First I want to thank everyone who commented on my post yesterday, I am overwhelmed with your kind wishes and encouragement! I am very sad to inform you all that I have to sell my amazing Juki, but it must be done.
Yesterday hubby came home early and we went car shopping for my new business, (Durham Dog Walking and Pet Services) and got THIS:
A 2003 Volvo V70 AWD with leather seats, sunroof and A/C, I LOVE it!! Renamed the “Durham Dog Waggin'”, this über safe vehicle will assist me as I shuttle my pet pals around town.
So while I’m building my new business, Juki will need to find a new loving home where he can be loved and appreciated. (Sorry, local pick-up only.)
Don’t forget that all affiliate proceeds from the sale of Michelle Patterns till the end of May will be donated to LotsaDogs Rescue!
I wasn’t sure what to work on today, I have a number of quilts to be quilted and to be honest, I’ve been procrastinating. I started using my Bernina 550 Qi but quickly became frustrated by the tiny throat space so I put her to bed without dinner and got my Juki TL-2000 Qi off the frame and set her up instead. I completely forgot that you’re supposed to put the needle in sideways! It took me about half an hour to figure everything out again, with the use of the manual.
What a joy, look at the room I have have to quilt under that throat, I love it! I’m stitching in the ditch around the flowers, not sure if I’m going to do much more than that because the less quilting you do, the softer the quilt. The more quilting, the stiffer the quilt and I like mine soft.
With luck I’ll be binding this beauty tomorrow.
Yesterday I tried another Michelle Patterns clutch but my interfacing is too stiff and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. I also worked on my Lucky Stars BOM for February.
It’s not perfect but to be honest, I’m not really fond of paper piecing, I find it very awkward and really stiff with the paper. I do like that you can create more intricate designs, certainly designs you wouldn’t be able to make any other way.
Do you like paper piecing? Be honest…
No, I don’t have my Juki TL-2000Qi or Grace frame yet. For those not in the know, I ordered the Grace Start-Right frame from KathyQuilts.com but The Grace Company does not ship this particular frame to Canada (although they will ship it across the U.S.). So, I am getting the Gracie Queen frame instead. the Gracie queen frame has wooden sides and aluminium bars which are lighter and less expensive to ship. The Gracie Queen is height adjustable whereas the Start-Right is not. There seems to be more flexibility with the Gracie Queen than the Start-Right. I was dubious about the wood warping in our basement but Lynn assured me that this wouldn’t happen.
Last week I discovered Sharon Schamber, an award winning quilter and big proponent of Juki straight stitch domestic machines. She has a video about side leaders so that the quilt bed does not interfere with the side clamps when quilting on a domestic machine. This is one of the first things I’m going to make for my new set-up. I’m also going to take the velcro route for attaching quilt backs (same video) for a smoother quilting experience and quicker loading.
This afternoon I received my first Flickr “Monthly Fabric Swap Group” package and I couldn’t be more thrilled, I love the fabrics AND the chocolate!! The balance between dark chocolate, sweet and salty is PERFECT, OMG, delicious!!
Swap from Mama Missa
Thank you so much Mama Missa, I love the fabrics, chocolate AND thread! I’ve been struggling with green lately, I have a love/hate relationship with this colour, but I really love these prints and I’m determined to make a green + ? quilt with them. I hope you were as happy with my package as I am with yours!
progress hold until the Grace Start-Right quilt frame and Juki TL-2000Qi arrive:
From left to right: Les Fleurs Bleu, Parcheesie, Chicopee Log Cabin, Birds & Berries crib quilt. (Click image for larger view.)
My actual WIP is the Star Blossoms quilt, I’m almost finished cutting the thousand little pieces that go into it. Maybe I’ll even get to do a little sewing today between bathing the pugs!
I received my copy of Simply Fat Quarters yesterday and there’s a few patterns in there I’d love to make including Carousel, pictured on the cover and Poppy.
I also subscribed to the Fons & Porter magazine, “Love of Quilting” on my iPad so I don’t have to wait for the postal service to delivery my copy 3 weeks after everyone else has it.
I am loving this quilt, I purchased the pattern from Green Fairy Quilts and used Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee and Robert Kaufman Essex linen in natural. I have two more rows to add and a border.
I’ve been watching Angela Walters videos all day, dreaming of when I get my short arm Grace Start-Right quilt frame and Juki TL-2000Qi!
Can’t believe it’s Wednesday already!
Linking up with WIP Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced and The Needle and Thread Network.
That’s right, I pulled the trigger today (with DH’s blessing as birthday/Xmas gift) for the Grace Start-Right queen size quilt frame, Juki TL-2000Qi and stitch regulator. KathyQuilts.com bundled it up with a ton of goodies including bobbins, spare needles, goose neck lamp, laser pointer, e-book and a slew of video tutorials. Lynn and Kathy are dedicated to making your quilt experience with the Grace frame as positive as possible and provide amazing support and service. Thank you Lynn & Kathy!!
Kathy Quilts also has a YouTube channel with a number of videos on the Grace Start-Right quilt frame. This is an excellent bargin for those who want to quilt on a frame but can’t afford a longarm set-up. Linda Teddlie Minton wrote a nice review of the set-up on her blog, read it here. There is also a Yahoo group for Grace quilt frames here.
Image from Kathy Quilts
Thank you Honey, for the wonderful birthday/xmas gift!
Now I have to find a great job so I can start purchasing fabric again! ;D