Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WIP Wednesday and a quick video tip!

What quilter can start the New Year without a new project?

The kids are back in school, everyone else is back to work and it is time for me to get sewing!

After creating the Monday Motivation {Sew Along and Block of the Month}, I could not resist the lure of a new quilt!  On Pat Sloan's new website I Love to Make Quilts  there is the perfect project starter with The One Hundred Eighty-Two Day Solstice Challenge!  These are 12 in finished blocks very super fast and easy!

I made my first yesterday ( I am now only two behind 😂).  The best part is that I made it incorrectly!   It is supposed to be a Churn Dash but it is not...LOL!  The fussy cut Ralph Lauren Polo Guy does not seem to mind all that much!

You will be super shocked when I tell you that I am using used shirtings for these blocks.  Upcycled sewing is really so interesting! If you have not sewn with up cycled garments, check out my post from a few weeks ago on Upcycled Sewing here.



Also, I realized a cool trick with my pattern wheel this week! The kids had taken all of my marking tools and so I used the pattern wheel to mark my half square triangles!







While working on my number two block for the The One Hundred Eighty-Two Day Solstice Challenge but my sewing machine has decided to be naughty and play this trick again!  I will be changing the needle and rethreading with Aurifil 50wt to fix the problem! If that does not work, she will go in the corner and I will bring out a vintage machine until she can behave...LOL!


I have never been able to figure out WHY this randomly happens but it always fascinates me!

What have you been working on this year?

6 comments:

Fribble said...

I've experienced the naughty trick, too. Check for fuzz or threads in the bobbin area. Once or twice completely rethreading seemed to help. Possibly there's a small timing problem. I haven't had it happen since I got the machine cleaned and the timing fixed (knock on wood).

margaret said...

Glad I kept my tracing wheel as will use that in future, it is old belonged to Granny who dies in 1956!
The block looks good, you have personalised it. I too am making them. Enjoyed the churn dash so have made 16 15.5" blocs for a quilt for my brother who is recovering from a heart attack, so much quicker as I want it 60" square plus binding so only 16 blocks instead of 25. Now have to join them together.
Like you my bernina sometimes does that but I change the needle and rethread and it is okay again, oh no it probably won`t work next time now

Patsy Cash said...

Great tip, thanks.

Elsa said...

What a great tip ~ I'll have to find my tracing tool and give it a try.

I'm working on last year (it seems so long ago now) PMQG guild quilt. It's a row by row and really wonderfully designed!

Kris said...

I see the loop closest to the needle is undone...I don't know this but i think this has caused that to happen to me before. It usually happens when I am quilting and I whip the quilt around to another position to quilt and a corner of the quilt knocks the thread out of that last threading loop. Just a thought. Love the tracing paper wheel idea.

Amy said...

Thanks for the tracing wheel tip! I need to go dig mine out of my 8th grade sewing basket (that's the year the school system taught home ec in middle school.. dates me, eh?) I haven't started the Pat Sloan Solstice yet, but shared the link with my guild as one of a few QALs out there this year. Right now, I'm prepping blocks for a guild MLK Jr service day on January 21st. We're having a sew-in for 4 different causes, and we're hoping for a big turn out! Then, it will be time to get my BIL's quilt done, since he's the last on my DH's side to get a quilt.

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