Well, life has certainly been busy. Field trips at school, with 9 more days of the summer program. Biking for the PanMass Challenge. Hanging out with family and friends. It’s summertime, and the living is easy!
I did make a sewing field trip, however; I took the Red Line MBTA from near my home to the south shore to visit a fellow quilter and to see her operate her new long-arm quilter. I do not believe that I have met J. before, but our daughters have been friends since college, and we comment on each other’s blogs. Her blog is http://quiltify.com/. I suggest you read it!
We had fun, but both of us forgot to take photographs! She demonstrated for me her free-motion quilting and also how to use pantographs. I tried both and found myself pretty clumsy…..but it was my first time.
Anyhow, we had fun and although I am not going to buy a long-arm quilter, it was fascinating to me to see one in action. I just sure wish we had taken photographs.
On another note, I am having a problem with something. I am making letter pillows for wedding gifts this summer, and I admit it: I am using kits. I am doing this because I really want to work on my 1/4 inch seams. Often I sew seams and don’t check the size of them, and then when I am piecing my seams do not match. So I decided to use pre-cut fabrics, to make sure the problem was not in my cutting (I am impatient with cutting, I admit). So this is what I started with:
So they are pretty much the same size and shape.
And then I sew AND measure each 1/4 inch seam:
So I am being very careful and measuring almost every seam.
But then this happens:
As you can see, the seams do not match. It could be that they muslin piece is too short, but I have other mistakes as well.
This is driving me crazy. The squares on the right side of this photo are mismatched also….and I have been VERY VERY careful…..
What is gong on here? Any ideas?