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I should stop saying never.

Really, I said I’d never quilt. In the last year, I made three quilts. THREE!!! Ok, granted, I never really “quilted” them, I mean, that’s a lot of work. And patience. And who has the time unless you are 50+ and maybe have a lot of cats? That’s an unfair statement but once my blanket is put together, I really am done with it. I like short projects that can be finished and used and not sit and me say things like “wow, only 11/12 left to quilt. Glad I decided to do this by hand.” (that’s a true conversation. I ended up ripping out my hand stitches and went with little yarn ties.)

I was going thru my stash last night and thought I’d do a simple tag blanket for our church bazaar. Instead, I found quite a bit left of my Moda fabric from the Oz collection. After I cut it up, I thought “hey, I can try my hand at triangles! who cares, right?” So off I went, measuring, cutting, drawing diagonal lines and sewing a quarter inch on each side…and I came up with…

It’s just started. That’s 36 squares and I have 36 more (I think) and then I’ll attempt to sew it together. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet. It’s cute but I don’t know if it’ll go to the bazaar or a friend or where. Oz, maybe :) We’ll see how it goes. I still need to find a border for it and backing. Again, just not sure.

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Zipper troubles.

I really wish I had taken pictures of yesterday’s sewing problems. I was FULL of sewing problems yesterday. First of all..the bobbin thread is not fully catching and creating these massive loops in what is an otherwise beautiful seam. So much so, I have to rip out a lot of stitching and resew. And these aren’t short seams.

My second issue is the zipper. I started sewing a super cute skirt with a Moda fabric. It’s black with these darling flowers on it… Anyways, I went to insert the zipper and it’s the first time I’ve used my zipper foot on my Pfaff. For whatever reason, I can’t get it to work. I must be doing something wrong, but in the Pfaff book, it doesn’t even MENTION zippers. How do you give me a zipper foot and not tell me the secret incantation to making it work? Really? What happens is (it looks like) there is not enough pressure from the foot to make a tight stitch. What I end up with is a loose, raggedy stitch. I tried adjusting the tension, where the fabric sat, where the zipper sat, the needle position. I tried everything I could think of. I even tried looking it up on Google but there was NOTHING. Pfaff’s website doesn’t even have a “how to use your stupid zipper foot” link.

But if you know what I’m doing wrong with my sewing, please, tell me. I wish I had taken pictures to post along with this, because my frustration level hit 11 yesterday. And I threw a fit. Hey, I never said I was mature.

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