I have very few bobbins for my sewing machine. 5 to be exact. I did buy a pack of 20 a while ago, but they don't fit my machine. The package said they were for Bernina machines, but I should have read the print on the back that said what specific machines they were for before I bought them.
I don't really enjoy un-threading my bobbins in order to put a new thread color on them, but I have done it many times as the need arose. The other day I needed to a turquoise thread in my bobbin in order to quilt a client's quilt. Unfortunately, all five of my bobbins were full, and not one had turquoise thread in it. I was definitely not in the mood to change the thread out. So instead, I put my client's quilt aside for the time being and inserted my bobbin full of white thread into my machine and pulled out some of my UFO's.
My plan was to finish up some peicing until I ran out of white bobbin thread. Then I would have a free bobbin to load my turquoise thread. Since I felt the need to start machine quilting my clients quilt right away, I was motivate to quickly get some of my own piecing done. The first UFO I started on was my two tone purple quilt. I started this one about 8 months ago but then put it aside when I mis-cut all my large purple squares by half an inch. I must say that is how I get most of my UFO's. I screw up during part of the piecing process and then, in my frustration, I put the project down for awhile, sometimes a long while. But this day I re-cut my purple fabric and finished sewing together the last outer squares to complete this top.
Which is prob a good thing because I am short 1.5 yards of yellow fabric. I thought, no prob I'll just go to Wal-Mart and get more because all the years I have lived in this town, (12.5 years) my Wal-Mart has carried this same bolt of yellow fabric. But to my dismay, when I went in, they didn't have any. They didn't even have a slot on the shelf for it. I was shocked. What am I to do?!? Sure I could border half the four patches with blue. That would make a wonderful blue and yellow mixed border 4 patch quilt, but that would mean I would have to rip off over 200 three inch side borders. Not something I am looking forward too. I have decided to go back to the Wal-Mart when the fabric department manager is working and ask if she can order this particular bolt of fabric for me one more time.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I am trying to raise money to finish my quilt studio upstairs and to help with the cost of renovation, I have offered my services as a machine quilter. Now, I don't have a long arm -yet- so all my work is being done on my domestic sewing machine and a few of the ladies in my quilt guild have graciously offered to let me work on their quilts. So far I have finished two quilts, and have a third in progress.
|The owner of this first green quilt specifically requested a very loose meandering.|
On this second quilt I did a swirly meander and then a little leafy swirl on the border.