Archive for March, 2010

An Update
March 19, 2010

It is about time I update this blog, only I haven’t been up to much that is interesting to write about.

All the pear trees are in bloom which makes the back yard really pretty.


Craft-wise I have been playing with Belle and doing all the exercises in the Bernina Mastery Workbook. I am about half way through. Belle is my first Bernina machine, so I know many people did these exercises years ago. I need time to decide on my next big project, and none of my UFOs are drawing me to finish them.


Even though I have been sewing for many years, it has been nice sew samples of techniques I am good at and the ones that catch me off guard. I especially liked the double wing heirloom technique. I hope to find a project to use it on soon.  I didn’t get the middle holes to line up perfectly on my first row of the chain design.  The second row shown on the top is better.


I had never played with a triple needle either. These were fun to stitch out.


Fringing is a technique that at first was hard for me to get right using the workbook directions. I changed where it says to remove bobbin thread carefully, to cutting the bobbin thread right down the middle. Then the fringe was easy to sew. I want to play with this more. I like the decorative stitch I used on the left side, not so much the one on the right.


I have done all the samples in the first 4 workbooks and am to the quilting part of workbook 5. It has been nice just playing around this month, trying all the different feet and attachments.


Almost Spring!
March 1, 2010

It is a new month, so the perfect day for a new blog post. Today started off on such a good note. My plum tree has its first blossom. I love these soft pink blossoms. They do not last long so I want to enjoy each one.


I also have a son for the day. It seems a programmer at Sony thought this was a leap year and programed it into the PlayStation 3. This is such a major glitch it knocked out on-line gaming for a majority of gammers. Alex is off today from work, he works weekends, and it is fun to actually have a conversation with him.

Lately, I have been thinking I spend way too much time on the internet. It is nice to look at everyone’s projects and get ideas, but I have way too many ideas. I need to find the time to pursue some of them. I do not think the internet will shut down for a day, so I must force myself limit the time I spend on-line.

I have started doing all the mastery class projects for both my sewing machine and digitizing software. Hopefully it will be time well spent. I am not using these tools in the most advantageous manner. I forget things like using pattern repeat. Which would help me by not having to watch the monitor or count stitches when I want to stop on a specific stitch.

I finished piecing the chop-suey top. I am not sure exactly how I want to quilt it, so it is now on the back burner along with many other projects. It did take me more than 8 hours to cut and piece. The trick to sewing the 8 points together is pressing the seams open. Next time I will sew the squares together that way the first time.  That should speed things up.