Thursday, February 22, 2018

Moda Blockhead 2017

An EQ8 drawing of how I intend to layout my Moda Blockhead Blocks, once I can sew again.  I have been studying EQ8 beginners manual, and have learned to scan in fabrics and photos into EQ and then use them in quilt design work.  I love the option to scan in images of all these blocks to scale, and then use the actual fabric and block images in the quilt design.   Hopefully, I can start sewing in about 5 weeks.

Following are images of the last 9 blocks I made, as I realized I had not posted these yet.  These are the images I cropped out the seam allowances in the scan.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

EPP one handed

I figured out how to EPP one handed, by bracing my stitching against my thumb, and using a clover clip to grip the fabrics. I cannot grip yet with my left hand, but this is working for now.    Been working on my EQ8 as well, there are quite a few changes to the updated version, and that probably not new, but I did not know about them before.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

No sewing for 6 weeks

Its a sad day....I fell and broke my wrist Thursday.  An ambulance ride to the ER and the  orthopedic doctor yesterday and now I am scheduled for surgery on Monday.  I could show you some gruesome pictures of my break before temp cast was put on, and the xrays of the broken bones - yes more than one - but I don't think anyone wants to see that, including me.  Doc said I will be in a cast with pins sticking out of my hand and arm for at least 6 weeks.  First there were tears, then acceptance and then thankfulness for a doctor that I have confidence in to  fix this; for pain medication; a caring husband, family and friends AND most of all, that my sweet 2 year old grandson was not hurt when I tripped over him. And thank you God for these blessings and for His comfort to get through this trial.

 I have always heard be careful what you wish for.  Of course I didn't wish for a broken wrist, but I did say I wished I had three or four weeks to work thru my EQ8 lesson book that arrived on Wednesday.  I can't sew one handed, but I can operate my mouse and type with one hand :)


Monday, February 5, 2018

Pemberley Quilt

I wonder if others get as excited with the start of a new project as I do.  I have been planning this start for a several months now...selecting fabrics and organizing my project notebook.  The object was to start the project in January, and I missed it by a month, but finally the project is underway.  A good friend, Brenda, is also making a Perberley quilt and we plan to keep each other on track throughout this year.    The plan....finish the top this year. 

The fabrics I have selected are primarily from a Sarah Morgan line under Washington Street Studio, a division of P&B Textiles.  Its called Southern Vintage.  I just love the sound of that .  Other fabrics I am using are Moda and a couple of other lines by P & B textiles.  And then there are the random fabrics I pulled from my stash.

I got my sewing basket put together with the applique threads and miscellaneous supplies.

The basket is one we gave out at retreat as our "goody bags."  Two friends, Darlene and Brenda, and I lined the baskets and my husband was drilled the holes in the handles and cut the dowel rods.  The baskets were filled with hand made goodies made by members of my club and a few other little surprises.

 I am using Wonderfil Invasil thread, I believe 80 wt. for the applique.  This is new for me, as I usually just use Coats and Clark 50wt all purpose thread.  I know - not normally an appliquer choice, but it works for me and I like that it does not break easily. 

I did start the applique, just to see how the thread would work, and so far so good.

And so the Pemberley journey begins......