Tragedy befalls our gentle hero

Last night I went over to a friend’s house.  I went over to teacher her and another friend how to sew.  Before I left, I had finished sewing my quilt blocks.  Hurray, I thought.  Maybe I will get caught up with the quilt along gang, I thought.  So there I am, at my friend’s house and I’m demonstrating how to wind the bobbin and I remove my foot from the pedal because it’s full now and oh what’s this?  The machine is still going.  Hmm.  I quickly shut if off and blink a few times but I continue on with the teaching and what not.  We didn’t get to any actual sewing last night because it got too late.

So now it’s this afternoon and I want to start sewing my quilt blocks.  I sit myself down, I get ready.  I turn the machine on.  I press, lightly, on the pedal.  WHIRRUSHHHHHH!  HOLY SHIT!  I stare at machine.  I blink.  I pull the fabric out, remove the thread (because it had gone off completely sideways at top speed) and go again.  Lightly, ever so lightly I touch the pedal.   WHIRRRRUSHHHHHH!  Crap.

Somehow, I still managed to sew 2 rows of blocks together and then sew those 2 rows together.  Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be taking my machine to someone to see if the pedal can be fixed or if I need a new one.  I’m hoping this doesn’t mean I’ll be without my machine for any length of time.  I’ll be quite sad if I am.  My mother said I could borrow her machine for now but it’s a bit like cheating on a lover.  It feels so wrong.

Get well soon dear sewing machine.  Hopefully I won’t fall too far behind the quilt along gang!

Oh and trying to figure out where to put each block has got to be one of the hardest things in the world!  I was not prepared for how hard that would be.  I thought trying to put the blocks together was hard.  HA!  Finally I just said screw it and how you see it in the photo below is how it’s getting put together.  It’s so hard to move even just one block because then you’ve just encountered another problem.  I don’t know that I’m thrilled but I do know that if I didn’t just say, “OK, this is it” that I would still be trying to place blocks in December!  My respect for all you quilters has just shot up again.  I don’t know how you do it and stay sane AND create beautiful quilts!

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