Every time I sit down to write, something happens to prevent it. I have so much to tell you!
First, the BIG NEWS.
I was doing some ruler work, with my left hand holding the ruler and the right hand driving the machine. I do not know what happened, I guess my finger moved under the needle. Well, the needle missed me by mere millimeters, but the needle clamp came down hard, and you know the needle has to go all the way down before it can come back up, but my finger was in the way.
So I panicked, tried to jerk my hand out, frantically pressed buttons (which only made things worse) and it took what felt like 20 minutes for me to remember the manual handwheel on the front of the machine. Meanwhile, the needle kept trying to go DOWN. Think of a vise that keeps getting turned regardless of the pressure on what it’s clamping. It leaves marks, no?
This is apparently a bad thing where fingers are involved. Ice, ibuprofen, and a visit to the hospital, where they declared my finger unbroken but definitely sprained, with some nerve damage to boot.
I’ve been sporting this split since the 26th of May, so about 2-1/2 weeks now. My finger feels much better, but the bruise still smarts and I still have intermittent numbness. Needless to say, typing, cutting, sewing, quilting have all been pretty challenging. I did finish that quilt though!
I’m Teaching at the Georgia Quilt Show!
I’ve got this new gig with the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo (my, these are great people, let me tell you! Salt of the earth they are!) and my first teaching gig is September 19-21. And guess what I’ll be teaching?
Die-cutting classes! Yes! A whole bunch of them! And I’ll be hosting tours of the Sizzix quilt exhibit, which has 4 of my quilts in it. So if you are in the Atlanta area, you should come and see me!
Blocks to Die For is Returning!
I Have an Intern!
Meet Kaity y’all!
Kaity is running off to college this fall, but before she goes, she’s going to spend the summer helping me get my business situated. It’s really awesome having her – she’s been packing orders, deconstructing quilt backings, and listing products in my store. She’s a wonderful, wonderful resource. She’s helping me clean up the studio too! I just wish I were better organized so I could hand even more things off to her. 🙂
I’m Doing Demos at the Chicago Quilt Festival!
Quilts Inc. does these really cool events called “Open Studios” where they have four artists working at a time for two hours, showing you what they do and how they create. I’ll be there on June 20th from 7-9PM and Saturday June 22nd from 2-4PM. I’ll be in the Embellish Studio, doing – you guessed it – die cutting. I’ll also be signing books at the Quilter’s Compass booth, and attending the Modern Meetup on the 21st at 7pm.
And if you show up and mention my Crapology 101 series, I’ll give you a present. 🙂
Are we all caught up now? That’s my life, what’s happening in yours? 🙂