Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Audio Books and More

The story line in the above was good and the reader was OK...sounds like a heavy smoker and he makes women sound like drag queens.
This books was finished yesterday and for some reason there is a problem with the library system server authentication today and I can't download another book....I wonder if it's due to our wonderful weather. Guess I'll have to quilt to music today.

Light listening, but good to quilt by...reader was OK....would try another of authors books.

Here are some of the readers that I have found really enjoyable: Annie Fields, Hillary Huber and Bernadette Dunne. I will work my way through books that they have read...if they are available in MP3 (iPhone) format...unfortunately, there are more books available in the WMA (laptop/PC) format.

My birthday blaze.....once again iPhone not the best.

Beautiful Snow Before The Ugly Ice

I sent this picture to my son this morning in a text on my iPhone, so it really doesn't do the scene justice. It was -10 in Wisconsin this morning...I'll take the snow anytime.
Most of the snow is gone now (midnight) and we will hopefully be on the light side of the ice storm that is suppose to hit some time Wednesday (today).
While the snow was coming down, I was in my quilt shop working a crib quilt for my daughter's first baby due in May. The shower date is being changed and I have six weeks less time than I thought I had.
This is Sweetie's shop (taken from back porch) and we both love door that he finally added...the roll up door got a lot more difficult after he insulated it.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Project From Sweetie's Shop

Fresh from Sweetie's shop...we had been using a dresser that had been Sweetie's as a single guy and I was only able to lay claim to two small drawers. Just enough to hold my undies.

Yes, I'm showing the cyberworld my underwear drawer...this was my must have in the top drawer design...I love it. Plus I have two drawers to spare.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Experimenting With Threads And Tension On My New Juki

Aaahhh, more of the lovely dusty pink fabric....

The top row in the above picture was done with 40# cotton on top and in the bobbin (both pictures are of the backside of each practice sandwich) and produced a nice meaty stitch. It was quilt shop quality thread, but it sure is linty....I think it's called Star something or other. The upper thread tension was at 2 (I think) and I had to adjust the bobbin screw a quarter turn to the right (at 3 o'clock).

After finishing the top row I realized I was out of bobbin thread and decided to try using a pre-wound bobbin of Bottom Line from Superior Thread. For sure the top tension was at 2 and I turned the bobbin screw to 11 o'clock...I am happy with the stitch.

Also, the Bottom Line (poly) wasn't affected by the hot iron when removing the Miracle Powder used with the Full Line Stencils.

The above picture (again the backside) was done with Bottom Line on top and in the bobbin. I sewed the first row with the same settings as the cotton/Bottom Line row and the top side looked really good. But on the back...not so much. The tread wasn't laying on the fabric, but there wasn't much stitch definition.
I experimented with the upper tension without much improvement, so I thought just for the heck of it, I would wrap the thread one more time in the upper tensioner like you would with works. I'm happy with the stitching.
I used thread color 623 (silver) in Bottom Line which their website says almost disappears or takes on the color of the fabric and it really does!!!