Things have been busy around here. My new Handi Quilter Avante has arrived and has been installed in it’s place. Now that that’s done, I’ve been working on it slowly and have started to tackle the project of getting my stash rearranged and put together in my new quilting area. Piecing has been a bit slow, but I do have my Brown Sugar as part of the Jo’s club finished.
So I’m working on the next Jo’s quilt. I got all the little blocks done and I picked out some fabric for the settings.
I think I have it all worked out, but not sure until it’s done.
Also got my new Sew Steady insert for my Pfaff 4.0 for my Tracy’s Table. Love having my new machine flush with my table. The knee lift is working out good as well. I was thinking the only other thing I need is the open toe applique foot. I think I’ll call the shop and see if I can get one.
So finished my first Kim Diehl club quilt. Unfortunately I ended up doing my own thing accidentally and had 3 blocks made before I realized I had them wrong. Whoops. I decided to go with it. Seriously love the Kim Diehl fabric. I was very excited when my favorite LQS – Quilter’s General Store got this club… I jumped right on board.
Love how the quilting turned out. Again used my Sweet Sixteen for this cute little quilt.
Of course I turned my head for a moment and Lily plopped herself on the quilt.
I’ve been using my Pfaff Passport pretty exclusively since I got it last October. My first ever sewing machine was a Pfaff and I think I’m just a Pfaff gal. I love the IDT and the precision built into the machine. I couldn’t really justify buying yet another machine because I had two I wasn’t using at all – the Janome 3160 and the Janome Horizon 7700. I decided it was time to let those go and see what the future holds.
I put a couple ads out on Craigslist and a lady called me late last week. The lady and her friend came out on Saturday to look at the 3160 for her grand daughter and the 7700 for herself. Then she mentioned she would have to sell her Pfaff QE 4.0 before she could buy my 7700. Well, well… I asked if she would be interested in a trade and we then went off to her house to look at the Pfaff. It was in pristine condition. She told me she only bought it last year and used it for 1 project. I believe it! So my machines are much older and much more broken in, so I said I’d trade her both machines for her Pfaff. She wanted to talk it over with her husband and think about it. No problem. It was out of the box thinking for sure doing a barter deal. Well this all happened in the morning and by 5:30 she called me and we did the swap. I feel like it was win-win. Everyone walked away happy and no money changed hands.
I’ve been non-stop sewing on my new baby and I love her. I did purchase the new Perfect 1/4″ foot by Pfaff and some additional bobbins. She still has to find the knee lift for me, but I haven’t really missed it, since this machine has the hover foot capability. I ordered an insert for her yesterday and I’ll be dropping her right into my table. I even FMQ’d with her and she did brilliantly. It’s only a 10″ machine vs. the 11″ on the Horizon, but I don’t notice the difference as much. Plus I’ll be doing most of my FMQ on my Sweet Sixteen.
I pulled out a WIP that I’ve been working on and finished the blocks up…still borders to do, but I love how she handled. A little fussy at the heaviest of seams, but not so bad as I guided the fabric through. I’m already thinking – How will I quilt this one? It still needs borders, so it will be a minute yet before it gets quilted.
Also got a new chair. My favorite LQS is selling these and I had to have one. I’m loving my new chair. It’s much smaller and firmer. My back has been complaining a lot less with this chair.
The next in the Jo’s Little Women quilts is done.
I’m really getting the hang of this small stipple. Let’s just say you may see this on a lot of quilts going forward as it’s easy. It’s also really gratifying to get it done and have it look so nice. I did quite a bit of stitch in a ditch and it really came out nice and very square.
Quilted in So Fine on my Sweet Sixteen. Love my TruStitch…it makes such lovely stitches.
It is only about 12 x 17, so a fat quarter for the backing was all that was needed.
So this month is our first Jo’s Little Women series 13 quilt. These ended up being 1 inch finished squares, but all in all it went together very fast. 13.5″ square in total.
Then I decided to get the quilting done.
And first I ditched and then a tiny stipple with Superior Silk 100wt Kimono – Pagoda color.
The back…didn’t this turn out lovely! I broke the rules and did glide on the back in Khaki.
I did the single-fold binding first time and I love it! Even though this was just a small project. It really boosted my confidence with my Sweet Sixteen. I’m itching to quilt the next one.
Went to a local butterfly exhibit and was able to get some awesome shots… thought I would share them with you. Crafting is slow going as life keeps prodding along. Hope to have some nice things to post soon.
Carmel Corn is a Jo Morton pattern for the last Little Women club, which we’re wrapping up this month. I still have one more quilt to make. For this one though, I hand appliqued all the circles and then put it together by machine.
This isn’t very large. I think a fat quarter will work for backing.
This is what it looked like when I was working on it, before putting it altogether. it was quite a project and I found out I really like hand applique.
No this is not a April’s Fool’s joke… I finally have my very own Ishbel. This is in Miss Bab’s Yummy and I may have about 10 yards yet. The color was Violette.
I should remark that this yarn bled a lot… I had to rinse it and rinse it. I finally added vinegar to the mix and let it sit. It helped, but I think it will still bleed quite a bit when it needs re-blocking. This leads me to a dilemma because I have another shawl done – Color Affection in Miss Bab’s yarn that needs blocks. I seriously don’t recall if I soaked the brown before I knit it or not, so I’m going to have to be careful I don’t end up with a mess.
After years of picking out yarn and going – this is Ishbel…I finally made Ishbel.
I’ve also been doing a smattering of stashing. I think this long winter has gotten to me and I want color, color, color… especially pink! I’m so glad April is here…bring on the showers, for some May flowers. The more color the better this year.
Well this one was a quick knit, but then sat and sat waiting for ends to be woven. I finally got that done and got this pretty blocked.
Northern Lights is a free pattern on Ravelry. I used Sophie’s Toes Magic 8-ball yarn in Preppy Girl. Love how this turned out. Made a nice medium-large shawl.