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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 719191 views.

I decided I wanted a small bag for my small iron to take to the local quilt retreat Wed.  Though I need to get a zipper foot for my Janome 1600.  The one on my little Gem is terrible!  Actually I've discovered the feed dogs just don't work great on my Gem unless it's the A or F (universal or general) feet.  All the other feet the fabric doesn't make good contact with the feed dogs and I'm basically moving the fabric manually.  Trying to use the quarter inch foot is a very frustrating.  So I'm just using the regular foot and moving the needle over - not a big deal but a little frustrating.  Makes me not love my Gem as much as I once though. 

Anyway, bag is done, lined with the silver padded ironing board fabric.  That was a little challenging to deal with when turning a small bag, but other than a few lumps, it's fine.  I had to hand stitch the lining closed as there was no way to get it under the needle with that this padding.  The outside fabric matches my TV tray/pressing table cover.

Oh, and in case you weren't aware - the back side of that heat reflective fabric is NOT heat resistant.  Fortunately a magic eraser eventually took off all the melted mess. grrr.

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


ooh... did not know the backside was not heat resistant! Sorry that happened to you.

Cute bag...


From: latterberry


Love it!  I like the high contrast between the lights and darks.

What I did at retreat (and a little bit before & after).  

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


ohh.. I like that middle one!

you are always so productive.

viola (sissly4)

From: viola (sissly4)


They are all beautiful.Some little child will love it. Did you have time to visit?

Very impressive! You are really making a lot of these! My favorite is the mountain majesty.

thanks, yes I did visit a bunch.

thanks Suze.  the 2nd & 3rd ones were the same blocks.  it is one of those patterns that you make two blocks, cut them diagonal and sew together, giving two identical blocks.  So rather than have duplicates in one quilt, I made enough blocks for 2 quilts, but changed the layout.  I liked that middle one best also, but the rest of the room voted for the zigzag one.

thanks.  I tend to get "on a roll".  I started cutting and the next thing I knew I had 10 kits.  I still have 4 more ready to sew, but I need to shift to other projects.  I have to get my 40 hours of continuing education before the end of August - GOT to get going on that.  Plus I've been asked to quilt the donation quilt for the bee I joined last fall but haven't been able to attend due to work.  The person in charge of the bee usually quilts them, but she's been in the hospital with CDif (or however it's spelled).  She's home now but after 20 days she's very behind on her business, so I agreed to quilt it.  Since I wasn't able to contribute any time to making the quilt, I figure it gets me "even".   It's a 30's style, nicely done.  The guild has a show every other year, then a raffle on the others.  So what the bee has traditionally done is put a quilt in the show, then donate it for the raffle the following year.  This one is large (90" square) and I'm sure it will be popular.