Before I get into what's been going on around here the past 2 days I want to tell you about next week. I have 2 friends visiting for the week (one from Los Angeles and one from London via Bermuda). I'm going to spend the week playing with them so I'm declaring next week on the blog Spring Break! That doesn't mean that I'm taking off. I'll be taking off from sewing and dyeing but the blog will be busy with a GIVEAWAY EVERY DAY!
Giveaway Every Day!
March 17 - 22
Tell your friends. It will be fun and there's lots of cool things to win.
This week I've finished the machine applique on all of the setting blocks for my Woodland Star quilt.
This quilt is going to be a wedding gift and I expect it to get lots of wear and machine washing. I decided to add a drop of Fray Check at the start/stop points. The Fray Check bottle often misbehaves and drops big drops where I don't want it. To avoid that I put a big drop on one of my pressing sheets and use a pin head to pick up a bit of Fray Check and put it right where I want it. After the leftover liquid dries on the pressing sheet it peels right off.
I was right that this would be the last thing I sewed on my Pfaff because I picked up the new machine Wednesday.
I got it set up last night but only had time for a little practice stitching. Maybe I can do some stitching today.
Most of yesterday was spent setting Willie back up! He came in Tuesday but I couldn't get it all in the house and set up until yesterday. It wasn't a simple matter of putting him back on the frame because I also upgraded to the Bliss drive system. That meant new rails and carriage too. It took several hours but Chris and I got it done. I loaded a quilt and started quilting but, sadly, Willie's not working. After a call to APQS it seems that I need new circuit boards.
Color me annoyed. I'm not really mad, just annoyed and disappointed. That's worse.
I really believe that they did test everything. The problem is that now I have to be the one to spend who-knows-how-long replacing these boards and it all could have been done last month. Also, when they do this at the shop they modify the machine cover to make it easy to adjust the needle up/down setting. My machine won't have that mod so I'll have to take both covers off any time I need to do that. That will be a gigantic pain.
Oh well. What can I do but just wait for UPS to arrive Saturday (I'll believe it when I see it) and look forward to my friends arriving Sunday!