Purging and organzing continue at my house. Today was spent going through two file cabinet drawers. One would think that wouldn't demand much time, but going through every page of paper consumed most of the day. The result is a 16" pile of papers in the green recycle bin, a basketful of shredded paper, and two empty file cabinet drawers. Rah!
Quilting-wise, I pin-basted the Riverside quilt and have started free-motion quilting. It's nice to work on something smaller than a queen-size quilt.
But, how to quilt around embroidery? This 12" block needed to be secured so I quilted along the top of the words, and around some of the major elements like the trees.
Then I quilted in the valley around the perimeter of the embroidered block. Do you use your walking foot to quilt straight lines? I used to use the walking foot but now find that quilting straight lines with the free-motion foot gives me more maneuverability.
In the pieced Flying Geese around the stitchery I quilted wavy feathers.
I love the look of feathers, and they're fun to quilt too.
For the first time, I quilted these without marking the veins or feathers!
How often do you stop to clean your machine?
My Bernina technician suggests doing so every time the bobbin empties. Even though I sew with high quality Aurifil thread, lint still builds up. I brush it out and follow that with a blast of canned air.
My finished cutie this week is Josephine Jellyfish, the January "Under the Sea" block from Willowberry Designs. I appreciate Cheryl Goss' design talent, and that she's giving away this pattern... how nice is that!?I hope your week has been productively satisfying.
An old t-shirt, cut into small pieces, works well for wiping off lint and excess oil. The last step before reassembling is to put a drop of Tri-Flow oil/lubricant on the hook race.
My Bernina fairly sighs with contentment after a fresh cleaning.