on the weekend i broke the presser foot on my machine. the machine that sits on the frame and allows me to quilt words as well as simply making my quilts the way i've always imagined them. and it looked like i was going to be out of commission for weeks while waiting for the new part to arrive. that just isn't an option for me anymore. there was a time when i could have spent the time tidying the studio. or working on other things. even cleaning my house. and while all these things need deperately to be done, i'm thrilled to say, i just don't have that luxury. my little corner of the world has quilts that need to be quilted. and i had to get things humming again. i am fortunate to have found an expert repairman for my machine. he can brilliantly resolve anything that is interfering with my production. but on sunday he came to the studio and shook his head. the presser foot had
snapped and needed to be replaced. i had assumed that and already begun the calls around town looking for one. nothing. i ordered one on ebay. but it would take up to 2 weeks to arrive from oregon. so yesterday i started calling shops in cities i could drive to and from in a day. and after a few hours i found the part. i wasn't 100% sure. he didn't have internet. the other shops i'd been emailing a photo of the broken part. with nothing matching up. but this little shop in ottawa, i just felt had the right piece to get me back to work. so, ezra and i made the trip, picked up 2, were home before tom got home from work, and, had finished the quilt that had stalled on the frame and were home making dinner by 7. i love the pace that fills the studio now. i love that problem solving goes hand in hand with the creative adventures that happen everyday in my workspace. and i love that this crisp chilly morning i'll be pumping out quilts again.
i feel like quilts are alive. they reflect all the little joys that make life special. they emanate love and warmth. the quilts i make blend a grandmother's ideals with a fresh youthful flair. there is a nostalgia for seasons past combined with hopefulness for a bright full future. you can find me online at www.chasinglightningbugs.com