Friday, July 15, 2016

The July Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Plus Sewing Machine Adventures

Somehow, I don't know how, I guess I blinked and missed it, but somehow it's the 15th of July! Which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

Last month I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my start here. And here's my progress for the month:


I've finished the donkey! Yay! Now I've just got the elephant. I'm stitching this with the recommended GAST floss on 28 count Bone Jobelan.


Since I finished off the latest Little Sheep Virtue of the SAL last week, I decided to take a break from the sheep and take a crack at the sewing machine that's been sitting around collecting dust. Literally all I had done since we brought it home was take it out of the box and put it on my desk. This week I told myself to stop being such a chicken and try it. Note: I have never in my life used a sewing machine. I've only ever hand sewn things.

I very quickly became very familiar with the trouble shooting section of the instruction manual. Everything I could have done wrong, I did. I wasted half an hour of my life undoing the mess I made when the bobbin winder went haywire and started winding the thread underneath the bobbin. That was fun. And then the fabric got stuck and I had to take everything apart to rescue it.

Anyway! After much trial and error I finally figured out how to sew a straight line (HUGE accomplishment at this point). A couple days of straight lines and I decided I was ready to try actually making something. So here it is:


It's the start of a log cabin mini-quilt. I've always wanted to make one, but I had to achieve that super difficult goal of sewing in a straight line.


I'm using a jelly roll of Moda's Joyeux Noel for this, which is awesome because it's the right width, I just have to worry about cutting the lengths correctly. And I seem to have fudged that up - they keep sticking out the bottom like that last piece in the picture. Maybe my seams are too small? Whatever, as long as it all holds together and looks nice. That's all I require of it!

Wish me luck,

16 comments:

Vickie said...

Love your little patriotic stitch Sarah.
Good for you with the sewing machine. I am sorry you don't have someone there to walk you through it all. Maybe online? Did you cut the pieces accurately, do you think? If you did, then the problem would be using exact 1/4" seams in all places. This will help everything line up nicely.

CalamityJr said...

Kudos to you for trying something new and doing so well! If that one side being longer is your only problem, this quilt will be finished - and beautiful - in no time.

Christine said...

Lovely stitching and sewing!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Great job on the first half of party tarts.

Linda said...

Congrats on the cute finish Sarah. Your quilt looks great.

Linda

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. Love the patriotic horse, an animal much used by the native Americans and the European settlers too. But the elephant? LOL Maybe Hannibal made it to the US after he crossed the Alps!

Well done on persevering with the sewing machine, good luck with the quilt. I love the colours you've chosen.

Brigitte said...

Greatvstitching, Sarah. And congratulations on mastering the sewing machine. You made a great first block for your Blockhouse mini quilt.

Emma Louise said...

Lovely stitching and I look forward to watching that log cabin quilt grow

Justine said...

I'm so impressed with your mini quilt start! I've never attempted anything except for small ornaments with my machine.

rosey175 said...

Love the donkey, the alternate name fits well in American politics! :B

And YAY on mastering a straight line! It's a task that's for sure. I don't know if I could ever master a quilt; wouldn't be able to focus enough to get the right sizes lol. Maybe a crazy quilt!

Elfie said...

Yet again I have enjoyed reading your GG post. Your quilting fabric is so pretty - I will be watching for progress pics. Quilting and knitting are the two crafts I would like to learn, if I had the time or energy to take up a new hobby (but I don't!).

Wendy said...

Well done on getting the machine out! I would always piece a log cabin with the puieces slightly too long, it means you don't have to be so accurate with matching fabrics and you just trim the bottom bit off. Srams should be 1/4 inch for patchwork, you can measure the seam to see if it is.

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching and lovely start on the mini quilt ;)
For info, you can purchase magnetic guide to help you sew straight.
I got mine from Amazon and it does the trick!

Penny said...

Nice finish! My inability to sew a straight line was one of the reasons I gave up on quilt making, although I'm sure I'll give it another go someday. I'll look forward to seeing how you progress. : )

Rita E in AZ said...

Your log cabin fabric is beautiful, Sarah. (I still have struggles when sewing a straight line)
I can't believe it's been 7 months since your baby came home.

Heather said...

Good luck it looks great! I suck at sewing straight lines either by hand or machine lol