It’s been a little crazy the last couple of months around my sewing room. But I’ve found my new sewing rhythm to include the Island Batik monthly challenges. It involves joining more blog hops and a quilt along with Pamela Quilts.
Most of my finishes I cannot yet share so my posts have been limited. The hops and qal are to provide content between the IB challenges.
The qal is Seashore Splendor and the blocks we have made so far. I’m using left over yardage from Tulip Mosaic.
See my oops in the boat block, lol? I like it though. If you’re looking for a laid back qal to join this may be for you and it’s not too late to join in. You can find more information on Pamela Quilts by clicking the link above.
As a rule I complete one quilt before beginning another and that hasn’t changed with the exception of the qal. In the coming months I will be sharing with you my first seasonal/holiday themed mini. I created the pattern out of necessity for the, “Be a Diamond” blog hop (not a seasonal hop) hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. My day to share is the last day, the 26th. FINISHED
May 6th I will be sharing with you my Island Batik Challenge, Make it Modern. I’ll give you hint, the quilt has flying geese. This quilt was fun to create and is the first quilt I’ve made with a black background and batting. FINISHED
May 11 I am participating in another blog hop, Christmas Rappers. The hop is to showcase the great patterns, both applique and paper pieced offered in the book, Christmas Rapping by Margaret Brewster Willingham and Nan Baker. The quilt I chose to make is Miracle at the Manger. It incorporates applique, reverse applique, paper piecing and traditional piecing. FINISHED
June’s Island Batik challenge is “Try It” and have made a pillow sham . I’m thinking about adding another small new to me technique.
July is all about Aurifil Thread…I can’t wait to share this finish with you. It is a very feminine mini.
In the middle of my July project my BL machine decided to throw an F02 code and would not do anything. The needle goes up and down intermittently on its own but does nothing when I try to sew. And I can’t make the needle stop. My July challenge was to include zigsag stitching and since the Juki is only straight stitch I pulled my Singer 500a out of retirement only to discover it did not want to sew properly either.
Because I cant justify purchasing a new machine only for zigzag stitches I turned to ebay where I purchased a used machine. It arrived yesterday. I knew as soon as the mailman set the box down this was not going to be good.
See how the corners are rounded in the photo on the left? The only words I have for the right photo is, this is where the mailman sat it down. Before I did anything else I grabbed my phone to document the opening. The flaps had not been fully taped down and I could hear the machine bouncing around when I moved the box. It was also missing the sewing table.
Who sells a sewing machine and wraps this poorly for shipping from Ut to Il? The wrapping of the machine inside the case was not much better.
I immediately sent the seller these photos. They advised me to start a return through ebay and they would issue a full refund. The machine was back at the post office within 2 hours. Additional bubble wrap was added. Typically I think the best of people until I am proven wrong. Looking at the case in the sellers photos and this case, (even if it were not broken) do not look the same. The location of the broken pieces do not fit with the “busted while shipping” theory. The rattling in the top of the machine is still a mystery. Since the seller offered a refund there was no need to investigate further.
With all that said, I am in the market for a used machine that will sit in the corner for the rare occasion I need more than a straight stitch. My heart is still fixed on a Bernina 830 Record. Perhaps closer to home.
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