Some of you are aware that I have not had much luck with accuracy on my 17 year old Kenmore sewing machine. So much so that I was ready to go out and spend big bucks on a new machine designed for quilting. Well... one day I went to a (not so) LQS to sit and play with a few machines to see if new might be the answer. Long story short... even the new ones need some sort of adjusting and getting used to... "practice, practice"... that's what the shop owner said... so, a light bulb went on in my head! Maybe if I made a stronger effort to "practice, practice" on my Kenmore... maybe my piecing would improve (and my purse would stay full)... *grin*... so, I cut me some squares of scrap fabric and practice, practice (and adjust guides) I did! Here is my first "official" pieced quilt on my "old" Kenmore with "new" attitude! lol!
Primitive Gatherings had offered a kit on their website to go along with a free pattern Lisa offered during a Moda blog hop (last year). This uses pre-cut squares of PG's Old Glory Gatherings fabric line. Love it! The fabric is quality stuff and the dyed woolens that came with the kit are gorgeous! Just the right amount of mottling. I think my seams are lining up pretty good too! So... "practice, practice" some more, I'll do... with my old Kenmore! :-)
Another loverly stitch is from Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives! A little while back Nan had offered a kit on her blog for this Civil War Needlebook. I could not email her fast enough to make sure I was able to get a kit sent to me! lol! This really was a relaxing and enjoyable stitch... once you get the main part of it down... finishing up the stitches can be done while enjoying some sunshine and fresh air in the yard... no counting to lose track of... and, Nan included the best rusted pins and a beautiful piece of antique ribbon to accent the inside! Love it! Thanks so much, Nan! :-)
I hope Spring has made it to your area... and that everyone stays safe from the wicked storms in the midwest. It seems each season has it's good and bad. I'm still sneezing and sniffling from allergies (durn pollen)... but, I'll take that over shoveling snow any time!
Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!