Friday, February 17, 2017

The Tradesmen who don't arrive.

We are getting a new fence.  The fencing people left the job unfinished, saying they would be back the next day.  That was to be Thursday, it is now late on Friday and we are still waiting.  They have to replace our side gate and put 2 more panels in, Until this is done, our poor little dog cannot go out to play unless we go out too, or he will take himself for a walk..

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Fun with inanimate objects

Now my new machine is away getting fixed and my old one is humming along like a champion.
I'm not yet up to date but I'm getting there.
I went to Spotlight yesterday, such a long time  since the last visit,  I bought some medium blue fabric for yet another pattern I saw in a magazine, I intend to alter the pattern somewhat making it much easier,so it will be all mine.. I also bought heaps of batting for a Queen size quilt I've made over the past year or so.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fun with tension

Now, I have realised that the problem with the old machine was the tension, the needle thread was way too loose.  The new machine has the same problem..I have wasted  lots of thread trying to  correct the problem, not to mention time.. I.m way behind on my plans.

Monday, November 21, 2016

My new baby

Two weeks ago I ordered a new sewing machine.

My old one was becoming cranky, misbehaving and really giving me a run-in with my patience.  It would start a row of stitches and after 15 centimetres would make a strange noise.  Stop, look at the stitching and the back as well.  Ten centimetres of loops !!  Check how I threaded the machine, and start again.  Same thing.  Not only is it making loops on the back but the 1/4 inch foot is  making seams much bigger.  I have had to pull undone almost an entire quilt top..  Inanimate objects---Bah.

I bought a Janome 7700.  I want to take it to my sewing room, but the phone keeps ringing as soon as I walk  away from it. In the meantime I can study the  Instruction book

I have three table runners ready to quilt and 2 to make and quilt. After that I have a queen size  top to buy  border fabric and batting for and have it quilted.
1 top half finished
1 top cut out ready to sew together.
Several more patterns picked out to do when I catch up

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The boss

Here is our boss. He is now 10 years old and still as active as ever.  Between his frequent naps that is. He still demands his daily walk straight after breakfast, and a treat after that. He often hides from us when we call him in for the night, he forgets that I know his favourite places..

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Craft Show

There is another craft show in a few weeks time.  I'm looking forward to it.  I  need a small rotary cutter  (28 mm) and some fabric glue. and will be closely looking at the fabric.
I am currently doing a stock take of my stash, interesting.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Love Song

This is my latest effort, found in a previous USA  Patchwork and quilting magazine, (2007). The panels behind the hearts are patterns of written music.  The hearts were appliqued  by machine, a technique I haven't tackled for years.