Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Day Sewing With Big Brother

Well, its been a year since my last "Snow Day Sewing' posts and we've already had two large snow and ice events this year. Its not a good sign when you look out the window at 4:00 A.M. and the snow and highway are shiny! We now have freezing drizzle falling on top of the snow that fell yesterday.

I love to be snowed in, as long as I don't have to go anywhere, but its hard for those who need to be going about the business of life. Imagine those who need to be going to the doctor, hospital, bury loved ones, or to work at jobs, such as nurses, doctors, firemen, and rescue personnel.

This was the perfect opportunity to put my new Brother sewing machine into service. I had to learn to use it, even had to learn how to thread it and wind the bobbin. Its simple to use, but oh so different that my old Singer. I have much more to learn so that I can use the machine to its full potential, but so far it sews like a dream!

I started out with a simple project... this coaster to go on the table beside my spot in the family room:



Then I cut off and hemmed a pair of warm winter casual pants for my mother:



Next, I experimented with some of the decorative stitches:



Then I checked my 2011 sewing project list and decided to tackle the oldest
unfinished project, the wedding gift quilt. I worked on it and made quite a bit of progress. The pattern is simple, but the process is not. The outer edges of the quilt are supposed to be darker than the center. Its a challenge to me to lay out the squares for each row, alternating the colors and getting the right shades in the right places. I wasn't too successful in a couple of places so far, but decided to leave it. I haven't made a perfect quilt yet, and don't expect this one will be either.




I am looking forward to finishing this quilt top so I can try out Big Brother's free motion quilting abilities.

I will need to purchase the fabrics to be used for the borders, unless by some miracle there are suitable ones in my stash. I would love to be able to quilt the quilt this weekend, but that may be too much to accomplish in the time available.

What do you like to do when you are housebound, whether its because of the weather or some other reason?

8 comments:

Granny said...

Love the decorative stitches your Big Brother does. You're going to have a lot of fun with those.

I enjoy sewing or crocheting when I'm stuck inside.

Here On Crow Creek said...

Hey Debbie! I love your quilt! We are snowed in here also and my hubby had to go out to work. I hope everyone is safe. I cant wait to see the quilt all finished and your mom's pants look sooo soft! I made a sweater pillow yesterday Im to ashamed to blog about it. It looks more like a sweater rock.lol

Rhonda said...

Neat projects! Your quilt looks nice - I like the colors and patterns. When I'm inside, I enjoy quilt or sewing projects, reading, cooking, or rearranging things.

Pen Pen said...

Go Big Brother! I love those fancy stitches.... were they easy to do??? And thank you for remembering the nurses who had to venture out in the ice last night... whew... what a night! :o)

Denise said...

I love to sew or sit and read when we get snowed in. Love the colors of the "Wedding Quilt" you are working, can't wait to see the progress. You sure are getting a lot of snow this year, there is a "Northeaster" coming for tomorrow we are expected to get more than 10 inches with this one.

Ms. L said...

Snow, snow, and more snow...:) We are expecting 12-18 inches here. My dear sweet dh does not get snow days and has to be at work.

When it's snowy, I love to cook, bake, or just putter in the house. If one is home-bound one might as well make the most of it!

Florrie said...

Such fun being snowed in and having time to play and discover the capabilities of your lovely new sewing machine.
florrie x

Deanna said...

I envy your sewing time, but not your ice. Wow! Be careful.

Practice first.... Sew once!

I worked on the monogrammed bags I am making for Christmas gifts over the weekend.  I had already been successful with one bag.  The monogra...