Thursday, January 29, 2015

Finally the blue machine is home :)

There is a huge whoop I wanna share... but there is a back story to it.  Please read along if you like :)

October 27, 2014 we sold this Singer Featherweight on eBay and shipped it the next day to the lucky winning bidder...
Unfortunately it was our first casualty during shipping and got tossed hard along it's path and ended up completely damaged.  UPS was our shipper... and the store we used was a UPS franchise here local to us.  So November 4 the customer received the then damaged machine and notified us... we then contacted UPS.  The next day our customer took the machine to UPS Claims department.  All bubbling right along right??

Wrong.. UPS denied the claim initially and said we hadn't packed it properly.. however we knew it to be packed well when it left our care so we asked them to appeal it... that took 2 weeks to get started by our franchise store... no one else is allowed to handle the situation when you use UPS franchise except the franchise... CRAZY!!!!

So we refund our client after a few days as we can see this isn't gonna be a fast resolution... They paid $729.00 for this beauty and it's accessories after shipping was included.  Our customer left us glowing feedback on eBay and found a painted machine local I believe...

As for us???

We just got resolution yesterday completely (YES.. THAT IS 3 MONTHS LATER) ... and now that machine above sits in our Sewing Room
as it's final resting place as it was too damaged to work anymore but will make for good memories, lessons learned as well!

Besides having a little story telling here to remember why I won't use a local franchise UPS for shipping in the future and to warn you as well how they actually work since I have had to learn the last 3 months... with the resolution yesterday I also posted on google and yelp my dissatisfaction so others new to town as we were won't choose that option if they can help it ... or at least have the facts.

Have you ever left comments on places like that about products you buy or regret buying???

I find the online comments entertaining at times but overall helpful.  So I have also left feedback on some of the doctors and other services we use that are available for commenting on... to help future shoppers.

I have been quite busy on the handquilting front too and should be close to a finish on the Vintage Stars Wall Hanging I feel like I have been working on for quite a while... it has always been my in-between project for some reason! lol

 Here you can see in my hoop this area I just finished...

I have heard concern from many of you that you feel pounce powder wipes off easily... I apply liberally and firmly over the stencil and still have noted lines left after quilting and rubbing against it... so I don't agree ... I do feel HOW you apply it really matters.

I live in a humid environment so it works well for me here also ... better than the blue pens as they disappear in a day or less usually ... so in using pounce a lot I have a better idea of how to mark with it... Hope this extra explanation helps anyone wanting to try it!

Happy Stitches!  And dont forget to...



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Midweek Musings ;)

As I plod along on this wallhanging... I try to stop and enjoy the texture the quilting is creating... here is a good shot of that in close up view...
Here is a pic of my current location "in the hoop" view...
And once I got that part finished you can see some of the texture in this freshly marked view...
This corner only looks distorted in the photo! lol  It is actually straight :)

I really love how effortless it is to mark using a stencil with the pounce powder!  Loving this project again now! haha :D

HERE is a link to the video on Youtube that shows how to properly use a Pounce Pad.  They come in white, pink, and blue chalk powder.  You need an applicator for each color chalk then can buy refills if you need to.. I haven't had to and my white is getting a bit low.. I don't have the blue yet.

And to make the middle of my week even more exciting...


New fabrics to show off!!!!
12 new fabrics here... Thanks goes to my quilty cyber friend Kathy Porter.. she sent me all this fabric to make room for fabric she liked and would use more of!  WHAT!!! Yeah :)  Check out her blog HERE & see her tiny hand quilted stitches in a gorgeous log cabin quilt!  Anyway, as they say.. one man's trash is anothers treasure... this is MY TREASURE TROVE here :)  Very pleased with this transaction!

Here are some close ups...
 It is folded (over a yard) and organized on boards (1 yard or less)
For storage in my fabric chest.

This fabric will breed many quilts in years to come... I am blessed to be the recipient of this... my honey agrees too!  Honestly he is bowled over by the top quality fabrics!

