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.

Pear-Blossoms

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.

Mastery-Workbook

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.

Double-Wing-Needle-Sample

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

Drilling-Sample

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.

Fringing-Sample

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.

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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.

Plum-Blossom

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.

8-Points