Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bobbin Failure

I tried to make this post last night but my computer lost its internet link, so I decided to go to bed instead since the resident computer expert had retired for the night. Some people (who shall remain nameless) think I may have writer's block since I haven't posted since 10th March. I assure you, the words are still as plentiful, just not making it to the computer. ( TOO MUCH MARKING LAST WEEK!)

Look what happened to me in the weekend:

I was winding thread and didn't think about what I was doing when it was finished. I pulled the bobbin up, instead of left then up, and the end came off! I guess they don't make parts like they used to. Just as well I have a case full of bobbins, so I could keep on sewing. I have been quilting the two community quilts that I started a couple of Saturday's ago. I now have to do the bindings and I should have had them finished by now, but work keeps getting in the way of the weekends - oh and a fabric buying trip last Saturday also meant not much sewing got done.

I know I am not supposed to be buying fabric this year (or any year for about the next thousand) but there was a new Quilts Japan magazine waiting for me at The Cloth Shop over in Palmerston North, so I decided I would have a nice day out on my own. I came back with 6 metres of fabric for the background and borders of our next raffle quilt at the very reasonable price of $10 per metre. I was very happy to get that. I won't bore you with the details of the other fabrics that just had to walk out the shop with me, but the good ladies of Arthur Toye's had just unloaded a new shipment and temptation grabbed hold of my wallet and flung it at their cash register! Well, okay, here is a photo of a lovely graduated fabric I picked up:


kirsty said...

Oh LUST! That is YUMMY fabric you have there, Helen :)

Janice said...

I second that comment! What a perfect fabric for my delphiniums! How much did you get of it??

You made me feel guilty last night so I went out to the sewing room after dinner tonight which is unheard of for me, I don't usually do that, and got the last border cut and sewn on the community quilt. I also tidied up the table, ready to pin the quilt to the batting tomorrow. So there!

gwen said...

I am glad I am not the only one fabric jumps at! From today til Sunday, there is a huge hand craft fair with hundreds of fabric shops taking place in my town. It happens once a year and well I have to go to have a look. Guess how many times I came back empty handed!? Take care.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

That gradation fabric is completely wonderful!! Wow! My mother used to have a Singer touch and sew machine (in the 60's) where the bobbins actually unscrewed and intentionally came apart; similar to your photograph. It was an easy way to change bobbin thread but must have been a source or problems because Singer discontinued them.

Ali Honey said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog. I too remember the Wahine Tragedy quite vividly - I was teaching little kids at Whenuakura at the time.

Love that graduated fabric...hope you purchased plenty - it will have SO many uses. Cheers Alison.

donna bradley said...

Hi Helen delivered quilts to Janice now have them back in my car will deliver Saturday if you are home.
Having fun looking at blog sites.

Regards Donna

Howard thinks it is a great idea to have our own and post lots of newsy stuff.
instead of doing this just at Christmas