Sunday, January 27, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

Only a quick one because its been quite warm and I'm seeking out somewhere cool for the evenin before the storm hits....
I didn't get much time to do much today but I did piece together the backing for the Happy Quilt. Mightily disappointed in my effort as the middle of the four quadrants didn't join up as nicely as I had hoped! Oh well. I'm really not in the mood to sit and unpick it - I just want it finished! Its been way too long. Plus, I'm putting off other projects because I wanted to finish this.
So, the backing is taped to the lounge room floor ready for the other two layers to go on so I can start pinning after dinner while I watch the cricket. Hopefully the Aussies can get this one in the sick of their recent batting. Sorry, that's a story for another day.
My plans for quilting this one have changed a few times. First up I was going to ditch stitch using navy. But that's taking the easy option so then I decided to mix it up a bit and echo quilt around the charm squares using the navy. Loads of straight lines which I like. They would really stand out against the bright blue sashing. I then changed from navy to a rainbow thread (Great Barrier Reef by Luana Rubin). Now I'm having second thoughts because I don't know how its going to turn out against the navy and I really don't want to bugger it up - I hate unpicking!! I would like to try and use some of the decorative stitches on Clarry but I'm really nervous! Hopefully I can sleep on it and talk myself into it.....

Tomorrow should be a cooler day so I'm hoping to do a quick run through and tidy the house, help hubby move machinery and get stuck into some more sewing because at this stage Friday is going to be a no go for sewing as I've been roped into "escorting" a tractor along the highway then co-piloting while we check a few sheep.
Keep watching for a Fantastic Finished Friday post in the near future.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Clarry - my Christmas present.

Clarry is my brand spanking new Janome 2160DC. She has 60 different stitch settings including 10 different button holes and some groovy decorative stitches.
After a small hiccup involving my baby brain and a top loading bobbin, I now have the correct walking and quarter inch feet for her and have been cruising along nicely.
I love the digital display and all the buttons, especially the locking stitch that I have never had before. It has become my new best friend.
Now, I know Clarry is machine number 3 but I took Ruby in for a check up mid October last year and although she's healthy and still ticking along, she's at the age where things can start to go wrong. So when my LQS advertised a Janome sale with great specials, hubby said that I may as well take the opportunity to get a good deal and get myself a new machine because we never know when Ruby might give up. Yay! I was the happiest wife ever that day!

Stay tuned for a Work In Progress Wednesday post tomorrow.
Happy sewing!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Its been a long time!

Wow! Two and half months since my last post and what an adventure it has been!
Just a quick update:
Harvest went well and went off pretty much without a hitch. No excessive amounts of rain, no fires and lots of nice warm days to help the headers chomp along.
Christmas came and went as did our visitors (hubby's parents). It was wonderful to have them here! I got super spoilt with some cooking utensils, quilting templates and a new sewing machine who I have called Clarry. Its a Janome 2160DC. Keep an eye out for Clarry's intro post later on this week.
New Years Eve was a quiet affair with us in bed well before midnight but up again at 3am to head to the beach to do some fishing while we watched the first sunrise of 2013. We were home by 9am and hunkered down in front of the air con to fight off the 47℃ heat that enveloped the house. Holy crap, it was terrible!
Not much else has happened since to come in a later post.
Oh, and we have some super cool news that means our little family is growing...yep - there's a little baby on the way in July! We are so pleased and I can't wait to start cranking up the sewing machine to make lots of little goodies for Peanut.