I'm still working on getting all the "stuff" from our trip put away. Here are a few patterns that I bought at various quilt shops along the way. This "June Bugs" pattern is so cute and the dragonfly caught my eye because my GD in OR loves them.
I got this little "Cash and Carry" purse pattern at Quilters Destination in Arlington Heights, IL where Beth works. I made one of them for my sister while at her house, but didn't take a picture of it.
This pattern caught my eye at a quilt shop we visited in South Dakota (I think). The larger dress is a kitchen towel that you can hang on the oven handle and the smaller dress is a vintage style clothespin bag.
While on the trip I blogged about making blocks for the "Gone to Texas" quilt and I managed to get some of them put together. I haven't ironed them after unpacking, but you can get some idea of what it will look like. Lots of different fabrics in this!
This fabric was a garage sale purchase - 4 yards of this fabric from Africa cost me $1.00! I thought maybe I could use it for a backing someday. We'll see. It's kind of wild!
I was anxious to finish quilting my basket quilt, but when I started working on it yesterday I was having problems with my sewing machine. The stitches kept skipping when I went over a seam. I cleaned it, changed the needle twice and it still skipped. I was fit to be tied.
I went to Leah Day's blog to see if I could find out what kind of sewing machine she uses. She has a video of her explaining about her new Janome. It looks wonderful and I think I would like to get one some day, however, what do I do right now? As she was explaining, she said that she never lowers the feed dogs because the tension is better when they are not lowered. So, this morning I set up my machine to quilt and left my feed dogs up. I also used one of those Sew Slip sheets that is supposed to make it easier to move your quilt around (I usually don't use it because I didn't think it made much difference), and what do you know, it worked. No more skipped stitches!!! I am so relieved! So, now I know what I will be doing for the next few days.
Thanks for visiting! Happy September! I love fall.