For those of you that have been following my progress on my version of Rachel Meyer's quilt and wondering if I had given up, fear not, I have finally finished another block. I think this puts me at 8 of the 12 outside blocks complete. Slow going but at least it is progress. I do love this Pomegranate block with its fun little butterflies and the stylized pomegranates. I think this may be my favorite block so far.
Last weekend I travelled out of town for my son's graduation and have had several busy days since but I was able to make a few more rows for my Quilty Fun quilt. I am still enjoying this project but while sewing the rows together my machine started making funny noises. If you are like me you know exactly how your machine should sound and weird noises coming from the motor area certainly got my attention so my favorite machine is now in the shop for service. Thank goodness I have a spare machine as there is a 3 week wait!
So today I finally had a free day to be spent in my studio. The first part of the day was setting up my spare machine and fiddling with it to get my 1/4" perfectly set. Even though I have a 1/4" foot I still need to adjust the needle position in order to get the scant 1/4" that I prefer to piece with and since I rarely use this machine I am never sure where the needle should be. I tested it by piecing the border for this little wall hanging "Singing in the Rain" by Fig Tree Designs. I got the whole thing done before I realized that my seam allowance still needed some tweaking. The afternoon was spent quilting and binding and it finally hangs in a little upstairs bathroom.
I also made this little pillow from the wool appliqué block that I worked on while my SIL was visiting. It seems a bit misshapen so I must have made it a bit too small for the pillow form. Oh well, it still works and I will be more careful next time. What a relaxing day and so nice to get a few little finishes.