Dec 22, 2009

Kat is a miracle worker! Late last night she came up with a plan to save my project for my children. Actually, she and Keziah came up with it. Around midnight.

If you are wondering why Keziah had any part in this, it is because she and I are partners, co-conspirators really, on this gift. We are making deluxe pencil & notebook holders. Keziah is doing the notebooks and I am doing the holder.

Now, you are probably wondering what went wrong yesterday for me to fall apart in frustration. I will explain.

They were finished…they were beautiful. I was so stinkin’ proud of myself. Then, I put the pencils in and ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH came out of my mouth. The pencil pockets shrunk in one and a half inches and became a gathered, puffy, will-not-lay-flat, will-not-cover-the-notebook disaster.

Kat came up with several possible solutions and then we decided to basically start over with a whole new design…not encouraging given the fact that I am a sllllloooooowwwwwww seamstress, prone to making lots of mistakes and using my thread picker on an all too regular basis.

Finally, Keziah said, “why don’t we just make the notebooks smaller?” To which I replied, “what good will that do, it does not eliminate the puffy, gathered ugliness on the pencil side!”

But, that little comment of Keziah’s sent Kat’s brain into a whole new direction and she quickly spewed forth her new idea that would save everything. When she saw the look of utter incomprehension on my face she went back and explained it slowly and carefully as if I were five-years-old.

It helped. Maybe that is what I need… a sewing teacher that will treat me like I am five.

Now, I just need to carry out the revisions. I am dedicating several hours to this project this morning. Wish me luck. Actually I need more than luck, I need a little sewing angel to sit on my shoulder and guide me each step of the way.

Good thing Kat is just a phone call away.

Everyone needs a Kat.

Thank you friend – you are a gift to my life.

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  1. Katherine

    Tracy, you are a gift to my life too. :) I love you.

  2. Anne

    Kat, you are a blessing to MY life, too! Now she doesn’t have to call me with all her questions [way big grin]. You should have heard her explaining this project in the beginning to me. I actually had to cut a piece of 12 X 18 paper at my house so I could figure out what she was talking about. It took 40 minutes to explain and I still had no advice that was helpful.

  3. Sally

    I hope everything turned out good in the end! I love that Kat, too. I wish I could keep her close by for times of comfort and good friends. Lucky you!

  4. Tami

    Man, I wish I had a Kat or really, THE Kat here… I love her too and I’ve only been around her for a couple of days. I’m so glad that you have such wonderful friends there, Trac