Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I Understand

For the first time in my quilting life I can understand the need for more than one sewing machine. I always thought it would be nice, if I had the room or the money for a second machine, but never really thought it could be a necessity. Now I wish I had the room to have two machines set up all the time. That way I could leave out the flannels, continue playing in those scraps, and not have to switch out the needle and the tension settings all the time. I could begin making blocks for DarlingGrandDaughter's quilt without getting the two projects all mixed up. It would also be helpful to have a place where I could sit and do the hand work I like to do from time to time. Right now I have to juggle all my projects and the stuff that goes with them in pretty much one space. This is going to require some thought on my part, to see whether I can come up with at least a partial solution. I only have a couple of months before the Bead Journal Project starts up again. I don't want one type of creativity to suffer because of another.

And speaking of the flannel scraps, I made this little dog using some of them.

He will probably be another drop for The Toy Society, maybe for their Christmas Drop. He's a pancake dog so he has only two legs. DH suggested I figure out a way to give him all four legs.

That's been in the back of my mind and I'd like to follow through before I put the flannels away. I want to shorten the muzzle on the pattern a bit too.

I finally found a piece of yardage in my stash that I like for binding on the Lincoln Logs quilt.

It's a paisley from RJR Fabrics. I don't even remember when or where I acquired it. I was thrilled to discover that there was enough to make it all the way around the quilt though!

Before I apply the binding to the quilt sandwich I'll have to get the little scraps out of the way, one way or another. Flannel picks up everything and this is one big quilt. :- )


  1. Here's wishing you a burst of creative thinkin-juice for your space issues ... I rather like the "pancake" dog idea!

  2. Boy, I understand about that 2 machine thing. I'm having some of the same issues, just not right now. It gets to be a real pain to keep switching the thread and needle when I just want to sew a little on another project. I guess I have a short attention span - uh, I KNOW I do!

    Your little pancake dog is so cute! I think 2 legs are perfectly acceptable. Kids won't care!

  3. Soooo, are you going to have a second machine, or are you just dreaming? Sounds like a good 'santa surprise' to me *VBS*. Maybe with some planning or stacking it could be made to fit. Not sure I've ever seen all of you sewing room..I'd go for it tho, given all the sewing you do!
    Love the new project. I think he looks perfect the way he is...now about a striped cat to go with the plaid dog?? BIG hugs, Finn

  4. Old singers ( 40s-70s models) make great second machines. I see them regularly in the thrift stores, and usually all they need is a cleaning and some minor adjustment. They're just indestructible. Now the space to keep multiple machines up is another thing. I've got multiple machines (cough, five, cough) but if I kept more than one out at a time, I'd have to put it on my cutting/design table.

    Your pancake dog is adorable, and the binding fabric for your quilt is perfect. Isn't it nice when you find just the right fabric in your stash?

  5. Until you get your second machine what about using large trays to hold all the pieces of a project. Even if it takes two for a project, they can be stacked and set aside while you work on another. That doesn't help the thread and settings but it might get things out from underfoot. As far as the doggie goes just trace him from the feet up to about 1/2 of his body and then cut that on the fold. That would be the inside legs and underbody for him. It might take some tweaking and I cheat and get a pattern but that's basically it. Try googling a pattern and see how they do it if you find one. He's a cute dog and the tiny kids love them even with just two legs. Adults and older kids are the ones where the imagination starts being replaced with only what's "real" and then four legs are necessary.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Your little dog is so cute. Thanks for visiting my blog - PiecefulDays.SquareSpace.com and commenting. I've been going to the QBTR guild for a couple months, met Noni at a Goldbar retreat which I had been invited to by Ronnie, whom I met at a Lake Cavanaugh retreat which I had been invited to by Yvonne who is my quilting buddy. Whew! I do get around! I'll pop back to visit from time to time. Take care!


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