Next is some fabric I have been collecting for my granddaughter that is due to make her appearance the end of May!  Here are the beginnings of Kaydence's quilt to be....
Here are the fabrics laid out on my ironing board I use for piecing... did you see that finished project??
 Here is my vintage iron I use for piecing and my new ironing board made from a thick piece of plywood... covered with a towel then covered with decorator grade fabric that is all cotton :)

I got the idea from a Missouri Star Quilt Company vid... and I love this one.. I used a fluffy towel that had found bleach somewhere and discolored it... folded it over the board and sewed the sides.. slipped in the board after trimming and turning the towel (messy process by the way!).  Then I measured and sewed the sides of the fabric.. I made french feld seams so no strings will appear over time as I am hard on my ironing board!  My old one is faded and flat in comparison!!

What you will see me quilting next...

I am making a banner for my honey from an piece I had embroidered for him with the Singer logo and leftovers from the valance.. plus some other fabric to bring our design to life.

Here is my design process... I started on the notepad ... then moved that design to graph paper... but I keep my original "idea" paper because it is where I doodle quilting designs during the piecing process :)
The banner itself will be ready to show off once I have it to a showable state ! lol

So what are you up to during this last week of January... can you believe February is coming soon?!!

Linking this post up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts HERE!

Hope you have a wonderful and productive rest of your week.. and when you have a minute don't forget to ...



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Slow Stitching Weekend :)

My normal quilting interests and time devoted to actual quilting has been low the last couple weeks since I got sick.. even though I am now fully recovered it was only this weekend that my mojo for being quilty came back... yes I finished the valance.. but I just wasn't as stoked about that awesome finish as I should been.  But I am back now  and OVER Halfway around the outer border of this wall hanging!!!!
I have a stencil for the clamshell border... each clam shell is about 2" on this stencil and it marks very easily with white chalk called Pounce Powder and the Pounce applicator.  Have you used this before??  You do NOT pounce it actually you swipe it to apply the powder from the applicator... using a very firm hand to press as you swipe.

There is a great Youtube video Leah Day does for this product and how I learned to use it properly. :)

I have lots of things going on in the background as I hand quilt... I am making a special banner for my honey and a baby quilt for my first grandbaby to come in May!  So follow along so you don't miss anything!

Linking this awesome Slow Stitching progress to Kathy's Quilts HERE

Have a blessed Sunday :)  I am glad to be back to Relaxin' & Enjoyin'


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Valance is Complete!

Sunday I shared my progress on sewing down the binding on this valance... well it was tricky .. but watching and reading the links I posted HERE really did help me do a GREAT job on the valance binding.
Once the binding was all on I added a hanging sleeve about 2" down from the top edge as this is a valance and I wanted some headway there and I wanted and fullness added by the rod to be close to the design in the top.  I used THIS video by Bonnie Browning with AQS to make my sleeve...
Finally it was ready to wash... and i had some graphite and blue water pen marks I had not removed so I first gave it a nice rinse to make sure all markings were gone.. then washed with regular soap and warm water.. then dried it on high for maximum shrinkage as we are going for the old wrinkled look...

Once washed and dried my honey promptly put it on the rod and held it up in place and it was magical for that moment!  Now I want to share my new valance for under $40 using only batting scraps from my stash... all else was purchased new from Wanda at Old South Fabrics... an online Moda fabric shop I LOVE!  Check here out HERE if you are looking for fast shipping... great service and great prices!
Tadah!  What do you think??  Doesn't it just twinkle up there over the window with the treadle base table below it and great Featherweights all around it???

Here is a view of that side of the room from a broader perspective...
Between the shelves and the Quilt artwork will be a banner I will be making next.... so excuse the blank spot as we are still a work in progress :)

So for the record... here is the valance....

It measures now about 57" long (was 62" before washing) and hangs about 19".  I used Aurifil thread for this.. 50 wt for piecing.. 28 wt for the machine and hand quilting I did on this cute valance!

I used Moda fabrics exclusively as well... I did add 3 charms from my stash so it stayed a true charmer ;)  This valance features Moda's Sunnyside Charms by Kate Spain and Bella Solid Grey (I bought 3 yards and have 1/2 yard left over that I will use on the banner!  Yippee!!)

I am very happy with this valance & my binding... I used a double binding cut cross grain as specified in my blog post noted above.  There are no pulls or distortions in any of the binding that I noted after washing and drying was done.

If I did this project over I would not change a thing... except I wouldn't get a sore tooth in the midst of it! ha !!!

For all the machine and hand stitches in this finish I am linking to Freemotion on the River HERE :)
and to
Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's bee Social HERE :)
and to
Kelly with Needle and Thread Thursday HERE :)

Thanks for following along and until my next post...