I had a super busy weekend but still managed to get some stuff accomplished in my sewing room.
The Topaz came home last Wednesday evening from her spa day and I didn’t get a chance to use her until Saturday or so. They put on an AWESOME new threader!! I love it so much more than the one it came with. It is much easier to use. I don’t know why it didn’t come on the machine in the first place. I got busy stitching out a decorative banner for my sewing room.
The embroidery design comes from Big Dreams Embroidery and the fabrics are Art Gallery fabrics and I think the brown spool tops and bottoms are some Buggy Barn I had a fat quarter of that looked dark enough to pass for a spool. Art Gallery Fabrics did a thing on their Facebook page a few weeks ago offering a free package of scraps to anyone that e-mailed them so I sent away for some! I got a nice selection of some orange fabrics in various prints and thought they’d work well for this project.
I still have a good selection of fabrics left from my Art Gallery scraps so I will certainly make something else!! Probably a quilt of some size.
I finished cutting my background squares and setup Betty (my Singer 201-2) for sewing my Snowball blocks. She loves Aurifil thread!! I watched the premiere of Mad Men while sewing up a few blocks to see how they would look. The quilt is going to have a delightfully scrappy look I think. These are 10.5″ blocks with 5″ charms sewn to them. I’m thinking of doing a short tutorial on how I did them. I used my add-a-quarter ruler to trim once they were sewn.
I’ve got 46 of these to sew up and then I’ll do some applique in the centers of some of the blocks. It’ll be a twin size quilt when I’m finished.
During my embroidery adventures I figured out my machine stitches much happier of the thread comes cleanly off the spool. So I rigged up a little system.
The spool sits flat on the table, runs through the Clover spool holder, through a safety pin and then is threaded through my machine. No more tangling, thread getting caught in front of or behind the spool, thread running too fast or two slow off the spool – everyone is happy! I’ve noticed a real difference.
Thanks to everyone that commented on my Pinterest rant post! I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks the hubub is crazy.