It seems ages since I “rolled the dice” and on checking back I can see it hasn’t happened since mid August! That’s what happens when holidays get in the way of a girl and her sewing machine. But I’m making a start again this week, and the number to be worked on is number 5, the Christmas Mystery Quilt.
The completed top
I remembered that I had pinned the quilt together some time ago and had a bit of bother with not getting the layers nice and smooth. The problem seemed to be the pieces of batting that I had stitched together – I should have cut straight edges I think before stitching the pieces. But no, why did I think that stitching curved pieces would work? After unpinning part of it I eventually smoothed out the batting and backing and re-pinned it all again.
So for the last couple of days I have been stitching in the ditch with my walking foot along the sashing to hold it all together. Yes, I have to pin each stitching line, just in case. This takes extra time, but makes me feel happier with the extra pins, a bit like a security blanket, I guess!
Starting the machine quilting
Not sure if I will get all the quilting done this week, or not. But we have the weekend at home, for a change, so I’ll keep plodding on.
Gemma has been helping too, and often lays down and has a snooze behind my sewing cabinet. She also seems to have taken a liking to her play tunnel again. When not rushing madly through it she has taken to being on guard in the entrance – then she can rush out and pounce on our feet, if she feels like it!
Gemma on guard