Ta da! Did you guess right?
There was more drama as I finished piecing the top. My faithful friend - my seam ripper - helped me out of a few "accidents", without judgement. My other faithful friend - Bella, our dog - caused a real accident. See?
Fortunately, neither the dog nor the machine were hurt. Bella is a Newfoundland. She caught the cord with her leg, and luckily the machine didn't fall on her. It emphasized the need to find a permanent spot to set up my sewing. The dining table won't work for what's clearly more than a passing interest (as in, I'm loving quilting!!).
The machine? It's built like a tank... all metal and nothing broke.
Here's a couple more shots. I worked on it last night.
It's been a good test of my sewing skills. There are a few points that got chopped off and it's about a 1/4" bigger than it's supposed to be. But none of that bothers this perfectionist.
Here's a full shot. The top is done!! I love to run my hands over it and feel all those seams.
Oh yeah, I'm hooked!
I've selected the next pattern and purchased fabric. It's 51" x 51", so I'm moving up in size, but it does seem a bit small for a lap quilt. I've been doing the math on increasing it to 51" x 59 1/2" or 59 1/2" x 68". (If you have advice on the best size, let me know.) I need to get more fabric if I increase the size, and because the fabric line was released nearly a year ago it's getting tougher locating it, but I think I found a source today.
(I also purchased a beautiful, cross stitch sampler, linen and silk thread. I'll share that soon.)
Of course the little top isn't a quilt until it's quilted. I'm going to give hand quilting a whirl. Wish me luck and I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for everyone's encouragement and words of wisdom!!!! You're the best!
As promised, here's a couple neat winter shots.
The snow on the railing slid off, but it was solid enough that it stayed this way all day! Pretty wild!
Winter is quiet. The snow muffles and absorbs all noise.
Winter is clear. The air and sky are so clear this time of year.
Winter is white. That's obvious.
But winter is also blue. The whole world turns beautiful shades of blue at dawn and dusk. I took this shot early one morning. It really was that color.
Enjoy your weather wherever you live! And may your hands stay busy and happy.