February 03, 2014

Homestead Quilt Blocks Progress

It has been slow going with the Homestead quilt blocks.  I've been preoccupied with thoughts of the sewing room remodel and I spent three days in town searching for sewing room furniture, and then Miss Ellie,' the embroidery machine decided to act up and she spent a week in "intensive care" for repairs and maintenance.  Turned out her "timing" was off, and I had raised the embroidery foot just a tad to high for her liking.   I don't know what caused the timing issue. No broken needles or mishaps with thread. I'm considering that it was due to some pre wounds that I had recently purchased that were very poorly wound.  So, I'm back to using my reliable Finishing Touch bobbin thread and winding my own bobbins.  Miss Ellie' is home and purring again thanks to my wonderful repair technician, John at Village Sewing.  In fact I don't think she has ever sounded better! So quiet and smooth.

Here are some of the blocks I've managed to squeeze into doing a ba-zillion other things,  drawing out new plans for the sewing room, meeting with the remodel contractor, finding new sewing room furniture, thinking paint, flooring and oh, yes packing out every inch of what is in the quilting room very soon.  Last Friday I actually cleaned some of the house…you wouldn't know it today, but it was quite clean for a few days…..

These blocks are soooo---Fun! Time consuming too. I've also run out of Lite Steam-A-Seam2.  The original stuff in the 9 x 12 sheets. And it's nowhere to be found online. I've been told the Warm Company was unhappy with the paper on the "original" Steam a Seam and they have not found a replacement paper as of this date for this product. You can can find the narrow rolls of 1/2 or 1/4 inch, but not the 9 x 12 size. I bought some "other stuff" thinking it would work, but I really dislike it, but I'm making do. All the grass and parts of the building in the Homestead blocks need to have fusible on them or the edges of the fabric will fray where the blanket stitch separated the various parts of the embroidery. I'm sort of at a standstill at the moment while I try to find a nice fusible to use that is light.

Edit: I've received some questions about this project. This is an Anita Goodesign embroidery quilt called "Homestead". You can find more about it at the Anita Goodesign website. Regarding thread. I am using Floriani and Isacord threads. I don't use a thread number/color chart. I pick my own colors that I think best depict the leaves, bird, quilt designs, etc. Whatever color I like. Same with the fabrics.

All the blocks I have finished so far.  Each block take between 45 mins. to an hour plus to complete.


Sue Daurio said...

Oh my those blocks are amazing. Did you design those, are they available for purchase? I adore the barn with the quilt square on it. Lovely. Glad to hear Ellie is feeling better.

Bonnie said...

Ditto what. Sue said. They really are going to look good together. Did you digitize them?

Purple Pam said...

Angie, your blocks are wonderful. I am sorry about you not being able to find your favorite fusible. That is so frustrating.

colleencl said...

Angie - I have tried something called Soft Fuse and it works well though I loved the steam a seam better. Someone told me that Sulky has a similar product. I mean to try it. Let us know if you find something.