So, last night, I wanted to work on yet another project. It had some detailed applique. I was finding it very frustrating, as I had my head about three inches from the machine needle so I could see what I was doing. I was getting frustrated because some of it was just hard to see (bifocals not helping).
So I suddenly had a thought. Last week, when I was cleaning out the drawers of my cabinet I came across a few small Bernina Boxes. I remembered where they came from. My late husband liked to say I am sorry with “stuff”. Since “stuff” was not what I wanted from him at the time, I tucked them away in a drawer.
Well, it turns out that one of these little boxes was magnifying glasses. WooHoo, jackpot. Maybe I can see what I am doing. So, I get out the instructions, which is odd for me. I usually shy away from instructions. I follow along with what to do. Open up the head and install this little bar so that you can hook the magnifying glasses to it. OK, seems simple enough. But, why does my machine not look like the one in the picture? Well, after about 20 minutes of staring blankly at it, insisting that I was going to find a way to make it work even though it did not look like it should, I suddenly realized that yes, I have 2 Bernina machines and Holy Cow I bet these were for that “other” machine. Darn it. I wanted to use this one. Then after another 20 minutes of being disappointed I looked at the front of the machine and it already had this bar for magnifying glasses installed. OMG, could I be any dumber? 40 minutes into this and I should just slap myself.
So, when I saw this pattern, I was intitially not very excited. Could not figure out how to keep with my snowflake fabric theme. However, I found that I really enjoyed watching it come together. I did manage to use my green snowflake fabric. I found some pretty decent Christmas scraps for the trees. I thought it would be difficult, but it wasn’t. A bit tedious maybe, but not too hard. I am excited to see what Block #3 will look like for the I wish you a Merry Quilt Along.
I also did a bit of work on my Table topper design. Sewed down all the leaves. I am starting to like it. I got it pin basted and selected my thread. THe thread is perfect, it has all the colors of the homespun in it. I love the varigated threadds. I also bought them on clearance for 50 cents each, which I also love. I think I know how I am going to quilt it, bit need to stare at it a bit longer. Also considering putting some vein in the leaves.
I am always very envious of people that come up with their own designs. While I sometimes create beautiful things (not so recently though) they are not usually something I came up with. This sort of bugs me. I want it all to be me. Likely why I can’t send a quilt off to be quilted by someone else.
I am usually getting my inspiration for things (mostly quilty stuff) by looking at other people’s work, magazines and books. I am sure we all do. Sometimes in my mind I am skill building, which is not always bad. But I always have in the back of my mind that I want it to be all mine from design to finish.
So, last week I finished my “One Monthly Goal” (have not posted yet, this picture is just the embroidery). As I hung it up in my dining room, I took a step back and realized this is a one of a kind piece of work. No one else will have anything like it. The only part I did not design was the embroidery. It was a kit my Oma gave me when I was a teen. But the rest, all me (with all my blog friends advice). So, why did I think that I could not do my own designs? Honestly, when I did that piece, I was not thinking about designing a one of a kind piece. But, that is what happened.
Well, maybe I can. I will start with something small. Maybe I do it more than I realize. Not really sure. So, I am always practicing on Table Toppers and small pieces. So, Figured I would try my hand at my own small piece.
I took a piece of homespun fabric that I didn’t like. Funny because, it was in the local guild quilting garage sale and no one bought or traded for it. I wanted to not waste something that I liked, fabric wise. So, I went to my “What were you thinking when you bought that fabric box?” Then I went to my scraps for the leaves. I have to admit, they are some of my favorite fabric scraps. Hand Dyed, which I actually dyed.
I no longer hate the homespun. Funny how that works. Still need to finish it, which I will. Not exactly sure on my curvy base, but I may still work on that. Is it too busy? Would love your thoughts, all of you give great advice. Thanks!
I Have decided to participate in the I wish you a Merry Quilt Along. One block every two weeks. I think I can manage that. So far so good. I have quite a collection of snowflake fabric, and I finally have a purpose for it. It will be interesting to see what the next block will look like. It wasn’t hard. Took me about an hour total and this included hunting for the snowflake fabrics in my boxes of fabric.
I also have my one Monthly Goal project. I am going to completely finish Oma’s treasure. As you can see from the photo, I have already partially taken some of this apart. When I posted my original picture I got a lot of good advice on what to do. Now I just need to do it. So, yes, I will sew on the beads, quilt and bind this for My One Monthly Goal for August. This is of course after I fix what I started tearing out.
So, today I did not go to the hospital (Check Miranda’s Journey page for the latest updates). Last night I fell asleep after dinner (before 6pm) and did not wake up until 8:30 today. Guess I needed it. So, I did some laundry and made dinner. I also got little sewing time in. Decided that I needed to see something finished.
I actually made these bibs for my future grandchildren (just in case I don’t get to meet them). They are made from recycled jeans. Jeans that belonged to me and my late husband Derrick. I am hoping that will someday mean something to Haley and/or Miranda. No to bad on the applique portion. Over time I will make more to give away. But, sometimes you just need to see something finished.
I am still working on my Hospital Hexies. I should have an update on that soon.
Thanks to all my quilting and blogging friends for caring about Miranda and my family. It truly does mean a lot.
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