What do you do when your sewing machine is being repaired?

I was in the middle of free motion quilting a quilt for my younger daughter when the whole thing went wonky. I knew that it was a tension problem. I even knew that the tension problem is with my top thread. Usually when I see this problem, the way to fix it is to rethread the machine, making sure that the pressure foot is up, so that the tension disks are not engaged.

Unfortunately, none of that worked, so into the repair shop went my machine. Instead of letting it keep me down, I thought I’d take the opportunity to try piecing a quilt by hand. Continue reading “What do you do when your sewing machine is being repaired?”

What can you do with a package of fat eights?

I get a monthly present from The Fat Quarter Shop. I pay for a subscription for the monthly sew sampler. It’s a box of quilting goodies that can include thread, rulers, templates, patterns and other notions. It also always includes fabric.

A few months back I got a pack of fat eights, but I had no idea what to do with it. I just assumed that 10 fat eights ( 9″ x 21″ pieces of fabric) didn’t give enough bang for the buck to make an impact on a quilt. Man was I wrong. Continue reading “What can you do with a package of fat eights?”

My Favorite Quilt So Far

I keep on trying to challenge myself with different quilts that I’ve made. When I think of my favorite quilt, I always come back to the one that I made for my lone soldier nephew, Raanan.

There are a few things that I love about this quilt. It’s the first one that I ever madeĀ using a pattern. It was challenging. It was the largest quilt that I had ever made. It was the first one that I used my own free motion quilting motif. It was the first quilt that I finished on my new sewing machine. And it was for Raanan, who picked out the pattern and the incredible colors that went with it. Continue reading “My Favorite Quilt So Far”