Yep, I Have Been Sewing

And using my machine to embroider!

I mentioned the two Quinceañera pillows. I have gotten as far as getting the designs finalized and one of the fabric squares for a pillow actually embroidered.

I just have the bigger pillow to embroider and then some fancy assembly. I’m hoping to get those finished by the end of this weekend so they are ready for the party, which is a couple of weeks from now.

Now let’s rewind to last weekend. I got the center of the Lone Star quilt assembled and then put it away for awhile. I need to spend some time (that I currently don’t have) figuring out why one side is an inch longer than the other three before I put narrow white borders on it. So it is currently waiting its turn.

Then I made the blocks for Getting to Know Hue for last month since they are due this Saturday (or next Monday or Tuesday). Then I got started on my new project – the Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt. The Jolly Bar that I am using is True Blue by Zen Chic and it has some of the most beautiful fabrics. Look at them! I may need to purchase some yardage of a couple of those prints. So pretty!

On Labor Day, as I sewed, I watched some Craftsy classes during their All You Can Watch Day. One of the things that I learned doing this was that a mobile phone photography course is not a good choice for watching while sewing because you really have to look at the screen all the time to learn anything. The other major thing that I learned was that watching weaving classes is dangerous. Let me repeat all the time – I don’t need to buy any more equipment for a hobby. Seriously I don’t.

Because I just bought another sewing machine. Until Tuesday I was a one machine girl and that one machine weighs 50 pounds. Let’s just say I wasn’t taking that machine anywhere to sew days or classes! So since I was at the sewing machine dealer learning a few things about embroidery that I had apparently forgotten since I never do it, I bought a smaller machine. Maybe a little more expensive than I should have, but I had my reasons (different feed dogs and needle threader being two of them). She’s still in the box since I’ve been a little busy but I will soon get her out and then take Ella in for a cleaning.

I also purchased an upgrade kit for Ella. When I got it home and started to move in the direction of doing the upgrade I found that Brother apparently doesn’t realize there are actually homes without a Windows computer. Luckily Carolyn is willing to bring her laptop over and let me use it so I’ll get that done next week. I wanted to be sure my embroidery was done in case something went wrong.

What’s new in your neck of the woods?

Quilt on!

6 thoughts on “Yep, I Have Been Sewing

  1. Love the fall colors! I’ve been out of touch for awhile. Did you ever finish the 120 Block Project you started years ago? — Pat (formerly 501 Quilt Blocks)

    • Good to see you again, Pat! I never did finish the 120 Blocks Project, I’m afraid. I still have the book though so maybe someday. I did use a some of the blocks in other projects though.

  2. Wait! I thought you bought a big Bernina a few months ago? You have all Brother machines? I am confused. I think you’ll have to do a post on all of your machines or link back to posts on your machines in this missive so I won’t be confused anymore. You know it is all about me, right? 😉

    • Nope, never been a Bernina girl! You’re thinking of someone else, I think. When I started quilting, I bought a low end White quilter’s machine. After about 4 years, the bobbin tension quit holding so I figured it was time to upgrade. I looked at everything around me and decided the best bang for my buck (and the best needle threader) was a Brother Innovis-800, Laura Ashely edition. I loved that machine. But when I bought the Dreamweaver two years ago part of the very good deal I got was trading that machine in. (Note: I was a one machine at a time girl until last Tuesday.) I think the Brother machines as a whole are more cost effective than Berninas because they don’t have the high end rep. Just my two cents worth.

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