Friday, March 15, 2013

Quilting in progress!

I've been working on several quilts the last two months.  I am having so much fun learning all the interesting blocks there are out there.  I finally learned to stipple on my little machine (thank heavens for the new darning foot).  A big new joy is that for my birthday honey got me a new sewing machine.  I call it my 'big girl machine' since a new quilter in the area stopped by one day to use our internet.  We were talking and I found out she was a big quilter with all the nice machines and such (and I liked her).  I told her of my issues trying to learn to stipple.  She asked if she could take a look and maybe help me figure out what my problem was with the machine.  One issues is that I couldn't drop my feed dogs and I kept getting this little thread hills, I call them, that would stop my machine.  I had just ordered a darning foot and put it on the machine but had not actually tried it out yet.  She saw my Janome and called it a kids machine, 'you know one you'd give your teenager' (sniff sniff, I didn't show or say it, but that kinda hurt my feelings, that little machine has been good to me and done all that I, in my limited capacity, had asked it to do).

However, my new machine that I drooled over for a month or so was  a Brother CP7500.  Just think needle down, thread cutter, drop in bobbin, 70 stitches, stop and go push button, backstitch button, DROP DOWN feeddogs, woo-hoo, oh and computerized.  I liked my little Janome just fine (and think I'll keep it, although honey mentioned ebay'g it.  O_O  ah, umm), but I love my new sewing machine.  It opens a few more options up to me and makes it easier to do what I need to do to make fabulous new quilts and to start sewing my own clothes.

Thankfully I found Prairie Moon Quilts: 350 Block Project. a month or so ago.  This will hopefully help me be more accountable for doing some blocks regularly.  The whole report in idea.  So for February I did 20 blocks!  Yeah me!!!!  Okay, maybe to some of you that's nothing.  But for a new quilter who is still trying to put her sewing/craft room together and learn other new roles life threw at me (rather I volunteered for [Toastmasters speech contest, Cub Scout Commissioner, rewriting my Belly Dance course, beat some education keep my 14 year old going in homeschool, studying all that can make me a better Zumba(r) instructor, marketing for my studio, etc... you get the point] and am enjoying to the fullest).  Of course I may have forgotten to mention that I probably did hundreds of blocks if you count the fact that I did the wrong blocks with the wrong fabrics for the wrong project, twice.  So I had to undo and redo, twice.  Have to always be mindful of what fabrics go with what projects when you have hundreds of cool projects running through your mind.  Don't you just love YouTube.  Shout out to Jenny at MSQ Co.  I have already started on my blocks for this month, today I will be doing my first blocks on my new Brother's sewing machine.  So stoked!!! Pictures of my blocks to come a little later, this blogging thing is still new to me.  I like to eat my elephant one bit at a time, thanks.

Oh, it's date night.  Um, well honey's a bit under the weather, soooooo.  If he just wants to crash and rest when he gets home tonight, being the good little wife I am I think I'll just let him go to bed and sacrifice my date night for his rest.  I mean, I can always just go to my room.  My sewing room, lol.  You know as I throw a bowl take a bowl of soup to him in bed.

Love and Shimmies, Steph!

1 comment:

  1. Way to go! Wow, you're a busy girl! Congratulations on a new sewing machine. I have a Janome, and I love it. I hope you get along with your new Brother machine as well.