Him: I heard you might need some thread. I'm going into town.
Me: Why, I do. Thanks! Buy a big spool of Guterman. I could use a very light lemon yellow and a royal blue.
Him: That's all? Don't they have numbers or anything?
Ummm...I couldn't tell him how many yards a "big spool" is. I couldn't tell him what weight of thread ("just the regular kind"). I did know I wanted polyester, because I am afraid that cotton thread would shrink (any insights on this, quilters?). My husband, on the other hand, lives in technicalities. He is, in fact, a techie. He also likes a clean home. Why he chose me as his mate is still a mystery.
(Note: my friend and fellow-blogger Zenia turned me on to Connecting Threads, evidently a great source for inexpensive, high-quality thread. I placed a big order while my husband was out shopping).
As I quilted the Scrappy Solstice, a.k.a. Frankenstein quilt, I noticed a white skin of lint on all the dark fabrics. Evidently, as I was busy FMQ-ing the quilt, it was busy cleaning up my sewing room ('cause I sure wasn't). Sewing the binding only amplified this experience. Imagine encountering this monstrosity:
I admit housekeeping is a bit of a deficit. And I know that this not only impacts my family, but also impairs my machine's operation:
So I have decided for the new year: Out with the Lint! (better housekeeping) and In with the New Skills (like learning how to clean my machine! and paying attention to needle size, thread weight, etc.). After all, I just gained a new skill, FMQ! And one before that, blogging on BlogSpot! So maybe I shouldn't consider those other skills out of my reach.
So now, If you'll excuse me, I'd like to resume Operation: Dust Bunny Eradication. (My first mission was washing and drying the completed Franken-quilt.)
The "Scrapter-piece" back:
Close-up of FMQ:
(this is called the "meander" stitch. If I keep this up I'll need a bumper sticker that says, "she who meander is not [necessarily] lost!" or something like that):