Finished and in progress...

So this last week, I've been having fun figuring out the quirks of my new to me 75 yr old Sewing machine.

Quirks such as the owner's manual taken for granted that you already know how to change the foot on the machine (I didn't, so that was an adventure). Or that sometimes, but not always!, the needle must needs be in the down position before it'll start actually sewing. Or how it likes to unthread said needle at times. Hrm.

I also learned that the length of stitch has nothing to do with the tension and everything to do with the numbers on the forward and backward lever- yeah, that wasn't in the book either. And also that the photos of the different feet in the book may not actually match what they look like in actuality. Figuring out the quilting foot was interesting.

But, it was still fun and that machine is a real workhorse.

I not only made a Tesselcats wallhanging, completely from scratch and almost entirely machine sewn, I pulled out the cat of the month embroidery blocks I'd started almost 10 years ago and never finished and subsequently finished 5 of them. I should say, finished turning 4 of them into actual blocks and finished embroidering, then turning into an actual block, the fifth one.

Tesselcats top. It's not perfect, but the husband for whom it was made, doesn't care.

And after figuring out the quilting foot and then figuring out how to change said foot on the machine- it took both of us-

The finished wallhanging, complete with a simple outline quilting.

I ended up hand sewing the binding on, after machine sewing the various pieces together. Learning the quirks of the quilting foot is going to take a couple more tries.

But these cat of the month blocks turned out beautifully-

Five down, only seven to go! }:P

This is a fun combination of both handsewing and machine sewing. The finished size isn't very large, so I'm adapting the original finishing design to add sashing between not only the blocks, but the rows of blocks as well, that'll add another 2 inches between the blocks on the sides and top/bottom. Then I'm considering piecing together a strip of the outline plaids from each block to go around the very outside to add another 2 inches around, followed by another 2 inch strip of sashing, then the binding. Over all, that should add at least 12 inches to each side, making it closer to 48 inches long by 46 inches wide, instead of 36 inches by 34 inches, roughly.

The next step is finding a nice fabric that'll compliment light and dark red and green plaids.}:P After that, I'll have a nice, handmade throw quilt.

Have I mentioned I love this machine, quirks and all? Yeah.

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