Monday, 23 January 2012

Resolved to Sew in 2012

I have joined the "movement" to Resolve to Sew in 2012. I don't need to watch the news but I do need a creative outlet. So I will sew! And sew and sew and sew!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

My New Sewing Friends Will Eventually Need Names!

I'd like to introduce you to my 2 new sewing friends. I bought a Singer 301 off eBay and it came from St. John's Canada! It didn't have a case but it has a buttonholer, zigzag attachment, and several feet. It is a black machine and it only needed a new power cord, a tension spring and a bobbin winder rubber tire. I spent a little more than I had intended because I always thought if I was going to get one it would have to be luck and it wouldn't cost very much.
Here is the black 301 back from being serviced
A day or two after I took the machine in for servicing I looked on Kijiji and there it was... another Singer 301 for sale for $25.00!!! It also came with a sewing table and some "stuff".

Here she is out of the table. I don't thinks she has ever bee cleaned!

Yikes! Look at the dirt under there! I'm pretty sure this is a replacement bobbin case.
There was a rusty old broken case in a drawer and a second case that doesn't fit in the machine.
I also got a variety of bobbins but only one that fits this machine!
See I should have waited. Oh well now I have 2 Singer 301's. The new machine is the white and oyster coloured machine (not my favourite, although my Mum's Singer 401 was a white and oyster machine.) I have to take the second machine in for servicing because she needs a new bobbin winder rubber tire, it's falling apart but I need to find a beige one. There was A LOT of thread wrapped around the bobbin case (the bobbins weren't wound properly) and I'd like her to have a once over before I sew on her.

Last summer I picked up a piece of sewing furniture that was originally made in Toronto, Canada. It goes with the table that my Grandmother's Featherweight (221) fits in. So I bought it to use as my side table in my bedroom until I get a sewing room in the basement.
I need to figure out how to remove the tape residue without ruining the wood surface.

Free-Motion Quilting Challenge for January

Okay here goes! I received my email directing me to watch the video for January. I watched it several times, and practised on my iPad on a drawing app. Then I went to my Designer 1 and a quilt sandwich and tried my luck.

Attempt #1 Designer 1 and Konfetti thread
I am too small and a little tense!
On my first attempt I was a little shaky and I find as the machine motor goes faster my heart rate goes faster and I move faster. This makes the back not so pretty when you turn the corners.

Attempt #2 Designer 1 and King Tut thread
I went to attempt number 2 and changed my thread. I got a little better and I even threw in a few loops! I really wasn't enjoying quilting on this machine. It feels like the foot is always up in the air. So I changed machines and went back to my old faithful my Lily 540!
Attempt #3 Lily 540 and Konfetti thread but zero on the dials!!!
Attempt number 3, I forgot how to use her for a few minutes so I dropped the feed dogs and turned all my dials to zero (length and ?)
Back of attempt #3!

Nope that's not what I was supposed to do on my Lily that's what I'm supposed to do on the Husqvarna 9" Mega quilter!!!! 
Attempt #4 Lily 540 and Konfetti thread.
My leaves are larger and I am more relaxed.
Oh Boy! So I put the dials back where they should be and tried again. Attempt number 4! I loaded some new thread a friend gave me to try. It is King Tut, I had never used it before.

Attempt #5 Lily 540 and King Tut thread.
I still need to work on my shapes but it is better and I am more relaxed.
Attempt number 5 and I think I got it!

My Hungry Caterpillar quilt. I need to re-pin it. It is too close to the leader fabric.
I am going to try it on the quilt loaded on my quilt frame. It is The Hungry Caterpillar and the leaf motif will go well on the coloured sashes etc.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Finally Pictures of the Finished Quilt

 I sewed my binding fabric on the bias and pressed it in half.

My roll of finished binding.

My corners.

My winter lap quilt. It will be sooo cozy!

The bright orange Minky backing and part of the front of the quilt.

You can see my quilting on the Minky backing. Not bad for the first time!

Dress Up Your Loo Roll - Competition!

There is a competition going on over at QuiltJane's blog. She is hosting the 'Dress up your roll' competition which is open to bloggers all over the world.  First prize is a $100 Fat Quarter Shop gift voucher and there are other great prizes too.  Head on over to this post on Jane's blog to find out all the rules and a tutorial on how to make the basic pattern. Entries have to be in by 1 March.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Easy Quilt - Finished, Almost!

