Monday, February 2, 2009

Quilty Weekend!

It was a great quilty weekend in one respect, then on Saturday afternoon late I was quilting away and something happened, my machine started breaking needles. I was so upset, hubby worked and worked on it and now it won't pick up the bobbin thread. He will try to fix it tonight but I have a feeling he and my machine will have to make a trip to Wisconsin. :=(
I did get 3 lap quilts quilted Saturday so that wasn't too bad I guess. :D
This coming weekend my grandaughter and I will have a sewing session. She was to make a quilt with this stack of FQ's she picked out a couple of months ago and the pattern in the magazine "Square Deal" is the quilt she will make. I will cut all the strips for her so all she will have to do is sew. I am not comfortable teaching her to use the rotary cutter yet, I would like to hear from you out there how old do you think the girls should be?
Once I got the pattern decided on I was quilting on this piece, wasn't paying close enough attention when I rolled it and ended up quilting over part of the previous row! Not good, soooo I spent some time ripping the bad row out while my machine was being worked on. Do you see a pattern developing here??

I finally decided enough was enough and yesterday after church I just sat at my machine and worked on next year's Christmas Quilt. It is taking forever but that is ok. I am saving all my ends and making a gazillion half square triangles! I want to make a few mini's with these but
will still have zillions leftover.
I have got almost a full tin of them now and I don't have even have the quilt close to being halfway pieced. Sooo, I will probably have a triangle give-away when the quilt is done and
share with a few others that would like to use them in a project.


Happy Monday to one and all!

11 comments:

Sara said...

I'm sorry your sewing machine is having problems. I hate it when mine acts up. I do love the material and pattern your granddaughter picked out. How old is she? I think it depends on their maturity level as to when they could use a cutter. But I would be more inclined to let a 12-13 before a 9-10 year old.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh don't you hate that! But maybe you were meant for a break! Your granddaughter's quilt will be really fun for her to make! That is exciting. As for rotary cutting - I think it just depends on the girls (or boys) motor skills and interest.

Jan said...

Wish I could come play at your house. That Christmas Quilt looks very interesting. Hate to say this, but glad you got mine done before your quilt machine decided to take a "break". Hope it is nothing serious. GD quilt project looks like a lot of fun. Wish my GD was interested...but boys are more important right now than sewing.

scraphappy said...

I sew with my Girl Scouts who are 8, 9 and 10. I wouldn't dream of letting them near a rotary cutter quite yet though. Especially not with 9 of them hanging around. They make ruler/cutter combos that look like big paper cutters, I think those would be safer for sure. I also know that some people use cutting gloves, and again, that would add to the safety. One on one I'm sure ithe supervision will be a little easier.
Sorry to hear about your machine, there seems to be a lot of that going on.

Julia said...

Don't you hate it when the machine plays up!
Hope it's fixed and you can get your quilting done...

Carol said...

Oh your poor machine...your Christmas quilt is going to be wonderful...your granddaughter's quilt is going to be awesome.

Jean said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend quilting even if your machine is having problems. Hope you get them solved soon.That will be a fun day sewing with your gd. You will have to post pics of that.

Jantine said...

I have no idea how old your granddaughter is, but i have a daughter of 11 and I let her rotary cut last winter, when she was just 10, but I have to say she is a very independent and careful child!

Kathy said...

There is nothing worse than machine problems....urrgggg....I like the fabric you GD picked out. This will be a beautiful quilt.

Quilt Hollow said...

I've taught classes to very responsible 11 year olds in the past. I say it all depends on just how "alert" they are to the dangers of "what ifs." For ease of your mind perhaps get her one of those gloves that Fons & Porter use on the opposite hand of the rotary cutter? Just a thought...

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

Uhoh---sounds like my broken-machine-virus spread to you. Hopefully yours will end as positive as mine and won't require a trip to Wisconsin. Where in Wis? Southern part, I'm guessing....

That stack of fabrics...hhmmmm....yummy eye-candy! Have a fun time this weekend. As for age........can't really help you there. My oldest is 8, and NO WAY JOSE would I allow her yet! Angela (soscrappy) had an idea though, using one of those cutter/ruler one-piece dojabbies.