A week full of sewing and designing!
I worked on two baby boy quilts and I also managed to sew the blocks together from the massive “Chugging Along” project!
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!
For those who have not seen the picture of the “Chugging Along” train pattern, here is a picture:
I was so happy to finish this part of that quilt top. There will be more rows in the future, but I need to design those patterns first. That will take some time!
I also worked on two little baby boy quilts this week: The first one to be finished was the jumbo train!
(Okay, not really finished because there are no bindings yet… I will tell you later why!)
The train is also paper pieced . The pattern (same as the one above) was scaled up by 250% so it ended up being 20 x 20 inches. I added borders to get to 30 x 30 inches.
I tried to FMQ McTavish for the first time! I am happy with the results, even though I still have a lot to learn about the real McTavishing.
Did you know there is a Free Motion Linky Party going on at Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures? We are all trying to get the hang of this beautiful quilting design! Why won’t you join us?
Question: do you think I should outline the train with the darker thread ? Only the left of the train stands out in this picture. Or should I not bother as it is the back?
Do you see the large stitches and the small? This is where my machine “got out of wack” and the tension trouble started. On the second baby quilt (see below) it got much worse! There the top thread kept breaking and the bottom thread was visible on the top even with the tension all the way down to 0!!! HORROR!!!
I tried every trick in the book (changing needles, changing thread, changing tension top and/or bottom etc etc) and finally decided that the machine needed a checkup by a professional, so I sent it out into the world to see my brother-in-law; the best sewing machine repairman in Maastricht! I will be without my Janome for quite some time. :-( Luckily I have my grandma’s old Pfaff (from 1961) here, so the baby quilts will get a binding in the next couple of days!
The other baby quilt I was telling you about is a wholecloth with a kind of cheater fabric with cute animals and stripes.
A light blue flannel for the backing: very soft and cuddly… can’t stop touching it!
I started the FMQ with a dogwood pattern following the grids in the fabric. I soon tired of this and went “out of the box”!
The problem I have been having with the tension is not visible on the back, just the front. I hope that the thread does not come off this quilt after washing….
I played around with the FMQ patterns . The dogwood turned into feathers that became swirls and sew on and sew on! ; -) It was a lot of fun to just play with the machine again. I had not FMQ for a long time except for this pouch I made for Jennifer in the UK for the “Triple Zip Swap 2014“.
Look at what I received from Mariana from Spain! Isn’t it fabulous???
Fabric, candy, pens, an eraser that smells like chocolate (for real!), tissues with hearts, gorgeous soap and a cute notebook! Mariana even matched the pens with the pouch! How cute is that?!
All of my favorite colours!
Look, look! See how she switched the zipper pulls on the zipps?
This is what she wrote in the little notebook:
And she topped it off with fabric!
Couldn’t be happier with the gifts received!
The next couple of days will be filled with finishing up the last digital patterns of the train set. The weather will be very beautiful tomorrow, so I will try to sneak out of the house for a while and soak up the sun! I hope where you are the sun is shining too!
p.s. I am linking up with all of these:
Free Motion Linky Party at Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures,
Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric addict
Friday Finish at Richard and Tanya Quilts
Of the Wall Friday at Creations-Quilts, Art, Whatever
The Free Motion Quilting Project at Leah Day’s blog