Tuesday, September 18, 2018

There's an app for that!

Just a quick post--not too inspired to post anything, but want to move forward.

When I made my first and second bunches of project bags, I used several lines of quilting to secure the iron-on interfacing and give more structure to the sides of the bags.

Here's a built-in, analog app I used to make fairly evenly-spaced lines of quilting:

This takes a light touch--you really don't want to press against the pressure foot, nor down on the traveling fabric. I don't think I'd ever use this technique on a quilt (never say "never"!), but for these bags it was a perfect, and quick, way to get those straight lines of stitching knocked out.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Honorable Mention

This wasn't the oldest UFO in my collection (I can think of a wallhanging that still needs finishing, started when the boys were mere ... boys), but was pretty darn close.
As near as I can tell, this was started a few years before the turn of the century, making it at least 20 years old. Someone on the RCTQ newsgroup was selling a yummy floral fabric that I fell in love with. I decided to make a reversible quilt, using the yummy floral on one side, and all the chicken fabrics I'd been gifted (or with which I'd gifted myself) on the other. At the time, we were raising chickens so all my friends knew what kind of fabric to give me!

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Taking a feed-the-kitties break from my self-imposed sewing room exile. I'm in day 5 of my latest project, which looks at the moment like a mound of Embryonic Pod Things. This is roughly half of them:

This is a project for someone stout of heart and strong of fingers. A healthy dash of stubbornness would also serve that someone well.

The transformation of these chrysalises won't be revealed until next week. At this stage of assembly, I'm able to sew 7 HTSs per EPT, so the Leader-Ender challenge I've joined through Bonnie Hunter's site is moving right along:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Cue "Dragnet"

Dun-duh-dun-dun. Dun-duh-dun-dun: DONE!

The unremarkable and non-memorable block exchange quilt is finished, washed & dried, and bagged up ready for delivery to my friend for further donation.
48" x 72"
The quilting on this is a butterfly stipple pattern. When I have multiple colors and shades as in this quilt, I prefer to use a stick-on method of marking the quilt pattern, rather than try to find a single color of chalk or erasable pen. Those will usually become invisible at least half the time, based on the fabric hue I'm trying to mark.

Friday, July 6, 2018

O-N-O-F-F modulators

(Equipment troubleshooting humor. More than once they've been the culprit in a 'non-functioning' piece of machinery I was called upon to 'fix'.)

I have 4 machines set up in my sewing studio (10'x13' bedroom), with a 5th one--a Brother serger--squatting at the end of my sewing table waiting to be called off the bench and put into play. Some time ago I grew tired of wasting time trying to find the on/off switch hidden out of sight on at least one of my machines.

Marking pens to the rescue!

My Brother Nouvelle 1500 has its switch on the side, which you'd think would be simple to find, but no! It's different enough from my Janome Jem (which I've had so long and use so often I could probably thread and operate it with my eyes closed) that I'd grope...grope...grope...then finally crane my neck around the side to find the switch. Fixed:
Simple, but oh so handy!

My Viking Platinum 16 (deep-throat free-motion quilting) sits in its own table with her switch as far from me as possible. I couldn't even seem to remember which side to randomly grope. Fixed:
What's that I see?
I spy with my little eye...
Flip! Gotcha!!