Archive for June, 2009
I decided to make two lap quilts instead of a big one. One is four rows by four the other is 4 x 5. I don’t have a need for a near-bed sized quilt right now. I bought some light grey/blue fabric to border them and I’m going to use some leftover strips cut into squares outside that. The backing is another thing. I don’t really know what I want yet. Any thoughts?
Photo courtesy of a big boy camera spree. Sign courtesy of Mom.
After cleaning furiously for a birthday party for the boys, I was exhausted by the time the party came. What’s a little dust between friends, right?
It’s Sewing Machine month at the Sew, Mama, Sew blog and they’ve introduced a sewing machine meme. Here’s mine.
What brand and model do you have?
How long have you had it?
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
Quilting mostly, some bags and pillows, an occasional potholder.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I wish it was daily but usually 3-4 days a week I’m able to get in some time.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I like my machine well enough but not enough to give her a name.
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
Easy, straight sewing.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
Actually, I did find mine under the Christmas tree. I had sewn a few baby quilts on my mother-in-law’s borrowed sewing machine. I wouldn’t say I was hooked yet but my husband thought to get me a good starter machine to see if I’d like it. The rest is history. (Can I blame my fabric addiction on him?)
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
If you’re looking for a well-made, decent starter machine, this is a good one. I’d like a few more features now that I’ve been sewing for a while.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
Now I’m looking for a drop-in bobbin, needle stop down feature and a long bed for machine quilting.
Do you have a dream machine?
I dare not dream just yet. It will just make me sad that I don’t have it yet. When it looks possible, I’ll start looking at Janome and Bernina.
And let me introduce you to my new iron. Luckily for me I found a forgotten Joann’s gift card in my wallet just as my ancient (college-era) iron no longer produced steam.
Now get me into the sewing room, for goodness sakes.
I’ve decided to go with two lap quilts for the Old Red Barn Quilt-along. Here’s my first go at a layout for one. Digital cameras are great for this. I can look at the photo and see any spots that I want to change.
Busy weekend, gotta run, and yourself? Enjoy!
In addition to some larger projects that I’ve started, I’ve also joined the Old Red Barn Quiltalong, a Stash Busting Virtual Quilting Bee and a Quilt Block Exchange. I’ve done some much needed catching up.
Here are my strips for the Old Red Barn Quiltalong. I’ve got half the blocks sewn and cut and some more to follow.
Here is my June block for Lizziwhizz for the Bee.
Two boy-ish Quilt Block exchange blocks for Becca and Chelsea using some great Amy Schimler fabrics.
A wonky log cabin for Isaacsmama. (I am really digging this one and it will be hard to send away.)
And a girly-princess block for Mary.
Honestly, my blocks are square. I haven’t yet figured out how to photograph them properly. Don’t be alarmed if one of these is on its’ way to you. It is square. Truly.
My sister-in-law’s quilt was delivered yesterday and she loves it. It’s so nice when your creation finds a happy home. I pieced a ribbon into the backing for a little interest. It’s a great way to use some leftover strips.
So I’m onto other projects. It seems like I’ve just had a few finishes and yet I can see five projects in the works in my sewing room. That didn’t take long.
Here are some of the 1″ strip scrappy cabins that I mentioned in my last post. They’re not all finished (I think even I can count the cabins properly) but they’re fun to look at. Not exactly a subdued palette, don’t you agree?
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