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.

Through the looking glass

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…

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Creative style….

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.

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Close-up of stitchery

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Back view

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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.

Christmas in July

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.

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