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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My sawtooth star

Three things to be happy about
(1) bug zappers
(2) biscuit-crust turkey potpie
(3) leftover pizza

Such a lonely, sad sight!!
It's my Singer sewing machine cabinet, empty!!

I was winding yet another bobbin when it started making a clackety! clackety!  sound, so I took it to my regular repairman at Hancock Fabrics.  The good news is, it just needed the usual cleaning, oiling and adjustment, and she's back in business!   The other news, I'll call it "doh!" news, is that I really need to learn how to make my own adjustments, I've had the machine since 1970...

Yep, I sew facing a wall but it doesn't bother me in the least, though.  My TV sits on a shelf to my right, and if I turn my head just slightly I'm looking into my bedroom.

Still piecing my sawtooth stars!

Five sewn together, 1 more kitted up to sew, 3 more being fed through the machine, which hums like a contented lady.

The string units work up fast, and the star itself works up really fast once I get it laid out!

This view gives me an idea of how the quilt will look with three blocks across.

So far, so good!

Enjoy your day, it feels nice and cool out there!  Sew forth and sew on til later!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cutting for a cruise

Three things to be happy about:
(1) bicycles on wet pavement
(2) the shape of an egg
(3) good health

When I saw these chopsticks in the dollar store the other day I thought they'd be just the thing for pushing my fabric through the needle.

The tip is a little too large to get really close up to the needle, so they won't do everything I need, pffft!  I guess I'll still have to use the skewers I get at the grocery store!

They're pretty, though...

I started cutting my fabric for the Caribbean cruise coming up in just a few short weeks!

I'm only cutting 72 of the 288 neutral and colored squares, and 2-1/2 x 4-1/2" bricks.

All 36 of the colored bricks (out of 144) are cut, just need 40 more squares and they'll be ready! Confused yet?

Nice mix of fabrics in this group!  During the cruise we're making "Texas Tumbleweeds," from Bonnie Hunter's More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.  I've been wanting to make this quilt, I'm glad she chose it for the cruise.

I pulled a lot of strips from my precut 2-1/2" box, thank goodness for the scrap user's system!  At this rate I may as well cut out the entire quilt, eh?

And now speaking of cruises, here's something I saw on Facebook that I thought was so cute - enjoy!

Sew forth and sew on til later!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Stars happen...

Three things to be happy about:
(1) orange flavored popsicles
(2) a three-hole punch
(3) gel pens

Yesterday Gene asked about the machines we need for the cruise - Sew Many Places arranges for the machines!  A Florida Janome dealer (I'm sorry I can't remember the company name) along with his nephew provides brand new, top of the line machines with all the accessories.  They wind our bobbins, rethread the machines, make adjustments - it's a great experience!  And best of all, after the cruise?  They offer you the machine you used at a tempting, VERY GOOD discount!  With free shipping yet.

Meanwhile,,, it's a cycle - a string-y cycle!

I sew...



That's how you get there!

Sew forth and sew on... and on... and on...