I am fully back in the land of the living. I know that a lot of people can work through illness. I'm not really one of those. When I am sick I am completely sapped of energy so last week was all about healing. I accomplished almost nothing.
I started feeling better Thursday and was well enough to go to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival with my friends Friday. Mom picked up my sister-in-law, Carol, and she hung out with us at the show. She even bought some yarn for her new knitting hobby. At the end of day we were sitting around a table with some of my quilt club friends talking about random stuff. Becky was talking about leaving to make sure she made her happy hour date. Something about what she said confused Carol who initially thought something wicked was going on and she quickly said:
"Be sure to wear a pretty bra."
The table exploded in laughter and now we have a new catch phrase.
I did some sewing machine testing and will share the details of that tomorrow. There were 6 brands represented and I tested all but Bernina and Babylock. I've never been a huge Bernina fan and I don't know why. I have sewn on them on classes and just don't love them. We all have our "things" and that's one of mine. I also didn't test Babylock because the only non-embroidery machine they had was the Melody. That's the machine that my Mom bought last year and it's been nothing but trouble since the first day and additionally I'm not fond of our local babylock dealer. Mom did get a chance to talk to the Babylock rep about her issues and was given some advice on where to take it for service and a promise of a new machine if that doesn't work.
The other 4 brands were Juki, Janome, Pfaff and Brother. Tune in tomorrow for the results of my tests. I bought my machine from my local dealer Saturday because they match show prices and I wanted to make sure I get good local support for the machine.
Saturday afternoon I finally felt like sewing! I got the star put together and cut the setting pieces. Before I set them in I have to applique some leaf sprigs on the background. I hope to get started on that this week.
Yesterday I did some dyeing. I had customer orders that I couldn't get done last week and wanted to get those taken care of. After dyeing I had some time to cut glass. I'll get these through the first fuse cycle this week and see what I get. All of these pieces are the result of several cutting sessions. Cutting is where all the time is taken.
Today it's snowing again. Fortunately Chris bought a tarp for his wood pile. He worked on bringing up wood a little every day last week. It's really exhausting to haul it up the steep hill and I was glad to hvae been given a pass. He made great progress and has set up almost a full cord. I enjoyed having some heat while I was working in the basement yesterday.
I have lots of computer work to do today but an really hoping for an hour or so of sewing tonight. Don't forget to check out what's going on at Patchwork Times and be sure to wear a pretty bra!