My Postcard From Sweden, or Writing From Whitehead currently has the first four rows pieced.
Today is the link up with Sandra for completed piecing, but I had been hoping for a flimsy finish, really I had.
I had discovered it isn't a good idea to make my triangles two at a time from the squares. Really, only a few are duplicated throughout the design. So, I unpicked the ones that aren't, and started cutting out triangles.
So .... Rows A and B were pieced. Nothing really to see here.
Rows C through to I were cut in triangles and pinned and labelled.
Rows I through to O were waiting, leaping up and down in anticipation.
I have no pins left! I have used all my available pins in either grouping together the squares under the colour or pinning the triangles together. Note to self, when buying the wadding also buy more clover clips and pins.
Our progress was slow but steady. Then I needed a note for the teacher about my homework. My Pfaff stopped. Just like that. You know that song My Grandfather's Clock? My grandfather clock stopped, dead, never to strike again, but thankfully nobody had died. With my limited technical experience, I could see that the feed dogs were the problem. They had been sluggish, I had to give the fabric a bit of a shove or a pull to get going, otherwise there was a lot of revving going on. But all of a sudden last week the feed dogs just .... well... stopped feeding. ~A quick check , I dropped them, raised them, dropped them again, but nothing happened. There was nothing else for it, I had to bite the bullet and leave my machine in for a service.
On Saturday morning, I got the phone call. My machine was ready for collection. Cecil is the technical person, and his wife phoned. She said Cecil wanted to have a word with me. He had a little collection of "stuff" he had gathered out of my machine. He had kept it in a clear plastic bag to show me. Cecil also had to replace the feed dogs completely. They were completely worn down through heavy use. Oooops. Heavy use and lack of maintenance. Cecil had never seen this before. Luckily when I called to the repair shop, Cecil was busy.
Hats off to Cecil. It is like having a new machine except it is my machine back that I know and love. Like turning the clock back two or three years. I hereby promise I will get my Pfaff serviced every year from now on.
I wizzed through sewing together rows C and D and attaching them to rows A and B. I can also see a discernible difference in the evenness and tension between A and B and C and D.
I have rows E to G sewed and ironed. I just need to trim them, then stitch them together. That just leaves H and I. Practically there! I just know I am going to love this quilt. I just know everybody is going to love this quilt, my Writing From Whitehead.
Linking up with Sandra, mmmquilts
linking up with Beth, cookingupquilts.com