The quilt dogs say no photographs until this quilt is DONE!! It is very much a WIP and has been a WIP for a while but it's next on my hit-list to finish.
I kicked the quilt dogs off just for you as I promised Miss Jane I'd do a review for her of a new product (this is NOT a sponsored post). She included a lovely surprise when I opened my last package from Miss Jane at WantItNeedItQuilt. (This was the 'no more fabric shopping until Salt Lake City so I'll binge now' spree). Jane had included this lil gadget and asked me to review it.
The Superior thread holder (on the right) is a LOT more complex. It came with instructions but Melody ate them. (Seriously. AGAIN. Apparently sewing instructions are tasty and eating them is good revenge on me for putting the delicious Aloe Vera tissue box out of her reach. I promise I feed her!)
That metal arm swings up and you thread the cotton (or in this case, polyfilament thread) through it then through the metal eye. Aren't I clever choosing to demonstrate with invisible thread? I was going to go back and do it with something really visible, but Nina revolted.
One thing I definitely like over my new one is that it comes with a 'spool adaptor' which you can see at the bottom of this picture, so the spool doesn't rock'n'roll (or clunk) as you sew. Two thumbs up there.
The little metal swing out arm is a great idea, but it's a bit loose on mine. It dips down a bit if you breath on it - oh ok, I'm exaggerating - if you poke it. If I were/had a handyman, there's possibly a way to tighten it up so it doesn't threaten to drop. I think after a few uses it might droop. I was also a bit dubious that the thread would get stuck in the metal loop - especially something as fine as monofilament thread - but it didn't seem to. (There was a method to my madness in choosing to test it with monofil).
I managed to outline 6 fairies before Nina had a hissy fit and started clunking. Another trip to visit the sewing machine doctor. But the good news is, that as I was working, I rediscovered my love of the fairies. They are so beautifully and delicately drawn. However thanks to temperamental machines, this is to remain a WIP for a little while yet. Sigh.
Isn't she pretty? And isn't that fuzzy bumblebee cute? I love the clover fairy. They all take me back to being a little girl in England and discovering things in the garden with my grandma. I'm not sure if she bought the flower fairy books for my mum or for herself to be honest!
The other thing Miss Jane threw in was a charm pack of Moda's Lately Arrived from London.
So if you'd like to win this lovely charm pack:
1) Leave me a comment with a PUN or a really bad quilting joke in it. Something that will make me go to PIECES. ;)
2) For a second entry, twitter this giveaway with @quokkaquilts included.
3) For a third, pop over to WantItNeedItQuilt and tell me what you'd mug Miss Jane for.
Mr Random will choose a winner.
To finish quilting:
Baby Safari (close! hand quilting!)
Terrain Stepping Stones
Washi fabric quilt
JayCyn Gone Fishin' quilt
Breast Cancer quilt
Diamond paper piecing
And probably half a dozen others I've forgotten about...