Any Way You Slice It

February 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm 7 comments

Here I am again working on another Denyse Schmidt quilt. I started cutting strips last night thinking that I’d be making a wall hanging for my lovely sewing corner which has an empty wall that’s calling out to be adorned with something handmade. But, as soon as I put these four blocks together, I knew I’d be starting another quilt that will live on the couch. Unfortunately, I was too late to join in on Project Improv but looking at what people are creating and designing is so inspirational that I felt compelled to do more of this type of work. These blocks are fast and fun, the way I like it. I’m not piecing in the way that the book shows, which is to use templates (very un-Denyse-like if you ask me…) I’m just putting strips together as fast as I can, without thinking about the layout of the strips too much and then putting my 9 1/2 inch square ruler on top at a 45 degree angle and then trimming with a rotary cutter.   Oh! And all my fabrics are from my stash, which is one promise I made to myself – More Quilting From the In-House Fabric Depot. I hope this quilt goes faster than my Swell quilt from my last post.  Speaking of fast,  AmandaJean (aka Crazy Mom) blogs about her Juki TL-98Q and how fast and great it is. Now, this amazing quilter makes beautiful quilts at a rate that is mind-boggling and enviable. But, I asked myself, “Can a different machine really be that different?”

Man, oh man.

The family and I packed up and drove a good while to go look, visit and pet one. Before I could even sit down at this little beauty, my seven year-old squeezed in, stepped on the pedal and away she went. The owner was beaming at her. So, on her first go at stippling, she was going at def-con speed, and making a beautiful pattern, and the tension was good and handled her quick movements. It was then that I understood. This machine is strong like bull, has perfect tensioning, has a large throat, can be used with a quilting frame, and it doesn’t cost anywhere near the other long and mid-arm quilting machines. It has a serious motor that you can literally feel as you stitch away. It is a no-frills kind of machine which I think is why it is so good at what it does. When I have saved my pennies, I will have no hesitation in buying this machine.

Wanna know what brings up needing a quilting machine? I had to bring my Swell quilt to the local quilters becase pushing a large throw-size quilt just about killed me. The machine will pay for itself…

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  • 1. Viv  |  February 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I wonder how much Juki’s are over here. I’m after a stitch regulator for my machine, but have to upgrade to a newer one :-( I’m a Bernina girl :-)

  • 2. littlebluecottage  |  February 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Viv!

    I have a Bernina too that I call Bernadette. I really love it too, but the quilting part of making a quilt, has become very difficult. The Juki has a large throat, giving you a larger area for your quilt to go.

    Maybe you’re going to have to come visit us over here and go shop hopping and bring home one of these beauties.

  • 3. rachel  |  February 18, 2009 at 5:48 am

    cute block tina!!!
    and it’s all from your stash…go you!!!

    so you fell in love with a juki huh???
    i will have to test drive one of these beast. :D

  • 4. amandajean  |  February 18, 2009 at 8:06 am

    i’m glad that you got to try out a juki. they are wonderful, aren’t they? i love your block. good for you for using the stash! that’s something i need to get better at doing. i’ve been doing some serious stash building. oy.

  • 5. Amy @ parkcitygirl  |  February 18, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Love your scrappy squares! An able machine makes all the difference :)

  • 6. littlebluecottage  |  February 18, 2009 at 10:49 am

    RAchel, if you can try one…do it! You’ll be amazed.

    Amandajean, thank you for directing me towards this machine. I get it now!

    Amy, thanks!

  • 7. Alissa  |  February 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Oh you are so making me covet a new sewing machine! Love the quilt block!

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