So I decided that I needed some new decorative pillows for the new sofa I had ordered… That was last December! I bought the fabric, admired it, thought about it, but did not sew with it. Maybe I was a bit afraid to work with different fabric than I was used to. I had bought several meters of very luxurious home decor fabrics, that I almost accidentally bumped into on market day. The lady selling it told me that the fabrics on her stall were all remnants of fabrics used for a “home make-over television show”. I got them ridiculously cheap, lucky me!
So I decided that I really needed to sew these pillows before the next December was knocking on my door.
This gorgeous fabric reminded me of the late ’50′s and early ’60′s colour scheme and design esthetic. The blue and orange threads are shiny and lustrous. I went with large FMQ pebbles. I was trying to make more circular shapes instead of my normal “pebbles”, and ended up with a lot of “eggs”! I am quite happy with that.
The FMQ itself was not very “happy”. The thread kept breaking. Mayor frustration! This has never ever happened to me on this scale. I came to the conclusion that the thread I was using was very old and weakened by age. The cone even said “Made in West Germany”…. yes the thread was too old! When I reached half way the rest of that cone, the quilting went back to normal. Like the thread deeper on the cone was not affected by age.
The next pillow on the list created the Ultimate Frustration! The thread kept breaking there too! Even more!
The cone was new, the needle new (size 80), clean bobbin case, everything rethreaded…. I could not figure it out!
The fabric I was quilting on ( you are seeing the back of the quilt sandwich) is thick and a bit lumpy, so I came to my second conclusion of the day that the lumpiness of the fabric was breaking the thread. I tried a jeans needle, but that stupid needle hit some part of the bobbin case and I did not even want to try it out in fear of damaging my machine. So… I tried a thinner needle (size 70)… and it worked!
With all of that thread breaking I was scared to run out of thread too, but I just made it!
Turn it into a pillow, add a label and take a picture!
In this picture you can see the true colour of this fabric: it is a dusty blue, also very retro!
Oh, and the third pillow? That came together within half an hour! No problems at all!
This very autumnal brown-and-green fabric is my favorite I think. It reminds me of the wall paper in my grandparents’ house: the beige vertical thread just feels the same as that wall paper.
Thank you all for your kind words for my 37th ( Yes, I am saying this out loud, proudly! ;-) ) birthday! You all made my day!!!
I will have a wonderful week planned with a quilt show, some shopping with friends, a trip with my sister and her two gorgeous boys and lots of sewing!
YAY for autumn break!