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Friday, December 9, 2016
I called the sewing machine guy and we talked a bit. I told him the thread cutter wasn't working every single time. "What's really weird though, is that when it doesn't cut, it's the BOBBIN thread that doesn't cut. The top thread cuts consistently."
The guy said, "Now that's good information. I had a machine that did the same thing, and I had to call the manufacturer, and they said to replace the bobbin race**. When I replaced it, it worked fine. So I will order a couple more and call you when they come in. I'd like to work with your machine for a couple of days, so don't bring it in until I call you. That way you won't be without it for too long."
Now the needle threader won't work, and I think that's just an adjustment. I did some sewing on some heavy stuff last weekend and it may have knocked it out of alignment. I will replace the needle and recheck my settings before I bring the machine back.
I haven't finished sewing the binding on the pink quilt, and that has to get to California by Christmas. If I have to surrender my sewing machine for a few days, it will force me to finish that, so it's fine.
** (I think that's the name for the little thing the bobbin sits in)
Thursday, December 8, 2016
I finally got back into the studio to sew some dark blue scraps together into slabs.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
I found this print in different colorways, above. The print is large and it varies, like an organic shape. Well, if I can't have one print, I can have fun with different colorways of the same one, so I bought two yards of pink, gold and green. The white with black print at the bottom will be the binding.
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Oh yes, the tent...
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We had our annual open enrollment for health insurance today at work. Every year the admin of the health provider gives away five $50 Visa gift cards.
Five years ago I won one.
The next year I won again.
The next year everybody wanted to sit next to me, hoping my luck would rub off.
Last year, nope.
Today the CEO announces the raffle and says, "The winner can't be Angel or Lynne."
So who wins the first one?
Then they pick the next three names. One winner is in my row. And which number comes up fifth?
I threw my head back and laughed as I held my ticket up for "verification".
The CEO shook his head.
Monday, December 5, 2016
It's just another reason why we make quilts - because they help form bonds with people and spread love. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you can't give a better gift than a quilt. Quilts are magical.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016
I love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday. I love the decorations, the music, the food, and the cookies. I've collected a trove of decorations I use every year, but I always like to make it new.
|Yeah, this tent doesn't really "go" with the Holiday decor.|
This year I'll be making a new tent for Millie out of Holiday themed fabric (so it will co-ordinate with everything else.) She already has a Christmas themed kitty quilt that I've already swapped out on the plum wing chair in the living room.
but the pillows on the couch,
Julie made for me, Obsolescence).
OK, now I have to get back to decorating. The tree is still -gasp- naked!!
Friday, December 2, 2016
I am really happy with this and am very eager to get started on one that has light to medium blues and teals (blue greens). I have a vision of another one in dark blues and deep raspberry and purple. For some reason, the working title of that one is "Blueberry Buckle" even though I haven't cut into fabric yet. Too Funny.
In other news, my Chicken quilt, Too Much Chicken, has been accepted into the AQS show in Daytona Beach Florida early next year.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I changed the needle on my sewing machine and it no longer makes that banging sound. The thread cutter now almost never cuts, but that's what scissors are for. Thanks Mary, for suggesting I call the guy and ask when I can bring the machine in for a quick fix and if he can wait a bit longer after hours for me to pick it up. I'll do that.
I've also been sewing the binding on the pink Deco Rose quilt while "watching" TV. I want to get that to the prettiest granddaughter in the world by Christmas.
Monday, November 28, 2016
My sewing machine has to go back to the shop. It doesn't cut the threads consistently and it makes a noise when I sew like two pieces of metal are banging against each other. Bummer. The guy opens and closes within my normal work day and isn't open any evenings, so it means a Saturday visit and a week without my machine. Argh.
I spent a lot of the rest of the weekend organizing a calendar of my quilts for 2017, doing a bit of online shopping, paying bills and reconciling the checkbook. I've been neglecting the avalanche of paper on my desk, and at least now I've made a dent in it. The shredder will be getting a workout soon.
Oh, and whoever asked about making "slabs," here's a link to a blog post where I talk about how I do it.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Yes, I will continue making scrap slab triangle in other colors, cleaning out the little accessory bins. I really liked the red layout in yesterday's post. I'll definitely use that one for another version.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Thanksgiving Dinner was a success, and after my family left and the kitchen was clean, I went into the studio and sewed side pieces to my green slab triangles. I have decided to continue with the "Skittles" idea and not add any more colors to this particular quilt. I'll keep making the slabs in other colors, but they'll go in other quilts.
These triangle in a square blocks are 6-1/2" per side.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
If I kept going with just these colors, I think I'd have to name this quilt "Skittles."
But I'm going to keep going.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Plans for Thanksgiving have been made, groceries have been purchased and recipes printed. I've made the cranberry sauce, cornbread for the stuffing, and some turkey stock. I've vacuumed the house and cleaned the bathrooms. I even washed the Fall House Top quilt that covers my dining room table.
That's all well and good, but I am really looking forward to making more of these blocks in the long weekend afterward!