Sunday, November 20, 2022

Sew & Tell ~ November 21, 2022

I have spent the past few days convalescing in front of the television again... partially because I fell victim to a chest cold and just as I was improving Dave joined me.  He did a beautiful job caring for me and insisting that he prepare our meals, allowing me to rest and heal.  What a sweet guy!  I just love him so much!  So much so... that I passed the germs to him.  Ooops... 

Our vows did say "in sickness and in health, for better or for worse" after all.

But because I was essentially not allowed to spend any time in my studio, by order of Dave, I don't have much to show.  

With the exception of removing quilting stitches from my retreat quilt as I vegged and watched Runaway Bride, there has been no quilting.  What a very sad week!

The feathered wreaths were coming along.  I had two done with four more full wreaths and multiple partials... I wasn't overly pleased with the look of the first one but pressed forward and saw improvement with the second... though I was still considering ripping them out and trying something different.  I placed the quilt in time out and when I returned on Thursday morning, I had decided that they didn't look so bad.  

I carried forth with a third one... it was better... and then I had peeked at the back.  *UGH*  The stitching was unacceptable.  Having a nagging headache and sore throat with an irritating tickle I decided to go sit and visit with Jack as I binged Heartland and The Crown.

It didn't take long to undo what I'd had done since the stitching was loose.  When I was done with that it went back into time out...  I'll revisit it very soon.  I have changed the needle... checked the threading of the top thread AND the bobbin... gave the machine a cleaning...  My next step is to choose a different thread.  Since I was not feeling 100% I suppose it could be that the issue was completely "operator error."

Any other suggestions???  
I'd love to hear from you... Leave a comment.

I did return to my studio to do some minor repairs to some shorts, jeans, jackets and a blanket... but what fun is there in showing that???

I'll show you some of the items shared last week that caught my attention...

Kathleen McMusing showed us her adorable Alphabet baby quilt...

And Melisa shared some red embroidered snowmen... A-dor-able!  She is a person after my heart... she had been stitching it while camping.  😍

Now it is time for you to show your projects!

Keep Piecing!


Linking with:

Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Musings at Songbird Designs
This & That at Days Filled with Joy
To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter


  1. I hope you are feeling better.

  2. I am so sorry you two are under the weather, hope you are both improving. Also sorry you had a date with Jack:( but in the long run you will be happier with the finish.

  3. I’m sorry you’re under the weather. What a sweet hubby you have. Your feathers look really pretty. I’m sorry about the tension issues. I have no idea.


  4. Get well soon! I did finish my wrenches this week, but the big job has been cleaning out and reorganizing the scrap drawers. I pulled small pieces out for the “tiny scraps” bag, but before they go there I cut the broken dishes blocks and am now working in the house blocks. Next will be the hearts, then I will sort again and see what might work for the leaves. I am hoping to finish all the rows this week…we’ll see. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Kathy R.

  5. Ahhh, marriage -- where you share everything, including cold bugs!! Having done Angela Walters Fabulous Feathers FMQ Challenge late last year into the beginning of this year, one thing I would say is that the back tension issue may be a matter of the speed you are moving your hands as you move through the feather curves. I found you might need to find/develop just the right rhythm to avoid "eyelashes" on the back when you stitch them. Also being relaxed and not tense can affect the results (as is for all FMQ). Her videos for the challenge remain on You Tube forever so perhaps checking them out will provide some insight.

  6. Sharing colds is just so unfair! I am glad you are feeling better and hope your husband is soon. Thanks for the feature!

  7. I hope you both are feeling better, Melva. How sweet that your dear hubby took care of you. Your quilt is looking wonderful so sorry that you had to take out some stitches from your retreat quilt. Thank you so much for sharing my Frosty quilt from last week's post. You brought a smile to my day. Have a lovely Thanksgiving .

  8. We are blessed to have such wonderful husbands! I’m sorry, but I don’t have any suggestions for you on your quilt as mine go to my very much appreciated longarmer!

  9. So sorry you've been sick again, Melva. I hope you and Dave are feeling better soon. He's a sweetie to take good care of you and now you just take care of each other as you recuperate! Your wreaths are looking good. I am not very good at making feathers, but I still keep trying! Thanks for linking up with Monday Musings today. I hope you are both better and able to enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving.

  10. Hope you are starting to feel better Melva. Isn’t it wonderful to have such a sweet, caring husband? 😉

  11. Hi Melva! I sure hope that cold has left you both alone, now. Sickness is out of the way for the holidays, that's my motto. How annoying about the quilting, but you were trying to tell yourself to not do it. You just didn't listen to yourself! The whole, it looks okay thing means you really want to do something else. Ugg. The loose stitches - been there, done that very recently. It was the thread for me. After trying all those things you mentioned, it was the only thing left. I was feeling fine so it couldn't be "operator error." HAHA. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. {{Hugs}} a bunch! ~smile~ Roseanne

  12. I'm sorry you weren't well and banned from the sewing room... but just as well since you needed the rest! Glad you got looked after so well... and now to get back into things... but don't overdo it! Love the feathered wreathes -they are so pretty xx

  13. Oh my on the chest cold - and sharing it with Dave! I hope you are feeling much better now. Hopefully your loose issue will have resolved itself when you can get back into your "space". Take care and thank you for sharing with To Do Tuesday!

  14. Hope you both feel better soon!