A Little Maintenance

About a year ago I had my sewing machine in for service and cleaning. At that time the shop told me I had the most lint in my machine that they had ever seen. I was both proud and worried. I want my machine to last a long time so I resolved to take better care of it.

Here’s what I came across when I did a little house-cleaning myself. It makes me wonder what else is in there – in the parts I can’t get to!  I should probably schedule a professional cleaning soon.

Here's what I found when I  took off the cover plate.

Here’s what I found when I took off the cover plate.

This was what it looked like when I took the bobbin cover out.

This was what it looked like when I took the bobbin cover out.

This hunk of lint was around the bobbin case - that can't be good!

This hunk of lint was around the bobbin case – that can’t be good!

My tools.

My tools.

All better!

All better!

Finished Quilt, Design Wall, Washi Dress

Some of you know that the last three weeks brought another round of changes in my life. The year long chaplain residency ended and the 8-courses of theology to go started. There was a weekend in between.

That doesn’t mean I’ve neglected all quilting and sewing. The NWO Modern Quilt Guild met last Sunday and this week we finalized our housing arrangements for Quiltcon.com in Austin. Next up is travel. Every woman for herself on that one!

Finished Quilt

Custom order from Ashley sent out this week. She wanted a 70×70 square for her twin girls to play on. Cute idea.

Washi Dress

There’s been a lot of Washi Dress excitement – the Made by Rae pattern that has so many variations. Last week I picked this fabric from Alice. Last night I assembled my pattern pieces. Today I will pre-wash – and who knows… maybe cut some pieces out.

Design  Wall

I’ve wanted one of these for a long time. Before design wall — I used the floor. Anyone else do that? Who knew all I had to do was tack some white flannel on an empty wall.  

And it’s perfect, well I would like it to be bigger. But it’s across the doorway from my sewing room and I can step back and view my  pieces and rearrange as much as I like. I have two quilts in process that I’ve used the wall for!

So what’s new in your sewing world? Or your world in general?


Made Monday and Give Away!

I’ve been making a lot of pillows recently like these from Debbie at Esch House Quilts. I used Kona Solids in taupe and snow and chocolate and snow and love the simplicity. Easy to follow directions, too!

I’m becoming a big fan of solids and Debbie’s patterns are easy to follow!

OWLS Anyone?

I admit it. I’ve succumbed to owls and birds.

Needing a change of pace from sewing recently I selected an embroidery pattern fromLindylou’s ETSY shop.  Both Lindylou and Esch House offer PDF versions of their patterns. That’s great for people like me who want what they want when they want it!

I made an envelope style pillow opening. It’s about a 12 x 14 inch pillow and has a home-made pillow insert inside.

The hardest part for me was deciding on what fabrics to use. In the end I decided that what worked best were some gray/blue/green scraps and Kona Medium Gray solid for the reverse side.

The fabric colors really compliment the stitching. However, the colors really don’t fit my house right now (I’ll plan better next time).


Just leave me a comment about your experience with embroidery…I’ll select the winner of the owl pillow on Friday.

(Yes, I’m keeping the Kona Solids for me!!)

(and in case you’re wondering – I’m in  no way compensated for talking about Lindylou’s shop or Esch House quilts and selected and purchased patterns on my own)