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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Neglecting Bernie

Inspired by Patti I have been busy over the past few days piecing together triangles for some (about 300 I think) hour glass blocks. I felt I needed a project where I didn’t have to read a pattern every five minutes, so on Sunday I slashed a major part of my charm square collection and started piecing them together again randomly.

But then yesterday morning, Bernie (that’s my Bernina:o)) gave me a big startle. In the middle of the last half of triangles, all of a sudden she stopped feeding my fabric through. The dogteeth had stopped moving, and the needle was just going up and down in the same spot, creating a blob of thread. Now what? Opening her up, removing a couple of screws, it hit me: I can’t remember the last time I gave her a good clean and oiling. She is mad because I haven’t been paying attention to her needs! My friend, who has been doing whatever I tell her to do, and I have been neglecting her needs for a looong time! Shame on me! So last night, coming home after a seminar, I cleaned and oiled her, and starting her up tonight she purred like she did when she was new. Puh! And I have promised her to never neglect her like that again.

Anyway, I haven’t really anything to show you for what I have been doing these last days, so I’m just posting you a picture of my ironing board with the triangles I managed to stitch before Bernie got mad at me.

In the box is the triangle units I pieced this weekend, which is about half, and the long strand of pieces is what I managed Monday night. Befor supper today I stitched the rest. Next is to iron them, and then piece the hour glass blocks together. Let’s see how far I can get on that before it gets to late tonight...

5 comments:

meggie said...

Glad to see you back! Also glad your machine is good, & just needed some TLC. I have a Janome, & I love that machine! It is the best one I have ever owned, & goes like a dream.
Looking forward to seeing your hourglass blocks!

Su Bee said...

LOL! I saw a lint pile the size of a hamster come out of a machine one time at retreat! The lady had owned her machine for 4 years and didn't know she was supposed to clean it - it was a pretty big hoot. Bernies are so much happier without all that fur......

Patti said...

Glad to be an inspiration LOL! I can't wait to see your blocks!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Your half square triangles on your ironing board remind me of "flags" you'd see at a grand opening. You know what I mean?

I can't wait to see your blocks!

Oh, my Swiss Miss would get really angry at me when I neglected her so I know how Bernie feels. I got in the habit of just winding five bobbins and when I'd used the last one I knew it was time give her some TLC.

Suze said...

Thanks for the reminder. The Duchess is going to give me real grief if I don't stop soon and give her a real clean...........

I keep watching your SBS progress. I am looking for the right blue fabric to for my SBS. You will be the first to know when I find it.