Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Sewing machine

Today I bit the bullet and bought another sewing machine. All my life I have had problems with my back and more recently my shoulders. Hand quilting is not possible anymore and hand applique very hard at times. I have done some machine quilting over the last few years. That also is not easy, but by spacing myself I do manage. Though I love my sewing machine, a Husquevarna, I find that there is not enough room for machine quilting. After some research I decided to buy a Janome 6500, which has 9 inches of room from needle to machine. It is still in the box. Tomorrow I will take the Christmas tree down,( a little early this year), clean the room and install the machine right in front of a window. Than the trick will be to find out how much I can do without getting into trouble. I have enough practice tops ready to last me a long time. I also have to get back to my hand applique!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Last minute

Two days ago I found out, that we will have en extra guest for Christmas. I decided to make a pillow from things I had on hand. The weather is snowy and stormy, so I rather not drive into town. I found a 6 inch square with a crane done in sashiko, left over from another project.Also found Japanese fabric with cranes on it. To set it of I used a strip of dark blue and finished with another patterned Japanese piece. I hope she will like it. This will be it till Christmas time. We will have guests overnight, so that means that I have to move the quilts from the guest bed to a table in my sewing room. I store all my larger quilts on the bed, so they will not get creases. Works well, except when guests arrive. After the holidays I will go back to my "crane" quilt. The center is almost ready and will be put in an oval shape. What I will do after that I have not decided yet, but there will be more cranes, bamboo and cherry blossoms, maybe some koi.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

greenery day

I did get my landscape finished. I will not quilt it, so it will fit in my portfolio with the other ones. This way it is easier to take to workshops and trunk shows. I only used, beside the sky fabric, 5 fabrics , not including the small pieces for the roofs. These I found in a bag with scraps, that I received from my friend Melissa. There were 3 snips, just enough. Today was our yearly "greenery day" A few days ago I went around the farm and collected pine, cedar, boxwood and whatever else I could find. My husband was kind enough to clean up the ( heated) workshop.Today my friend Carol came over and we made Christmas designs with no worry about making a mess.All we have to do after we are done,is get a broom and sweep the mess into the loader of the tractor! I like to make as many designs as I can and most will be given away. This year I even got an order from my son!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

small landscape

All the workshop samples are looked after, so it is time to start something new. Looking outside I can see lots of snow and the temperatur right now is getting lower by the minute, so a summer landscape it will be. The finished size will be about 6 by 8 inches. I started with a quick drawing. Once satisfied I copied it on the dull side of freezer paper. Starting at the top I hand appliqued each piece, using the cut out part as my template. This landscape has about 65 pieces. As you can see I did not get it done. I hope to update this site once a week. Next week I hope to have it all done.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

first entry

I think I know what it feels like to be a young bird about to be kicked out of its nest for the first time. This is something completely new for me. Writing is scary, but what better way to get over it, than to promise yourself to do it on a regular basis for everybody to see. Right now I have to make some store samples for a new workshop. Besides landscapes I will teach sashiko ,so some samples have to be produced. The picture on the left is one of the samples. Last week I found a new book about sashiko, The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook by Susan Briscoe. Fantastic book with lots of ideas. Would't be neat to try and make one pattern each week? But now it is back to my samples.

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