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sewing machine woes

WEll my sewing friends i have been very hard pressed to find the time to sew these past few months. Working full time in addition to taking classes towards my bachelor’s degree leaves me very little time to enjoy what i most like to do (sewing & quilting). Yesterday i began work on a quillow for a friend and my sewing machine started to make this very strange noise. As if the motor or gears were falling apart. This machine is less than a year old! And of course i couldn’t find the manual to try and troubleshoot it or anything.  It has been a very frustrating weekend. Hopefully i can get my machine working again real soon so i can finish this project and the other quilts i have going….spring is coming and i’ve signed up for two more classes….(i’d rather be sewing!)

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

On my way..

Second day of quilting class and we got to use the Thangles! A neat little invention that helps you make perfect little triangles into perfect little squares in such an easy way. Being a first timer I thought they were fun and was disappointed when I was done ripping them off my material – it’s a stress reliever! For homework we have to sew all our strips together (3 strips of two different material) and then cut those into squares. It was a relief that I didn’t have to buy a special foot (1/4 inch quilting foot) for this. Hopefully I won’t need it down the line, that’s just one more expense and my regular sewing foot seems to work just fine. I can’t imagine all the time and effort it took back in the olden days to put these together and sew every stitch by hand. How fortunate those who have quilts from long ago that have been passed down through generations. They are true treasures. I found a fascinating web site that features and sells antique quilts from as far back as the 18th century.  If I ever get to York Village, Maine , Rocky Mountain Quilts will definitely be a stop on my itinerary. It’s so neat to see my first quilt start to come together and I love being able to have this time to sew again. 008

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Quilt Shops, Quilting | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s a Thangle?

suppliesfabricThangles [www.thangles.com], dayglo  tape, blocks, triangles on a roll. These are just some of the new terms I learned last night at my quilting class and yes dayglo tape is exactly what it sounds like. A roll of brightly colored tape used to mark our rulers (at least that’s what we did last night) in the various positions needed to keep track of where we will be measuring and cutting for different widths of cloth. I’m sure it has other uses but we haven’t learned them yet. And triangles on a roll are just that – a big roll of paper triangles to use as patterns to cut the fabric. How cool is that! We will be using Thangles instead of triangles on a roll which are basically the same thing except they come in strips instead of on a roll, but the lesson on how to actually use them will be next week.

 

 

 Quilting, I (and my classmates) are learning is turning into an expensive little adventure, especially for those of us who also just purchased sewing machines. In addition to the above we needed thread, cutting mats, rotary cutters, pins, seam ripper and a quilt ruler. Having sewed off and on through the years I did have some of these supplies but not all. We also learned to never, ever leave our cutting mat in the car. A class mate left hers and by the time she got in the car to come to class it had bent out of shape from the heat (and it wasn’t even a very hot day). Now she has to purchase a new one and at $25 her cost in this venture has just gone up.

But all in all, we will take away a valuable skill and an item that will last for years to come –as will most of the supplies with proper care – and that is what we are anticipating. By the end of the class we should all be very familiar with quilt-speak.

 

 

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Quilting | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Quilting I will go

I’ve always admired those women who could take a hodgepodge of scrap material, cut it up into into small squares and end up with work of art. A beautiful quilt that can not only be used in the home but passed on for generations to come. And if well cared for can go up in value! Well I’m going to take a stab at this wonderful art form. I purchased a new sewing/embroidery machine last month and have signed up for My First Quilt Workshop at The Old Craft Store. It’ll be one day a week for the next 4 weeks and at the end I’ll have completed a small quilt – big enough to wrap the first grandbaby in (whenever he/she may come) or to use as a sofa throw or wall hanging.

I should be getting my supply list any day now and am looking forward to sewing again. With the economy, improving my sewing skills will come in handy and I hope to make some lasting friendships as well. I was thinking I would take this up when I retired but doesn’t look like that may not happen for a very long time and why put off what I can do today. 

Once I’ve learned the proper quilting process, my next project I want to make a quilt out of all my children’s old t-shirts –  from camp, girl scouts, boy scouts, sports, school spirit, and vacation souvenir t-shirts. I welcome any sewing or  quilting tips and  ideas.

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Quilting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment