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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7 Thoughts on “Summer and quilting…

  1. Perseverence wins the day. No shame in revisiting an old project. The time was right to finish it. Enjoying the glimpses but still waiting for the full reveal. Timely reminder that we are two weeks away. Better get a move on. Looking forward to meeting you there.x

  2. This looks lovely…can’t wait to see the finished project. Also think your idea of keeping a record of your settings is a great way to get more familiar with how the machine performs. Keep going…you will get there!

  3. Oh so pretty — as always Stina! I’m sorry you’ve been having problems with your machine, but, of course, I’m thinking it’s because a Scandinavian girl is trying to sew on a German machine. You should be sewing on a Viking LOL!!!

  4. Louise on 28 July, 2014 at 16:44 said:

    It’s not an old project, it is a mature one! It has been waiting patiently for you! Var sak har sin tid! Only two weeks left….lucky you!

  5. Ann on 28 July, 2014 at 17:30 said:

    love your blocks I have some of the very same fabrics, love the colors. I looked at pfaffs before I bought my bernina, it had great stitches but didn’t go fast enough for me. and my b is not as fast as my old elna.
    good luck

  6. Så spännande att du tar dig tid att testa din nya maskin ordentligt :-) Tack för länken till Karin det har gjort att jag läst alla inlägg och lärt mig något nytt om Pfaffen som jag inte visst om 😉 Synd att jag inte kan använda mig av den där foten som hon nämner om :-( En sådan har jag letat länge efter för jag gillar den formen bättre än de som finns nu.. Har du hunnit prova på den nya med lilla runda hålet eller? Kram och snart är vi på väg :-)

  7. Catherine Silling on 30 July, 2014 at 07:51 said:

    It has been hot here, too, in New Mexico, but what can I expect, this is the high desert. elevation of my city is 5280 ft. or a mile high! Temps up to 38.8 C which is 102 F. ugh HOT. luckily I do have air conditioner to help out!
    Stina I finally finished my triangle quilt I did with no pattern. my first time doing that–NO Pattern! I posted it on SewCanShe facebook page last week, or you can look at my facebook page: Catherine Joan Silling
    bye for now! take care and don’t Melt in the heat!

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