I bought a remnant of orange Minkey. It is about 60" long. I found fat quarters at a variety of quilt shows and small stores during a shop hop. Then I started looking for a pattern I could use them with. I know, I know it is the backwards way of planning a quilt but hey it worked this time! I bought a magazine and while flipping through it found a pattern I thought I could use.

This is the magazine I bought.

This is the pattern I chose to make.

My calculations! I had to figure out if I could use the measurements for a large quilt and adapt it to a lap quilt.

I quilted it on my acrylic tabletop Superquilter. I will bind it tomorrow. The backing is bright orange. The front is a variety of oranges, yellows and browns. It is so soft and warm. I am looking forward to using it while reading/watching TV this winter. When it arrives :)
Hey I didn't know the colour for this year is orange/tangerine.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

The Continuing Saga of the Stitch Regulator

I have been trying out different threads on sample fabrics. I was able to use Wonderfil Confetti and a polyester rainbow thread but I tried out a twisted thread on the sample and it worked but when I tried it on my quilt it broke in the bobbin and the top thread :(( I tried to use a pantograph but it didn't look like I'd like it to. So I did the overall meander pattern with a regular confetti thread. More practise is necessary but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Here's my quilt loaded onto the frame.

I added leaders to the sides as well as the top and bottom so I could run off the side if I needed to!
I ended up using a variegated Tutti thread in the top and a beige Confetti in the bobbin. This was very successful!  (Notice my CD case? I use it to stop my machine from moving. Tee hee!)

My meandering stitch.
The edges show where I stretched the quilt but I am happy with my first attempt on a real quilt.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter Bundle

I was surfing the Blogs out there when I came across Quokka Quilts. On this blog was a contest to "design" a blogger's choice of fat quarter fabric. The fabrics are from The Fat Quarter Shop. You have to pick 12 prints and 3 solids from their shop. If you win you get a half yard of 15 fabrics of your choice.  I decided to try my hand(eye) at choosing a series of fabrics to go together in a bundle for the contest. As I am working with orange fabric right now I was drawn to the orange fabrics in the swatches. I started with the Terrain Bloom Aster and chose based on the colours in it. I have recently discovered Kate Spain's fabrics on line so I wanted to try using some as a focus. Here is my bundle,

1. Terrain Bloom Aster Yardage by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
2. Terrain Bloom Leaves Yardage by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
3. Terrain Berry Lichen Yardage Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
4. Heirloom Amber Ribbon Lattice Yardage by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics
5. Yard Sale Sky Basketweave Yardage by Dear Stella Fabrics
6. Crazy Daisy Fuchsia Multi Wave Yardage by Benartex Fabrics
7. Yellow Petite Dots Yardage, Essentials Petite Dots by Wilmington Prints
8. Crazy Daisy Red Rhythm Yardage by Benartex Fabrics
9. Peacock Lane Grass Falling Flowers Yardage by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics
10. Oval Elements Papaya Orange Yardage by Patricia Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
11. Sunny Happy Skies Yellow Festive Stripe Yardage by Bella Blvd for Riley Blake Designs
12. Annie's Farm Stand Green Clover and Over Yardage by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry
13. Pure Elements Empire Yellow Solid Yardage by Patricia Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
14. Centennial Solids Raspberry Yardage by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabrics
15. Free Spirit Designer Solids Salmon Yardage

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Stage 2 of Installing Stitch Regulator

Okay so I don't always read the instructions carefully! I had the wheels parallel to the base but now I changed their position to a more vertical one and it seems to be running more of a regular stitch length. Of course I ran out of bobbin thread and had to go for dinner so I had to leave it for now. I hope to get back to it soon. I go back to work soon and I want it done before I get back so I can try quilting a project!

Wrong way :(

Right way!!!!

Monday, 2 January 2012

Grace Sure Stitch stitch regulator

So I've attached the wheels of the regulator onto my Superquilter bases and plugged in all the wires. It turns on and works but it isn't regulating stitches yet. Stay tuned as I go through the trials and tribulations that always come with installing equipment. I love being told it will take 10 minutes after you open the box and you will be up and running!!! It's usually several hours, much frustration and many google searches later. It is never out of the box ready to go!

Yes I paid $10.00! Oh boy! Was I in the right place at the right time.