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?
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