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Feeling Grumpy

This is my worst allergy time. I think it is from the mold that develops from the combination of falling leaves and falling rain. Today they were scooping them into piles and picking them up in big trucks to haul them out of our neighborhood. I think I should have stayed indoors because I am sure the mold was permeating the air. Anyway, I have a bad sinus headache.

Here is my other headache. I finished the quilting on the hillside houses. I was not thrilled with the color of thread I used for the sky. I wanted to use all heavy weight cotton and none of my shiny synthetics. Well, it looks like I will have to pull it all out anyway. Don’t you love unquilting? Here it is finished (I thought).

Now look at the back. This is a piece of Marimekko fabric I bought at Crate and Barrel:

See all those snarls at the top? Here is a close-up:

I didn’t notice this until I was all done. The problem is that wherever the snarls are, the quilting comes unstitched. I don’t know why this happened just in this section. You can see the line where I cut the back to make the pillow case turn. The sleeve will cover that. So I think I will head out tomorrow to find a better thread since I have to requilt it.

I think I am feeling out of sorts because I have been spending too much time by myself. I always get this way  just before it is time for STASH! I have this self-imposed work schedule to get enough pieces done for my solo show. I have been reading blogs of all my friends who are travelling, going to art gallery receptions, attending quilt shows, taking and teaching workshops, and I am feeling left behind. I know, I know — usually I am having great experiences. Thursday is STASH and Friday is Crit group at my house. That should feed my need for some social time.

I just have to post this link for all my knitting friends. You probably have seen it, but I think it is quite hysterical — knitting graffitti.

9 Responses to “Feeling Grumpy”

  1. I think “hillside houses” will be great when it is finished. The quilt really captures the feeling of those pictures you took.

  2. karoda says:

    oooo, gerrie, sorry to hear you’re experiencing headaches…trying to think or do anything sucks big time when not feeling well…put off the unquiltng until the headache is gone and socialize just for the sake of socializing…no reason, no rhyme…

  3. Reva says:

    You ARE an extrovert! We’ll try to pull you out of your funk on Thursday.

  4. Jeannie says:

    Yep, I would be grumpy too if I had to unquilt and had a sinus headache. With the inversion we have had since last week, the air quality is nasty and my head is letting me know it isn’t happy about it. Hopefully, some rain will wash the crud out of the air. Hope you are feeling better.

  5. Mary Ann says:

    Gerri, sometimes this happens when you stop to wind a bobbin and/or rethread upper machine. If you forget to raise your presser foot when rethreading the thread doesn’t get down between the tension disks and …no tension on upper thread. Good news is that it’s usually fairly easy to just pull out.

    Good luck. I like this quilt very much.

  6. Judy says:

    that knitting graffiti site is too funny……thanks for the chuckles!

  7. Judy says:

    No wonder you’re feeling grumpy! I would be too if I had that unquilting to do. But it will be worth it in the long run. I hope you find just the perfect thread to requilt with.
    My sinuses are soooo bad right now. I finally bit the bullet and booked my surgery for Dec 8th. I will be so glad when it is over with and perhaps then I will have some relief.


  8. KathieB says:

    Picking out quilting stitches–ugh. I just finished quilting a table runner and discovered I had quilted small bits of fabric from another project to the back. Lots of them. Had to rip all that out too. Ugh.

    Thanks for the graffiti knitting link–hilarious!

  9. Kristin L says:

    Good luck with the unquilting. I’d do it with a cup of good, sinus-clearing tea. t will be totally worth it in the end (the unquilting and then re quilting).

    My fave knittagging is the mooring ring in Stockholm.