I’m getting there

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post and I finally started quilting the t-shirt memory quilt…but…there was an issue, of course!

Because this quilt is so big and heavy, I moved my sewing machine to the dining room table so I could use it to help support the weight of the quilt. I got everything setup and I started doing my meander pattern. I was humming along and got about 1/3 through when I stopped to check the back… cue the ‘dun, dun, dun’ music!

Omg, there were ripples and tucks everywhere!!! I just about cried 😦  Actually, the very first section I quilted was fine but everything else was a mess. I let it sit for a few days trying to think of a way to salvage the quilting but I finally faced the truth – there’s no way to salvage it. I didn’t even have the stomach take a picture of it!

I reached out to a quilting friend to ask for tips or tricks for ripping it out and she said to ‘work from the back’. Cut the thread in one spot, move a few inches away and cut again and use the seam ripper to lift the thread out. After I got the hang of it, the ripping went pretty fast but I was still grumbling about it the whole time. I was also trying to figure out how I was going to prevent it from happening again!

I laid the quilt out face down on my bedroom floor and smoothed out the backing…the only choice to keep it from moving again was to pin it – UGH, I hate pinning! But that’s what I did, I pinned it from the back which in hindsight was not the smartest thing to do if you’re quilting from the top!! LOL Will this torture ever end? LOL

I got it back to the dining room and started quilting again…this time it worked fine! I’m over halfway done and will finish the quilting today – whoop whoop!



I looked back in my posts to see when I started this puppy –  September!! Oh my…I’m so embarrassed it’s taken me this long to get to this point…but it is what it is.


In other news…we still haven’t moved to Myrtle Beach yet. DH has been dragging his feet but we finally figured out what was wrong. Here’s a classic case of what NOT to do when taking pills:

DH takes four B12 vitamins every morning as instructed by his doctor (he’s deficient). I order them from Amazon and last month he asked me to reorder because he was getting low. When the new shipment came in, he commented they look different from last time. I told him I ordered the same thing as last time so we started investigating.

Last Feb, he asked me to buy him a new non-habit forming sleep aid from Unisom called Sleep Mini’s. As I always do, I checked Amazon and they had a 6-pk on sale so we got them (that adds up to 360 pills). When they came in, DH removed them from their original packaging and put them in an  empty B12 bottle – I think you can see where this is going.

When his B12 supply started getting low last year, he refilled it with the Sleep Mini’s without even giving it another thought. Bottom Line: for about 3 months he was mistakenly taking 4 Sleep Mini’s every morning instead of B12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No wonder he was so lethargic and out of it!

DH learned a HUGE lesson – do not take pills out of their original packing!! He’s been off those pills for almost a month now and he’s feeling more like his old self every day – whew!

We have made some progress in Myrtle Beach – we had internet installed and we got CPI to install the alarm system with all the new bells & whistles. I can do everything from my smart phone: arm/disarm, open/close the garage door, see who’s at the front door with the door bell cam. It’s pretty neat. We also got the fence installed so Sammie can run free in the back yard. And last week, DH drove down for the delivery of our new mattresses. Next up is getting DirecTV.

Right now the planned move date is early March.

I’ll end it there…have a great rest of the weekend.