Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Quilting!

Yesterday I had my first quilting lesson at Big City Fabrics, taught by Jean!
We looked at the pattern in the above book to see what we would need. I'm doing the rail fence quilt. I first got to choose the main fabric that had at least three colors in it (top big square). Next I chose coordinating fabrics to make the strips/squares. I got to learn how to measure and cut them all out. It was lunch time by then so we all sat and had lunch and chit chatted. Now was time to dig out my machine (Singer 7300)....tried to wind the bobbin and it didn't want to cooperate...she said it was the gears in the machine messed up and that I should put it to rest. We wound the bobbin on her machine so I could at least try to sew with mine. Wellllllll, I don't have a 1/4 in. foot, nor does my needle move to adjust it so I can sew that size seam. Now I was almost in tears....she went and got one of the Brother Innovis 40's for me to use. Wow weee it practically sews by itself! I practiced sewing straight lines for about 45 minutes. I think I'm straight line challenged! Finally started looking right instead of me looking like a drunk sewer! Could of used a drink about this time, lol! Had a fantastic time except for the machine fiasco...next lesson is Thursday where I start sewing the pieces together!

6 comments:

km said...

I don't know what kind of machine you have, but it might be worth taking it to a repair shop. I took mine in a few years back when the reverse wouldn't work. It think it cost $75, but the machine is still working great and I got it for Christmas when I was 12!

I can't wait to see the quilt coming together.

Dawn said...

I see a new machine in your future! LOL! They practically can do it all by themselves now! I'm terribly
straight line challenged myself, it's a bummer, but you can do it! Keep at it, it'll come!

Jeannine said...

I have two old Singer machines, one belonged to my Mom. I am wondering if I could remember how to thread the thing and make the tension right, etc. Good for you getting back into sewing!!

Channon said...

Look at you, jumping in with both feet! Maybe you'll inspire me to finally take a sewing class and learn how to use the machine I do have...

Marjie said...

I hate quilting, because I just don't ever get my lines perfect. Good luck with the quilt!

g-girl said...

how exciting! can't wait to see your finished quilt. :)