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    Things I learned today:

    I wanted to mail out a quilt for long arm quilting today. As you all know, the quilt has to be 'prepped' before you send it out.

    It took me two hours (I'm not kidding!) to pick the thread off the back of a quilt top I wanted to mail for quilting today.

    * Threads on the back of a quilt top multiply like wire hangers in a closet.

    * If you drop a thread on the floor, the quilt top will find it.

    Next, I decided to do the first quilting of my 'quilt as you go quilt'.

    First, I ignored the directions. Can't help myself. It's a character flaw. I always get what I deserve when I do that...

    Second, I measured the block twice.

    Then I measured the block bottom that I wanted to cut twice.

    Then I cut it once.

    Then I cut the batting.

    Then I pinned them together. The sandwich looked fine.

    I sewed one end of the sandwich together to anchor it.
    I smoothed the sandwich out and checked to make sure that the block bottom and the block still aligned.

    They did not.

    So I did it all again. (Not cutting the block bottom again, of course)

    And again.
    And again.
    And again.

    Since the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, I concluded that I am insane.

    So I discarded the block bottom. (Not really, I'll find a way to use it.)

    Then I measured the block twice.
    Then I measured the block bottom that I wanted to cut twice.
    Then I cut it once.

    This time I got it right!

    I anchored the quilt sandwich.

    It was still aligned.

    I celebrated by walking around the block. The real block, not the quilt block.

    WHAT I LEARNED TODAY:

    I am insane, but I cured myself. At least for today.

    Bigger stitches are easier to take out than smaller ones.

    Putting your finger under the needle while it is doing its' job, is dumb and painful. (Just a bruise, thank you!)

    It's not true that no one cares whether my quilt is perfect - I DO! But I'm over that. At least for today.

    I still can't sew in a straight line. I can't walk one either. No, I don't drink.

    It's ok to stitch OUTSIDE the ditch. It's creative. If you do it often enough, people will call it 'art'. I am a skilled artist.

    My mother taught me to sew.

    She used the 'Here, let me do that!" method...

    I want my Mommy!!!!

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    lol, my mommy was useless.

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    LOL! :lol: My mom would tell us (my sisters and me) how to fix it, but then we had to do it.

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    I miss my Mommy. She would do the parts that I didn't like, like the binding. If I waited long enough she took it home with her and it was magically finished. Now I have to do it myself and I don't think it is fair!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I miss my Mommy. She would do the parts that I didn't like, like the binding. If I waited long enough she took it home with her and it was magically finished. Now I have to do it myself and I don't think it is fair!!!!

    Well, now I want your Mommy, too!

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    Mommies are the greatest, aren't they? :-) :lol:

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    My mommy never even sewed on a button. My father, ex-Navy, did most of the sewing necessary for the family. None of my siblings sew, though some of their kids learned in self defense.

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    Cathyvv, I have not laughed so much so early in the morning for some time if ever. I am sorry for your problems but it was almost like someone ranting about me.
    I'm afraid I never had a good start with sewing. My stepmother used to shout at me and call me the cats teeth queen. The sewing mistress at school was next to useless. (showed the class how to make pyjamas (with my material) and sew the pants upside down. What more can I say. When I got home I got a thick ear from my step mother for letting her do it. I ask you what is a kid supposed to do LOL
    So you could say that I am self taught to date. Now you are all my mommy as I have learnt more in the past few weeks that I have been on this forum than the rest of my life . So thank you mommy'S. Your the best.
    and thanks once again for best laugh I have had for a long time.
    Joan

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    Oh , that was so funny!! Sounds like something I have/will/would do!.

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    LOL!

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    Oh Cathy!!
    You should be a writer!!
    Sooo funny hahaha :D

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    Cathy -LOL!!! Thank you for describing your 'adventure'!! Wow!! I know that I have done all of that so many times!!!! I hate it when things don't line up and I keep trying to make it work but just can't get it right.

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    Well at least your sense of humor wasn't affected! Your day sounds all too familiar to me...and yes...I need my Mom too....(man I miss that lady!)

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    LOL :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    OMGoodness!!!!! Have you been living in my house and watching me!!?? :shock: :shock: Thanks for the laughs!! :lol: :lol: Hope your boo-boo feels better -- remember, sewing machine needles bite back!! :oops:

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    Thank you for the chuckles :D Sounds like a typical day at my house too :D:D:D

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    My momma never sewed much. She worked in the cotton mill and then later in other textile plants. What I am getting around to is she was legally blind by her 50's The day after her momma died I took her to get her results from a breast biopsy. She hab to have a masectomy(I am terrible speller sorry). She was put on tomoxpin and had to take it for 5 years. At the end of that she was so happy until she started passing blood.The med to keep the cancer from coming back caused uterin cancer which was a very agressive type(Doctoe compaired it to cervical cancer and said the med caused it. She lived about 6 month after we found out and had chemo and redation.
    She is my hero. and I miss her so much it will be 2 years this November since she went to be with Jesus. She was a strong woman I only hope to be half as strong as she was.
    I hope I haven't brought everyone down but I want to say Hug your momma and tell her how much she means to you.

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    She used the 'Here, let me do that!" method...

