Friday, 13 February 2015

Successfully finished

I managed to finish the quilt on the frame with the “new” Singer.  And even loaded another. A lot to learn with this technique, luckily I have a lot of finished tops to learn with.


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I only wish the back looked half this good, some real tension issues and traveling too fast in places.


Most of my time this week has been spent on this monster. This is only 80 units, it needs 360. So lots of cutting and sewing. It is Star Struck from Bonnie’s free patterns and I am doing it for a client who initially asked me to do a quilt over 2 years ago. Luckily she’s extended family and not too demanding but I have been feeling guilty about the delay, hence the flurry of activity. 

Plus I’ve finally got all the blocks pieced for Smith Mountain Morning and started webbing the top together. smithmtn

Better pictures coming once it is further along. I did have one of it up on the wall but it was on my phone.





The best thing about February is the sunlight, the worst is it’s still winter. If I still cross-country skied it would be a great winter. That’s a big IF

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Short Arm Quilting

Sunday we got the quilting frame set up and Monday I loaded my first quilt into the bars.  It is not a pretty set up area and I am sharing photos of an area of my house that few will ever see. The over-stuffed basement.
front of frame
This set up doesn’;t come with a bar for the batting, rather has it floating between the layers. Which means it is hanging down in the way all the time. I also didn’t have it trimmed to size for the quilt I am doing so there is some excess folded on the side so I can get the clips to hold all three layers. Here is the back where I stand and drive the machineback of frame
You might notice a lack of machine on the trolley.  ( it is really hard to get a good picture of the acrylic frame)
That would be because I burnt out a gear on the machine I was using.
After much deliberation and measuring, we went with the Stylist 514 I have had kicking around for a couple of years.
 After the first two rows, I realized the foot controller was not working the best and was doing either full out, top speed or off. A call to a sewing machine repair guy confirmed that the pedal would need to be replace or a least a part in the pedal. But due to the weather, neither DH nor I wanted to drive to this guys shop and get the part. So I kept going and ended up shredding a gear in the bobbin area. 
Last night after doing an inventory of my machines and figuring out what machine would be second choice, we decided to try the thrift store and see if there was a good candidate available. Value Village had a machine, not a great choice but for $30 I figured it was worth a try. ts750
Singer Touch and Sew 750. On the Vintage Sewing Machine F/B group they are called Touch and Swear or Touch and Throw. Known for nylon gears that are prone to breaking and a timing belt that is difficult to replace but needs replacing. So I might end up breaking another gear on this one.  Or not.  First off, we are oiling and greasing anything that needs it and I am learning how to do the self-winding bobbin.

Then back to this. Some of the worst free motion quilting I have ever done. If I had a dog, this would be a dog blanket. I just keep telling myself it is a learning curve and I need the practice.
And it is better than shovelling this stuff.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Grand Illusion Link Up

We were so busy yesterday, I didn’t even get a chance to write a post to link up.
Blocks are still stacked up , waiting to be sewn together.2015-02-01 002
I thought I was ready to web the top,however, I was jumping ahead and didn’t have enough of the sashing done. Another counting revealed only 103 not the 120 I need. So back to the sewing machine.
But not today. Because today we are putting together what we drove hours yesterday to pick up, a quilting frame. One designed to use a regular sewing machine for free motion quilting.
 This is what it looked like in the ad I saw on Kijiiji

This is what it looks like right now2015-02-01 005.

Some assembly required. Also some space, we need to set up a table downstairs as I don’t want to take up the living room with this.

So no sewing today, but look out tomorrow, thread will be consumed.

So now to link up with Bonnie and all the rest over at Quiltville.