Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Bits and pieces

My last post was about the naughty triangles quilts. The points weren't matching and I was so put off finishing it. I was given a few good suggestions to overcome the not matching points. What have I done? Nothing! I sewed a few lines, did my best to tackle the problem. The bloody thing is still up on my design wall and looks like it will be a permanent display item there. I hate this side of me but I just can't help it. When I get disheartened, especially when something doesn't go as I planned it, I tend to leave it alone for a while. I think and think and when I am ready to deal with it again, I go for it. I think I still need some more time to go back to this quilt. I am a one-thing-at-a-time person; should learn how to have a few projects going on at the same time LOL.
Well, at least I caught up with my do.Good Stitches Cherish Bee blocks.
Made a very cute pincushion for a friend with some scraps.
Since I was desperate to make something else-other than the damn T quilt-I cut up some fabric last night to make a tote bag for myself. I have had some lovely Michael Miller fabric which I bought just for this purpose. The big, lovely prints have given me a chance to practice my free motion quilting.
I quilted some of the prints more densely. 
 And kept some of them quite simple.
I had four hours-four free hours!-to quilt today. I started quilting the second panel for the tote bag. I am not sure what has changed over the night but my sewing machine didn't cooperate with me. There was something wrong with the top thread tension which I couldn't fix even after spending four precious hours. I ended up wasting lots of thread- I mean lots!

Is there a "forever going" project that you can't seem to finish for some reason? What makes it "forever"?
Till next time,
Happy quilting!
Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


  1. I made a quilt out of that grey it! Looking foward to seeing what it becomes :)

  2. Today I finished off the backing for a quilt. I have been working on it all year. It dragged on and on and finally got it done. I enjoyed doing it but man some of the niggley things that went wrong along the way.

  3. I have an "x plus" quilt top that I've been working on for months. I think I'm nervous about quilting it and so dragging out the piecing process!

    I love your quilting on that fabric - gives it a whole new dimension!

  4. I love the way you have quilted on the bag fabric - such a clever idea.
    And your quilt blocks are looking good too.

  5. Sometimes a project just needs some time away. I have one in long term storage that I may pull out some day. If I do, it will probably turn into something else - the pattern just didn't work for me. So until I dream up a way to re-purpose what I've started, it will remain there!

  6. I like the way you used the floral design to quilt your tote bag. Cute pincushion, too. Both are great ways to use up scraps. Thanks.

  7. The tote bag quilting looks cute
    .. you will get back to the triangles one day


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