Finally, the second L Block quilt from the hearts2hands virtual retreat has been quilted. I attempted some Dot to Dot quilting in the smaller squares. That was fun. Of course I had to do it the hard way. Because of the pattern I chose, the thread had to be secured with each square. But it's now a habit to secure the threads properly at the beginning and when ending the quilting. And that's always a good habit to get into.
The large centre block in this quilt was my first attempt at "real" ruler work.
Every time I tried to practice ruler work, either the thread broke, didn't make a stitch, or the foot would fall off in the middle of the seam.
I finally watched a video for installing a ruler foot from a different company. They add a washer between the screw that holds the foot in place and the foot. Why not give that a try? There are a lot of small washers left over from putting my Grace frame together (don't ask). Well that solved the problem of the foot falling off all the time.
Then I decided to try lowering the foot to the height of a dime instead of the recommended height. All issues resolved! A bit of playing around with the tension and I now have a great stitch when doing ruler work. And ruler work is as much fun as everyone told me it was! This photo shows the quilting a bit better:
This shows what the quilt really looks like:
Now for the fun find at the local dollar store:
Ever bring back brochures, resort maps post cards and the like from your vacations? Turn them into souvenir cups. The Dollar Tree had these plastic cups on sale for $1.25. Remove the lids, twist to separate the two layers of plastic, remove the paper "template", fussy cut from the maps and brochures. And this is what you get:
I know some who use their kids artwork in these cups. A fun project to give the Grandparents. Unfortunately the cups cannot go into the microwave. That's okay. We all need to drink more water anyway.
I almost forgot...we have an addition to our collection of sewing machines:
This is one of the few machines where DH and I do not agree on the probable date it was made. I'm saying late 1800's. DH says around 1910. It makes a beautiful stitch. Unfortunately the needles for this machine are no longer made. So I won't be able to play with it as much as I'd like.