Wednesday, November 27, 2013

100 The Thanksgiving Quilt?

Quilts are weird.  Sometimes they don't know who they are for.  This one started out for Alta but ended up being too bold.  So it got folded away.  And then it came out to be quilted.  Kevin said he liked it.  I don't.  But, since quilts are weird, I'm sure it will figure itself out.  And, in the meantime, it sure is the right colors for Thanksgiving; I'll be thankful for that.

Update:  The new Mrs. McNabb wanted it!  Andrew & Emily were over here, she spied it, I told her I thought it was too ugly... she said she wanted it to "theme" their apartment for fall.  Ha ha ha.  Yeah :)  someone liked it.

Friday, November 22, 2013

99 Tracey's Super Cool Christmas Quilt

Wednesday night Sally came over to ZIP on her happy scrappy (see Quilt #96).  She spoiled Robin rotten by picking up sushi at Whole Foods since overtired Robin had cancelled on teaching her how to make homemade sushi (maybe next time).  So we cracked open that leftover bottle of white wine Dad had bought for the bridal shower, spritzed it up with sparkling water, and toasted south toward Dad's home.  Cheers Dad, you are a blessing to us!  Ahhhhh, such S P E C I A L times with my Quilter Gal Pals! 
Next, Tracey came flying in, just as Sally was wrapping up, to throw her niece's Christmas Quilt on the machine and do a fast all-over quilt while the girls were at AWANA's.  Would she make the deadline?  Would Millie behave?


All done in 2.5 hours!  Or was it 3?  Now off to her flight to Colorado!!!  Have fun Tracey!

Isn't this one absolutely adorable!!!
Tracey's Niece receiving her quilt in Colorado

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Millie and The QGP's

So Cory & Tracy & Robin were working hard, problem-solving, brainstorming, adjusting, fixing, tightening, loosening, guessing, looking, figuring, and all-around-scratching-our-heads at why the long arm wasn't working so well. 
  • thread floating on the top of the quilt
  • thread floating on the bottom of the quilt
  • thread breaking
  • basic long arming YUCK!
They started blaming it on "That machine"
I started blaming it on "Them!"
You can see where things were heading:

My Quilter Gal Pals being naughty 
"Quilter Gal Pals, listen up!  Ya gotta talk nice to her!" I admonished as I petted my dear old long arm. 

I began to whisper sweet nothings to my sensitive little long armie.  "Don't pay ANY to my Quilter Gal Pals today, Hunny Bunny, they don't mean it and they love you dearly."  I petted her and blew kisses to her sweet little old tuckered-out knobs and dials.
At this point my QGP's were now rolling their cute little eyeballs and snickering behind my back.  Cory snickers to Tracy, "Oh boy, now she's talkin' to It!"  Tracy snickers to Cory, "Yeah, just look at her, the little weirdo!" 

"I can hear you QGP's snickering behind my back... I'm a teacher ya know!  I have eyes and ears behind my head," I squelched at them!

My QGP's straightened right up!

"Now let's start being nice to her and treating her like the tender hearted, precious little grand lady that she is," I commanded!

The QGP's were quiet for a few moments.  Cory was the first to get the picture and quickly recovered with a great idea:  "Hey Robin, we should call her Millie!  You know, like since she's a Gammill, and her formal name is probably Gaah-Mill, we can call her Millie for short!"  Tracy caught Cory's drift (as the two QGP's winked at one another), and immediately jumped on the band wagon... "Yeah!  Short for GaMildred," she enthusiastically contributed! 

Now the QGP's were starting to get with the program!

And Robin liked the idea VERY, VERY MUCH!  Robin had wondered why she'd never named Her in the first place.  Millie.  Dear old Millie!  Yes, Cory, Millie it is!  Thank you, Tracy, Millie indeed!
Ta da!  Sweet Millie now has a dust cover and will be receiving Christmas packages under the tree!
She's part of the family now, for, as we all know, everyone needs a little love & respect.

And don't you worry, Millie Dear, I know how to whip those QGP's into shape when they aren't givin you the love...I just put 'em in Robin's Sweat Shop and work 'em til they drop!  heh heh heh...
"...and when you two are done sewing my Bridal Shower Pennants you can get yourselves started on the Bridal Shower Chair-Back Sash-Thingies!  And after that I've got a few other projects that need finishin' so just you two keep your noses to the grindstone while Millie and I go have ourselves another slice of pizza!" 

QGP's being whipped into shape!

97 + 98 = (7 - 2) with 5 leftover......but sweet Cori is STILL smiling!

OK... what kind of math is that? 
Cori bounded in with 7 quilt tops in her arms and rejoiced at having cleared her schedule for nothing but quilting up her 7 projects:  1 baby quilt due last Saturday, 1 friends' birthday quilt due now, 1 decade old project she just wants off her list, and 4 Christmas presents.  This was going to be a "Get Back To Zero!" kind of day!
Quilt #1 - Done in 60 minutes.  Ba-da-bing!
Quilt #2 - Uh oh... needle issues?  thread issues?  tension issues?  uhmmmm, ok, never mind, scratch that 1 and move on to #3
Quilt #3 - Uh oh... fabric issues?  bobbin issues?  bobbin case issues?  thread?  tension?  Uhhhhhh... let's move on.
Quilt #4 - Come on Cori... we can figure this out!  Brilliant and intuitive Tracey has arrived to add bonus brain cells to the situation.  Tracey thinks maybe we should adjust this and fix this and tighten this and... even look it up in the Operator's Manual. Yes, now we are humming right along.  #4 Done!
Quilt #5 - Uh oh... thread is breaking!  What is going on around here?  Fatigue is starting to set in.  And we're not just talkin' about Millie.  Scratch this one.
Let's just give up.
But long-armer's never give up!
But we're out of ideas...
Kevin, the encourager, walks by.  "Hey gals, what's this teenie tiny shiney thing about the size of a nickel and as thin as paper on the floor underneath the long arm machine?"
Ohhhhh my word!  It's the Bobbin Case round-flat-metal-tension-flange-thingy-ma-bob-disc!!!!!  The machine won't work without it!!!!!!!  How did it fall out?  Uh oh, it's sort of bent up a little.  How do you get it back in?  Uh oh, it doesn't look as flat as it usually does.  Uh oh... looks like we're done long-arming for awhile.
OK... so 2 out of 7 quilts ain't bad? 
It sounds like typical long arming math to me:  97 + 98 = (7 - 2)  with 5 leftover...
but sweet Cori is STILL smiling!

Quilt #1 aka Millie's 97th Quilt
Quilt #2 aka Millie's 98th Quilt