08 August, 2013
While I was at retreat I took Lynne's precision piecing class. I had to make a quite difficult block for Betty for July's (yes I am 8 days late) European Siblings Together bee, and it's taken me most of the day off and on. There have been interruptions due to a sick daughter with a urine infection, nurse taking blood from DH, cooking, cleaning, oh and two hours of puppy training. It's finished and will be in the post tomorrow.
I realised a few things, :- I have to spend more time being accurate with my cutting
My machine is sewing a good 1/4" now
Pressing is where some of my problems manifest itself
I'm more accurate if I sew at a snails pace
ohh and that I need to breath more when on final seams :)
I think there may be one point that isn't perfect but the rest are pretty damn close and it came to the required 18.5" without me having to stretch and press it to within a inch of it's life.
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Ohh as a side note, I'm being really tempted by a new to me longarm machine and frame, there's a Babylock Q Drive, which is like the Avante, 18" of loveliness, I could do 12.5" pantographs with it rather than the 3-4" I'm restricted to now,it has stitch regulation as well as the speed control I have now, so the stitches will be uniform size, in time perhaps I could quilt professionally (there aren't many longarmers in France) and it's half the price of a new one in the UK but at £4300 it's still a hefty investment. DH is saying buy it but I haven't got the room to have it at its 3.3M full size atm, it's alot of money (did I already say that) will it be wasted on me considering i'm a new frame quilter, it's the price of a car which I may well need in the foreseeable future and DH's contract is up for renewal in October so it's bad timing BUT I haven't seen a longarm for sale in France for years.... *sigh*
Tomorrow, I'm planning on starting my next block for ST which is 4 churn dashes, should be fun *not* and another precision piecing challenge, when all I really want to do is load up the dragon quilt from way back when and get quilting with my aurifil thread :)