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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

That went rather well 😊

Despite a few January snuffles and weather than doesn't make me want to be in the garden, life at Bag End is pretty good.  I seem to be taking this 'Gentle January' idea quite seriously and we have pottered through the last week with a relaxing mix of keeping busy but not doing much 😊

When not laughing like drains at Daisy when she turns one of her ears inside out . . .







(In my defence, one of us vacuums every day, sometimes more than once a day.  We have learnt to wait until Madam has finished spreading the detritus from her morning Bonio until we get the Dyson out!)


. . . I have finally been playing with the longarm machine.  If I ever want to turn those Trip Around the World quilt tops into quilts then I have to overcome the apprehension and just get on with it.

Last week I put borders on a couple of little panels which have been sitting around for at least two years and quilted them up.  I am useless at practising on plain fabric - it has to be something 'real' or I just don't try hard enough.  However, despite this potentially being a sacrificial piece (and the fact that I still don't like freehand meandering quilting!) surprisingly they turned out really, really well.







Something else which surprised me was successfully inserting invisible zips for the first time (which I could not have done without this video from Debbie Shore) so that's two nice cushions for Bill.  Zips and I have a difficult relationship, in truth, I find anything related to dressmaking far more difficult than it ought to be, so this was a Big. Thing.  Two more cushions to follow when different coloured zips arrive.





This morning I loaded some fabric which has been sitting in the stash for years and quilted it up.  Note to self, my machine REALLY does not like 'Poly Quilter' thread from Superior but it loves Valdani thread, and Coats Star thread.  I used a pretty Superior variegated for the first couple of rows and the back is a complete pigging disaster ... changed to Valdani and happiness all round.  It doesn't really matter because I'm going to cut this piece up to make small bags.





After lunch quilted up two pieces which have also been sitting around for years, originally intended to be quilted pillowcase covers for the first caravan ... turned out brilliantly but I am too tired now to trim them and try my luck with more zips.





I ~love~ that transitional moment when you stop and take a look at a half-quilted item, and realise that the piecing has become patchwork:



Tomorrow we want to do a bit of tweaking and fettling around the longarm machine, and it would be good to get the TATW backing loaded. 



14 comments:

  1. Looks like you've been really busy with the quilting even though you've 'not been doing much' :) I love the cushions for Bill, the colours are great. Love Daisy with the ear turned inside out, it made me laugh. Sophie sometimes does the same and she looks so silly :)

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    1. Hi Eunice, just 'normal' busy stuff I guess, cleaning house, laundry, food shopping. Playing with Daisy gobbles up a fair chuck of time :) and I've been to the dentist a couple of times. All of a sudden each day it's getting dark, time to light the woodburner and walk Daisy . . . not sure where the hours go.

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  2. Good on you, fighting the apprehension, as that has always been my trouble with anything I do. I'm loving those cushions & I've not put a zip into anything for probably about 6/7 years, as I do very little clothes sewing these days. To think I made most of my own and the three kids, though not as much for the boys, as I did for DD. Well done to you. Hey Daisy, can you hear better with your ear that way?(giggle & a pat on the head too). Here's to your 'Gentle January' continuing. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan, I know you understand {hug}. Long story with the dressmaking thing, here is not the place for it :(

      Daisy does not seem to notice her ear is turned until we start making fun of her . . .

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  3. Wow your work is really lovely, everything is so colourful. I found the issues I was having with Will's quilt (no where as lovely as yours) was the thread, I do have to finish his quilt, it's on my agenda for next week.

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    1. Thanks Marlene :) Over many, many years of working with fabric I have learnt never to under-estimate the idiosyncracies of thread. Even how the thread is wound onto it's spool can make a difference - some of my thread will not 'work' unless the spool holder is horizontal for example.

      If you're having trouble machine quilting something, first try a different bobbin, (can be same thread as before, just a newly wound one) and if that doesn't work and you know you have the machine properly threaded and there are no lint bunnies anywhere on the thread path, I'd suggest trying to use a different top thread - Will won't mind!

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  4. Daisy! Oh Daisy, you will be getting a cold brain (well that is what my boys tell Moss when her ears flip inside out!) They do look so different :) Your quilting is looking brilliant - Bill is going to look amazing once he is all bedecked in his new furnishings !

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    1. Cold brain, huh? Poor Moss and Daisy - they do have a hard time of it :)

      Glad you approve of Bill's soft furnishings 😊

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  5. I just have to put Annie's ear right when she turns it inside out. Daisy doesn't seem to be too bothered about her inside out ear either :) Your cushions are lovely and very colourful, Bill is going to look amazing.

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    1. Hi Eileen, I only have to laugh at Daisy and tell her “your ear is inside out” and she shakes her head and rights it :)

      Thank you for the nice words about my cushions. X

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  6. Well done, dear girl. Love those pillows. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and do it. I know because I can procrastinate with the best. Glad you're having a Gentle January.

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    1. Aww, thanks Sue - I know you “get it”. Shall we start a procrastinators group - sometime, whenever, after we’ve done other stuff first :)

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  7. Those rainbow cushions and pillow cases are absolutely gorgeous! Jx

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