I’ve been catching up on Welcome to the North Pole. I’ve almost finished this block – just got to put the sign on it. I have of course been doing another but I’m sure there is a mistake in it so I’m going to order more fabric to complete it. As for my sewing machine – it’s holidaying at the repair shop and I hope it will be back soon.
I have sent my sewing machine back to be repaired. I’m hoping to have it returned soon, ready and will to perform my quilts. Currently I’m using my other machine which works ok but needs to have some fine tuning.
Is anyone doing Hugs ‘n’ Kisses’ Cornelian? I’m currently doing it and have just started to put on the hexies on the first block. Of course it is French General range of fabrics and it looks very nice. I got mine through Quilt Fabric Delights Creative and I love it. The kit uses the applique pre-cut paper which dissolve in water. I’ve only just starting to do hexies, but this is really fun. Again, I am a little behind and have to catch up but that is fine. Since my studies have completed, I’ll be able to catch up with some of my quilt and get them finished.
The lovely man from Singer Australia rang me to help me fix my problems with my Singer 160 Limited Edition Sewing Machine. Apparently you need to make sure you have the thread firm and when you thread the machine it should have some tension on it. Well, I rethreaded it and it is still not working. I’ll contact him again and see if we can fix it.
I guess that brings to my next problem. I recently purchased a BOM which stated that thread and fabric was included for about $210. In part they were correct – but the fabric was calico and there was no boarder or binding fabric as I thought there should. This is second time this has happened to me. My question, have you ever brought a quilt kit and it not been what you thought it should have been or did you have to wait for ever for the rest of product. Or the value of the product sent doesn’t match the cost of payment. And what do you do about it?
Well I’m going to continue to do some more hand quilting and hopefully more sewing machine will be fixed soon.
Well I have been busy. I have been trying to finish off my scrappy quilt. I found that placing the pieces out and taking a photo of them helped to remind me how it was set out.
While sewing it together, I found that I really needed to buy a walking foot. I looked everywhere for a singer walking foot and eventually I got a walking foot for my singer sewing machine off ebay.
I have also been busy making other quilts. I have attended a couple of classes making quilts at Whatever Whereever. I learnt how to make hexagons and turn them into stars and how to applique jugs. I enjoyed doing these.
I have also discovered that a friend was having a baby. What’s a quilter to do…you guessed it make a baby’s quilt, but what color when you don’t know the sex of the baby. Thankfully, I discovered a range called Celebrations which came in boy and girl colors. So the challenge was on…do I make 2 quilt or one. I found the pattern called “Through the looking glass” by Sarah Price and brought 2 kits – one boy one and one girl one. I cut them out and sewed them up and decided to sandwich them both together. I discovered that by starching the tops they sat nicely. What I do is use a lot of starch, allow to dry then iron and the tops look great.
I used three pieces of wooden curtain rods and rolled each of my pieces up with them and slowly pinned them together. Once done, I trialled my new walking foot. Was a bit of a challenge getting the walking foot onto the sewing machine but the effort was worth it. I commenced sewing with a fancy stitch, almost finished and got new bobbin in then my sewing machine decided to tell me C4 error. I am trying to fix it but I’m not getting there fast.
Now I have to try and fix it or send it away. And I was so close to finishing this baby quilt…
I’m sorry but sometimes things just get the in the way. Work has been busy and I have had to juggle my family life, work and studies and thus neglect this blog. I hope next week to have some of the projects I have been doing up on line. Please keep reading my blog and do share your thoughts and ideas with me.
Last week I went to the second part of class I had attended to make a “Scrappy” Quilt As You Go. The night before I caught up with my work only to find out that I had rushed myself and didn’t concentrate on what I was doing and made mistakes. I started to do some of the quilt and understanding how to put them together the right way. So after completing the class I looked at what I had done. I’m just about to make some more of the pieces I need to replace but what to do with the mistake squares. Well while I was looking at the quilt on the floor, my dog (Raphy) made himself comfortable on the wrong squares…solution to make a dog blanket with the mistakes. See even a dog must likes a home made quilt.
Close-up of stitchery
Do you take some quilting with you while you go somewhere. I always have some craft work in my car. I have just finished some stitchery for part of a pillow that I did at the Christmas in July with Gail Pan. This is the first time I have used Cottage Garden Threads. These are cottons that are variegated and are made in Australia. They were very nice to work with and I love how they work with this stitchery.
I’ve also been working on another project – Chateau Hexagon by Lynette Anderson. I have already received the third BOM and have to trace them on to the fabric. I don’t mind tracing but I don’t have a light box. Being creative I made one. I brought a A4 clipboard which had a plastic clear sleave on it and a reading light – thus a light box.
I’ve been busy trying to juggle things in my life the last couple of weeks. What with family and work and studies, I have had very little time to do as much quilting as I would like. I have been able to complete something small things. I have completed at least the small stitchery in BOM 3 of It’s Time for Christmas. It’s a lovely little basket full of candy.
I’ve also had to catch up with another BOM I’m doing – Welcome to the North Pole. I have done two blocks – The Marble House and the Sleigh Shed. Some I have not completed the later though.
I also been trying to complete a few more things and working on a few more…just need more times in the day. Holidays are coming up for me so I should be able to do some more.