2014 in review

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

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Been busy and sewing machine trouble

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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Now I have to try and fix it or send it away.  And I was so close to finishing this baby quilt…

I’m still here

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.

 

Happy stitiching Donna

Sorry…

I know I’ve been very quiet of late. The reason for this is my computer having a virus. Hopefully I’ll have it fixed soon. Keep stitching. This weekend I’m going to see Gail Pan in Melbourne with my friend Michele. So, I’m hoping to have some photos and some lovely things to show your when I get back.

New toy

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Simplicity Bias Tape Maker

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Finished bias strip

Every time I have had to make bias I tend to burn my fingers.  Well I brought a Bias Tape Maker which is just what I need to have when having to make bias.  I’m currently also doing Berries and Bluebirds by Gail Pan and the first block uses 1/4 inch bias.  Conclusion – I love my new toy as I have no burnt fingers and made my bias very simply.

Been busy

I know I have been very quiet but have been very busy. I’m hoping that by the end of the week I’ll be able to put up some finished products and something I have been working on. I’m so happy to see that people are looking at my blog. Feel free to leave a comment. I love feed back