ok. so for those of you who have been following my often inconsistent blog notes i am glad to report we are heading into the home stretch!! i am sooo excited about how well things have come together for this quilting conference. if you are new to my site you can check out some of my earlier blog notes to catch up.
so all the teachers have their tickets and are finalizing preparations for their individual workshops. have had several skype calls and the girls stateside have had several meetings together. we only have two more openings for our workshops. two more translators to find and a few other small details to take care of but nothing major.
so i have been working all week to get caught up on all of the orphanage quilts and have all of the hand quilting pieces basted and ready to go. i have one month left and i felt like that would be plenty of time if i quilt one quilt a day on the big machine (only have 15 more total for the orphanage project to finish and they are all pieced) and two or three days a piece for another 5 to do by hand. that's it!!
so of course there always has to be that little unexpected surprise . . . . and today was the day:) hahahaha i noticed right away when i turned on the quilting machine that the stitch regulator which is an external plug-in and costs about 600 dollars had DIED!! no lights, no response. noooooooo!!! so could not believe it!! i tried everything i could think of i.e. checked all the power cords and outlets, unplugged everything and plugged everything back in . . . . nothing!! the machine will not work without the external box so i got on the internet and of course it is saturday so no one is answering their phone:(((( finally i talked with a kathy from ohio (quilt beginnings quilt shop) and she had some great information for me and some suggestions. turns out that the plug-in is probably discontinued but really don't need it anyway and i didn't know that. so i need to locate an adapter so i can get my remote to work and i should be good to go. won't be able to do anything about it now until monday which i didn't plan to do anyway after tonight because yes, my husband who has been in the states for the last two weeks (this is how i got so much done:) hahahhaa. is coming home and i do need to clean the house tomorrow. and since i have all of my hand quilting pieces basted and ready to go i can focus on those until i get this little glitch worked out.
taking a deep breath . . . may need to have a glass of wine and just chill a bit with a movie. so pray for our last 4 weeks of efforts. can't wait for all the girls to get here. they will come bearing so many gifts. it will be like christmas in august!! yay!! i will try to keep you posted as to how this all works out!! and of course we will have minute by minute reports on the blog once the conference begiand hopefully a few videos so you will think you are here with us!! til we talk again, happy quilting . . . .