How I wish it was summer and warm again…
But it's just to face the fact that leaves are falling and winter is coming …
SIGH!
 
This summer offered cold and windy weather, mixed with splashes of rain…
So most of the warm summer days was spent outside…
and for me it included secret sewing…
 
Bought myself a nice PINK little box to organise my applique stuff…
 
I have been annoyed with myself always losing needles, scissors and thimbles…
so with this one..I do hope it's going to be better..
 
My secret sewing was a pattern by April Rosenthal
The Dahlia pattern…
I did sew this one on machine and it was not hard
but not the easiest either…but FUN… :)
I think it turned out just wonderful…
 
Had fun again..trying to fussy cut some pieces…
making new holes in my fabric.. 😉
When finished… I needed to decide on quilting…
always such a BIG decision for me…
don't know why it always makes me want to put quilts away!
But this little one needed circular quilting…
and I just love how it turned out…
and it just got finished in time for my trip to Birmingham this year
and to be gifted to my lovely friend Shirley Sherratt ….
 
Was to take a photo of the quilt in Birmingham…
but my memory slipped as always!!
See you soon… :)
 
 

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I have made tutorials… but not tried to make them into patterns...so I am a bit nervous!!!

And the good news… its free for you to download… Woot woot!! 😉

An idea came to me during a walk with my dog Molly

resulted in a quick and Modern Christmas wallhanging

oh it’s so great when creativity struck you!!

I hope you will like it as much as I do…

I was in need of some new wallhangings.. with a more modern look

and a colour change

so here you go…

Modern Christmas Tree

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Its made in mostly solids except for the baubles and the foot that have prints

I used a light to medium grey as background and made a white tree with pastel colored baubles…

(for those who remembers… I bought a white tree last year…

and I so love the light it gave.. and hopefully will give this year too… 😉 )

and I like a little bit of fun

so this tree is even on one side and a bit more playful on the other half..

Who has a perfect tree??

Well I don’t!!

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think it adds playfulness to the tree… :)

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and of course when I am about to quilt.. I just need to test out something new

so I quilted rows of stars… like a star garland

ohhh.. they are definitely not perfect… I call them playful as well … 😉

Learn while doing that’s my motto!

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Added a white and light blue striped binding …loved the result of that!!

Perfect frame to the quilt!

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Ikea fabric for backing also a perfect match…

Happy to have a new quilt for the holidays!!!

So if you want to make an easy little quilt for Christmas…

you can either download it here.. or go to my pattern page at the top or

click the modern christmas tree picture in my sidebar…

Happy Holidays to you!!

And oh.. if you decide to make it…

please share.. I have added info on that in the pattern!!

See you!!

Quilt settings for Modern Christmas Tree

Thread Tension 4.0

Aurifil 40 wt color 2021

Same thread in bobbin

Bernina Quilting needle 90/14

Spring loaded open toe foot (setting dynamic foot)

Supreme Slider

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Now I have tackled my first quilt project on this machine my PFAFF 4.2
And as promised in my last post…I will document both problems and when going ok…
 
Will keep this as a record to myself for trouble shooting…
and maybe it can help someone out there too…
 
So first things up…
 
Always clean out your machine!! Essential!!
 
Make some test quilting on a mini quilt sandwich so you get the moves in
and to see if there is some adjustments to be made…
 
A new quilting needle!!
This time I used Schmetz quilting needle size 90/14 ( didn't have any 80/12)
 
Straight stitch needle plate… Yes…
 
Supreme Slider...yes…think it's a wonderful tool…
just have the small one…love to have the large one!!
 
Set the machine to dynamic foot
( but I'm using the open toe spring loaded foot…
Tip from Karin at the quilt yarn…thanks for that one!
 
Stitch length0
 
My machine starts on 5.2 with thread tension…and after test sewing…
I went down to 4.8…and this seemed to be a little high a bit in on quilting so I adjusted to 4.6
 
For this quilt I chose Gutermann cotton thread…colour 828…
just because I can't find any other thread here where I live…
Tried to have a thinner thread in bobbin…
but got better stitches when using the same in bobbin so I went with that!
 
And to my JOY...:)
this went beautifully all along…
Had two or three thread breaks…and this I don't blame on thread or tension..
It was just me!! :)
 
Quilted a lovely peony like flower all over the appliqued quilt…
And I like the result…
So happy that I decided to give free hand quilting one more go…
I am determined to defeat my fear of this…
So more will come…
For that I'm sure..
 
So happy quilting people!!


 
Settings Joy of Life Quilt

Thread tension: 4.6
Dynamic foot
Stitch length: 0
Straight stitch needle plate
Supreme slider
Schmetz 90/14 quilt needle green
Gutermann cotton thread col 828
Same thread in bobbin
 

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