Sunday, 30 September 2007
Rabbits and quilting
Isn't it wonderful that school has started again! I feel like I am getting back to a normal routine for the first time in about three months. I had some lovely time at home in an empty house in peace and quiet and managed to finish off and assemble my two machine-knitted bunnies. They will have some knitted clothes but I am still making those. I knit these on a Brother 881 and the pattern was from a knitting calendar
I've also done quite a bit of quilting on the frame the last few days. I finished the Civil War quilt - I did continuous curve quilting around the block seams, a little feather in the setting blocks, and a wavy pattern down the sashing strips. There is a noticeable improvement by the end of the quilt from when I started, I am definitely getting better at steering. At the moment I am quilting the Seaside wallhanging, and the frame is perfect for that. I can steer back and forth quilting in the lines of the sky, sea and beach and really see what I am doing. I am really loving it and have to watch I don't get so excited that I start moving too fast and making enormous stitches. I can see that there will be a real temptation now to only make quilts that will be suitable for quilting on my tabletop frame. When I finally get the machine off the frame and the frame dismantled, I am going to have so much binding to do. Here is a pic of the three practice cot quilts I started on. The blocks for these were left over from my Almost Amish quilt, and originally came from a lady in my sewing club. We did a group Row Robin, but she decided to ignore the rules and ask for blocks instead, then was disgusted with them when they came back all different sizes / different seam allowances. She was going to throw them out, so I asked for them, and used quite a few in the Almost Amish quilt, and these cot quilts finish them off. I will be giving the cot quilts to a fundraising coffee morning on the 18th November, so have to have them bound by then. Following a tip from one of the Yahoo groups, I have discovered that there are tons of machine quilting videos on Youtube, so I am trying to watch some of those to pick up tips for using the frame.
I can't believe it is almost October already - and it is definitely Autumn weather here now. Later today if the sky stays clear we are going to empty out the camping trailer for the winter, which is always a rather sad task, like saying goodbye to summer. We bring all the textiles (curtains, bedding, cushions etc.) inside for the winter, and give it a good clean out. I need to give the garden a good tidy up as well, and get rid of the summer hanging basket contents which are now all straggly and sad looking. I usually plant out some winterflowering pansies and ivies for the winter, to give us something nice to look at out the window.
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