On Saturday, I got the third hot pad quilted after a quick trip to the fabric store to buy more thread. Free motion quilting takes a lot of thread!
Then there was another stop in the sewing action while Dave worked on figuring out why the potted motor of my 15-91 was leaking oil. He ended up having to take the motor off and give it a complete cleaning. It turns out that the woman I bought the machine from had put way too much oil in the motor when she refurbished it. It wasn’t noticeable when I was doing small projects where the stopping and starting didn’t cause the motor to warm up. But the fast speed and continuous sewing of FMQ got that motor good and warm.
Luckily I noticed the problem and Dave was able to fix it. That’s one of the great things about these vintage Singers; they were made to last and they were made to be repaired by the home sewer or in this case by the home sewer’s husband.
After Dave got the 15-91 fixed and back into her sewing cabinet yesterday, I got the binding sewn on all three hot pads. Then the later part of the afternoon and evening was spent hand sewing the binding to the back while listening to a book on CD. And here’s the final result:
For the churn dash hot pad, I quilted in lines of loop-de-loops leaving the center of the block unquilted.
I did take a break for supper and to watch The Black Cauldron that I’d picked up on our last trip to the library. It’s not one of Disney’s best animated movies but I’ve always loved little Gurgi and his saying “Munchies and crunchies in here somewhere” has become one of those phrases that got incorporated into the family vocabulary, especially when someone is looking through the cupboards for snacks.
On the agenda for today is working on getting a couple of tutorials finished to go along with Thursday’s Christmas on a Budget Series post.
And I’ve also got a trip to the mall planned to use a $10 off $10 or more coupon that I received in the mail from JC Penny. I’m hoping to pick up a top or two in their end of summer sales.
Oh and I might… just possibly… get some placemats or mugrug quilt sandwiches made so that I can have some more fun practicing FMQing.
End of summer, Christmas only 4 months away… where has the year gone?