weekend blur

Custom Baby Quilt

My weekend consisted of two activities: (1) finishing this quilt and (2) cleaning up the aftermath.

Honestly, it was a comedy of errors. Sadie got into the butterfly appliqués. One of the green border strips went AWOL, so I spent Saturday night figuring out a solution and recut the name appliqué letters on my Cricut Maker. My big, fancy machine (Janome 8900 used exclusively for machine quilting) pitched a serious hissy fit at being asked to machine quilt minky dot. Broken needles, shredded thread, dual feed foot holder came apart…you get the idea. Do sewing machines know when they’re about to be traded in? My next machine will be a Brother Innovis 2450/2500 (Quilt Club model) or the Baby Lock equivalent. It’s merely a matter of which one arrives stateside first.

Trading/selling the 8900 will mean my breakup with Janome is complete. The company brought politics into my sewing room uninvited when it decided to support a maker who got directly involved in fundraising for the nasty Georgia political campaign campaign hell I lived through last fall. Said individual appears to be ramping up for another politically active fundraising season and is frequently featured on the company’s IG account. Nope. We’re not going there again. Don’t need to be reminded every time I look at my sewing machine.