Just had to get that out of my system. It is my scream of frustration. I have those 4 quilts to finish in two weeks. I'm trying my best, but karma is out to get me. A few years ago, I bought an entire thread collection from a very well respected quilting catalog. I've made many purchases from them, and always been satisfied. However, this thread was the pits! It unwraps, tangles, and breaks. A few fellow quilters advised me to contact the company, which I did. They were so apologetic, and sent me a new batch to replace the old thread, saying they had several complaints and had remedied the situation. They may think so, but I can't say that they have. This new batch of thread is not much better than the first. And although I worked nearly two hours this morning, I quilted only 1 block. Not much progress. Finally, after a few choice words like $%&**, and @($))@!, I gave up and turned off the machine. I will start fresh tomorrow morning. But before then, I'm going to clean the bobbin raceway, and replace the needle in the machine with a universal needle. The hole in the needle on the machine is so tiny that the built-in threader won't go through it. So, maybe that's the problem. But, (to paraphrase Scarlett O'Hara), as God is my witness, I'll never be beaten again. If I get the quilts finished by the end of the weekend, you'll see photos next week. If not . . . we'll let's not even think about that.
On a lighter note, I'm writing this on my old-new laptop. We ordered the new screen for the one that met with the tires of the car, the one I loved, and it arrived yesterday. Daughter Mary, who seems to not be very mechanically inclined, but has put together several different electrical components at her old job, came over and had the new screen installed in about an hour. And so now I'm cheesin' :-), Rod has a faster, newer laptop, and we're eliminating the old desktop computer from our computer lineup. I just can't thank Mary for all she's done. She found the new screen for only $99; googled how to replace it, and made her Mommy very happy. Hope your weekend is a good one.