Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Quilting On My New Joy Frame and My Very Last Christmas Gift

Okay so now that my quilting frame is all set up.  I put my quilt on and gave it a go.  Here are some pictures,

So far, there are no loops in the back and it is no longer shaking as the machine goes over the rails.  I am happy...finally!  Now to improve my quilting stitches.

On another note, I finished my last gifts for the Christmas Club through the Year which was hosted by Allie from Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life.  Go on over to see what everyone else did.  There are some great tutorials that were posted throughout the year.  I managed to actually do a few.  I love sachets, but I have been having difficulty finding decent filling, except for lavender.  So what to do...well I had a whole bunch of perfumes that I thought might help me out.  The first thing I had to do was to take the tops off the perfume bottles.  I have to admit that it is a bit tricky, but with pliers and some perseverance, I managed to get it done without hurting myself.  Then I filled a small tub (the kind you get from take out) with rice and added the perfume to cover the rice.  You need to see a bit of liquid on top of the rice. Leave it out for about two weeks so that the rice absorbs all the liquid and is completely dry.  I would on occasion mix it with wooden chopsticks. 

Then I cut out shapes (birds, hearts, stars, whatever) and filled them with the rice.  Here is a picture of two that I made for myself.  I have made a lot more, but they are Christmas presents and I would like to keep them a surprise.  I embellished the ones I am giving as gifts.  For instance for the bird, I blanket stitched wool wings on both sides of the bird and added button and beads for the eyes.  For the heart, I added a collection of buttons, beads, and some lace.  The best thing about this is that you can be as creative or as simple as you like and use up your scraps at the same time.

Thank you so Much Allie for hosting!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lucky Me!

What a great surprise!  I follow and entered a giveaway hosted by Sherri at A Quilting Life.  Drum roll please...I won her giveaway and received this wonderful package of fat quarters sent to me by Jackie at Quilt Works.  Thank you for this great surprise.  I can't wait to use them.

Friday, December 16, 2011

New License Plate Cover

At the beginning of the month we had our annual Christmas party at the firehouse.  We exchanged presents and I ended up with a license plate cover and a fat quarter bundle.  I was excited!  When I came home and showed my husband, I was a bit surprised...he got up off the couch and went and put it on my car right away.  I chuckled, I think this is so cute and accurate.

I whited out the plate number...is this not too funny?

He is a bit concerned about the looks he will get when he is driving my car.

Thank you so much Cheryl, I love it.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Joy Quilt Frame Problem/Fix

I have not been able to quilt on my New Joy Gold frame because I have been a bit frustrated with it skipping stitches when the sewing machine got to a certain spot.  After a lot of researching, I realized that the frame could not support my sewing machine (Janome 1600P) at the center point between the center and side legs.  This was not a problem with the smaller quilt frame, but I purchased the larger (wider) frame.  So what to do?  I read all the comments and convos on the Google site and found one person who had her husband support the frame better...so I asked my husband to help me.  First I called the support group and spoke with Tom to see if I could buy 4 additional legs and leg supports (the metal bar that goes between the front and back legs).  Luckily, they had some in some in stock, so I ordered them.  My husband had to drill holes into the frame to install the legs.  Then we leveled the frame with shims.  Of course, my husband did not like this solution because he did not think they would stay in place, so he surfed the web to find these 1"square tube insert and hex.  He bought them on the International Components website for under $4 each.  What these inserts allow you to do, is to raise or lower each leg individually.  So we replaced all of the original inserts (that came with the frame) with these new inserts and then leveled the frame.  I have to say that this frame is really secure now.  I can't wait to try quilting on it.  I know this was such a long post, but I wanted to provide this information to anyone else out there who might have this problem.  I know how frustrating it was for me.  I cannot tell you how frustrated...and you don't want to know.

The insert on the left is the original ones that came with the frame.  The one on the right are the ones we purchased.
This is what my frame looks like now:

So now my husband is trying to find a solution to this mess:

He wants to tidy up these wires and perhaps put them on a platform with wheels underneath.