Summer summer
oh my I think I have lived closed to the Mediterranean Sea
instead of the Piteå river
have had high temps nearly three weeks…
over 25 C and since last week over 30 C
and this is very unusual up here in the north…
Today it changed…cloudier and with thunder and lightning rolling in…
 
So in this heat wave I have quilted…
and it have been a tough job…
no air conditions here and up in my sewing room temps have been HIGH!!!
But on the good note…it was good…
because I would probably have sat too long and my shoulders and neck would have been dead!
 
Ok quilting
 
I have had big time problems with free motion quilting the last years…
First on my PFAFF 2042… It went ok in the beginning ..
but with age something must have happened to that lovely machine…
So I did buy a Janome Horizon…and it all went well again with the free motion quilting…
but then I got sick and didn't sew…and for some reason I just couldn't sew on my Janome…
It was in my head…
 
So what did I do…I sold my Janome last year…
and now I bought myself a new machine…
this time a PFAFF 4.2
since I have always loved that brand…
And I have been getting back to my sewing again…and like it! :)
 
Not to say I have been without problems with the machine…
Of course I have had…my luck…sigh…so it have been two times to the doctor already…
 
First time…well it couldn't be quilted on…
you know skipped stitches and thread breakage …
and problem with the threadcutter…so I got depressed…almost tore my hair off…
Got it back…and well was it fixed …or was it fixed…
not the threadcutter…it was even worse than before….so I sent it back to service again…
 
And see..oh yes it was the thread cutter engine that was not working as it should…
so now it's new and working and adjustments have been made to the hight of the needle…
 
And there was some other problems that I discovered when getting my machine back
…and phoned to the service place and got the worst ever answers…
totally lack of interest from their side…but I called my dealer…
and he is the best…so now hopefully it is all solved …and we all are happy!! ;)
 
So back to quilting…
 
This it what I have decided…
This year I will keep records on all my settings for my machine
and try to learn my machine and decided that I will master free hand quilting…I won't quit !!!!!
 
So this will be an all PFAFF thing…there aren't so much written about this on the internet…
but I have found Karin at The Quilt Yarn
and she is a PFAFF 4.2 owner and quilts beautifully…
and she have incouraged me to quilt again…
I love my machine…and of course it can be quilted on… :)
 
You who follow me on Instagram knows I have been appliqueing by hand
this spring and summer on a quilt started on 2008.. Oh my… Shame here…
 
But I have always loved to either do embroidery or other things with my hands…
but when I got sick..my hands wouldn't allow me to do this…
So I put that out of my mind…but this spring I gave it a go…
and YES yes… I can again…do you think I'm happy or what!
So a new world have opened up to me again!!
 
All of a sudden all nine blocks were done…and in no time I thought…it was quick…
I have loved my mornings with hand appliqueing … :)
 
So to keep up the pace …I decided to get this quilt finished…
And machine quilted… Oh my…what a goal I just sat…but I had no fear!
Hand quilting was never a solution…that my hands will never manage!
 
Hmmmm… This became a long post…
Think we take the machine quilting in another one… Sorry!!! :)
 
So hope you enjoyed the sneak peeks of the blocks instead… ;)
 
So see you…
 
Oh… On another note…. Just two weeks until BIRMINGHAM ….:) :) :)
 

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Couldn’t resist putting these little wonderful blocks together…
so much fun I have had!!
Now it’s only to think of how to quilt it
First thought is always …oh….This is such a special quilt…
I will hand quilt it…but when thinking some more…
I think it will be just as special if I machine quilt it…
And one more thing…my hands will love that…
Then it’s the next question…What pattern????
Swirls, meander, teardrops, feather…more modern…
Like I am the expert…lol…guess it will be something I can master…
So I guess I’m adding this one to my to be quilted projects…
waiting for inspiration to struck and an idea to pop up!!
Yesterday I realised…
It’s one month until I go to BIRMINGHAM and The Festival of Quilts
Whooppiiieeee!!
So much fun to look forward to…
Travelling with best friends Marica, Karin and Lilian
and to meet my best friend Shirley for the first time!!
And to look at quilts…maybe do some shopping…lol…
And to stay at a hotel and just have a good time!!
Do I have to say I LONG!! :)
See you !!!
( maybe in Birmingham… :)

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Have caught up on my blocks for the
 
So sad it's over..it have been a fantastic little Quilt Along
with fun themes every week…
But…I will have the pleasure to sew them together
so it ain't over just yet!! :)
 
Week 9
 
Vintage block
And this couldn't have been more appropriate for me right now…
since I'm doing the Modern Medallion in vintage sheets
so scraps I had… ;)
 
Modern block
and well here I could have used more graphic prints…
but I had these solids in my scrap bin…
and more modern than solids…
there isn't …
 
Week 10
 
This time we were to chose our own theme
and lots of possibilities have run through my head…
but when looking to my pile of finished blocks…
there were two blocks that I deselected because of …
well one I know I had misunderstood…
and one was the first block I had to make…
and that one I took away because I thought it had too much colour…
 
So I have taken back my two blocks…I
think they shall stay with their friends…
it's meant to be like that…
no one should be left aside…
they belong to my team!!
 
So here they are my two deselected blocks…
 
See you!!
 

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