Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve

Hope everyone had a good Christmas. I can't believe it's almost been a month!

So, quick updates:
  •  I found a way to fix the green spicy spiral!  The wedges need to be cut with the stratas going opposite directions, but I cut the first set going the same direction.  BUT, I had just enough fabric to create a fifth strata set and, double-checking everything, cut a new set of wedges in the right direction
and was able to get it finished!  Really, this is the best pattern EVER.  Here's a better picture of the one in purple for my friend,
which she loves. There was a time when I thought I would make quilts or shawls for each friend as they turned 50, but then I remembered how many really good friends I have.  So, it's table-runners!

  • The kittens have taken to sewing like pros:

and over the holidays we've made pajamas for both Andy and I, some new towels,

a new chiffon jacket for me.  Part of the reason for this sewing frenzy is:
I finally got a new sewing machine!  I've been researching this for a few years, actually, and since it's a 4-hour round-trip to get my existing machine fixed but the repairs aren't lasting even a year, I decided it was finally time and took advantage of a big holiday promo the first week of December.  The embroidery module is still on order, but I have so much to learn for just sewing that it's okay.

The new machine has a very big throat area for quilting, which was also a driving factor.  It also has dual-feed, which was amazing on the chiffon jacket.  Now I'm using it on a new quilt for some friends buying their first house,
and I'm trying to do a "scrappy" quilt.  I'm a very symmetrical/orderly sort of person, so I am struggling a bit with "scrappy."  I might need to rearrange things a bit, because it doesn't feel very balanced, and there's a whole menu of great quilting stitches on the new machine, so I think I'll be doing some decorative quilting in white on--maybe with a white border.  It's 3 small jellyrolls, so I might end up with white on the binding as well if I can't find a good solid fabric to match/accent this, but I think it's going to be a fun project.  I'm already loving the dual-feed with the quilting foot, so it's moving along very quickly.  Maybe I can actually finish a few big projects in 2019?

Happy New Year everyone!