It’s been forever since I finished something! Sometimes that’s just how it goes, though. Life and all that. 🙂 But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy sewing and serging and – gasp! – even quilting! Here’s what’s been going down in my tiny sewing studio:
More new equipment: a walking foot!
After years of lamenting and longing, I picked up this Bernina walking foot when I purchased my serger a few weeks ago. My local Bernina dealer offered a 15% discount on feet with the purchase of a new machine, so I took advantage of the opportunity. What’s another few bucks at that point, right? 🙂
Let me tell you. THIS FOOT IS AWESOME. Totally worth the investment. Honestly, I should have picked this up years ago. The foot works like a dream, completely eliminating puckers and feeding multiple (so far I’ve tried 3) layers of fabric through the machine smoothly and evenly. I’ve tried it with wovens and knits, and it works beautifully on both.
An ill-fitting Renfrew
Over the course a few nights during the week, I made some minor fitting alterations to my Renfrew pattern pieces and whipped up this new top. It was my first garment project using the new serger, hooray! The serging went fairly smoothly, considering I’m still learning how to use the machine, but the top is a total FAIL. My alterations actually made the fit worse. Not sure if this top will be wearable as anything other than a layering piece under sweaters.
I’m still debating whether to do a proper post on this top. I might wash it and wear it a few times and see what happens.
A well-fitting Moss mini muslin
My quest to sew a Moss mini skirt forges ahead. My second muslin fits like a dream! I went down a whole size from my 1st muslin, and I took a 1/2 inch wedge out of the center back waist. The piece of duct tape you see above is to hold the front opening together, since I didn’t baste in a zipper. Will probably do this all the time now. 🙂
A quilt in progress!
That’s right, folks. I’M QUILTING. I’ll give you a minute to get over the shock. 🙂
I started this quilt over 10 years ago (I know!!), and I’m on a long-term quest to get it finished. Maybe not anytime soon, but eventually. I designed and started to hand-piece the quilt top in 2004, and then it sat untouched for 8 years. When I got my sewing machine in 2012, I finished piecing the top and basted the quilt sandwich together. Then it sat in a drawer for another 2 years.
With the recent acquisition of my walking foot, it’s finally time to quilt this baby!
With a free Saturday afternoon and my shiny new walking foot in working order, I got moving. I decided to take a very simple approach here and just quilt straight lines, outlining the blocks, flowers, and birds. Nothing fancy – I just want to get it DONE. I’m not all that interesting in quilting anymore (unlike when I started this project), but I do want to finish what I started.
It turns out that machine quilting is kind of a pain in the ass. Above you can see the fruits of my labor – some crooked outlining and wobbly lines. Gah!
The curved stitching around the leaves is particularly bad. I increased the contrast in the photo above so you can see what I’m talking about (on the far right). It’s ok though; I’m not aiming for perfection here. Then again, it would be nice if my stitching improves with more practice. We’ll see!
I still love the design and colors of this quilt, even though it’s been 10 years since I made those decisions. It’s very “spring” and makes me smile. 🙂
Assuming I ever finish it, this will be my 2nd full-sized quilt. Check out the story of my first quilt here.
Maggie continues to be adorable
How’s your weekend going? Have you ever made a quilt? Have you ever sewn a knit top, tried it on, and wanted to immediately throw it out the window?