks like that. I've had to retime my longarm a few times, and it wasn't too bad. Take it slow, and you can do it.

fancystitching said...

Bummer! You are right... re-timing only takes a few minutes, once you remember how it is done. May the Timing Fairy visit your household today and make this task to super-smoothly! Then go enjoy the REST of your day.


Diane said...

Hoping your afternoon goes a bit better.
I've never had to re-time my machine...I'd have a bird probably.

P. said...

I'm so glad you were inspired to try the 15-minute approach. It's surprising what you can do in a short span of time, and for me it just keeps me in motion instead of letting things sit until I think some big block of time will appear and--what, I'll get everything done? Nah, it never works that way. Link up to Kate's blog, kate-life-in-pieces.blogspot.com, on Tuesdays to share your progress, if you're so inclined.

And you can time your own machine? I am in awe!

Ann Marie said...

When I have days like those, I take it as a sign I am not suppose to sew, and usually after a few days of the same bad things going on, I go in there and everything is just fine.

Jo said...

My machine was giving me pains lastnight too. I think it's about time for a new one for me...no more fabric and saving something new.

Quilter Kathy said...

I was smiling reading about your torture...sorry about that, but I could totally relate! I especially loved the line about coming back to the blog and talking about how great you are and how much got done :)