Done and Done!

So, I (nervously) took the plunge.

After writing up the post on sewing machines I may/may not buy, I bought one — but it wasn’t on the list! I know, I’m pretty wild.

Here she is (picture from the ebay auction):

There’s a photo of the same machine (just a different color) on flickr (It’s actually for sale, if you’re looking for an older machine!).

She’s reviewed on pattern review here.

The machine was apparently just chilling out in someone’s closet, the seller on ebay sells sewing machines regularly and said that it has had virtually no use at all, and that it runs perfectly. It has no signs of wear and tear, no rubbing on the belt or anything. Hopefully she’s as awesome as she looks and sounds!

She was a steal, too…I paid $75 +shipping, because it was on buy it now/best offer. Woohoo!

Now to wait for her to arrive…I’m dyin’ here!

-K

Yo yo yo!

Guess what I made today?

Hint:
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More after the move!

-K

Needle Roll

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It’s finished!

I wanted to make a mini quilt (it’s about 11×18) to practice the quilting and binding steps before I quilt/bind Ezra’s quilt. It took me a few hours to sew on the binding, but I think it’ll be much easier the second time around. It turned out lovely, too. I think Tripp was really impressed! A few more photos:
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I made it into a needle roll for all the lovely bamboo needles Tripp got me for Christmas last year. He’s amazing.

Speaking of Tripp being amazing, he got a job today! We moved to Austin a month or so ago with hopes that he’d get hired at an entertainment company, and today they offered him the job! We are so jazzed! We’re going out to dinner this week to celebrate. Hoorah!

Now on to lunch and then…Ezra’s quilt is calling to me. 🙂

-K

Practice makes…perfect?

Today I (finally!) got my even feed foot in the mail. For my fellow newbies or you non-quilters out there, an even feed foot, aka a walking foot, looks like this:

It’s kind of a huge and awkward version of a normal presser foot.

Every sewing machine has feed dogs, which run underneath the cloth as you work, and they keep the fabric moving away from you as you sew. The walking foot allows you to cover or lower the feed dogs and keeps the layers of quilting moving at the same speed; essentially, it allows you to quilt without the bottom layer becoming shifted during quilting (even though everything should be pinned down well in the first place).

I put off ordering an even feet foot until I was actually ready to finish a quilt, because they usually run about $30 and I didn’t want to buy one until I had a reason to need it. I found a good price on one, and it came in today, so I’ve been practicing. I threw together a doll sized quilt (which will actually serve as a needle roll for my knitting needles and crochet hook) out of the Hello Betty! charm pack I received last week. I have to say, the colors are amazing. Have a looksie:
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I have quilted it but I need to rip out some of the stitches. Stippling is much more difficult than it looks. I stippled for a while but decided straight lines would look better with simple patchwork.

I poured over this tutorial on Oh Fransson! but I don’t think her methods are meshing well with my setup. Oh well, you know what they say. Eventually my stippling, with much practice, will be…a bit better. Ha!

Any stippling tips for a newbie? Leave ’em in the comments!

-K

P.S. I think I’m going to go with the handkerchief corner style for my Land and Sea quilt. My piecing isn’t neat enough to do bento boxes quite yet.

Achievement

Remember when I said I wanted to make hexagons?
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Scratch that off the list.

Also, fabric giveaways!:
A Plus Quilt Shop is giving away three gorgeous charm packs
The Fabric Shopper is giving away an organic fat quarter set that I absolutely adore — so pretty and airy!
Our Cozy Nest is giving away supplies to make her newest Moda Bake Shop creations, a ribbon blanket and a ribbon block. They’re absolutely adorable, so make sure to get a comment in before it ends Sunday at midnight. The two charm packs she’s giving away are highly coveted and so beautiful!