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August 27, 2018

Cat Bullet

Mr Fish and other accomplishments

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 10:00 am

Mr. Fish was completed in time for the Woodland Park show and enjoyed his time swimming in the fish pond.   There really were some fabulous fishes to keep him company (and turtles and seahorses).

I’ve spent a lot of time the past couple of weekends cleaning up my studio.   The main activity has been putting all of my fabric away…  the yellow-orange/orange container was nearly empty when I started, but jam-packed full when I returned all of the fabrics that I had pulled out as contenders for the fish project.       All of my containers are completely full.  I’ve even started removing some pieces and setting them aside to give to my friend Donna who sews a lot of kids quilts for donations through her quilt guild (the same guild who hosted the show).    Anyway, the containers are full, the cabinets are full and every time I think that I’ve finally gotten everything put away, whoops!  another bag appears.    Who keeps buying all of this fabric??  (oh, wait, that would be me!!!)

I’ve either got to start sewing faster or quit buying fabric.  Both, probably.

I’ve also been spending a LOT of time playing with the settings on the Jazz sewing machine, trying to get the perfect settings for free-motion quilting, walking foot quilting and regular straight sewing.   The internet is full of lots of suggestions and I think that I’m narrowing down the perfect settings (or range of settings) for all activities.    I’ve even started a notebook to record trials and errors (how geeky is that??)

Against all laws of physics, I get better results with Free Motion quilting if I DON’T drop the feed dogs, but instead, set the stitch length to zero.    I never would have anticipated that…   But the internet was not wrong in this case.  The bobbin tension is much more secure when the feed dogs are up.

Yesterday, I finally got the guts to rip out the backwards strip in the Bonnie Quilt. I had help… (but note, please, the fact that the sewing table is clean and empty other than the furball!)

Pulling out the incorrect strip took a very long time, and caused some seams along that line to start coming unsewn, just from all the handling.   I’m still thinking about how to handle this – currently, I’m considering running a line of stay stitching along the edges to hold them together until I get them re-attached.

I’m hoping to get it back together so that I can drop it off with the quilter sometime this week.  Wish me luck – it would be lovely to get another finished project before the end of the month!

Temporarily have picture ability – I don’t think they look very good, but better than nothing, eh? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments »

  1. The fish is awesome. The shapes and colors are put together beautifully. Give yourself ten gold stars. Mom

    Comment by Mom — August 27, 2018 @ 12:26 pm
  2. You’ve been busy! I don’t have nearly as much to show for my time recently, at least in terms of sewing and projects.

    Comment by Ginger — August 27, 2018 @ 12:36 pm
  3. Your fish is gorgeous!

    Comment by lynn — August 27, 2018 @ 4:36 pm

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