Tip: confirm your needle position when straight stitching!

Computerized machines allow you to adjust the needle position on a straight stitch via the zigzag/stitch width button. Many machines have the stitch width and stitch length values always visible on the screen. Other machines, like my Elnita EC30, require you to click through a menu (using the MODE button here) to access the stitch pattern number, stitch length and stitch width.

Elnita EC30

You can guess where this is going, can’t you?

I prefer to piece with a 2.0 stitch length. The preset on the Elnita EC30 is a 2.4 stitch length. I did dial down the stitch length to the correct number. However, I also managed to move the stitch width to the same number without realizing it, which moved the needle position slightly left of center. My seam allowances were a little bigger, but it didn’t really show up until after I’d sewn 5 strips together. Oopsie!

Some of my match points are a wee bit off on my donation quilt project, but I did manage to make it work! I also learned a very important lesson today. Double check your needle position before stitching! Is it where you need it to be?

Clear communication is so important

One of my choices for classes at the Garden of Quilts (Lehi, UT) was a class featuring Quilt Seeds taught by Lori Holt. The description stated that attendees would make one Quilt Seeds block in the 3 hour class. The kit for this class was excluded from the “ultimate quilter’s package” I’d already purchased, so I’d have to pay an additional $320.00 for the kit, plus incur an additional night of hotel because I’d have to fly out a day earlier. No one could tell me at the time of registration what was included in the kit. Based on the information available at the time, a single pattern and a layer cake didn’t justify an extra $450.00 to me – even for a bucket list trip.

Today, I learned that that all six patterns, oodles of Lori Holt fabric and a lot of swag are reported to be included in the kit. My decision might have been different if I’d had this information back in April. Who knows? I’m happy with the classes I chose to take. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to meet Lori in person during the event. Regardless, I’ll still have fun making my Quilt Seeds flower with the pattern I picked up today at Cabin Fever Quilt Studio.

We paid back our student loans

My husband and I come from families of very modest means. We are the first and only people in our immediate families to graduate from college.

We worked our way through undergrad (both) and grad school (me), got all the scholarship money and employer tuition reimbursement money we could and only borrowed what we truly needed – not the max amount the financial aid office said we were entitled to.

It took nearly a decade, but we paid off every last dime we owed. Even as a teacher, I never qualified for any loan forgiveness program because the criteria were always changing. By the time I actually met the criteria, I’d already paid it off.

Today, several million students will see their loan balances go poof – courtesy of Mr. Biden.

It doesn’t resolve the issue of why college (like medical care) is so expensive, nor why we as a country, push our young folks toward college, when most aren’t cut out for it?

Where are the safeguards and education programs in place to explain to 18 year olds what the ramifications are of signing on the dotted line to borrow a sum of money for college? Oh, wait… based on today’s actions, why bother, when you aren’t going to be expected to pay it back?

I have no problem with loan forgiveness based on specific criteria. One of my former colleagues met the criteria for teacher/public employee loan forgiveness. It was such a blessing to her and her family when the loan balance was finally zeroed out.

Today’s actions leave me shaking my head. With blanket loan forgiveness, we, the taxpayers are on the hook to bat clean-up yet again.

Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Sadly, It appears to be lost, along with its cousin, common sense.

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