Do you ever have one of those days when nothing seems to go right? I wanted to do a quick bit of machine quilting “secret sewing” with my walking foot but the stitching just wasn’t going well at all. Something was wrong, but what? Perhaps it was the reel of thread I was using, I admit it was an old reel I’d picked up somewhere along the way. No change, so I took the walking foot off and reattached it. No difference, but the foot didn’t seem to be working as it should as the layers were shifting. The backing fabric I had chosen was puckering, so maybe it was a mixture and not quilting fabric quality, so that was changed as well. Each of these changes entailed a whole lot of unpicking, some more careful pressing and pinning, and a whole lot of time. I concluded that my machine was due for a service, and I’d get the walking foot checked out as well. What a pain, I’d wasted hours with nothing to show in the end.
Interesting though, was the fact that there was no problem with ordinary stitching. So I joined a few lengths to make some binding for my hand quilting project, and prepared a hanging sleeve. Thank goodness that small job went well.
It was time to roll the dice again, and with two projects on my List of Six up to the machine quilting stage, I had previously been hoping, before my troubles started, that one of these would see the light of day this week. But it seems it will be mostly hand sewing this week, as the dice landed on number six. Which is, after several years of neglect “Yo Yos – just do it” with all sorts of bits and pieces tucked away in this bag. This might take a bit of sorting out before I actually start – wish me luck!
Yo-Yos hiding in this bag
Winter has officially started down here in New Zealand, and will continue during the months of June, July and August. It’s one of those cold, damp days today, so I’ve got my crock-pot (slow cooker) looking after the evening meal for me. I’ve prepared steak and kidney casserole with heaps of veggies added in. There's something quite therapeutic chopping up the meat and browning it, chopping and slicing carrots, parsnips and onions to add to the meat. And then you get that lovely smell of slow cooking wafting through the kitchen as meal gently cooks all day – I love winter food!