2013 in Review .. part 1

One of the main reasons I began blogging was to document my sewing and quilting progress.  I quickly forget things I have made once I give them away!  As I look back at 2013, I realize I need to do a better job of organizing my final photos.  So there’s one small resolution for 2014.  I did manage to document quite a few of my sewing and quilting projects.  My bragging board goes something like this….

2013 Quilts 1 Collage

BabyQuilt.Hayes These are a few of my quilt finishes.   There are a few quilts missing.  One resolution is to improve my documentation of finishes.  I may have to create a separate ‘file folder’ for year end photos.BetsyBrasiliaCollage

The Brasilian Dress by Rachal at House of Pinheiro.   You should visit her blog for the free pattern.


My Bostonian Bag.  I’m loving this and need to make another.

I have an Aeroplane Bag in progress.  Maybe that will by my next favorite.

Works in Progress:

The French Jacket
Hand pieced “Oriental Star”. This project began as practice to improve my hand piecing. I’m loving these blocks and have about a dozen or more. This will be an ongoing project until I have enough for a quilt top.
I made it half way through the Star Surround QAL. I have most of the main blocks together and still have quite a bit of piecing to do to finish this one.
See HappyQuiltingMelissa.blogspot.com for her next QAL starting January 2014
Bring Me Flowers BOM by Jen Kingswell
Bring Me Flowers BOM by Jen Kingswell
I’m way behind on this one and need to get back on track. This may be a 2015 finish for me. (Yeah, I do mean 2015!)




Life since QuiltCon…

I can’t believe it’s been a month since the last post.  Since then, I’ve attended QuiltCon and had a blast.  I came back to a sewing room that needed to be put back together after installing my new Juki 8700H .. :-D!  Then it was buying a new table and creating a false top to create a sewing table.  It was a couple weeks before I could even get to the sewing machine.  Withdrawal, anyone?!

So here are a few photos from the last few weeks:


with Angela Walters in her Free Motion Quilting workshop.
with Angela Walters in her Free Motion Quilting workshop.
Lotta and I
Lotta Jansdotter teaching a block printing worksop













I took two free motion quilting workshops with Angela Walters and sewed on a long arm for the first time.  It would take me a while to get used to the way they move.  Angela is a fun teacher and I love her attitude that allows mistakes and encourages, in her words, “just go for it.”

Lotta Jansdotter‘s block printing workshop was a lot of fun.  She talked about her design process and the tools she uses when creating designs.  It was so interesting.  She was such a sweet person.

When I got home I started working on my sewing table.  I had been sewing on folding tables topped with foam insulation to bring it flush with machine bed.  My 820 is a little heavy for that setup.  Picked up a $100 table at Ivan Smith Furniture and built a false table.  Like it, but I already have some adjustments if I were to do it over.  You can see below the table has a cut out where the machine sits.  The machine had to be lifted 1/4″ to bring it flush.  I also needed an extension off the table for my machine which is pretty long, so I used a 1/4″ piece of plywood and some 2×2’s to create that extension.

3/4" plywood lifted on 2x4's
3/4″ plywood lifted on 2×4’s. Slot at rear of table goes full width. Slot at front of table goes halfway back. Plastic drawer divider fits at front and holds machine feet and accessories.
Front view. Drawer divider fits in front left slot between 2×4’s. Required an extension for the length on my Bernina 820
Back side view behind machine. Acrylic Sew Fine extension table fits flush to the false table top. Can see rolled vinyl at rear of table. These rolls can be stored in that slot the width of the table.





















I think that’s enough for today.  I actually have a photo of my haul from the QuiltCon vendors which include an awesome book called the Adventures of the Amazing Alphabet by Pam Holland.  I ordered that one from Sewing Party and received two by accident.   Sewing Party is allowing me to give the spare to a lucky reader.  Stay tuned.  That is coming next week.