Tuesday, January 24, 2012

'New' Bernina 810

Been having some more FMQ problems with my Pfaff that I'm unable to solve....

I realize you can't see all of the stitching I had to remove, nor the temper tantrum that took place, but it all happened.
I found this bernina by chance on craigslist, not truly looking to buy. I'm extremely frugal- yes I have a nice Pfaff, but if you looked in my closet you wouldn't find anything new, nothing current. If I need something, I will spend a little extra at times- after all, you really do get what you pay for. This Bernina was listed for $175, but I paid $125 since it had never been serviced- ever. The lady said her mother bought it through a relative that was a school super, and purchased them for the home ec class. This was never used in a class she tells me, but her mother bought it for her brand new. It looks like she was truthful, and she says she barely ever used it, which looks to be true as well. It runs, and the inside looks brand new- minus a little lint. She didn't do much to clean it up before I got there either, so hopefully its all true! We shall see what they say when I take it in for its service..... Hopefully this little thing will do what I want for FMQ. From the tiny bit I ran it, seems like it could be just the thing! I think things will work out great. Ummmm after I learn to use it. Yikes.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mariners Compass

I am currently trying to master the mariners compass. These are my practice pieces from a free pattern I found on line.

Friday, December 23, 2011

All The Time In The World...

Remember? I was going to have all this time once the kids started school? Yeah, another change in plans!!!! About a week after school started, I took a walk with a friend and her newborn. She asked how I was 'loving' all my free time, and truthfully I found all the silence in the house to be a bit too much. She was facing going back to work and putting her tiny guy into daycare. Anyway, we happily worked something out! I don't have time!! Here are a couple stockings, and a rough draft of what I will make someday soon- unless plans change ;-)!!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

School = More Time for Projects

Yes!!!! Finally finished! Took a pic to show how tiny the detail is on this one. I used a cotton bamboo mix for the white. I WOULD NOT recommend this. The fabric stretches and causes too many problems. Way too many. Most will never notice on this one especially after its washed. On to the next!!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Quick One

The little girls name, is of course, August! She loves pink and helped me pick out her favorite fabrics. You might start to think my favorite color is pink- this is not true. I certainly don't hate it, but not my fav. I have tried to talk my daughter out of her pink room, pink clothes, etc, but she will hear none of it! And neither will her best bud August, much to her mothers dismay as well ;-). I don't mind it so much, but I'm not as fond of huge doses. My favorite of course is RAINBOW!!!! With my rainbow converse shoes, rainbow sunglasses, I'm sure there are some assumptions that some strangers make about me, LOL! I don't care, I really don't care about another's sexual preference either. I'm quite sure that my husband dreads the day I find the perfect rainbow sticker to put on our Subaru, because he knows its bound to happen either by my hand or a friends. I feel so blessed that my friends and loved ones see anything rainbow and think of me. Well, time to head to the local farmers market and find out what's for dinner.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Still Here!

I haven't accomplished too much recently, but here is the pinwheel baby quilt with Susan Branch fabric mostly quilted. I have a wonderful update about my sons classroom- it was decided that the location would not be changed!!!! Yay! Other than that, kids have had swim classes 4 days a week, and we have been taking care of my 13 year old brothers off and on this summer. I didn't think of it as such a big job, but the cost in feeding them alone is huge! They are good boys though and its been mostly fun ;-). While the kids have been doing swim classes, I have been running on the treadmill @ the Y, but did something to my knee. Not sure what, but I'm limping around and taking it pretty easy lately, trying to catch up on what people are creating on their blogs since I'm a little bit of a gimp- possibly a little lazy right now too! Its a nice little break. Yay for breaks! I do need to finish this quilt though and start some of those adorable bunting flags for a special friends daughter- can't wait because I know she will love it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

No Pictures.....

I finished the rainbow pinwheel quilt, and didn't take a singe pic. It was well received though! I have started the quilting on the other- which is for my son's teacher who is due any day. School will be out in a week and I know it won't be done. I have found myself to be quite busy. My son is in a special ed class- he has Aspergers, and the school wants to move his class into portables so that the only students in the school taught in portables would be special ed. To top it off, special ed kids would be in portables for their entire elementary education! The laws are pretty clear- this would be illegal, but it doesn't seem to be recognized. It breaks my heart that they will be further labeled by their peers, and segregated to that extent. My son is very high functioning, and academically at and above his grade level, but has sensory issues that make a regular size classroom (22-26 kids) downright scary. He will probably be integrated with his peers eventually, but this move could make integrating later that much more difficult. Lets face it, kids can be mean! The decision has not been officially made, so I'm doing my best to advocate and get involved with the community, the parents, etc. I may be joining the SEPAC soon- they are pretty amazing. SEPAC advocates from special needs kids, and the district collaborates with them! I keep on meeting some amazing people who are so compassionate. I really do believe in the school district as well as the school, and there is more to this story that I probably shouldn't post.

