Thursday, September 7, 2017

it's been too long

Probably very few people who read this blog anymore, but hi! It's been a while...

I've been working on a number of things, but very slowly - struggling to get anything done. I've picked up again in the last month, but July was dead, August only slightly less so, and it's only now that we've hit September that there's any movement on the quilting front.

the home-made rolling-casters version of the Flynn free-motion quilting frame for domestic machines.

One of the reasons I'm looking at a home-made quilting frame is because I can't fit a professional one into my house (just no space), and while I could afford the Flynn frame, it might be good to try making it out of recycled parts if possible. And, also, the shop where I used to hire the machine only has one worker who's qualified to use the machine, which means they can't hire it out when she's not working, and she's just gone on sabbatical.

The other reason is because I have a commission quilt that was supposed to be done by the end of August and which has missed the mark quite significantly:

#eilidhsquilt layout 4

Without the availability of a longarm, I'm kind of stuck at this point. It's too large to push-pull quilt on a domestic (at least, without wrecking myself with RSI or exacerbating current bodily issues), which is why I'm looking at a moving frame. I could send it out (and will probably have to) but this is what I have for the moment.

I also made a couple of smaller quilts from the leftover pieces - kid quilts, probably for the twin kids of some friends:



I finally started sewing together the big pieces of the Plain Jane Passacaglia. The goal is pretty much just to get it square-ish, and then either quilt it or cut it up and turn it into cushions.


Sewing, sewing, sewing...


Only a few more pieces to fit around the edges, and I've made up bags of pieces to sew on the afternoon train when it's crowded and harder to pull out the laptop to write on the way home.

Hopefully I'll have something to show in a couple of weeks!