Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
No sunburn today--all is good!
What is on tap for tomorrow? More relaxing!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Here's what I found out:
- The problem could be caused by the wrong type of bobbin--for instance putting a Singer bobbin in a Brother machine. These machines both use clear plastic bobbins that are almost, but not quite the same size.
- The problem could also stem from a poorly wound bobbin. If the bobbin is not winding perfectly smoothly and evenly, it will probably cause tangles at some point in the bobbin's use.
- The bobbin has to be placed in its case with the thread end running in a clockwise position.
- The tension of the top thread has to be correct.
- The machine has to be threaded correctly with no steps missed. (The problem here is that as your machine is galloping along sewing, the thread may come loose from the guides without your knowledge.)
So, I re-threaded the whole shebang, wound a new bobbin and started again. I am pretty sure the problem was a combination of poorly wound bobbin and the top thread had come loose from one of the guides. Even still I am training myself to check at the beginning of each stitch run to check and make sure the thread tension looks good on the back of the project.
Thanks to all those folks on the World Wide Web who post information about how to solve problems and fix things that are broken!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We are taking 2 of our dogs and staying in a little one room condo called a cabana. This link shows details about the cabana complex and one of the cabanas for rent, but not the one we are renting. They are so cute and just perfect for 2 middle aged women and their dogs.
These cabanas were rebuilt after Hurricane Isabel cut a new channel across the Island of Hatteras in 2003. The new inlet which the locals called "Isabel Inlet" went through almost where the cabanas stood. One web site I looked at proclaimed that there were 40 foot waves at the Hatteras Cabanas during that storm. God willing there will be no foul weather while we are there.
Looking forward to shell gathering, dolphin sightings, swimming, experiencing pirate lore and history, boat riding (maybe fishing), island touring, seafood and more.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here is a cheater panel that I made into a wall hanging. This one is quilted in a different way than I usually do it.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Here are 2 quilt tops I have completed this week. The first one is a scrap quilt made almost entirely from the aforementioned box of fabric scraps. It is in the log cabin pattern. The red fabric in the center is a fat quarter from Joanne Fabrics and the blue border is the last of the blue chambray sheet I used in this quilt. I have not found a backing fabric for it which suits me yet.
The next quilt top I completed today from 2 charm packs in the Neptune collection from Tula Pink. I am crazy about her fabrics. In addition to the charm packs I also had a yard of her navy blue with green pattern with sea turtles and sea horses hidden in the design.
This quilt top was made using the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern. I had enough 5 inch squares to create 7 largish blocks. I quartered them and arranged the resulting 28 blocks to suit me. I used 24 of them to make a 4x6 rectangle and had four quarter blocks left over. Whew, this math is making my head spin! (I teach reading !) Then I decided that the left over 4 blocks would be great at the corners of the borders.
That was a difficult trick getting all those corners lined up and if you look carefully at the picture you will see the wonky corner that resulted. No backing is picked out for this yet, either.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I spent some time this morning making repairs and adding some additional machine quilting. I am going to wash it again on the gentle cycle. I want to be able to give it away and I cannot do that if it is falling apart at the seams already!