Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In a Sea of Purple

I had some unexpected free time on Saturday afternoon.  It was snowing out and I spent the day doing a few chores (house cleaning - ugh!) and having some quilt fun.  I sat at my sewing machine on my brand new sewing chair (a Christmas gift) and sewed together more of those 1" squares that will the the checkerboard sashing for the Florabunda blocks.

I had taped a ruler to the machine bed to make sure that I had consistent 1/4" seams.  When your blocks are 1" finished, being a little off will show, so I'm trying to be as consistent as possible.  But, with the ruler taped to the machine, I was having a hard time getting to the bobbin case.  This wasn't a terrible hardship, just a bit of a pain.  So, I went on-line looking for accessories to my machine that I could attach to the throat plate with a screw that had an adjustable barrier to make consistent seam lines.  When I couldn't find anything suitable, I decided that my old treadle machine came with every attachment available at the time.

So, I looked in the drawer and found just what I was looking for.  I also found a "Quilt Wizard" foot that I had received as a Christmas gift a few years ago.  This foot has a little guide that gives you a consistent scant 1/4" seam.  It works wonderfully and I had forgotten all about it.  My only complaint is that I cannot engage the walking foot when using this.  I may have to perform some surgery on this foot to allow the walking foot to work, too.  But, I'm happy that the purple sections are coming together.  I may get to hand quilt this top yet!.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Girl, you got a LOT done! I can't wait to hear the results of your foot modifications. You are one fearless and resourceful lady.