Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pooch Progress

Here is my progress on the black lab quilt. I've already started free-motion quilting and have all of the lab quilted except for the head. That's next. Then I'll do the background.

I had a bad day yesterday in the studio. I had errands to run earlier in the day, so in the afternoon I finally found some time to work on the quilt. Well it didn't go well. I had just started quilting and had about two or three inches of stitches down when I ran out of bobbin thread. Sigh! A fact of sewing life.

So I got my thread all routed and ready to wind some bobbins. I decided to wind four of them right away as I like having extra black bobbins on hand. I finished winding the bobbins and got set up to stitch again, and went at it! Woo hoo, I'm a stitching away like a quilting fool. A little while later, something catches the corner of my eye over there on the right. Hmmmmmm, what was that? I paused and leaned over and lo and behold my black thread from winding bobbins is winding around my hand crank on the sewing machine. ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is all the thread that wound around it.

Here is the cone of thread and the hand crank of my machine. I had left my thread end up on top of the machine after winding bobbins and at some point it slipped over the side of the machine and started winding around the hand crank as I was free-motion quilting. What a mess!

And then shortly after that mess was over, I got to quilting again. Not much longer and SNAP! My needle broke. My top thread caught up on something and wouldn't feed as I was stitching away, unbeknownst to me. Triple Sigh! All in all, it wasn't a good sewing day. I was wondering where I had placed that "Start Over" button. I really would have liked to push it.

On a happier note, fellow Twelve by Twelve member, Terry, recently shared a fun site on her blog and I went and tried it out too. A drawing tool that adds funky web-like lines to your drawing. You will find it here:

Here is a quick little kitty I created with the drawing site.