I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
November 21, 2011
November 18, 2011
But alas, the Bernina 830 came out and her heart was set on the new one. This machine is only a couple of years old and well maintained and I just couldn't pass it up.
I have been trying out the buttons and features and was so excited to take one of the first owner's classes that I was ready to go to class on November 8. The class isn't being held until December 8th. Whoops - good thing I have an understanding boss who let me change my vacation time.
There are so many features I have no idea I have but it will be such fun discovering them. My most anticipated feature is the embroidery package. I can make monograms and do quilt labels and personalized tea towels and the list goes on. Do you have an embroidery machine or a sewing machine with am embroidery feature? What project do you most enjoy?
November 17, 2011
November 16, 2011
My niece lives in a cold climate and needs a warm quilt so I am almost done with this one for her. I used lavender, gray, yellow and white. Last week an evening was spent using applique to affix her name and make it personal. Flannel is a different sort of material for me. It seems to stretch a bunch. Before embarking on my first ever flannel project, here are the popular tips I collected from various websites and I believe they served me well.
When working with flannel:
- pre-wash fabric in hot water (to minimize shrinking)
- use magic sizing, not starch
- press all seams open
- use a 1/2" seam allowance
- begin the project with a new needle
November 14, 2011
November 12, 2011
You really can't have too much fabric, so in the spirit of keep my stash robust I ordered more. Actually, what started this is my NuBees swap. One of the girls is making a University of Illinois quilt so I wanted to surprise her by ordering some true U of I fabric for her block. Since I was ordering college fabric, I just couldn't pass up the chance to get some more Husker fabric and low and behold - a new print has come out (top left). I had never seen it before and of course didn't want my Husker stash to be missing any print so I ordered some up! This was my first time ordering from Bear Paw but I was pleased with the transaction and love my new fabric! Eventually I think I will make a Big 10 Quilt, but deciding on the best pattern has proved challenging for me. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!