Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Looking Out The Window

My sewing machine, remember it was playing up? It is now playing the fool, or playing me for a fool. The feed dogs are no longer feeding the fabric through at all. Just as well it is booked in for a service on Thursday. I should have done this ages ago, and no doubt Cecil, or Cecil's wife in the repair shop will tell me so.

In the meantime I am footering around. It is a bit ironic, my daughter has several parcels being delivered this week. All delivered to home. All delivered on different days. All delivered in two or three hour delivery slots. And I have no machine to play with! Boy are my kitchen cupboard doors shiny and my floors clean this week

I decided to have a "hoke" and see what else I could be getting on with. I came across my quatrefoil window quilt. This was my bee quilt from last year, Beeabee2017.



 To be fair to my bee mates, my initial blog post said I was going the pale blue view through the window route. This is based on the view out of quatre foil window, or the light filtering through said window.

I quickly changed that to a child's view through the window. And to be fair, I think most of my of my bee mates had read the email very promptly and followed my instructions to the letter. What I have decided to do, is use a mix of all the child's view and some  pale blue sky on the front of the quilt, and the remaining pale blue blocks on the backing.

To balance them out, I am going to undo my test blocks and re sew them with a child's view.
Here the two are, "auditioning" the new fabrics. Both space orientated, one bought by me and the other sent to me by Yvonne, jetquiltinggirl. It is nice to incorporate a little of Yvonne and her jet story into this. 



They are all unpicked now and waiting.


That just leaves me needing one more child's view block for the front. I will make another one. I just today was gifted the perfect fabric for this, plains and helicopters, amongst some fabrics Lucy from charmaboutyou very kindly sent me , arrived today. Again, I have "known" Lucy right from the start of my sewing, and it is nice to include this.



So, are you still with me? That is 12 blocks for the front, 4 x 3 blocks, and 5 remaindered to be part of the backing. I have this great space fabric for the rest of the backing. I am now keen to get this going again, and it is on my FAL list for this quarter (finish a long). But you know what, I can't get going as I have don't have my sewing machine. I might just go to the loft and get the old Janome, but it hadn't a great tension, and I am not techy enough to fix these things.

If my old machine is ok, I can at least get the backing pieced for the Belfast Bulletin ready to baste over the weekend. It has all been a bit of a Pfaff. And, if no machine at all, well I have a So Faded sweater very nearly finished. And even a few wardrobes to tidy xxx

Helen x

7 comments:

  1. I hope they can sort out your machine in no time and you can get back sewing!

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  2. Those blocks are going to look great and so nice that you can incorporate memories with gifted fabrics.

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  3. It's a sad, sad state of affairs that you are reduced to tidying up for entertainment! At least you got your bee blocks sorted out to make the new quilt in your head :) Best of luck with the machine repairs!

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  4. It will be fun to see the fabric I sent you stitched into these blocks!

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  5. I really like your plan for the quatrefoil quilt! I’d be looking out the window as opposed to looking in and cleaning the wardrobes if I had no machine just sayin’

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  6. Hope your machine gets fixed up and home again soon. Looks like you have a lovely plan for when you get sewing again. Maybe you should bring the Janome in and get him fixed up too. It's always nice to have a backup!

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  7. I hope they don't take too long sorting your machine, though at least you have a clean house. I like your newly-laid plan for the quatrefoil quilt.

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