Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bernina-less and Still Trying to Be Productive

Today I have read through a huge number of blogs and I am shocked at how many quilters mentioned having their machine in the shop! Of course most of them are just getting cleaned and tuned-up. I'm kind of hoping that's all mine needed too, but we won't know for sure until the repairman is back to work. I took my beloved Bernina in the day after my unfortunate sewing accident and found out that the only man with access to Bernina parts is down with pneumonia and it might be a month before I get my machine back!!!

What's a girl to do? Well, I still have piecing work that can be done on one of my Featherweights. (BTW, I got the call that my new Featherweight is cleaned, oiled and ready to roll so I could give her a spin as soon as I pick her up.) And I could sandwich my finished quilt tops, I even bought more safety pins last weekend at Tiny Stitches thinking that it might be the first time I can remember having so many tops layered and ready to go under the needle at one time.

I have spent a lot more time reading this week than I can remember in a long time. I finished re-reading Shelters of Stone by Jean Auel (I'm getting ready for the release of The Land of Painted Caves) and zipped through a light read called Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen which was a little like Practical Magic set in the south. My next read will probably be Ken Follett's Fall of Giants. I listened to the second book in the series while I was on the retreat last month and loved it, but I'm ready for another big read on the page. Of course, when I say "on the page" I mean on my Nook which hubby gave me for Christmas. It will never take the place of paper for some things like cook books and quilting magazines, but it's much nicer than holding around a 1000 page novel, especially when I'm reading in bed, plus, it's easier to carry around.


Deborah in Atlanta said...

I came to you by way of the Quilting Bloggers directory. I was initially attracted to your site because I saw you lived in the north Atlanta suburbs. That's where I live - Atlanta. But girl - you are waaaayyy ahead of me in the quilting world. And waaaayyy younger than me. And normally I wouldn't have left a comment (I'm pretty much a lurker more than anything else), but wanted to say our reading tastes are pretty much the same. I've got the first 5 books in the Jean Auel Earth's Childrens series, I loved Ken Follet "Pillars of the Earth", and now I'm reading the Stieg Larsson books (already read "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and now reading "The Girl Who Played With Fire". And I got a Nook for Christmas from my husband. Cool, huh? One more thing - I'd like to receive your blog updates via e-mail. Can you make that happen using Feedburner? dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

Deborah in Atlanta said...

Hi, I'm curious about your Nook. I got one for Christmas, and the battery seems to run down much quicker than the manual says it should. If I remember correctly, it said I should have about 10 days reading time, and even though I don't read 24 hours a day, I tend to have to re-charge that baby about every 6-7 days. Does yours require re-charging that often? Just curious. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com