Wednesday 29 April 2020

A little bit of everything!!

This week it is the week of all the little things going on in the crafting world of Terry.
My faithful Janome decided that it needed a few repairs and in protest quit sewing.  So we have a new comer to the shop. 
Quantum Stylist 9960
I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality and capabilities of this sewing machine.  One heck of a machine for the price ($400).  Lots of features, feet and a large table base.  Best of all, all the unfinished sewing projects got (and get) to be finished.

New back pack.
I was working on a new back pack for myself when the Janome's bobbin holder gave out.  I love these handy bags. Throw it over your shoulder and off you go.  Best thing about these bags is that when wearing both straps the weight is even on each shoulder.  Great for those who have shoulder or back problems.  If you are interested in one give me a call.
Lots of pockets inside (1 large zippered as well as the main)
and out ( 1 on each side and 2 in the front)

table topper
It felt good to finish this bright (not sure why the photo is a little washed out) table topper.  It had been in the "please finish me" pile for a few weeks.  In keeping with trying out all the features of the 9960, this was quilted with the walking foot, then bound with the same.

The pattern was a quick project put together for a few ladies wanting a refresher course with all the tips and tricks of quilting.  A fun little project where the main block is cut to make 2 different blocks.  I shows how to read a pattern and adjust if needed, cut, sew, match corners, pin, arrange and all the little tips and tricks that help everyday quilting along.

First hand applique.
I was able to finish the border of my very first hand applique attempt.  It was fun to use up as many of the left over scraps from the main design.  Gave me a chance to practice my paper piecing (the pin wheels and flying geese), put the new machine through the gambit piecing and sewing thin strips, and do a little machine applique. But I used up most of the fabric and made a wonderful sampler. 
I found that I enjoy sitting in the evenings with a project to hand sew.  Started this applique project...

Block 1 of  9

Look what happens when you take a class.  You might find a new calling. lol

Yesterday I started making a set of placemats with a simple pattern that are going to be gorgeous. 

New placemats.

With all of this flurry of energy, I am still working on the longarm a few hours a day.  Next week you will be able to see Terry's (not mine) quilt she made for her nephew. 

And last but not least... garden season is almost among us.  Here is the start of what I hope is an awesome growing season in Atlantic Canada!

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