Christmas Sampler and a jelly challenge….

Well after finishing my last subject at uni I’m back doing my quilt.  I’m very behind with this one.  I also have some other projects to complete but it has made it a challenge to get some of them finished while balancing other commitments.  But you know the feeling – start a project and see another project and then start it.  I’m trying hard to get my projects finished.  I love this sampler but didn’t realise how much thread I have had to use.  Gee I hope I don’t have to buy anymore.  Well this only means back on to the next block and try not to be tempted to start another.

Christmas Sampler

My youngest child had been nagging me to start her a quilt.  So as is the way she pulled out my GOOD sewing machine and commenced making her own quilt.  I only had to thread the machine and talk her through some of the problems.  She completed this quilt using the range Tickerlish  which she was very happy with.  We’ve started to doing the backing – my job was to cut the fabric.  We created a number of 6 1/2 inch squares which she sewed together and she has almost finished it.  Next the binding (I’ll have to cut that again and stitch it up) and then its finished.

Jelly Roll Race

So then son asked about his quilt.  As a started to stitch I felt it would take forever.  It took me over 1 1/2 hours just to do two rows!!!!  I don’t know the name of this range but it only had 4 fabric so we repeated through out.  Turned out to be cover my entire Queen size bed.

 Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Now my other daughter was one – I have to look for the range Sakura Park….never ending story.

New sewing machine

Ok I am really excited as I ordered a new sewing machine the other day.  There is nothing wrong with my old machine which is a Brother but it this one does blanket stitch and some other fancy stitch.  So after waiting for it, the machine arrived today.  I had started to unpack the box, and couldn’t find the foot for the machine but child found it for me.  I was a little bit disappointed that it didn’t have a hard cover.  It was easy to work – I was able to sew some projects together and was very happy with it.  I discovered that it had a marker that showed quilter how to do a 1/4 inch seam.  When you used the machine it was very simple to use.  I found the easy threader a little bit challenging to use – perhaps because I am so use to my brother machine.  The thread cutter is a little bit difficult to reach for but I will get the hang of it.  The one thing I found annoying is when you took the your foot off the machine – the machine still kept going for 1 or 2 stitches.  I just think I need to get to know my new machine better which only means more sewing.