Yesterday was my first day back in the saddle (for reals) with my Bernina. After about $400 worth of cleaning, a motherboard re-build and repairs (and messing around with a few small projects) I strapped on my courage and took out a languishing UFO that needs to be finished because it is a long overdue gift.
The first couple of hours went well – amazingly well. I was sailing right along, the machine was making all the right sounds. Life was good. I love that machine, I love sewing, it was all good.
This is such a large quilt I had to spread the blocks out on my king-size bed. I did about 3 miles of walking, looping the long hallway between my bedroom and the sewing room. On one trip I placed some connected blocks next to the long row they would be attached to and realized – I goofed. Not a little “opps” goof, but an EPIC FAIL GOOF. A sit-down-on-the-bed-and swear goof. To make matters worse, I did some periodic reverse stitching to strengthen a few places where the seam allowance wasn’t quite (ahem) 1/4 inch. As I looked even closer, I saw a single row of half square triangles on one block that was….going the wrong way. Four little half square triangles…..would anyone notice? I did, and my mother’s voice in my head did, too.
Long story short, I spent most of the rest of the day parked in my favorite chair with a seam ripper. I put a movie in the VCR – ironically, The Agony and the Ecstasy. It seemed appropriate for the task and besides – I loves me some campy Charlton Heston movies. I managed to separate the scofflaws but had to sacrifice two entire blocks as the surgical separation necessitated some fabric amputation. It pained me deeply. I will push on and finish this thing but the next time I even THINK about doing a Lady of the Lake quilt I want someone out there to beat me about the head and shoulders with a blunt instrument. This quilt will never lie flat or square up well. I don’t think even Charlton Heston as Moses (another fav campy flick) could pull something that biblically epic out his hat.