    I tend to be that "Mommy". It's hard to watch someone (one of my students) make the mistake I can see coming. BUT how else can they learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawcarol
    My momma never sewed much. She worked in the cotton mill and then later in other textile plants. What I am getting around to is she was legally blind by her 50's The day after her momma died I took her to get her results from a breast biopsy. She hab to have a masectomy(I am terrible speller sorry). She was put on tomoxpin and had to take it for 5 years. At the end of that she was so happy until she started passing blood.The med to keep the cancer from coming back caused uterin cancer which was a very agressive type(Doctoe compaired it to cervical cancer and said the med caused it. She lived about 6 month after we found out and had chemo and redation.
    She is my hero. and I miss her so much it will be 2 years this November since she went to be with Jesus. She was a strong woman I only hope to be half as strong as she was.
    I hope I haven't brought everyone down but I want to say Hug your momma and tell her how much she means to you.
    Mawcarol,

    This didn't bring me down...it did make me think more of my own Mom, who passed away this summer. She was my hero, too. My daughter claims her as a role model - a person who never let adversity overcome her, who always found a way to get things done and who loved and helped her family in any way she could.

    She lived with me for the last 6 months of her life. That's when I started quilting. She was angry with me because I had 'rules' about bedtime (she had dementia and wasn't supposed to be left alone.) She didn't like that we installed a gate at the top of the stairs. She didn't like taking "orders" from her kids! One day, after one of her bouts of anger, I sat down with her and asked her did she remember the time when I was a little kid and after a punishment, I told her "Just you wait until I'm the grown up and YOU'RE the little kid!"?

    She chuckled, and admitted she did. Then I said to her as gently as I could,

    "Well, Mom, I'm the grown up and you're the little kid."

    I expected another bout of anger, but she just looked at me for a few seconds. Then she said, "I guess you're right."

    After that, she had a lot fewer temper tantrums. I know the temper was the dementia, and I know she knew it, too. That was the saddest thing.

    I treasure those last few months with her - they were difficult, but they were a gift.

    Thanks for sharing the life of your wonderful mother with us all. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is touched by it!

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    Thanks for the chuckles :D Hope your boo boo is better. I too miss my Mom. 14years... She taught me to sew and quilt and most everything I know. Among the many quotes she had, her favorite was "anything worth doing is worth doing well". And I wonder why I'm so judgemental of my own quilts......

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    Things I learned today:

    I wanted to mail out a quilt for long arm quilting today. As you all know, the quilt has to be 'prepped' before you send it out.

    It took me two hours (I'm not kidding!) to pick the thread off the back of a quilt top I wanted to mail for quilting today.

    * Threads on the back of a quilt top multiply like wire hangers in a closet.

    * If you drop a thread on the floor, the quilt top will find it.

    Next, I decided to do the first quilting of my 'quilt as you go quilt'.

    First, I ignored the directions. Can't help myself. It's a character flaw. I always get what I deserve when I do that...

    Second, I measured the block twice.

    Then I measured the block bottom that I wanted to cut twice.

    Then I cut it once.

    Then I cut the batting.

    Then I pinned them together. The sandwich looked fine.

    I sewed one end of the sandwich together to anchor it.
    I smoothed the sandwich out and checked to make sure that the block bottom and the block still aligned.

    They did not.

    So I did it all again. (Not cutting the block bottom again, of course)

    And again.
    And again.
    And again.

    Since the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, I concluded that I am insane.

    So I discarded the block bottom. (Not really, I'll find a way to use it.)

    Then I measured the block twice.
    Then I measured the block bottom that I wanted to cut twice.
    Then I cut it once.

    This time I got it right!

    I anchored the quilt sandwich.

    It was still aligned.

    I celebrated by walking around the block. The real block, not the quilt block.

    WHAT I LEARNED TODAY:

    I am insane, but I cured myself. At least for today.

    Bigger stitches are easier to take out than smaller ones.

    Putting your finger under the needle while it is doing its' job, is dumb and painful. (Just a bruise, thank you!)

    It's not true that no one cares whether my quilt is perfect - I DO! But I'm over that. At least for today.

    I still can't sew in a straight line. I can't walk one either. No, I don't drink.

    It's ok to stitch OUTSIDE the ditch. It's creative. If you do it often enough, people will call it 'art'. I am a skilled artist.

    My mother taught me to sew.

    She used the 'Here, let me do that!" method...

    I want my Mommy!!!!
    OMG !!! you are hilarious !!!!! Nearly fell out of my chair laughing.. Whoops sorry,I'm laughing with you not at you.. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbup:

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    Cathy, that was just too funny!
    It sounds like the kind of evening I've had trying to figure out why my serger (that I've had for 3 years and have finally taken out of the box)won't serge like it's supposed to. It couldn't possibilty be operator error. Well tomorrow is another day and another battle with the serger.

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    Mine was good. I locked myself in my room and sewed. No one calling for Mom.

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    My day was a good one. I finally got my new sewing machine onto my quilting frame. Had to remove some parts of the frame but who cares? There's too much metal on it anyway :)
    Then I got some of my stash organized on the bookshelf I found at a yard sale for $8 -- score! I finished marking a queen size quilt for my mom, and noticed I had a block in the wrong way, so unstitched that and fixed it.
    Took my son out to the library, and then to dinner.
    Oh, and I washed the dog. Now she's so soft and fluffy!!
    Phew, this mommy tired.

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    Loved your day yesterday. Mine was similar. I have 2 days this week where I didn't seem to get anything finished. Yesterday I made a sample quilt block for a Christmas present; didn't like it, so now to find another one I like better. I miss my mommy too, but my mommy's favorite saying was, "Anything worth doing is worth doing well." I think of that every time I try to short cut. I also think of Betty White. One time in an interview years ago she was asked how she keeps trim. She said she takes 3 trips upstairs to get 2 things. That is me.

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