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Friday, 19 January 2018

First one done

The day started far too well 😛

Two of my favourite longarm pattern designers are Keryn Emerson and her twin sister Meredith England, from Australia;  I think I have more patterns from these two ladies than every other designer combined.  Keryn and I met many years ago in America, and we keep in touch casually via our blogs.  I was, therefore, absolutely delighted to start my morning with a message from her about my pattern choices for the Trip Around the World quilts!  She identified the first two patterns in yeserday's blog as being from her sister and recommended the second - Featheration.

As that was already my overnight favourite, it should have been a 30 minute job to position the paper pattern, load the batting (also Australian - using Matilda's Own for these quilts) and get started.  I should have realised things were going to go off the rails when Management came to tell me "we don't seem to have any water . . ."

So he phoned United Utilities and I carried on with the quilt.  Three hours later I had changed the top thread, tweaked the thread path, put in a new the needle, tried a different bottom thread, adjusted the fabric tension and was even considering getting a different backing fabric when I wondered about the bobbin case.  Tried a different case that was set to a slightly higher tension and 30 seconds later - perfect stitches.
Grrrrr  🤬 
It didn't really take three hours - there were breaks for coffee, playing with Daisy, and a few minutes online just to get some distance between an increasingly irritating situation!



Since then it's all gone rather well!   It took our water company until 3.00pm to make a start on fixing a leak down by the A66 but we had plenty of bottled water (and Management popped out for a little more, just in case) and right now there is a huge tanker filling up the pipes that supply this end of the village.


The first quilt top is finished and it looks bloomin' lovely.  💐





It is not perfect, but I have to keep reminding myself that this is a pair of utility quilts that are going to be slung around the back of a campervan.  The dog is going to leap all over them, and it's only a matter of time before I drop half a mug of tea over myself and any fabric within splattering distance.  Saturday is usually 'cleaning' day but I think Management will understand if I shirk my housekeeping duties and get to work on the second quilt top tomorrow!







18 comments:

  1. Looking great Jayne. Love the swirls over the straight lines of the piecing. I hate thread tension issues. It puts me off trying new threads. And sometimes the culprit is a microscopic bit of thread in the bobbin case, which makes me wonder how something minuscule can have such devastating consequences. One time we were tearing our hair out over thread breaks, and finally worked out the air-conditioning was blowing the thread out of one of the guides. You have to be on your toes in this quilting game. Hope the next quilt goes well too.

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    1. Thanks Keryn, and please say ‘thank you’ for Meredith for her pattern!

      I suspect people who have never used a longarm machine have no idea how much time we can spend sorting out thread issues :). It took me forever to hunt down today’s problem because the original bobbin case is the one I was using a couple of days ago - with NO problems. Grrr! Air conditioning displacing thread is not a problem I have ever had to deal with.🙃

      Hope you get some respite from the heat, a friend in WA said it was well over 40 degrees today and at 8.00pm had only “cooled” down to 38.

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    2. Is that me or someone else you were talking about? The twins would certainly have been hot over the last couple of days as South Australia (the state) is being hit hard by the heat.

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    3. Ooop's, sorry, that's me being geographically challenged. I know perfectly well that you don't live in Western Australia ......

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  2. You're right, it is bloomin' lovely! So nice to see the patterns in action.

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    1. Thanks Mereth, and thank you for such a good pattern :-)

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  3. It looked nice before you put the pattern on it - now it's looking rather more WOW :)

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    1. Cheers Eunice, glad you're enjoying seeing the changes.

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  4. I meant to keep writing up above, but accidentally pressed the 'publish' button when the cursor went on it's own way. (lol). I also use the girls' patterns & especially like Kerryn's Oriental & must purchase a couple I used to have as paper ones. I hate tension issues & am very loathe to try anything except Signature thread on my machine. Good on you using our lovely Matilda's Own batting, which is what I use in the 60/40 wool/cotton. I love your TATW & am thinking about cutting strips from my stash to do one. OK, one day!! Have a good weekend & hope you have no more tension or water problems. Huggles.

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    1. That's v. interesting Susan, because when I had a Gammill the one thing I knew I couldn't ever use was Signature. But my friend with an APQS couldn't use Valdani so we swapped threads. When I changed to an APQS she warned me I would have a bucket full of thread that was useless, but not so - this machine loves the stuff.

      I can thoroughly recommend doing a TATW, really easy and I can't wait to start another. Each full quilt has four strips cut full width of fabric, about 9 or 10 different fabrics should give you something a good size.

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  5. Yes, WOW from me too. As for cleaning days, I have those planned each week but they are always moveable by a day or two. As I say to hubby, does it matter really :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen. We have a weekly cleaning day to give us the discipline of ensuring we keep on top of things, having found (now retired, ha ha) that it is too easy for days to just slip by! We don't stick to it religiously, but for us, it does make a difference. The house "feels" much nicer when we've dusted from one end to the other.

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  6. Your quilting is stunning, hand made is often not perfect, but being hand made makes it far batter then any other quilt. I should be cleaning today, but I'm not in the mood.

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    1. Cheers Marlene, I often joke I could go to Dunelm and buy ready-made Chinese imports if I desperately wanted a quick quilt, but I never do :)

      We "should" have cleaned yesterday but didn't. Management vacuumed everywhere for us, and I worked on the quilt. (oh, I did a few loads of laundry ...)

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    1. Thank Sue. Looking forward to see what you produce when you are next in your gorgeous 'sewing cave'.

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  8. It is impressive how the stitching elevates the patchwork to a beautiful quilt!

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    1. Thanks Kate. I just love it when the thread and batting adds so much texture and all of a sudden "it's a quilt".

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