At least someone gets to go to the “spa.” The machine has been needing service for a couple of months, but I’ve been putting it off. It’s been skipping stitches when doing free motion. Her seams have been a little bunchy. But the machine quilting is really the problem. Yesterday I tried to quilt a small piece. Not gonna happen with that machine.
So, I pulled out the 1090, the old reliable back-up machine — my first Bernina. We did some tension adjusting together and went about our quilting business. I kept thinking, “my, I’ve gotten too used to the nice bright fluorescent light of the 440” (in reality, the bulb on the 1090 keeps flickering and needs replaced). I contorted some Ott lights and carried on. We didn’t do too badly together. As bobbins do, the bobbin ran out about halfway through the quilting. So, I put the empty on the winder…no go. So, I just wound the bobbin on the 440 and finished the quilting on the 1090.
Then I took the 440 in to the “spa” today. And then I wanted to do some piecing on the 1090 with some beige thread instead of grey. Even though I must have 100 bobbins, I had to un-fill one to have an empty for the beige. I put the empty on the 1090’s winder. Ooohhhh. That’s right. I forgot. It doesn’t work. Rassum frassum (no swearing…). So, for piecing, I am left with two partially filled medium grey bobbins until the 440 returns. Wish me luck.
In that case, I decided I needed to stitch something wee. So I did:
We saw a lot of Westminster fabric mixed with batiks while at quilt market. A lot. One of my favorite booths was that of Virginia Robertson who had several beautiful quilts that used Westminster mixed with batiks. They were enchanting. They were new twists on traditional quilts. Of course, I was practically speechless (and not because of the drool) to be in such a quilting legend’s booth.
So, needing to conserve neutral thread (yes, 100 bobbins only two of which contain neutral thread…), I decide to bust out the batiks and Westminsters and get started:
Genius! Everything for the quilt top can be cut from 2 1/2″ strips! Stephanie knows of the fun of making Dresdens from 2 1/2″ strips.
Speaking of Stephanie, do you have her new West Linn bag pattern yet????
Not only is it cute, but it looks straightforward and fast. I can see this being a great gift for next year’s crop of 10 year olds. Well, and at least one for myself…
In other non sequiturs, I uncovered my copy of another Japanese lantern pattern by Trish Harper:
This one is pretty festive too, no? But those seams look too long for current bobbin rationing conditions. Later, then. But soon, hopefully.
Enjoy the weekend!