Tuesday, September 2, 2014

On the go...

I had a great long weekend with lots of sewing.  With being back to work, I was away for a bit of last weekend for a work thing and then spent Sunday making and canning salsa so sewing was on the back burner.  I have to say I was suffering a little sewing withdrawal.  I have also been having sewing machine woes.  I wore out the automatic thread cutter on my Janome Horizon 7700.  Seriously.  Apparently it is a first for my sewing machine shop.  I do use it a lot.  Anyway, the folks at the shop were lovely and helpful and got everything sorted away once the part came in and I am back in business for only the price of the part... no labour!  Really nice!

So what was I up to?  I worked on a few secret projects.  More on that later  and I made great progress on my scrap buster two project.  As you can see in the picture above, this is growing by leaps and bounds.  I stood on a chair to place the blocks way up high!  And I am busting a lot of scraps.  Even the white has been from scraps.  Bonus!

When I got tired of making scrap blocks, I made a bag for Mum out of some pretty thrift store home decor fabric she found somewhere.  I just have to attach the handles.  I used this tutorial.  I am not using leather handles as you can see.  Rather, I made my own with 2.5" strips folded and pressed into nice narrow handles but the same length of the recommended leather handles.  I think Mum will like it.

What are you working on?  Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for Work in Progress Wednesday and The Needle and Thread Network for Canadian bloggers.


  1. That bag looks quite nice. I think I will have to try one. Thanks for the link.

  2. I love the scrappy quilt, the thin white diagonal line through the blocks ties the whole quilt together!

  3. Love the quilt. Too bad about your sewing machine but it sounds like you have great people working at the shop.

  4. Beautiful quilt. Scrappy is my favorite.

  5. Love your scrappy quilt but a word of caution , please don't stand on a chair that is how I broke my wrist and you don't want to be unable to sew for four months . Interesting bag !