It’s been a busy week and a half since the Beast – the new sewing machine – came into my life. The first night, I couldn’t wait to get it out of the box and try it. And then I realized that I had a lot to learn. I knew it would be fine, but I was a bit discouraged. But I’ve persevered and I’m falling for her. For example, today I replaced a button on my blouse in a matter of seconds, all because of the Beast. (The button replacement was one of the highlights of my day – just awesome.) And the best part – I finished Ellie’s quilt!
The colors of this quilt just make me smile – I’m really happy with how it came out. I delivered it to 6-week-old Ellie and her parents today, and I’m happy it’s going to such a good home. Sadly, it was a cloudy So Cal day this morning, so I wasn’t able to get great pictures, but I do love my quilt holder here.
It was such a joy to finish this on the Beast. I wanted to keep it fairly simple and emphasize the framing within each block. I didn’t do any quilting at all around the border – I used a decorative stitch to separate the sashing from the border and then went straight to binding.
This week, I also went to the LA Modern Quilt Guild meeting – it’s been months since I was able to go. Niels decided that he wanted to see what we talk about and tagged along – he was kinda impressed with some of what he saw, though I’m not sure he believed me in advance that there would be a show and tell… He also won one of the giveaways for me, so it was worth it to bring him along Angela Walters from Quilting is My Therapy spoke and showed her amazing quilting and really inspired me to try branching out and think about the design of my quilting, and not just think about covering the space. I say “inspired” now, but I’m sure there will be a lot of frustration coming.
The LAMQG also announced that they’re running a challenge with Habitat fabrics by Jay McCarroll, and I’m already thinking about how I can expand my skills and produce something
great interesting. I’ll try to post some updates as I move along through it.
Ellie’s quilt was based on the pattern here, but modified.