I thought about the even smaller amount of time I would be able to devote to my hobby last night as I struggled with my desire to offer what little time I do have ;-). I have a feeling I will be posting even fewer of my projects for a while! Please wish me luck, or even say a prayer for my 7 year old and his classmates. They are people too, and they are some pretty awesome people at that!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pinwheels Galore

I ran out of white thread again and my local quilt shop won't get any in until tomorrow. This is good since I have friends with babies on the way, and need to get some baby quilts done! I used the pattern on Moda's bakeshop, I have been dying to use it forever- so I'm actually making two with different fabrics. Love the adorable prairie points! Not all that successful with the pinwheel points though. When I saw this pattern I bookmarked it and thought it would be so perfect to use my very large stash of Susan Branch fabrics ;-). I'm even using some from her original line which was a tough decision to make! 'The Language of Flowers' was out in '98? I only have a small amount that I have been hoarding for some time (found it in 2005 on ebay). I'm not huge on ebay, in fact I don't think I've been on there since xmas '09, but I put my time in finding it once I realized that quilting might be something I would love. Susan Branch helped with that- she has a picture/ watercolor of a beautiful dresden plate quilt in her 'Baby Love' book. When I saw those colors, and thought about how much hand made items are the most precious, I started teaching myself. Anyhow, I convinced myself to finally use some of this fabric and share. Thats what this life is all about- sharing, loving, giving ;-). I hope I'm able to part with it! I have yet to make myself a quilt, so I have been successful with the giving. We shall see though- it is made of the most loved fabrics in my stash.

Friday, March 18, 2011


I have only just come back to the quilt today. It's been quite a month/ actually a couple months with all sorts of illnesses working their way through our family. Pneumonia, stomach flu, the 'I feel like crap, but don't know what's wrong with me'. Our daughter just finished her day of throwing up on Tuesday..... Probably TMI, but its second nature around here ;-). I hadn't touched the quilt, but did work on my doodling w/ pencil and paper. Sure enough, it did help. They say you can quilt what you can draw. Just a couple months ago, I could not draw the quilting feathers that I loved to see, but now I can draw them and quilt them well!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

More Done!

Bunting! So cute! So easy! Very quick project- could have used a little more forethought about the color of the letters; they are not easy to see. I will definitely make more of these.

This quilt top is done- its pretty big (72"x102"). My goal on this one is to practice FMQ on it. The last one was so beautiful, I can't wait to try doing feathering on this and see how it turns out and how difficult it will be to move this thing around under the needle.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Anyone Have Some Extra Full Moon Forest?

I bought some of the fabrics in this line right away- its beautiful, I knew it would go fast. I even bought good amounts of the stuff- I always make sure to have enough. Nothing worse than running out mid project, which happens to me often since I am usually 'winging' it. I did not, however, get any of the blues that go with my lavender owl. I did get the aqua color (pretty was my though), but it doesn't perfectly tie in. I know I don't have enough people that look at my blog to actually get results here, but I thought I would ask.

This is the pic of the back of the leaf quilt. Can you tell how pleased I am with the results?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Heart of Leaves Finished

I tried to get pics to show the quilting- its very heavily quilted and turned out beautiful, but doesn't seem to show in the pics. Its 55 1/2"x 55 1/2". I love it! I don't want to give it away, LOL!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Favorite Place

Yes I'm blogging instead of sewing, but I had to post a pic of my favorite place- its downstairs where the fabric is ;-). So many projects swimming through my mind!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Can you see?

The swirling was relatively easy and fun- the ladybugs... Not so much! I'm dreading finishing those. The black thread keeps breaking- although I'm not using a good size for machine quilting, so at least I know the reason behind it. Can't wait to finish and start on the next project ;-).

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pfaff Creative 2.0, Pfaff Quilt Expressions, Pfaff CV

Don't give up on the free motion quilting! I'm hoping this will help anyone doing frantic Google searches on how to fix free motion quilting issues on Pfaff CV, Pfaff Quilt Expression machines, and my own model: Pfaff Creative 2.0. There is a learning Curve to these machines. The thread tension must be adjusted for FMQ (free motion quilting) for starters. You need the right needle, and a straight stitch plate is suggested. Also, in your main menu, it helps to change the pivot height- mine is doing great @ -1, but -2, and -3 may be right for your project as well. My current project seems to require the thread tension to be at 2.0 to quilt the applique without bobbin threads popping up. Also, it has been advised to use the inspira needles with the machine, and other suggestions have been to use a denim needle, or topstitch needle for quilting through the layers. The denim needle worked for me, and today I will try the inspira denim needle. Also, it was advised that I should press further down on the foot pedal after lowering the machine speed. The straight stitch plate should also help with piecing; often I have run into problems with my machine chewing up the fabric at the start of each piece I'm stitching. Hope this helps guys! I'm far less angry and tense now that I have learned some of this. Special thanks to Krista @ http://poppyprintcreates.blogspot.com/ . I searched and searched for answers on different blogs and found her invaluable advice to another blogger on the same issues. Hopefully my next picture will be of a completed quilt next week! Love you bloggers, what would I do without you?

I forgot to add some photos! This is the second quilt I completed and the last one to be hand quilted!! It just got out of the dryer and will be back on my little snugglets bed. Then there is a pic of scraps that I think will go into the next project.

Friday, December 31, 2010


Started quilting on the heart quilt. Skipped stitches, thread breaking, bobbin jams. Cleaned machine thoroughly and replaced the needle- seemed to work well for exactly one minute. I hate this machine. I use Aurifil threads, and quality materials. I may have only machine quilted three quilts, but I grow ever so tired and spiteful with this machine.
I don't think you can clearly see what is going on in these pics, but one is of the threads tangling and jamming, the other is skipped stitches. I want to cry.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Border is attached- don't look for the imperfections because you will find them!

We had such a wonderful Christmas!! What a lucky family we are. Here is a pic of the stockings I made (all but two of them) this year- so happy to be blogging because it really helps keep me moving on the things I want to accomplish ;-).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Two more done!

Time is ticking, and I finished two more! These are for my nephew and sister. I was originally trying to do snow flakes for my nephew, but after many hours of drawing, cutting, configuring, I gave up and decided on stars ;-). My sisters is not as creative as I would have liked, but she will love it, since she loves rainbows almost as much as I do. I still have my hubby's to do, but no decent ideas. He may just have his old store bought one until next year....