I spent the day yesterday sewing with friends, so when I got home I was anxious to try to fix the tension spring on my quilting machine. The next step to fixing the spring was to unscrew that little screw on the left so that the two pieces could come apart. The spring is in the back half of the tension knob.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I talked to someone at APQS in Carroll yesterday about getting this tension knob out. They had told me to take out the screw "around the corner and to the right", and I did, but couldn't get it out. I was afraid to mess with it too much, I didn't want to break anything, so I left it until I could call them.
I have to take out the old spring and put in this new one. I don't have time to do it this morning, but will give it a try when I get home later.
Monday, July 29, 2013
I tried to replace my tension spring on my quilting machine yesterday but I couldn't get the tension unit out of the machine. They told me what to unscrew, but I must've forgotten something. I am going to call them later and see if they can walk me through it again. They sent me directions on putting the spring in the unit, but because my machine is an old model they didn't have pictures showing how to take the unit out of the machine. They are very helpful, so hopefully I can get it figured out.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Pictures are loading just fine this morning. Here is some more show and tell from my group meeting the other night. Cindy made this cute hexie quilt!
Saturday, July 27, 2013
I have been part of the same sewing group for many years. We meet every other month. Sometimes we actually sew, but we always eat and chat. Back in 2011, we decided to do a round robin. We each made a block and passed it on. The next person could do whatever they wanted...we didn't have any rules. This post shows four of them after we each did some final work on our own after we got them back. Jo asked Cindy to quilt hers, being creative with her free motion quilting skills. Cindy loved the chance to practice some pebbles as well as other fun techniques.
I haven't done any sewing since Tuesday, but I got the tension spring to fix the longarm in the mail the other day. I'm trying to decide if I should try to fix it before I go outside. I really want to get it fixed but the beautiful weather outside is calling my name. And if I fix it, I will have to test it and I could end up messing around with it all morning, so I guess I've made my decision! Outside I go! Happy Saturday!
Friday, July 26, 2013
A friend gave Dianne some log cabin blocks that were given to her to finish by another friend. The quilter had originally given them away because she grew tired of the project and didn't want to finish it. She didn't want it back, just wanted the quilt finished after she had done so much work. The bundle included the pattern, strips and a lot of finished and unfinished blocks. We guesstimate that it was started in the early 90s because of the fabric choices. Her seams were impeccable and everything pressed well! So Dianne set to work choosing a layout. After we counted the the blocks and organized them by types and colors, we determined that there were still blocks that hadn't been made, and blocks that weren't completely finished. She decided to finish some of the blocks that were started and go from there. She got this much sewn together on Tuesday. She still has some pink blocks that need one more strip so she is going to finish those next for a top and bottom border.
It would be fun to know who the original quilter was, but there is no name on the bundle, and the original giftee didn't really know the lady, just worked at a shop where she shopped. So I guess it will remain a mystery.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Diana is almost finished with her Wonky Stars quilt. She is adding a piano key border, with stars in the corners.
I started scraping the trim on the outside of the house yesterday. I got one side scraped as far as I can reach on a 6 ft. ladder. I started priming some of it later in the day. The weather has cooled off a bit here and it was really pretty nice to be outside. Today I am going to finish priming the rest of what I scraped yesterday, so not sure if I will get any sewing done. I am also going to my stitching group tonight... I have a little surprise challenge for them. Happy Thursday!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Kerstin's end of the month giveaway last month. She lives in Germany, so it had to travel a long way to get to me. First off, there was a new quilty book to read. Kerstin's read this series and recommends it, so I am excited to start reading it. There were also two happy pieces of fabric...hmmm...what to do with them?
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I loaded my daughter's quilt top this morning. I decided on teal variegated thread for this quilt and am using the panto I have been using for the last few quilts. I really like it.
I worked on the the letter quilt yesterday and have the letters made into words and partial rows now. I hope to finish it today at Tuesday Sewing.