Sunday, 30 September 2012

Day off

On Tuesday I surprisingly got a day off. Between dropping grandson off at kindergarten around 09:30 and an evening meeting at 19:00, I had the whole day to myself. No plans at all. Whatsoever. After the first excitement settled, thinking of all the things I could have, should have, would have done, I decided not to do any of them. Instead I took at trip here

to the yarn factory outlet and bought alpaca for another sweater for daughter and knitted a small test sample for her to see the colour combination.

Feet up, telly on, in the middle of the day. Brilliant. Daughter has approved the colours, but I need to knit another sample on thinner needles to get the right gauge.

Then I spent some happy hours in my sewing room quilting the doll quilts from this post – 7 quilts, 7 different quilting patterns, all done with the walking foot.

I thought I knew how to finish them off easily, but it did not work out, so instead I dug out readymade bias tape in different colours – one colour for each quilt.

To spruce them up a bit, I decided to use one of the decorative stitches on my machine, and it worked well - for a couple of inches. Every now and then my machine would zig but not zag. I tried everything; all sizes of needles, rethreading, rewinding, recleaning, but with no luck. Finally I gave in and let the zags skip wherever they wanted.

I was almost done when I remembered one of my other machines probably would have the same stitch and it did. Why didn’t I think of taking pictures of settings years ago; it would have saved me a few trials & errors when picking up where I left off.

The last two bindings were done perfectly; zigging and zagging on all the right places.

Oh well, the dolls won’t care.


  1. Sweet, a whole day to play! I had one yesterday and it was heaven. xox

  2. Sometimes when I have a day to myself I fritter it away doing nothing. Looks like you used yours very wisely. Your daughter is very lucky to be getting another soft, warm sweater. Love the stitch detail on the bindings. I'll have to remember that. I think it really adds to the quilt.