Recovering from any disaster takes time, sometimes years. It can feel like the rest of the world has gone on with their lives (which, of course, they did), and that you have been forgotten. This project hopes to share with those still recovering from last year’s Hurricanes Florence & Michael that they have not been forgotten. Quilters are great with sharing in times like this.
I started my quilting adventure by doing hand piecing, but moved on to using the sewing machine to piece & quilt my projects. I’ll admit, sewing with a machine is much faster than by hand. But there is something ‘soothing’ about doing hand-work, plus it’s more portable. Hand work is something I enjoy. I have cross-stitched (until my eyes no longer liked the small holes!) and still crochet.
The first several classes I took when I wanted to learn about quilting consisted of hand quilting & hand piecing. I still meet nearly every Thursday with ladies I met 12 years ago and we hand stitch our different projects for the afternoon.
I started my Sewing Year by first cleaning my sewing machine. It had it’s annual “Spa Day” in September, but I like to give it some touch up. So, using my disposable mascara brush, I chased all the lint from around the bobbin & feed dogs. Next a drop of oil on the Bobbin track. Then the needle was changed. I keep a Post-it Note stuck to my machine with the size of the needle and date it was changed. I put in a full bobbin and re-threaded the machine. Finally a quick wipe down with a damp rag for both the machine and the table.