With winter approaching and holidays coming up, I’m feeling a little stressed about deadlines. Dealing with my UFOs was my priority, so I went through a pile of 8-inch blocks that I’ve been collecting. This is my favorite size for piecing because I don’t like to work too small.

Several of the blocks are from a Rainbow Scrap Challenge several years ago.. I like them and plan to make a wallhanging with these four.

I began adding framing for the blocks, using white jellyroll strips.

However, for some unknown reason the 1/4-inch foot suddenly went off course, jamming the needle so that it broke. With this post needing to be written, for my own sanity I wisely decided to call it a night.

Here is how far I got on adding the block borders.

What would you have done? I’m in no mood to attempt replacing the needle (I have a plentiful supply on hand). I would much rather cry on your sympathetic shoulders, dear friends.

I’m linking up with Angela at Cynthia at

15 thoughts on “Broken

  1. Well, I’m pretty sure that if I had been in your frame of mind at the time I would have called it a day too.

    I am an A-type personality and since I retired, I have really striven to eliminate stress from my life. Personally, I know no deadline, lol.

    Happy Thanksgiving.
    xx, Carol


  2. Ouch! I’m glad that needle didn’t shoot out and cut you! Broken needles are no joke. Coming back to it another day sounds like a wise decision. Don’t give up on those blocks, though! They are really bright and cute 🙂


  3. Tami Von Zalez

    When the machine fails, I take it as a sign that I need to take a quilting break.
    Love your blocks, sort of a modified log cabin. I too don’t like to work too small, drives me crazy.


  4. I like the white frames around your pretty and colorful blocks, Paula! It’s always fun to see what you’ve fussy cut for these blocks. It hope all your machine needed was a bit of a rest and a new needle.


  5. Sharon

    Being a friend of Paula’s for well into 37 yrs, I know Paula has God given patience- and the coping mechanism employed in this above circumstance should be taken as good wisdom. Love you Paula and thanks for sharing!!


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