Monday, January 16, 2012

Embroidery fun...

Progress report with the new toy...a Pfaff Creative 2.  This is a thistle flower for a baby book, the pages were made by guests at the baby's shower and now her nanna is making a book.
I embroidered the birth announcement on a pink block.  Below is the practice on a quilt sandwich.
I'm practicing my  free motion leaves as well.  The embroidery was done with 100% variegated purple thread and the green leaves are 100% polyester trilobal embroidery thread.  So far I'm really enjoying doing sewing machine embroidery. 

Happy sewing all.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

free motion quilting - heart shaped leaves

I'm delighted to participate in 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge.  January's teacher is Frances Moore.  First I drew the leaves on about a dozen sheets paper, trying to get them relatively the same size and running in different directions without crossing the lines.
These are the first two sheets.
This is the last sheet.  I put a question mark at the start as in hindsight, I should have started with a complete leaf instead of short piece of stem.  Unfortunately, I didn't realize this until after I completed the square in my sampler quilt.  When I was done my square I went back to the centre to add one tiny leaf on the starter stem, it is very obvious because of the extra thread.
This is my practice scrap, I tried purple Coats 100% polyester thread 40 wt and white bobbin quilting thread in the bottom.
On the backside there are tiny purple dots from the top side showing through the bottom.  I adjusted the needle tension then I had white dots on the top.  This problem was easily fixed by changing the bobbin thread to the same thread colour as the needle.
This month's square was quilted with my Bernina 930 Record (Helga) using a Schmetz universal 80/12 needle.
I'm mostly happy with the results.  The only thing I don't like is my beginning and end are obvious.  These leaves are fun to quilt.
The sampler quilt is 100% cotton top, the outside border is 100% cotton unbleached muslin and so is the back.  The batting is Warm and Natural 80% cotton and 20% polyester.  This batting is wonderful to quilt with.
I really looking forward to next month's free motion quilting design.  After completing the sampler block I put these leaves on the baby quilt behind the sampler quilt.
Happy quilting all!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

What Child Is This - vocalist Barry Mihilewicz my cousin

A little piece of magic.  Happy New Year!

Using a treadle sewing cabinet with an electric machine

Debbie has left a new comment on your post "Husqvarna 530 Lily":
When I used a treadle cabinet for an electric machine I constantly got tangled up with the iron pedal on the bottom. Congrats on your new machines!
This is how my treadle cabinet was set up.  After the treadle machine was removed, a wooden shelf was installed for this free arm machine to sit on.   The older flatbed machines have the identical hinged pin at the back of the machine that fits into a portable carrying case or sewing machine cabinet.  These machines can be installed the same way the treadle machine was and folded down for storage.  My shelf set-up does not allow for the machine to be folded inside when not in use. 
I wrapped the electric cord that plugs into the wall and the foot pedal cord around the centre of the treadle frame then feed them up and inside the back of the cabinet to plug into the machine.
I put a small piece (2 by 4) of wood 2 inches thick under the treadle pedal.  
This prevents the treadle pedal from moving when sewing.
Works like a charm. Happy sewing all.