It hit me this morning when I was firming up arrangements to meet with Karen for lunch that I really needed to sew some strip sets together to complete my 9 patches so that I could sub-cut them before handing the accuquilt cutter over to her and Lisa this afternoon!
Sew Bonnie Sew!
I started these strip sets out on the treadle, and I really didn’t want to switch to an electric machine in the midst of them. ((For the record, did you know that treadlers call electric machines a Machine with a TAIL!?? :cD )) I need more practice. I do pretty well on long straight stretches now. It’s getting easier. I don’t hardly think about my feet anymore…but I still have to watch for the hand wheel to be turning towards me because if it goes backwards ---- SNAP!
After sewing the strip sets and pressing them….I accomplished what I set out to do. I loaded the strip sets cross-wise on the Accuquilt Studio and cranked them through. You can’t see it, but there are parallel lines on the foam of the die to help me line them up nice and straight. I don’t want parallelograms when I’m done…they need to be straight. Crank crank crank – and I had a whole pile of sub-cuts ready to be attached to my other pairs of parts..
Ready to roll!
The hardest part for me is sewing short seams, and stopping where I need to stop. Sewing 9 patches is the perfect way to learn. I nest the first seam….and holding it with my fingers, stop with the needle down right after I cross that seam. Align the next seam to be sure it is nesting, and get going again, sewing to the end of the 9 patch. I’m not a big pinner when it comes to nesting seams --- never have been! Most of mine are pretty good, there are a couple I’m going to have to re-do ---but all in all I’m happy with how sewing short seams has become easier, the stopping and starting more natural.
Okay, so this morning I only had to re-thread the needle twice after sewing backwards and SNAP!
My chain is growing! I hope to finish these 9-patches tonight. It’s another “project in my mind” I’m not sure of a layout, I just started it as a way to learn to use the treadle ---and it’s doing a good job in teaching me!
I’m headed out in a few to meet up with Karen for The Big Accuquilt Switch. The girls are going to play while I'm away! From there, it’s errands – you know the drill --- Sam’s club, bank, etc – and I’m ending my afternoon with a massage. There is a long drive ahead for me on Sunday and I have been having deep tissue massage with heat on my hamstrings. It seems to be helping. Oh, and it’s not ALL painful – there is a lot of good relaxation massage mixed in there too!
I’m hoping for QuiltCam tonight – around 9pm eastern. I know it sounds boring, but those bow-ties? They STILL need to be sewn together. If you can keep me motivated, I’ll get them done! So bring a project and sew along.
Catch you later!