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Good Things Amongst the Devastation

I am saddened by the devastation of places that I love — New York and New Jersey. I lived and worked in New Jersey before I was married and spent a lot of time in NYC. What they are going through is unimaginable. I survived 5 hurricanes when we lived in Wilmington, NC, with much damage, but nothing like what has happened in the tri-state area.

I am happy that my family members in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and West Virginia are all ok with minor damage. I am thankful that my sister came through surgery in upstate NY today and is recovering at home. I am slowly hearing from friends in the area who are fine.  I am so proud of our President who has been managing the relief with a steady hand and a comforting heart.

I am also thankful for a good night’s sleep and more energy today. The larger dose of Aleve seems to be making my achy joints feel better. The incessant cold rain, however, is not helping.

I decided to get outside my comfort zone and do raw edge applique on my organ quilt. I had a terrible time getting the tension right. I am using Superior Bottom Line for the zigzag stitch and it took some trial and error to get the tension just right. I was not a happy camper. I also realize why I like fusing. When I get the fabric on the batting, it does not move or wrinkle!!

I first pinned the pieces in place. I haven’t used my basting pins in ages!

Here is a section that is stitched down. I have several colors of Bottom Line on bobbins so I was able to match the fabric.

So, I have set this in motion. It will either be a wow quilt or a huge waste of gorgeous fabric. I wonder sometimes why I wander off into uncharted territory, but I keep doing it.

Sending love and good thoughts to all of you on the east coast. Keep the faith!


3 Responses to “Good Things Amongst the Devastation”

  1. Kristin L says:

    It would be boring if you stayed in charted territory — keep exploring and risking that fabric!

    I’m glad to hear that your loved ones on the East Coast are fine. Mother Nature sure let us know she was in charge on this one.

  2. Jeannie says:

    My ancient Bernina did okay with the Bottom Line thread, but she is over 15 years old. I am always amazed at the power of Mother Nature and relieved to hear that you loved ones are safe. Regardless of what happens in one week, President Obama confirmed to me that he is a class act with a huge heart. No election, debate, or politician can change that.

  3. Linda Morand says:

    We were having a discussion today about threads in our group. Several people shared that their Berninas and Janomes do not like Bottom Line but will sew fine with Aurilfil. in the bobbins. Try another thread.