Following along on the On Ringo Lake Mystery or as I call it ORL, this week we are combining our browns and turquoise. I have named this half block the chocolate gem block as turquoise is a gem and my favorite color paired with decadent chocolate browns.
I sewed some chocolate gems Friday when I got home from work. Yesterday I went to Dallas for some Christmas shopping. What I noticed, traffic was light, but lines were long. It looked like the masses were carpooling for Christmas shopping.
Last week, building my diamond blocks, I did not find completion. So I am still sewing on clue number three.
Here I am with my scrappiness ready for some binge ironing. Notice the one block. Yes my ironing board has this turquoise fabric in the cover. I ran out of the aluminized fabric and this is a simple strip on its rear end.
As a quilter, each week I also have oopses or blooper blocks. How about you?
One of these is just sewn wrong. One is actually cut wrong. I have plenty of fabric. I learn from it and go on.
Pressed and ready for the shoe box, which by the way is almost completely full. My son is getting a pair of boots for Christmas so I am going to commandeer the box.
I had to add to my variety so I searched through my scraps and have a few more browns to add to this block. I am not sure how old some of these fabrics are. I acquired them earlier this year and am glad I did. I keep pulling from this lot for ORL.
I am thinking they just don’t design fabric like they used to. The quality of the prints are sew much more calico.
And introducing my sew steady table! I bought this on Black Friday as it was bargain priced. I am currently using it for piecing, but I really purchased it for free motion quilting. I do have a quilt, all pin basted ready to go, but I am focusing on these chocolate gems.
Sadly my dual machine is acting up. The touch screen will not work after the machine is on for a long period of time. I can only assume there is a cooling fan that is not working as it works just fine when just turning on. I am holding off purchasing new feed dogs for this machine. So why did my feed dogs wear out? Well, this machine is 20 years old now and yes I run over pins which contributes to wearing of the feed dogs, but the main reason why they have worn out is my 1/4 inch piecing foot is made with a black metal edge that is always cheese grating on one side of my feed dogs. I cannot use the credit card short cut for 1/4 inch pieces as it would cover my drop in bobbin plate and my feed dogs themselves are too wide. If anyone has a suggestion to get past this issue, I certainly welcome your comments. I am probably going to start using this machine for FMQ only and will be on the look out for a featherweight. Anyone willing to part with a featherweight….we should talk.
I am linking up with the Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt On Ringo Lake. I highly recommend looking at everyone’s progress. I find it mesmerizing looking at all the different color combinations and fabrics pulled for this mystery. It is not too late to join!
I will be working most of this next week so I am uncertain if I will have a post before Christmas. So if I don’t make another blog post, have a splendid holiday. Enjoy food, family, and friends! Merry Christmas!