Neither here nor there.
Yikes where did July go? Time to start thinking about knitting socks for this winter.
I'd love to see your fibers!Goodness, I hope you feel better soon! We were up till 1 in the morning canning veg/tomato juice, but it'll be good this winter. Almost panicked at the thought yesterday when the tomatoes had cooked down, at not having enough jars. My hub would say that is impossible, given that I can't pass up jars at yard sales, on sale at hardware, etc. But most of my jar collection is quarts. So a rummage through the maze that's the back porch discovered 16 pints, the pricey square squat jars that Ball came out with, but they stack well on a shelf next to each other, as opposed to the round jars. So all was well.
Hoping to card some of the Shetland from one of my ewes to blend with alpaca and our mohair for a custom handspun order, most people have no idea what it takes just to prepare fiber for spinning. But I enjoy the process so it's all fine.
All the discussion of quilting is inspiring, I hope you all will post pictures
I’m looking forward to trying your hat pattern.I made some progress on the "Dead Easy Hat" then ran out of the yarn I was using - it is somewhere up in the room in progress upstairs - I hope to try and dig some out, I'd rather in the matching grey (my husband wears hats all Winter) but if not I can use blue or natural to finish the top, then I hope to photograph it and write down the "pattern" or basic idea anyway and post it.
We are on the verge of needing to start canning here, but the tomatoes started under lights this Winter are just now starting to fruit and the later ones are in flower.
My husband ended up with something like 50 tomato plants of various kinds, thankfully I have a lot of recipes for tomato sauce/crushed tomatoes.
Looks good. The sun angle emphasizes the patterns nicely. I don't think a finished piece would have the same ripples along the margin, as that would be finished with quilting too.This is my first completed panel from Natalia Bonner's youtube ruler work class. It is on whole cloth, basted in squares for stability, quilted on a domestic Brother PQ 1500. (Heavy quilting pulls the fabric in which causes the rippled effect.) It will be saved as a reference design sampler in my sewing room.
I stitch extremely densely on my work and have no rippling. Yes, holding onto the piece tightly can also cause rippling problems as your hands will get tired over time and the tension your putting on the quilt lessens.Thanks, I'll try that. Some ripple is expected because of the density differential (according to Amy Johnson of Amy Quilts.) I might also pull out the basting in the sashing. I put it there for stability and in case I wanted to cut it into blocks for storage.
My stitches are also very close together as I am learning and have not yet gotten the hang of manipulating the ruler, sewing along side it while moving the quilt under the needle. (Still have ye old iron grip on the ruler and tension in the shoulders.) I hope to improve by the 365th block - lol.
My dear sons went together and bought me the Memory Craft 6600 Professional. It's a dream and I love it. For travel and free arm, I also have a Brother CS6000i (that I got for $100 and it does a very good job of quilting with the included walking foot).Which Janome do you have? I have a 6500, 5124 (for the free arm) and a Gold Gem for traveling.
I'm looking to upgrade to the 6700 or 6800 if it's out already, the harp is even larger than the 6500. I agree on the Bernina!My dear sons went together and bought me the Memory Craft 6600 Professional. It's a dream and I love it. For travel and free arm, I also have a Brother CS6000i (that I got for $100 and it does a very good job of quilting with the included walking foot).
Best machine I have ever sewn on is my step-mom's Cadillac -- her Bernina, which is at least 35 years old so no computer stuff. But wow a lovely machine to use! She's made hundreds of just gorgeous quilts on it.
I plan to pick up a Janome treadle (I have an 1876 Wheeler & Wilson treadle that works too, but would like something better quality). Fun to have to keep working on projects when no power.
I've known this for the better part of three decades now, just gotta shop the sales and closeouts to make it affordable. I still have some fabric I bought from WM in the 80's and it's nice stuff, some of it came from VIP Mills and another very popular mill that were still in CONUS back in the day. Sadly almost all of them have either shuttered their doors or have moved overseas.The Connecting Threads order finally came in. I bought all sale pieces in 1/4 yard lengths. Turns out, cotton quilting fabric that typically sells for 10 or 11 dollars per yard is significantly nicer than WallMart fabric in the $3.99 range. Who knew?
Amazing difference, isn't it? When I discovered Connecting Threads, their own fabrics (which was all they sold at the time... it's only been the last couple yesrs they started carrying other designers lines) were selling for $3.94 and $4.94 a yard. Their batiks were $6.94! Thankfully, I had sone extra cash at that time, and I was able to build a huge stash, buying on their sales and clearance. It was actually their qualiyy fabrics which got me back into quilting again... I'd gotten so disgusted with WalMart and even JoAnns quality (and JoAnns prices are absurd, especially for the quality) that I was only doing an occasional project for a shower gift or the like.The Connecting Threads order finally came in. I bought all sale pieces in 1/4 yard lengths. Turns out, cotton quilting fabric that typically sells for 10 or 11 dollars per yard is significantly nicer than WallMart fabric in the $3.99 range. Who knew? I was working today with some JoAnne's stuff that I'd throw in with with the WM pile.
I placed an order with them this afternoon. After completion, I went right back in and filled up another cart. Those selections will have to wait until at least September.I buy my fabrics from this place as they are the only ones that consistently carry the black Michael Miller Courture Cotton fabrics that I use for the backs of all of my work.
It's the Missouri Star Quilt Company
The first link was to the daily deals.