Because of this my wrists have been sore at the end of every day from trying to hold onto my handles for dear life and make her follow my orders. I knew there had to be something wrong. I just didn't realize how awry things had really gone!
The other day I was cleaning my wheels on the machine and going veeeeeerrrrry slooooooow. It was then that I noticed distinct grooves in three of my wheels and major corrosion on two more. I have no idea how this happened and how I didn't even notice. I clean my tracks and wheels about once a week so it's beyond me how they got this bad. Of course... I didn't even know just how bad they were until I took them off the machine. I'm ashamed to show this picture, but at least you will understand my troubles I've had for the past few weeks and why I've been a little grumpy:
Now, it should be said that this is actually one of the BETTER wheels I took off the machine! I replaced them with my new EdgeRider wheels and... HOLY CRAPOLA I think I could seriously play on Bertha forever now. I Pimped My Ride:
YAY!! It now stitches like a dream and I have complete control over it again. I cannot tell you how wonderful it will be and I will be saving a lot of money on Motrin and Aleve! (Of course... this combined with my upcoming surgery? I may have no use for Motrin or Aleve ever again! Wouldn't that be nice?)
So today when I went into the shop I fully intended to give these babies a run for their money and make them earn their keep. I have a customer art quilt I wanted to work on but when I took it off the shelf it instantly gave me a "blah" kind of feeling. I turned to my Amy Butler LOVE fabric, instead. I've been dying to make something out of it (as you know) and today... I did!
I wanted to make a new bag that had "cheer" written all over it so of course, the LOVE fabric was my only (or best) option. This is what I came up with:
Cute? Ugly? Tell me what you think. It's the first time I've ever used handles, I usually make them myself but thought this one was deserving... It also has three interior pockets and a magnetic center closure. It makes me smile. =]
I'm needing a reason to smile after the SuperBowl! Booooooooooo!