Hope everyone had a great Christmas & New Year. I didn't make my goal of having 3 quilts made...in fact I have not made one to completion. My machine started going crazy on me and my stitches were looking terrible. Lots of thread shred, breakage, & bobbin issues. I am debating on whether to see my buddy at the sewing machine shop or not.
On Christmas Day I decided I was gonna give myself the gift of a clean sewing area. This is a breakfast nook off my kitchen. I can keep my eye on the backyard, the potty, & the stove all at the same time. Unfortunately, that means this area is really visible. When it looks whacked out, my whole house does. I bagged up some fabric for a local friend, organized, and tried to make the most of what I had. I cleaned my machine out down to the guts. There were piles of lint under the feet. I have learned the hard way that a machine that isn't level will not sew right, so I hope that, along with a nice oiling and cleaning, fixes it. If my next attempt at FMQ doesn't go smoothly, I'm takin' the ole girl in for a spa day.
This is what I was working on in the midst of my machine issues. I have had to pick out quite a bit. My goal is to quilt each star differently and stipple the colored areas. I hope it's not vain to say, but I love this quilt. It is a scrappy, happy quilt, that's for sure. This will probably go on wall by my middle son's bed since he helped me make this. It's about 36" square.
Right now, though, I am not sewing anything for a few days. As soon as my best friend got rid of her carpal tunnel issues, I might have picked up some of my own. After cutting the stack of tumblers for the cowbell quilt (for my son who loves Mississippi State) I went to bed and woke up with the edges of my hands completely numb. I've had some and numbness pain for two days now. I know in the future if I cut a weird shape with a rotary cutter, I need to invest in a swivel self healing mat. I've had a hard time doing even small tasks the last 2 days. The last time I had this kind of pain, I realized was after cutting another odd angle quilt out by hand. My mother had carpal tunnel, and I'm sure adding up sewing, computer time, and texting is a recipe for disaster. If you have any home remedies, let me know. I think if I try to be conscientious in the future I can avoid things getting too bad.