Wednesday, March 07, 2007

my big mistake

was sitting down to do e-mail tonight. I went on to catch up with the dozen blogs that have been updated - and here it is, 10:pm. Part of the problem is that we have no Internet access during the day. The upside of this is that I can concentrate on my work without being distracted by beeps and curiosity every time a message comes waltzing into my IN box. The downside is that I have 80 billion messages to go through every night, instead of little by little during the day. And once I sit down, I am done.

But I got myself up again because I had fabric in the wash that I had overprinted, brought home and steamed. I spent the afternoon attempting to make silk purses out of the pile of sows' ears on my table. I spent the evening making ONE postcard. ONE. Cheesh! That's about 2 cents an hour for labor - why do I bother? Because I have all these SCRAPS. Take away the first and last letters of that word and you know what I'm talking about.

Most of the time was spent trying to figure out the settings on my 6500, adjust the stitch lengh for zig zag, and thread the needle. But maybe next time will take only 1 hour instead of 3. I have a few more in the works; I am thinking that it would be nice to have some for the open studios at the end of April. On the other hand, it might be more trouble than it's worth. On the third hand - maybe I'll frame them...
Saturday I am teaching - so maybe by Sunday I'll have time to get back to the postcards.


Anonymous said...

I like each of the cards, for different reasons.

What was helpful to me when using the 6500-make a cheat sheet. I am not one to document much of anything, but I did make a fabric page of my favorite stitches and wrote the length/width of each. Then I did not have to reinvent each time and if I wanted to adjust, it did not take quite forever. Also,if you move the needle to a 6.0 setting (regular ft.), it is 1/4" seam.

Have fun on Saturday!!

Frances said...

Rayna I know just what you mean I sometimes think I will just read a couple of blogs and 2 hours later I think where did the time go,
I like both postcards the second is my fav. when I am making postcards I found things speed up if I work them in a chain fashion for the making up and finishing, that way you don't have to switch your machine stitches so much,
it takes time to get to know a new machine and I did what Diane did but I wouldn't call it a cheat sheet it's a time saver,

Rayna said...

Thanks, Anonymous Diane. 6.0 width??

Gerrie said...

Beautiful cards. I think I will make some today. I am inspired. I love Diane's idea. I spend too much time figuring out how to set the machine.

jenclair said...

:) love the postcards! Labor intensive, but lovely!

Judy said...

Love the postcards.
Sometimes I think you are nuts!!! LOL

PaMdora said...

haha, like what you said about scraps!

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