Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Home again

Well I got the machine quilting finished. Yeah!
It's a good thing the machine work is finished since my faithful Bernie 1230 has developed a cough. It hacks every stitch. It doesn't sound good. I'm taking it in to see the doctor tomorrow. This is pretty nerve wracking. Before we moved here I had a great doc that took great care of my girls. Now I had to find a new one. I had no one to ask for help. Don't I sound pitiful?
I researched and found a husband/wife team who have been in business for 30 years. They are a pretty good distance from my house, but the closer dealer has only been in the business for less than a year. I went in there a few weeks ago asking about a new walking foot, I left unimpressed. Maybe they were having a bad day. Maybe I was having a bad day. I'll give them another visit, but not this time.
No pictures...yet...


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When you really must get it basted!

A girl has to do what a girl had to do!
I basted this quilt in the hotel room on the bed.
Pinning the backing wasn't difficult. 
Spray basting was just a tad irritating.
I opened the window, turned on the A/C, turned on my portable fan blowing out the open window and turned on the bathroom exhaust. 
I sprayed the batting to the backing and left the room and sat downstairs with my iPad,
Sprayed the top to the batting and left the room, downstairs again. 
After a couple if hours it was done. 
I was surprised at how little smell the spray baste had. I usually baste outside on my Lanai so I never noticed a smell. Now I know it's because it has a very low odor. 
I don't recommend this to others so don't think I am saying this is a good thing. I was VERY careful but  I'm sure I will get my hands slapped by someone. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New walking foot

Here is the new walking foot installed. I guess for the average person that is no big deal, but I have always had a time installing the walking foot on the Bernina. Fat stiff fingers don't help. :)

I played a bit seeing if it was all that and a box of cookies. Hoping I had not just spent a lot of fabric money on something that wasn't fantastic.


picture showing stitch in the ditch on the right side and echo stitching on the left
For the first time ever my straight lines are straight! No bobbles and no wavy lines.  Plus this walking foot contraption is much quieter than the one I bought 20 years ago. MUCH quieter. I asked the dealer back then if it was supposed to make that much noise and she told me yes, but I don't believe it. It sounded like a loud clickity clack each time the needle bar went up and down.
Maybe with this quieter one and the stitch in the ditch sole I will enjoy quilting more and get some tops out of the closet and off the UFO list!

It's here!

My new walking foot arrived! I am so excited.
I have a 20 year old walking foot for my Bernina and it wasn't cutting it when I wanted to do stitch in the ditch. Plus the grabby part of the walking part wasn't grabbing very well. I took it to my local dealer which isn't real local and they said it looked pretty well worn. That is odd since everyone knows I don't quilt a lot. :^/
Anyway I finally forked over my sewing budget for a long time to buy the new set up with the stitch in the ditch foot. 
I will be basting this afternoon and hopefully quilting after dinner. 
Can I get a Woo and a Hoo???
Woo Hoo!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pineapple CRAZY

Still pineappling away...

Monday, October 7, 2013

I'm not ignoring, just nothing new...

It's kind of boring saying the same thing every time; pineapples and cousin quilt. Yep that is what I'm still working on.
I keep getting sidetracked with knitting. I wanted to put a couple of pretty face cloths in with Laura's quilt so I have been working on a really pretty coral colored one. I found some soft cotton/bamboo blend yarn and it is coming out nice.
Maybe if I take a few minutes later I will post some picture, but they will not be much different than the last ones. I'll have part of a washcloth and more pineapples...exciting!