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What is on my Design Wall

The fabric is just laying on my ironing board, but I’ve got to get this fabric made into two pillowcases this week.

See if anyone else has anything on their design wall by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Stash Report

I’m running behind on the stash report.  Originally didn’t think I had anything to report, but there was one stop looking for fabric for a couple of pillowcases.

Fabric Added this Week:  .444 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 175.955 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 102.453 yards

Net Stash for 2010: 73.502 yards

Links to more Stash Reports can be found at Patchwork Times.

As Seen Out and About

 

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More Fabric!

Yes, I brought more fabric (and a few notions) into the house today.  Next week I’ve got time on the long arm machine reserved.  My original intention was to take the Compass Lone Star and the Red, White & Blue Chain of Stars to work on.  However, following my husband’s suggestion, I printed out a drawing of the Chain of Stars and drew in a quilt design.  We both like it and I can do it using my walking foot on my sewing machine.  So, I needed to find another quilt to take with me.

After looking through my tops and watching Patsy Thompson’s Free Motion Fun — with feathers! Volume 1, I’ve settled on No Blue Geese in my Tropical Garden.  The lengthy name comes from the pattern title “Geese in My Garden” and the fact that there is no blue in the quilt top.  At the time I made it every quilt I made had some blue — even the pink quilt!

It was only after I got home with the bright dots on black for the backing, that I realized that there’s blue in the fabric.  Oh, well, there still are no blue geese on the quilt top.

The two FQs are for those tiny stars I’m making.

Well, as soon as the dryer is done I’m going to fold the fabric so it will be ready for me to piece into backings tomorrow.

What’s on My Design Wall

It’s a blank wall today.  The Row Quilt is on the sewing machine so I can attach the binding and of course the DWR is in the hoop for continued hand quilting.  There are a few pieces of Blue Ridge Beauty on my sewing table to use a Leader/Enders and I think there are only 20 block left before I can start playing with layouts

See if anyone else has something on their design wall by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Quilting Funk

I don’t know if it’s the heat or the clean sewing room, but I’ve not wanted to quilt.  That’s not to say I haven’t been working on the Double Wedding Ring in spite of the heat – but no machine piecing.

My husband gave this puzzle to me for Christmas.  I started working on it, but then put it up unfinished.  I wasn’t able to focus on it since the sewing machine was calling me.  So, this week, since I couldn’t sit still long enough to piece, I pulled out the puzzle and started on it again.

It took a week, but it’s done now.  I stayed up late and finished it.  So, now it goes back in the box.

And I think it broke my quilting funk.  I’m ready to finish Oklahoma Backroads.

My First Sewing Machine

This is my first sewing machine.  Not the first one I used — that was my mother’s Kenmore that she got shortly before I was born.  This is the first sewing machine I purchased.

It was the first big purchase my husband and I made after we got married.  I remember it costing nearly $300.  My mother was horrified at the cost.

The first thing I made on it was this dress:

Why do I still have this dress?  It hasn’t fit in more years than I can count.

Over the years I made clothes for my husband and myself.  Baby clothes for my sister’s kids. A few early quilts.  This is the machine I started piecing my Double Wedding Ring on.

This machine did anything I asked it to do – until 2002.  That’s when I discovered heirloom sewing.  I couldn’t get the machine to make a perfect straight stitch on the lightweight silks I was using.  So, I went out and bought my Husqvarna Quilt Designer.  My mom just thought $300 for the Kenmore was outrageous.

Since I didn’t need two machines, I gave mine to my sister.  It was still a good machine if you weren’t working on delicate fabrics and with 3 boys and a tomboy girl, it wasn’t likely.  The only thing I know she made on it was a jeans quilt for our mom.

When she moved this spring she was going to toss it out since it “didn’t work”.  My husband brought it home – sans accessories and it’s been sitting in our garage.  We decided to Freecyle it and I brought in to see how bad it was.  After a bit of dusting out the bobbin case area and re-threading the machine I have to say it works as well as it did when I gave it to my sister.  The dark thread is from the Kenmore — the light and red stitching is from my QD.

Who knew I’d get misty eyed over giving away my sewing machine to a stranger.  But I really don’t need another spare machine.  I have the Singer Genie 354 that my husband bought me at a garage sale a couple of years ago.

P.S. Would you believe that the gal who got my sewing machine knew me from Knitting Camp? I’m sorry I didn’t remember her, but she knew me and remembered that I went to camp pulling a U-haul trailer (there were 4 of us and we needed more room for our machines, projects and clothes). What a small world.

Sky Watch

This morning I woke up at 3:30 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep. I oscillated back and forth between quilting and surfing the web. I found this story and thought — hey I’m up, let’s go watch it.

I wandered back into the bedroom and didn’t try to be quiet, but DH didn’t wake up. Grabbed my camera and the binocular camera and headed to my favorite sky watching location about 20 minutes away. Got there in plenty of time, but misremembered the news article (ok, probably didn’t comprehend it correctly at 4 AM) and started home, just as the eclipse started. Fortunately, I figured this out and turned around to take these pictures. Unfortunately I didn’t have good batteries in the binocular camera so I had to make do with my point and shoot digital camera.

The first of these pictures was taken at 5:26 AM according to my camera (allowing for Day Light Savings Time). The last one was taken at 5:45 AM. All I’ve done to them is roughly crop them to the same landmarks. I moved the car twice as the power pole got in the way as the earth rotated. They will enlarge if you click on them.

After my sky watching, I came home ate breakfast and then crawled back into bed for another 3 hours before resuming work on Dancing Flowers. I hope to have the quilting done tonight.

QA Wednesday

Here it is 6:30 PM and I completely forgot about the Quilting Accountability Report that Bari is encouraging us to do. Perhaps if I spent yesterday evening working on either the SBS block due Sunday or my Texas Braid quilt I wouldn’t have fallen off the ladder while cleaning the gutters out. Nothing broken, but I twisted my ankle — the same one I twisted in March.

Two tasks last week — work on my DWR and finish my Texas Braid. Let’s just say life got in the way.

As for next week’s goals just any piecing/quilting will be good, as I really need to keep my foot propped up for a few days.

Read the Manual


Somehow, this is fitting. I bought my Husqvarna Quilt Designer 8 years ago today. I still love it as much now as I did when I bought it.

Today, I pulled out the manual to look something up. Page 6 is titled Accessory Tray / Sewing Surface. Huh? Turns out that piece attached to the lid of my the accessory tray extends the bed of the sewing machine by 1 3/4″.  Who knew?

I wonder what else I’d find new about my machine if I were to sit and read the manual cover to cover?