Well, I had every intention of getting to the blog earlier, but that didn't happen! Now a few minutes of downtime and to catch up on what's happening.
When I got home last night, it was to the long arm where I had a lap sized quilt that needed to be in the FedEx box TODAY. Of course, I wanted to do some custom quilting on it - I think it warranted it, but not tons of time to do anything super fancy! But I'm super happy with the way it turned out. This is just a peek from the back. The front looks much better. And I had to load the quilt AND I had to join the batting because the only piece of white batting wasn't quite wide enough!
Normally, I can whip a binding on a quilt by machine in no time, but I've had oodles of trouble with the last two quilts. One I couldn't even do on the machine I was using at home. So I got to work and more problems. What is going on??? I had to take the walking foot off the machine and use an ordinary presser foot. Let's just say that the binding on those two is not super pretty.
As I was nearing the end of the second binding a thought came to me. I'm going to test it out and I'll let you know what happens. Frustrating to say the least!!
I think I posted this new set up in my office. I moved the Reliable ironing board in and the NEW (to me) Reliable iron. Yes - there are two of them in the picture. One is to use on a daily basis, the other is the "show" iron. Anyway, that iron saved my bacon. You all know how much fun it is to fuse Decor-Bond to the fabric. But that iron did the job nicely. And there's my sewing machine right beside the ironing board. I'm set - just have to figure out how to get a cutting table in the office and I'll be good to go.
I was contemplating getting my very old Reliable iron fixed, but I'm really really liking this one. Seems to be hotter and more efficient use of steam. I think I might check it out when I'm back.
|Ironing station set up
Now in addition to having the 40 outside piece for the 20 tote bags done, the 40 linings are done as well.
|The tote bag linings - yes there are FORTY pieces
And for those that asked, here is the outside of the tote bags. The color is a bit off in the photo. Let's just say that I'll be glad when all the rest of the components are completed!
|The outside of the tote bags
I got the seams pressed open on the pocket section. So 20 of those are now done. That leaves the handles and the bottom insert! I'll make it - but it will be tight!
As I was sewing on the binding for the magazine quilt, I realized that I still needed to make a sleeve. Let's just say that that got pinned on. No time for hand sewing today!
I can have a wee bit of a breather tonight, but not by much as the next quilt needs to be pieced ASAP and it's big!
On that note, I'm out of here!
Have a super day!