Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Nightmare in Atlanta, Texas

 I thought that was a catchy title for this quilt, instead of Nightmare on Elm's Street.

Don't get me wrong, I love this quilt but whatever could go wrong did, from the backing and batting, the longarm not working right, to my Jazz messing up.  I just wanted to pull my hair out.  I had wanted to do more quilting on it but decided enough is enough.

I eventually finished it up on my Juki.  Sigh.... Sigh...  I told my husband that I didn't want to give this to my son, for it is such an imperfect quilt.  I even had some loose tension on the back.  My husband told me to ignore it that our son would never know the difference.

The problem with what he said...."I would know the difference!!!"

Therefore, today, I put the binding on this quilt and then I ripped out all of the bad tension parts.  It was worth the extra work because I feel so much better.

Still didn't want to give this to my son but.....I put it on my bed and fell in love with it, imperfections and all.  I wanted to keep it but then I thought, if I could love it, maybe he would too....so Merry Christmas Nathan.

A few weeks back my sister, Jeanette from Inchworm Fabrics, asked me if I wanted to do another project together.  Keep in mind that the last two projects we have done together we have not posted because hers are not finished.  I am not railing on her, she works, therefore, she doesn't have as much time as I do.  

We decided on the rail fence.  I have to tell ya, I love hers more than mine.

I did my strips smaller, 2" instead of 2 1/2 inches.  I didn't want mine to be as big.

What I want to know is if any of you have a project that just made you go insane with mishaps???

On another note, sometimes life just gets in the way of posting.  Vance and I are in self quarantine.  Our son that lives near us had covid, which he was at our home two times not knowing he had it.

He came by Sunday and stayed awhile, leaving our grandson.  He called later that evening wondering if I had sinus trouble or if my allergies were bothering me.  He said his sinus had been bothering him for days.  He came two days later, looking horrible.  Said he was just tired.  He called us later that evening saying he lost his sense of taste and smell.  

Oh boy

He went to get tested the next day and on Friday he found out it was positive.  During this time I was feeling poorly and on Friday I was really sick.  No taste, didn't want to eat, headache etc.  I had had a headache for several days and just tired but....I didn't think it was covid.  He got the positive results and so he thought I had covid.  I was still sick the next day but really didn't think I had covid.  The day after that I was a little better and then by Sunday I was all better.  

To this day I don't think it was covid but we are still in self quarantine.  I had a cousin who had it the same time as my son with the same symptoms.  (by the way, she hugged me that same Sunday my son came by and called me on Tuesday saying she had covid) She didn't have it as bad as my son and she said it wasn't bad at all.  She tested positive.  I did not get tested because to be honest, I was just to sick and tired to get out.    Even if it was covid, I am over it.

My main problem, is......if you have had contact with someone who has had covid, why go out and risk giving it to others????

That is my soap box for today.


Kathleen said...

Sorry for your troubles, but glad you made peace with the quilt! My son had an exposure to covid and had to isolate until his test came back and still has to monitor. I am so sorry for all who have lost loved ones, especially now as we did better early on controlling it. Not easy, but we could have stayed where we were. Meanwhile, hope you have lovely holidays, I am missing my family terribly but focusing on finished for the year!

QuiltShopGal said...

I'm proud of you for self quarantining and staying home. While I understand you didn't feel all that great, I'm glad you didn't get terribly sick. But part of me hopes that you did get covid. Antibodies are a good thing. Stay safe. The vaccine will be available to everyone very soon. We are in the home stretch and just need to hang on a little longer.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Your "Nightmare" looks lovely - and you're right - YOU would know!! I've had projects give me fits - and no one else would ever know - but I would - so I took the time to try to fix it - just so I could say that I TRIED - even if I failed.

I like both of your Rail Fences - they look terrific! It always amazes me when the same block can look so different when the colors and layout are changed - when some other patterns look the same no matter what.

I'm so glad you feel better - and I agree with you - why risk giving it to others???? Your soap sounds like a very good one - LOL - ;))

Terry said...

It's a beautiful quilt and of course he will love it because you made it. Glad you're feeling better. A little common sense goes a long way during this Covid mess. Staying home really is the smartest thing to do. :0)

Denice Barker said...

Well, you are right about exposing people. At this stage of the game we should all know the rules and abide by them. It appears there are so many different ways this virus can act it's hard sometimes to know if you have it or not so best to just stay put.
I named a quilt that developed it's own system of torturing me Christine, after the Stephen King novel about the car that was possessed. The quilt I was working on certainly was!

Gene Black said...

I would think that "yes, you had COVID" because the loss of taste is a big symptom that most other things don't have.

I am glad you are doing the quarantine. It is just a smart thing to do.

I remember one quilt that gave me lots of fits. Once it was done, I loved it, though.
I am sure Nathan will love that one.

ShirleyC said...

Amen to that! I'm glad you're better, but it does sound like you had it.

Sorry your quilt was such a nightmare. At least it's done! It's really pretty!

hetty said...

I love your quilt, imperfections and all. My daughter, who is a teacher, was exposed to a supply teacher who tested positive. She had to have a covid test and self-isolate for 2 weeks. Thank goodness she was negative. It was very scary.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love your quilt and know your son will as well. Wow....so glad you are all recovering!

Carol said...

You have certainly had a time of it! Glad you are feeling better again. The "nightmare" quilt looks lovely and I really like your rail fence. I looked at your sister's and I like hers too. :) Your advice is good for all of us to remember. Merry Christmas!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

You have been busy...your Nightmare quilt is so pretty. I think it's a marvelous gift and will be much loved and appreciated.
I'm sure it is better to be safe than sorry. It seems folks react widely differently to this virus and some get very ill. You were very lucky, thank goodness, to get over it so quickly. We've been mostly isolating since March even tho' numbers are low around us. I miss hugs.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Yep sometimes there are those quilts that try your patience, but when you are done, you love them. Glad you are feeling better. When it comes to COVID I know people who have been the whole spectrum.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Your quilt looks beautiful from here. Sorry about the CV troubles. Sounds like everyone is weathering through it. I hope you're feeling better this week.

Jennifer said...

It turned out pretty. Merry Christmas

Barbara said...

Excellent soapbox message! I guess you’ll never know if you had Covid, but no taste is a clue. I also love your very colorful quilt,
imperfections or not. And Rail Fence is one of my favorite patterns!

JJ said...

Your quilt turned out excellent and Nathan will be none the wiser but like you I would have had to take it out and fix it.

Chookyblue...... said...

sounds like covid to me too.........so lucky you have got over it ok. .......I wonder how many others have not got tested........

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

I agree with you. For most people, Covid is not life threatening but for some it is a death sentence. Thank you for being aware and thoughtful of others. Your "Nightmare" quilt is lovely and I hope you feel like after all that hard work and extra work you put into it that your Son should have it. Happy New Year. Be Blessed!