Saturday, September 29, 2012

Amy Butler

By far, Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms collection remains the number one requested quilt. I admit that collection is beautiful. You must also check out her LarkGypsy Caravan (re-released original) and Cameo (her latest) collections!

Ooh La La

Created this beautiful quilt for a young girl. The colors are bright and the fabric is FUN.  This quilt is so large that even the last picture shows less than half of the quilt.

Need for Speed!

With all of the recent orders for larger quilts it became apparent that a faster & heavy duty sewing machine was necessary.  A few weeks ago I plugged in a professional brother sewing machine that I acquired... man does it sew FAST. While the cutting, sandwiching and clipping won't go any faster, the fact that I can now sew 3 times faster than before results in completing quilts much quicker. I will admit is did take some getting used to, it's self oiling and does take a bit more space in my sewing room but well worth it! 

Understand the machine I inherited came with no manual; the online manual wasn't much help. 

disclosure: I sewed on this very machine while attending college in Atlanta (a few years back) and I had forgotten how to do the very basic tasks: threading, adjusting tension, setting needle...

Luckily, I found a repairman within driving distance, he was able to show me how to 'properly' thread the machine and set the tension and after the 1st visit, I was up and running!!

- well... for a week or so - 

Then I broke the needle... let's say changing needles - that's tricky too. It threads side to side vs. front to back on a home sewing machine, once again my machine wasn't stitching, so back in for a 2nd visit!

Thanks to the repair tech at Maquinsal I now know how to properly thread, set tension and change needle! A heartfelt thanks to hubby for not once but twice having to lug the machine head out of it's base and into the car so I could take it in for repairs, it weighs a ton!