Sister’s Choice Quilt

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 Look who’s here and still enjoys “helping” with my block layouts.  As you can see, I’ve been working on the Sister’s Choice blocks that I kitted up before I moved.  This is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s website, Quiltville.  It’s been slow going on this project since I’m trying to figure out how to plug in my sewing machine and iron at the same time.

There’s just no way to do it with the iron that I have.

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I have only one big plug spot and two large plugs.  I’ve been sewing like an assembly line.  Sew 6 of the 9-patch blocks together, then iron.  Then do the next step and then iron.  And so on… It works but just seems to take forever.  I’m on the lookout for a small travel -sized iron that runs on 220 voltage so I could possibly plug it into one of the other outlets in the room.

I have 24 blocks made so far which is half of what I need.  The pattern  doesn’t really give an amount for how many blocks to use but I estimate 48 will give me a full sized quilt.  I’m hoping to use this quilt on my bed here.  The pattern from the website just has the blocks set right next to each other but someone posted a picture of their Sister’s Choice quilt with black sashing in between the star blocks and I thought it was really striking.  I need to lay the black strips out with the blocks and see what that looks like.

You might have noticed that I’ve been playing around with my blog design as well.  I have no idea what I’m doing but it’s been fun top play around with.   I now have my own domain name too!  I hope you enjoy the changes!

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New Machine-Old Project

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I’ve been playing with my new sewing machine and I kind’ve like it!  I wasn’t able to bring my Pfaff sewing machine because it was just too big to mail or bring on the plane with me.  I debated forever about what to do and finally decided to get this small Janome machine.  It’s the DC 2014 and it came in the box with lots of really good packing.  It’s a lightweight, basic machine although it’s definitely made with the quilter in mind.

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It came with a quarter inch foot, although I’m not used to this kind with a stop guard on it.  It also has a walking foot for quilting.  It has a needle down option and you can drop the feed dogs.  It’s got everything that I need for piecing and I think I can do some basic straight line quilting.

So I mailed this sewing machine in the box, got the extra insurance and crossed my fingers.  It arrived in perfect condition – thank you USPS!  I got a transformer and a table and I’m back in business.

I’ve been working on adding the binding to my Charlotte’s Web quilt.  I dropped it off at the quilter when I picked up the wedding quilt and it arrived at my Mom’s house a couple days before we flew here.  I just left it in the box and took it back to the post office.

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I had them quilt it with a spiderweb pattern.  The blocks are so big that the spiderweb doesn’t fit perfectly in the web but it’s an all-over design and it still looks nice.  There’s a lot going on with all these scraps so the all-over quilting just adds to it.

I’m so glad I brought this quilt.  We need something light on our bed since it’s so hot here.

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And check it out!  Now I have an awesome place to take my quilt pictures from – the landing to the second floor.