Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm Trying Really Hard Not To Say This...

...but I am immensely proud of myself today.

There, I've said it.  I know I will probably bring down the wrath of the sewing gods upon my boastful little head, but maybe they're not as vengeful as the knitting gods.  I'll burn a little summer cotton tonight in sacrifice to the just to be on the safe side.  In the meantime

TA-DA!


My first attempt at continuous quilting with the embroidery machine!

Okay, to be fair, it wasn't an intentional attempt.  My intention was to do a few unconnected pieces of design on each side--basically enough to keep the batting from going crazy in the washing machine but nothing too "involved."  That was before I discovered this:

 The design I had just embroidered onto the quilt that has taken THREE AND A HALF YEARS to make was only made for continuous design.  Not that there were any directions with the software--which I will point out is the only embroidery software I bought from Husqvarna (the company that made my sewing machine) and for the insane price of $89.00, I think they could have chipped in a blasted instruction book. 

So now I had the problem of either figuring out a way to duplicate the circle on the other side, or figuring out how to join the designs.  Taking a deep breath, I measured, marked, remeasured and.....

It worked!!!

I still have to do some hand-sewing on the corners as I can't get the silly machine to duplicate the design or do a mirror image or anything else.  But one side is done, and my ever-present companion was on-hand to help me prep to tackle the next side

Now be honest--do you think my friend would notice if only one side were quilted?