SPLENDID PROGRESS ON A SNOWY SUNDAY

Hello my lovelies. It’s a beautiful snowy Sunday afternoon as I write. I was in my sewing room adding binding to my latest project when I noticed that it was snowing. I shouted out to Sarah to have a look outside and she squealed with delight. I know not a lot of people like snow but we love it; especially if we don’t have any plans to go anywhere.

My last report included my progress on the hearth runner I was piecing in order to practice machine quilting on my domestic sewing machine using rulers. Well, I’m very pleased to tell you that the I have done the quilting and am about to hand finish the binding on the back of the runner.

I started by cleaning my sewing machine. I changed the needle to a size 14 Topstitch needle, switched the foot to a ruler foot and threaded the machine with 50wt Aurifil. In most jobs I prefer a nice fine thread …..

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Before I actually started to machine quilt on the actual project, I did a test run on a practice sandwich …..

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Sometime between the test run and the actual go on my hearth runner I chose to use another ruler from my Parrs Reel Ruler system which I have hardly used …..

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I start in the centre of the quilt and worked my way out. As you can see the Parrs Reel Rulers system works by inserting the ruler foot in the slot. So, I simply lined up the edge of the slot against the seam and proceeded to stitch up one side along the seam and down the other. The trick is to be able to hold the ruler down firmly against the foot while moving the quilt around while the machine stitches. I found it pretty easy to do with a straight ruler but it was a little more difficult with a curvy ruler. Having said that, I feel that with practice, it can be done. I must admit that I wouldn’t want to be machine quilting a king size quilt using this method but working on a small quilt such as my hearth runner was enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the progress. I have a sense of accomplishment after that little bit of machine quilting using rulers. There are a lot more complicated designs which I hope to try sometime in the near future perhaps on a cushion cover or a small table topper or bag. I certainly have enough rulers to produce something interesting.

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Even though I kept this trial as simple as possible, I still think it looks nice. The next step is to hand finish the binding on the back. The binding is my favourite part.

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I have a couple of UFOs that I would dearly love to finish but I have added another technique to my To-Do List. My friend Susan from Oz reminded me that we both purchased Quick Curve rulers some time ago. Well I haven’t used mine yet. I even bought a pattern that uses the special ruler. Imagine, I could probably piece a small project and do some more machine quilting using rulers on my domestic machine doing some curvy stitching. I guess I better find the ruler and the pattern so I can have a go.

It’s still snowing. In fact, the snow is lying now. I have no doubt that it’s even whiter further inland to where I live. Isn’t it amazing how from one town to the other the weather can be so different.

So, that’s my first new technique crossed off my To-Do List. I’m pleased to have added another technique, Quick Curve ruler design, to the list that I can plan for. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I hope you’re all enjoying all your challenges on this very wintry day.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching x

Lucie x