Monday, March 25, 2013

I think I killed the Featherweight...

Today was a snow day... can you believe it??? I don't ever remember it snowing like this this late in March.  So now we have two extra days tacked on to the end of the year.

The up side of today was a I got to sew.  However, I think I taxed the featherweight and now it won't sew.  The upper tension is non-existent.  I have threaded, re-threaded, and re-threaded again and nothing helped.  So tonight when Kevin comes home I'll have him adjust the table lift and put the Bernina back in and see how it works.  I really wanted to get this top done but no go.

This is the quilt I am making to donate for our district arts festival... the pieces you saw in the last post.

I hope everyone else had a nice SNEW day.  Quilty Hugs!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A very accomplished day....

My grading is caught up, my plans are done, I don't have to copy anything for Monday... so today was a laundry and sewing day.  And what a sewing day it was!!!!

I am in the process of making the newest "Turning 20" pattern as a quilt to donate to the high school art festival in May.  My friend, Donna, said she would donate the quilting for me.  I love this Autism support fabric... it seemed appropriate for a school activity.

In the process of working on some of those units, I was working on my leader-ender Cheddar Bowties.  I got pieces parts together and then blocks together while working on the other quilt units.  I will have so many bowties to do, but they will come together with other projects.

I hope you all had a great day sewing.  Quilty Hugs!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Guess where I was yesterday.....

Perhaps this picture will help you guess the city.

I was actually in the Library of Congress at a workshop on using their primary sources in the classroom.  Kevin and I drove down on Thursday night, stayed over, and then took the Metro into the city.  I do not envy the people who live their lives on the train.  It seems so solitary.

Anyway, we spent the day (our 27th anniversary by the way) in DC.  He visited the Postal Museum and the Civil War exhibit in the Library of Congress while I was in the workshop.

I thought the floor in the LOC was interesting.  And look what was in the Women's Bathroom.... a pay phone!! I couldn't believe it.  I didn't think they made these anymore, let alone had a working one anywhere.

So I hope you all are enjoying Quilting Day.  Believe it or not I just saw a Robin outside and it is snowing.  This is the latest I remember it snowing around here.  I think I'm gonna have to have a talk with that groundhog.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Treadle On!!!


Kevin brought Duncan up out of the basement.  We are trying to figure out where to place him. I don't want him in the front window because of the afternoon sun, and we have to make sure something goes on top so Smokey doesn't hack up a furball on top of the case.

Anyway, he sits in the middle of the living room floor and Kevin is taking him for a test drive.  Needless to say the learning curve has set in.

I'm sure when Miss Bonnie gets here in April for her visit to Chambersburg Quilt Guild, she will have him running in no time flat.

But Kevin was wondering........ if we hook up a flux capacitor and get to 88 stitches per minute will we be transported back to 1926???

Quilty Hugs!

Adventures with my Leaders and Enders....

This is Rick Rack Nines.  It is a Bonnie Hunter pattern and can be found in her Adventures with Leaders and Enders book.

This sucker is huge, all of 108 inches square.  Everything came out of my stash accept both brown fabrics for the borders.... but I got them on sale.  The binding is still in process but I wanted to lay it out on the bed while the sun is shining and the camera battery was charged.

Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day and getting some quilty things accomplished.  Tomorrow we head to IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) to see our daughter, Abby, and watch their production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

It hates me...............

My Bernina hates me.  I had it into the shop two months ago because the bobbin thread was 'loose'.  You know, loopy... I could pull it out without any effort.  So I would rethread it would work for a while, etc.  So I was told that the race (whatever that is) had a nick in it.  It was filed and things were fine, until............

Last weekend I hit a pin.  So I took it in, asked them to check it out, give it a good cleaning ,etc..... and I picked it up on Tuesday night.

Today I set it up...and wouldn't you know the bobbin thread is loopy!!! I rethreaded it at least 6 times, both top and bottom, played with the tension, etc.  It sewed great for the tech guy... but me??? NO WAY!!!

Bernina is now sitting on the floor, and Kevin helped me put the Featherweight into the cabinet.  I pulled the Juki (Which I have never sewed on) out of the closet and will read the directions soon.  I need to put some bindings on quilts and I know the FW won't take all of those layers.


Have a great day!