A hodge-podge of miscellany

I think we have a winner! Top right layout is the one I hate least for my polaroid blocks. I will layout all the blocks to finalize it before sewing.

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Prepping a “tips and tricks” mini blurb on thread weights for guild meeting tomorrow night.

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Far left spools are 12wt. I spaced out my tape strip weirdly.

And this is also what’s going on. Scheduling time on my long arm continues to be challenging but I’ve got this half done now. #myfirstpantograph

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And that’s the kind of day it’s been!

A hodge-podge of miscellany

Day 393

Stopped by my longarm today to do a bit of quilting. I do wish I could quilt for longer than two hours at a time. But the quilt is getting done, slowly and steadily. I went to change the needle though at one point and the set screw threads are a bit hinky* so I couldn’t secure the needle, and quilting was done for the day. Got a replacement screw later on which might or might not fit…

I also need to make a baby quilt very soon as I have a new niece! I did know there was a baby coming but I just wasn’t feeling quilty about this one. My sister and I didn’t grow up in a house with quilts so she isn’t really into quilts the way I am so giving her a quilt is not the most thoughtful present ever. Although to be fair, NO ONE loves quilts as much as I do. I think I’ve decided on a design (equilateral triangles) but I’m stuck on both fabric choice and size of triangles.

Anyone ever made an equilateral triangle quilt? Words of advice to throw my way?

*technical term of course.

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Day 346

I should properly title this “weekly update” since daily sewing and record thereof has fallen by the wayside.

Guild meeting last night…we had a garage sale. I scrounged up a few things to put in the sale and they all sold, hooray! So I made 10$. And spent 9$. I found roughly two charm packs worth of 2.5″ squares, a new spool of Aurifil thread in a dreadful marsala colour which might work on a quilt I need to quilt or will be good for longarm practice, and two fabric marking pens.

I also pulled out two recently finished quilts to show at show and share. This one and this one. After I got them from their hanging up spot in the hall cupboard there was a gap. And in that gap was a pair of men’s khaki summer weight jeans. With two pins marking where the new hem should be. And of course my husband saw the pants and said “I thought I had another pair but I couldn’t find them.” Turns out he bought them last summer. And has never worn them. Oops? My bad? Mea culpa. That got done today.

And longarm update! It’s my week to use it and I thought it time to try out a real quilt. I loaded up a not-so-precious quilt (my friend Sarah [she used to blog but not so much any more] just told me about her way of thinking about quilts: the favourite/special/precious ones and the less-precious ones and the ones in between.)

It’s a quilt I made a long time ago using the guild block lotto blocks from 2013-14. There’s a blog post about it.

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MUCH better here than in a bag under the bed.

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I went for really big loopy loops. It was either that or do a complete custom job. And I don’t think this quilt deserves any more of my time, so loops it was. Plus quilting a twin quilt in <one hour!? WIN!!!! Red was what I had on the machine for practicing and I just kind of liked it.

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Day 338, or long-arm details

I thought I’d take a moment to tidy up some dust from that bombshell a couple of days ago.

It’s a 2003 APQS Millennium with a 12′ table and automatic quilt advance. It is not a computerized machine. When I decided to buy this I didn’t realize it was the top of the line machine so that was a fun realization.

I went halfsies with a friend to buy it. I live in a small house (<800sq ft) so it lives at her house.

We got it cheap from an older quilting friend who retired and sold her house and didn’t want to fit the long-arm into wherever she ends up.

In 2014 I got a modest inheritance. Of course modest can mean vastly different things to different people. In my case it equals about three months rent. I banked it until I found something worthwhile to do with the money. Realizing I could buy this long-arm was so exciting. I thought it would be another 15 years before I could realistically get one. To be here now is just so thrilling.

I’ve logged nearly four hours this week just trying to get the feel of it. I have the re-threading down pat already 😉

Day 338, or long-arm details