Friday, January 7, 2011

Getting ready for Valentine's Day

This is a pattern I have wanted to make for a long time but couldn't find the fabric I wanted to use until recently.  The original pattern showed the background as white with black and pink and red hearts but I think my red background with pink hearts shows the hearts better.  The pattern is called "simply hearts" and it came from Cottage Quilt Designs .  I made 2, one for my daughter and one for me, and I also plan on using the pattern to make matching placemats.  I have them designed and cut as a kit and will get them done before February 14th but I have some other things I want to try first.  I have a pincushion thread catcher half made.  It seems I can't be making just one thing, my brain takes off and I end up going in another direction.

The quilt my sister calls Kakabeka is ready to be quilted also, so I will starting that in the near future.

I have it sprayed and I let it dry overnight so now I have to decide just how I will do this.  I am not good at free motion quilting so I may just do some stitch in the ditch or out lining the stars.  Big decisions to be made.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

First project of 2011

When I was cleaning my sewing room I came across some small triangles that were left over from a tablerunner that I made.  They seemed to be calling out to me so I sewed them together and came up with this small quilt.  It is 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.   The squares are 1 1/2 inches.  The fabric is "Objects of Desire" from Moda.  I had used it in a tablerunner called "Little Charmers III". 

YKW asked me what it was and I said it was just a nothing.  He said I should make it into a wall hanging or something after all the work I had put into it.  So now I will put a hanging sleeve on it and hang it on the wall.

I used my rotating mat as a background to put the small quilt in perspective.  This way you can see how small it actually is.


Monday, January 3, 2011

My Machine is Home

I got the call this afternoon that my machine was all fixed.  Electronic machines can sure give you grief!!!  It was just a setting that had to be changed.  I am so glad to have it back.  Now to get to some serious quilting.  


I'm not a happy camper

Before we went away at Christmas time I took my sewing machine in to be cleaned and maintained.  I take it in once a year when I know I won't be sewing.  It is a Babyloc Quilter's Choice.  I really like my Babyloc and would recommend it to anyone to purchase one if they are looking for a new machine.

I picked it up on December 30th and brought it home only to find that it wouldn't start.  I tried everything, from turning it off to pushing all the buttons.  The machine can be operated without a foot pedal and that is how I like to use it so I decided to plug the foot pedal in and it worked but not the way it was suppose to.   So back to the store today (since they have been closed over New Years) and the serviceman couldn't fix it while I waited.  So here I am without my good machine.  I still have my old White sewing machine but am very limited in what I can do.  That is why I bought a new one 2 years ago.

I hope it won't take too long to get it back.