Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Still Cleaning! UGH!

Greg and I are still cleaning like maniacs - closets, drawers, under the sink, etc. There have been countless trips to Goodwill and countless bags of things thrown away. You know what happens when you clean out closets, drawers, and other places? It seems like the rest of your house gets messy. There is the odd thing here and there that needs to be dealt with. Even Jacob has gotten in the mood and is digging out cleaning his room! THAT is cause for celebration people!

So I still have not been doing any sewing or stitching and very little knitting. I did get this in the last couple of weeks though to help with my 1/4" seams (the ones that are 1/4"+). It's a Bernina #57 foot with the guide. I hope this helps as I've heard good things about it . I hope to get to try it out on Friday or Saturday.
I also had a chance earlier this month to work on my free motion quilting. This is a shell like pattern. It's doesn't look so bad in a thread that blends.
It's not so pretty in a contrasting color.
Here's another attempt in doing the swirls. A very small improvement.
When I tried the swirls before, I didn't post the contrasting tread photo. Here is the most recent one. I have such difficulty in getting the rounded shapes round. More practice needed!
Lesson Learned: Sometimes it's good to try and blend in!

Some progress on my plain vanilla sock. This is the only crafty thing I've been working on and not much of that has been going on. I do like the stitch definition this yarn has and I'm glad I elected to go with a plain sock.
I did get a chance today to start organizing my sewing room. I asked Greg to hold off on hanging shelves and putting together the 2 wall cabinets until I get a chance to work in the room and make sure the layout works. I think it's going to be fine but I want to be sure. In order to do that though, I have to get everything put away. I spent several hours doing that today and hope to make some more progress tomorrow and Friday. I've been looking for a stitching and knitting chair but so far have not found anything that really works.

Tomorrow, I'm taking a quick trip to Gainesville to see a friend from high school. Guess what her hobbies are? Yep, knitting, stitching and quilting! Years ago, out of all the places in the US our parents bought a second home within miles of each other (they don't know each other). It's been like that with us since 1978 when we met in Mr. Vance's Civics class. There have been times when we've drifted out of each other lives but we always seem to know when the other needs us and we always seem to pick up where we left off. I'm excited to spend some time with her tomorrow!

Several of you offered up help on changing my blog to a 3 column blog! Thank you! I have not had time to play with it but I will this weekend!

Happy Stitches!

22 comments:

Suzanne said...

I have that foot for my Bernina and it's the only thing that helps me sew in a straight line. I love your free motion quilting, but I agree, it is better to just blend in. I hope to give quilting a go this year, I may need a little encouragement.

Simone de Klerk said...

Well, Jackie, you defnitely got into the mood of cleaning up!
Your free motion quilting is gettin along fine. I agree, I don't really like the contrast of red on white.
Have a very good time with you friend! How very special that is (O:
De beste wensen voor jou en je familie in 2010! xo

Brigitte said...

Cleaning and decluttering the house, it's hard work but gives you a great feeling once you finish. I don't love the work but I love the feeling afterwards, lol.
I have never tried free motion quilting. Blending in looks better to me.
I hope you have a great time with your friend today.

Sherry said...

ooo i sure hope to get in the mood this weekend to do a lot of cleaning too! happy new year!

Vicki said...

I have been cleaing too, but the closets will wait till spring. We have a extra garbage service then to haul away the extra junk. I should be like you and just jump in but I would rather be sewing, knitting and stitching.

I love the shell pattern in your quilting. I have been doing only stippling with my quilts because I have been afraid to try anything else. I may need to branch out.

Happy New Year!!

Beth said...

It might not be all you, Jackie, but also the thread! My quilting has been quite smooth and then I quilted my Halloween quilt in black -- it was a lot less smooth! I wondered what I had done wrong when I stumbled across a post about dark threads not giving a smooth machine quilting. Maybe something about the amount of dye?? Could be the same with red.

Linda said...

I was once at the place you are with your machine quilting. I don't say that to brag, but to encourage you to keep practicing. It's pretty incredible to watch oneself improve, and get to a place where you can confidently say, "I'm a free-motion machine quilter, and I do it on a Bernina." It's a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Keep up the good work!

Margaret said...

You are being so good about the cleaning out! Boy do I need to do that! So what kind of sewing machine do you have? I love that you're working on free motion quilting -- I'm just soooo impressed! I love the shell and swirly patterns! As for your high school friend, that is just so great to have a friend like that. And the fact that you share the same crafts too -- how neat is that?! Have fun seeing your friend -- and Happy New Year!

julia said...

You are doing great with the free motion stitching in my book!! I know I couldn't do that well. Your sock looks amazing to me. My stitches would be all different sizes, etc....
I am going to get my tree down today and if it isn't too cold in my basement storage area, I plan to organize, throw away, etc.... You have me in the mood.

Jeannine said...

And you say *I'm* insane. I'll stick with the story that I'm running a home for wayward dustbunnies. The quilting is gorgeous! I'm going to be coming to you for lessons!

peggy said...

Happy New Years Eve Jackie....
Good luck with that free motion quilting. I'm horrible at it!!! Keep practicing with it because in the end it does pay off.
I have that Bernina foot and have used it for YEARS. I love it.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Peggy

Mylene said...

Have a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2010!

Siobhan said...

Isn't it amazing how messy your house gets while cleaning?! At least, if you're cleaning properly. My husband's idea of cleaning is dumping things in drawers & shoving them closed. LOL Love the knitting and the quilting. Good luck with the new foot, too. Enjoy the time with your friend!

Angela said...

Wishing you a wonderful New Year's!

QuiltSue said...

Cleaning? Yukk. I thought this was a holiday time?

Your quilting photos show how much progress you've been making. Brilliant.

Susan said...

You are doing great, Jackie! I think the hardest part about free motion is getting past the fear of trying something different. Keep up the good work!

Carol said...

I have a piecing foot for my Viking and for Christmas DH gave me a walking foot and a open toe foot for free motion quilting. I have quilted anything yet. Wanted to work on it this week but hard to do with grandbaby around. I'm still in the piecing stage but I am looking forward to trying them out. Your quilting is coming along great!

Linda said...

You will love that 57 foot. I had used my 37 and when I got the 57 I could really zip along.

Your free motion quilting is great. I need to sit down and do some practice too.

Happy New Year!

taylorsoutback said...

Hi Jackie - the #57 foot is so valuable - you will love it! Do you play around with your needle placement too...? In addition to using the #57, I also move my needle one click to the right of center. It gives me an exact 1/4" everytime and my blocks turn out where they need to be. I'm with you on the machine quilting and keep reminding myself what Diane Gaudynski says - practice, practice...but I have considered forming a support group for frustrated machine quilters!!:o)
Love your gorgeous red yarn - beautiful color and knitting stitch. Thanks for visiting and I agree - lets all give each other encouragement!!!
Happy New Year to you!

Loris said...

I love the pictures of the quilting. So beautiful!

yarnjourney said...

Your free motion stitching looks great to me. I love the red yarn too. Congrats on cleaning and organizing. Happy New year!

Debbie said...

Happy New Year Jackie, I've enjoyed reading your recent posts. You have certainly been busy and very productive! Look forward to catching up with you more in the New Year.