Since funds are at an all-time low, I'm finding myself entering more and more giveaways.
I have so many things I need/want. I need my own laptop (thank God for this work-issued one). I need a newer phone - mine is almost six years old, has seen better days, and only sends/receives phone calls/texts. I need better lighting in my sewing room - the overhead light is just not giving me the lighting I need to see my projects. Do you have some lighting you love/hate you can tell me about? I'd love to have a Sidewinder - what a wonderful thing that would be. I'd love to be able to take some quilting classes so I can gain more confidence in myself as a quilter. I agonize over every single stitch I make. I make stupid mistakes.
Of course, a large part of that is because I don't sew that often. I moved back to the US from Germany in July 2008, and my sewing machine didn't even get unpacked until recently. I made my first quilt when my granddaughter was born in July 2005. Since that time, I think I’ve made five more quilts. It is always such a long time between quilts that I feel as though I'm starting over. About the only thing I can remember with any certainty is the fact that my seams should be 1/4". Everything else is like Greek and I have to pull notes or go to the internet to figure out how to do them. I can't remember things like: Binding issues - the width I should cut the fabric for the binding, how to sew the strips for the binding, how to join the final section of the binding; Stitch Length: I went from a "regular" sewing machine to a new "electronic" sewing machine, so now instead of setting a stitch length of 10, 12, etc, I have to set the stitch length at 2.0, 2.5, etc. I am constantly searching the internet for guidance when I hit a dead-end. AND...GUESS WHAT??? I got another virus on my work-issued laptop last night. Searching for quilting advice. This is the second time in a month I've gotten a virus on my work-issued laptop. That's not good. Not good at all.
Maybe God is trying to tell me in subtle terms I don't need to buy myself a laptop until I can learn to be a good little girl and stay away from infected websites. Who would have thought I'd get a virus looking for quilting advice???? I'm definitely an idjit when it comes to computers, I guess. (I'm sure if my DD#1 was reading this, she would say HECK YEAH!!!)