Remember this quilt from yesterday? WHAT A CHALLENGE. I wanted to use Superior Threads Bottom Line to stitch-in-the-ditch up and down the piano key border. Nothing I could do would keep the thread from shredding and breaking. I’ve used it before with no issues. I spent hours switching out needles, re threading, trying to get the tension right. It would stitch an inch and break the thread. Aaaarrrgh. I finely “threw in the towel” used Omni thread and had no problem. Until I started quilting straight lines in the dark area and hit my ruler with the needle! Wow! Scared the life outa me! The machine went crazy, stitching away. The screen went blank and I couldn’t turn it off. Finely gathered my wits and pulled the plug. I figured I was in for an expensive service call but when I plugged it back in, it booted right up and stitched just fine. Whew.
Speaking of towels, I went to swim laps at the YMCA pool this morning and crossing the parking lot, I realized I forgot my towel. I stopped in my tracks, deliberating– at 7 degrees, not considering the wind chill factor, mind you. What to do? A) Skip the swim and go to Starbucks. B) Drive home and get a friggin towel. C) Use what ya got.
I really wanted to swim so I chose option C. Since I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and a light fleece, I figured I’d use one of those as a towel after the shower. In retrospect, the fleece as towel was a bad choice. If you’ve never tried to dry your dripping wet self with fluffy polyester, I can tell you it is not a satisfying experience. To augment the useless fleece, I crept out to the sink area to grab a fistful of the very tiny, planet saving paper towels. Having no towel to wrap around myself, I had to do this…without a towel. I despise those dispensers that make you wave your hands underneath the sensor and then automatically roll out a few inches of paper, then make you wait a ridiculous amount of time, still waving your hands, for an additional few inches. Lucky for me, there was only one very buff and fit, fully clothed young woman watching me perform this routine.
I managed to pull my clothes on my moist body and finished by using the hair dryer. I didn’t want to run the risk of flash freezing a skim of ice while getting to the car. Of course I had to stand near the wall where the hair dryers plug in and I did get some looks. I could see them thinking, what the hell is she doing using a hair dryer on her…um, legs? I had a plan to say, “You didn’t know you can lose an extra pound with a hair dryer after your workout?” Thankfully everyone was too polite to ask because this would have backfired tomorrow when all the dang hair dryers would be in use and I’d have to wait for one.
It’s been a day. I’m having a glass of wine.
When I was in Houston in October, I was invited to do a 3 minute interview, telling about my quilt, Sweetwater Gap Bloodroot, hanging in the quilt show.
According to Quilt Alliance, Go Tell It! is a project “designed to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers and quilt lovers gather. The protocol for Go Tell It! is brief and personal: one person talking about one quilt in front of one video camera for three minutes, recording the most essential and compelling details of the quilt according to the “teller.”
You can tell I was nervous! Behind the camera, lots of people are crowding around to see what’s going on. After the interview, I was asked lots of questions about my quilt. That part was fun! You can find other videos from the International Quilt Festival, on the Quilt Alliance YouTube channel here.
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
The Husbands Secret Liane Moriarty
Rescue Anita Shreve
March Geraldine Brooks
This World We Live In Susan Beth Pfeffer
Don't Go Lisa Scottoline
Still Life With Breadcrumbs Anna Quindlin
The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
The Rope Nevada Barr
Some Nerve Patty Anker
A Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks
Shanghai Girls Lisa See
The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert
We Are Water Wally Lamb
The Haunting of Maddy Clare Simone St. James
Life as We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
Roses by Leila Meacham
Broken Harbor by Tana French
Room by Emma Donoghue
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout