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Thursday 16 February 2012

Trials and Tribulations

Today has had a few trials... I've spent the past week working out in my head the design for the Easter liturgical banner. My directives were to make something, "bright, colourful and happy." Sounds like my style. After many days in thought, I drew out a design on the computer. Once I was happy with what I had done (like 12 hours of tweaking and rearranging later...) I printed the sketch full sized. This isn't something I normally do, but when there are lots of little pieces and colours being used, it helps to have at least a rough guide in front of the machine. So far so good. Then I decided to print a section which can be foundation pieced and stacked a pile of 13" x 18" newsprint sheets into my wide format printer. Unfortunately, the very first one was crooked and the printer jammed. This happened around 6 am and I spent until after 11:30 tearing the printer apart to take out bits of paper with tweezers. I didn't think I'd ever get it cleared and in the process of all the teeth gnashing, actually managed to break a filling. Sigh... Barring further frustration, the sewing is about to begin. I've been sorting through fabrics in my orange and purple scrap box.Who has an orange and purple scrap box?! Someone who has made The Pugsley Petronus ! It was a great boost to have so many collected. It's the first thing that's gone right all day.


  1. OMG! That's fabulous!! I love that colour combination and I love the movement in the design. I've been known to clench my teeth in my sleep but never when awake. You must have been seriously upset!! Hope the sewing goes well. If it helps, my day's been just a little craptastic, too. :)

  2. Oh my....I can imagine the frustration that printer jam must have caused. But it will be worth it, to make such a spectacular banner!

  3. Sorry about your bad start to the day. I've had days like that too. I love your NY beauty quilt in orange and purples, and orange is not one of my favorite colors.

  4. BEAUTIFUL!! Wow.
    Poor you - did you really break a filling? owee.