I’m linking up with Amanda on July 15th for a Linky party about our oldest fabric.
(I am having trouble rotating my pics on WordPress, so some of them may be sideways or upside down)
The oldest fabric I own is extremely boring. I bought it in 1992, and its purpose was for a quilt for my brother for his 18th birthday. The fabric was incororated into the quilt, but I also bought enough because I wanted this fabric to be the backing. I finally pulled the quilt top out in 2009 (when my brother was 32), and finished the borders, and was too lazy to create the quilt backing, so I bought a sheet and called it a day.
At the same time, I realized my brother had changed tremendously since he was 18. So in 2009, I created another quilt for him, one I felt was more ”him”. It just so happens I was able to incorporate this fabric into his “new” quilt
Yet, that fabric keeps hanging in there…I am currently doing a quilt-block-a-day-calender, and have incorporated the fabric, yet again, into a quilt block.
I actually really like this block, and I think I have plenty of my old fabric to make a quilt, if not, I can buy it at the store, because I just saw it the other day at the quilt shop!
Thanks to Amanda for letting me share. Looking forward to seeing other “old fabrics” and the next Link Party!
This is a top I just finished, they are simple one inch strips of various lengths. I don’t like the fabric choices, I like the grey’s and the pinks, just not these greys and pinks. But I’ve had this fabric for three years, and this is what it was intended for, so I finished it. I’d like to make the back simple diagonal strips, and then have it folded over to the front for the binding…
I am also making a brown and pink ribbon quilt, that will be larger, but that one is made of triangles.
Two hours gone trying to reconfigure my site. I’m just going to have to accept it for now…too much quilting to do!
In defense of the Husky name, I’m sure the user was probably at fault here. I think the problem was she was not particularly knowledgable with the machine. She didn’t realize she could have adjusted the needle position, and gotten the perfect quarter inch, the machine is 25 years old, and she was having problems with the bobbin thread getting stuck. So $700 later, she got a new machine, along with instructions on how to use it. The sales lady at Quilt & Treasures, Inc in East Longmeadow, MA, made sure Sarah was able to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and sew a perfect quarter of an inch before she left the store.
Sarah has been sewing up a storm since she got her new machine, it seems she is producing twice as many quilt blocks as she is not fooling with the bobbin thread, or the block getting stuck in the presser foot. Needless to say, the bad words have completely stopped!
I have had my Husqvarna for 25 years. I love it. And I’m still considered “one of the guys” at work, seeing as the same company that makes my sewing machine, makes their chainsaws and riding lawn mowers. But my quilt blocks always come out uneven, not good for the Husky name.
This ones just pathetic, and it will be a total redo.
This is the one the really gets me, these are triangles made into blocks, and these two strips are suppose to be sewn together. That is a lot of stretching!!!
In my quest for the perfect 1/4 inch seam allowance. I borrowed my Mother’s Brother machine. I spent over an hour figuring out the 1/4 inch seam allowance, then another hour figuring out the tension, and I failed at both. Her machine did not come with the desired 1/4-inch quilting foot, and you have to be some sort of engineer to master the tension. (I never had to fool with the tension on my Husky).
So I went back to my Husqvarna, actually reading the manual this time, and came up with an astounding discovery…They claim that presser foot A’s edge is 1/4″ (a cool 7mm)…
In the diagaram in the manual, the illustration shows a perfect 1/4 inch seam on the edge of presser foot A. As one can see from the picture, the presser foot is actually larger than the diagram, hence, my uneven blocks. Of course I have never used the edge of presser foot A to make my 1/4 seam allowance, I always had to eyeball it.
As you can see I can’t use the edge of the presser foot on my machine. I have to eyeball it everytime. Some days, my blocks come out perfect, and others, well, they are all over the place. Bottom line, they are not consistant.
I need direction and guidance, and all the quilter’s tape in the world can only guide me to where I need to be, but it’s when the needle hits the fabric…that is what matters.
Sarah has this calendar “Quilter’s Block-a-day Calendar” by Debby Kratovil. I don’t think she understands the concept of the calendar. The calendar is open to January, doesn’t she realize it’s June?
I think she finally realized the current date, so she is trying to catch up by making a June To-Do list.
So in the spirit of making To-Do lists, I have composed one of my own.
June To-Do List
- Walk everyday
- Eat everyday
- Play everyday
- Finish bone
- Catch rabbit in back yard <- pushing it
Well, there it is, my to-do list! Time to get to work!!!
– l’il b