I should be able to live without my machine for 2 weeks. That’s what I tell myself every year when it’s time for her annual service. She probably needs the vacation, and who am I to disregard the rules of good sewing – if you want a machine that runs in tip-top shape forever, you have to keep her maintained.
So this year…after cleaning every inch of my sewing room including shampooing the carpet on day 2 without my Bernina 560…I came up with a handy dandy little list of the stages I went through during her 2-week trip to “Spa Bernina.”
Stage 1: Grief. Look longingly at the spot were she goes. Picture how much fun she’s having with the other machines. Try and feel happy for her instead of sad for yourself.
This stage is often accompanied by the following symptoms: cleaning and reorganizing sewing rooms, finding the most perfect pattern and fabric you forgot you bought during said cleaning spree, realizing it would make the perfect outfit or gift for an event that occurs two days before you get your machine back. Tears. It’s okay to admit.
Stage 2: Leaning on Other Friends. Remember you have another machine. Or a serger. Or both. Or maybe a whole bunch of machines that are none of them as dear to you as your main machine. Shoot, this isn’t working.
This stage is often accompanied by the following symptoms: finding the knits you have in your stash and deciding this is as good a time as any to use your serger. Make yourself a yellow polka-dot bikini. Wonder why you ever bought yellow polka-dot swimsuit material. Tears again. It’s okay to admit.
Stage 3: Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands. Decide that you’re a quilter after all. Take up hand-sewing. Get ambitious and decide a Lemoyne Star in rainbow ombre is a good project.
This stage is often accompanied by the following symptoms: re-learning the quilter’s knot, band-aids, Netflix, more band-aids, altering your queen-size quilt plans down to a table runner, maybe a table topper, maybe just these diamonds strung together as a Christmas tree garland…
Stage 4: Anticipation. She’s coming back soon! (Or, you know, in another week. Who’s counting.) Cut everything for all the projects you wish you were making right now. If you could chain piece with your mind, you’d be doing that.
This stage is often accompanied by the following symptoms: More band-aids (close that rotary cutter!), finding things in stash you forgot you forgot about, at least 3 rotary cutter blades, a mile-high pile of projects ready to go.
Stage 5: Celebration. She’s back, she’s back! Decorate your sewing space to welcome her home. Try not to cry in front of her. She had a great time, and you don’t want her to feel bad.
This stage is often accompanied by the following symptoms: Euphoria, singing, starting eleven projects at once because you can, a shiny new needle, putting away the hand-sewing until next year when she goes in again, wearing a yellow polka-dot bikini while you’re sewing, because where the heck else are you going to wear that thing.
Twas the night before Friday and all through the studio there is a flurry of activity as I clear my table in anticipation of the second clue. I wonder what it might be this week. The cheery red and white four patches remind me of peppermints and Christmas. The coffee is set and my clothes laid out. I am an early riser by nature and I wake early to begin checking my phone for the next clue.
It seems the world over is urging Bonnie to wake and to post the next clue…this is a testament to the positive power she has near and far...even across the water to Australia.
It’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt time and the theme is Good Fortune! What a lovely sentiment….good fortune. I have had the Good Fortune to be surrounded by friends and family both far and near and although the mystery is a special blessing for those whose families are scattered or gone for me it is a Blessing and a time for renewal and reflection.
This is the fourth mystery quilt I have chosen to create in the last 5 years. I took one year off and there are parts of me that still regret that decision. However, my design wall clearly called my name and asked that I finish a few of my own projects…..I completed 4 between Thanksgiving and Christmas...how, it’s a bit of a mystery.
Sunday afternoons mean lazy naps for some, football for others and for me it means cutting time.
I am usually rested and ready to set up my weeks sewing projects. At the end of a work day it’s easy peasy to sew a few seams here and there and by the end of the week I am ready for another Sunday afternoon cutting session.
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