After waiting around all morning my new washing machine was delivered. When the guys went to take the old one out they were surprised I wasn’t getting it fixed and keeping – after all “it is such a great washing machine” according to them – I told them to try washing a quilt in it and have they actually checked to see if there clothes were clean as I sure had trouble with mine and lots of other people do too – and I was glad to get rid of it. The part that was not working is in the spin cycle and it would take a lot to take it apart and then to repair it – hours of work which wasn’t worth it and although I was still using it I couldn’t even talk on the phone during the spin cycle in another room because it sounded like it was going to lift off to space. I washed 3 loads of laundry today and was very pleased with the new machine and it is fairly quite.
I know I must be crazy but I started a new English Paper Piece quilt – this one will go slow too and I don’t know how often I will work on it right now as I am so busy with other things but I thought I would start making the first circle. This is Sue Daley’s Round We Go. There are sew along’s going on right now but I plan on doing it at my own pace and we will see where it goes. I got the patterns and templates from an on line shop here in the states but not the fabric – I will be doing mine scrappy as always. Acrylic templates were provided also which is something I will be keeping in the stash of supplies. For this one I am trying glue basting and I hope I won’t have trouble with removing the pieces eventually but for now I am planning on storing each circle flat with the papers in them.
I have my box of neutral hexies filled back up so I will get back to Handful of Scraps on the long rows along the sides.
Other than that I was varnishing table tops for our desks in the sewing room – before I got started with the varnish I took a couple photos – this one is mine – it will have a large cutting mat on it and my computer on one side – I have a lap top so it can be moved easily when I want my accuquilt cutter out and whatever else that will be on here. My table top will go on a “fixture” I don’t know what it is called that Mike found – the “desk base” is all I can come up with – it will be on wheels so I can move it when/if I need to and it has a crank on it (that is out of the way) that will crank it taller when I am cutting and then lower it when I am sitting at it – I will show it of course when it is all put together.
This one is Mike’s – longer than mine – he will have his computer and his two screens that he uses – and the printer will go on the end of his area (I don’t have room for it on mine) His table top will be placed on a couple of kitchen cabinets that he will use for all of his papers and things. The walls turned out really well didn’t they! Floor still to go obviously as it sure is a mess but better to get all the varnishing out of the way first.
I couldn’t find the bias stem maker fusible that goes with mine at the stores so had to order and it will come on Friday I think so the vines for the Fall Harvest quilt will wait until the weekend. Next week if not before I need to pin baste Primary Colors and get started on the machine quilting – I have put it off as it is just one thing after another lately going on here but it must be done. Chances are though that I won’t get started on it until after the Paducah Fall Show which is next week already and we will be gone two nights, I think we will drive over that way on Wednesday spend the night and see the show on Thursday and the museum and some of the shops – Hancocks of Paducah for sure and Paper Pieces – other places? not sure – we have been to Paducah numerous times over the years being only about 6 hours from there so know our way around but always something new isn’t there. I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts this morning and Jo’s Country Junction , Midweek Makers, My Quilt Infatuation ,