It used to be that I rarely ever used a sewing machine, I did my quilts entirely by hand – sometimes that meant right down to and including the binding. I just liked hand work that much and didn’t have a machine that worked well without giving me frustration. Over the years I have come to like my sewing machine (a Juki TL-2010Q straight stitch) and almost always have a machine piecing project in the works and sometimes even machine quilting a quilt. I seem to be happiest when I can switch from hand work to machine work whenever I wish. Yesterday I was doing that. (I had to accept over the years that my hands could not keep up with hand work because of arthritis – a good machine had to come into my life)
First off I want to give a big thank you to Isabelle Hamel from Paris France who is a reader I do not believe she has a blog as I see none in the address from the comment she left me on a post a couple days ago. I had pointed out a big mistake on my arrangement of one of the blocks in Primary Colors and she was nice to let me know that she had spotted another mistake – so nice to find them before the quilt is ready to quilt isn’t it! Anyhow when I was looking for the mistake that she pointed out I realized it wasn’t one block that was turned the wrong way but many pieces in the same 24 inch block!! I thought I better check all the blocks and I found another one with same mistake!!! two of the big blocks needed to be taken apart and redone. Thank you so much Isabelle by pointing out the one mistake to me it saved me much work for if I hadn’t noticed it until after the blocks were all sewn together and possibly not until I had started to quilt it well that would have been a mess!!
The two mistake blocks are on the top – a correct one is on the bottom – they are all fixed now and I checked all the other blocks twice to make sure they are all right and I believe they are and I’m sure I will be checking again when I lay everything out on the floor again later before I start to sew rows together.
I think I have all the pieces cut now for the smaller partial blocks that I need on the sides that I need to finish the quilt for the size quilt I am doing and hope to sew these today and three more big blocks – then all needs to be laid out to start rows.
Another thank you goes to my long time blogging friend Teri Dingler from Cooking My Way 2 Retirement – who decided she was not going to use a bag of 1 inch hexie papers and asked if I wanted them and sent them on to me – they arrived Thursday – thanks Teri! I am not sure when I will use these but I am sure I will at some point as I am already looking for more designs for the next hexie quilt.
More progress on Stain Glass Stars – I have missed hand quilting and have only been working on this project by hand the last couple days taking a break from hexagons for a short while. My hoop might look odd with that bar that goes across the back – most do not have this but this one can be attached to a little lap stand that brings the work closer to you and it also swivels – sometimes I use it and sometimes I don’t.
A close up
No rain is expected today so I hope more progress is made in the sewing room – Mike has to set the power saw up by the back porch and if it rains it doesn’t provide enough cover for him to work out there as that one is a tiny back porch – so whenever it rains – no saw!
I think this fall as I move things back into the sewing room when it is finished I need to set things aside in a big basket that I no longer want to use or have use for and see if others can use them like Teri did with her hexie papers. This might be done in the form of several give away’s over several months time so keep an eye out for this to happen in the fall, might be books and patterns mainly.