So it's been a quiet week of laying out fabric, cutting out pattern pieces and slowly working my way through the early stages of my dress pattern - stay stitching and those other weird practices that I always ignored in the past. For some reason my Bernette sewing machine has hated sewing the rayon fabric I am using... so much to my disgust, I had to resew several sections where the sewing gathered up and the tension was crappy. Luckily, my Brother Innovis was much better behaved. I did end up with this rather oddly shaped yoke section.
|Pretty sure this is supposed to lay flat.|
|Resewing has meant that it does indeed sit flat - although there are still the odd funny bits, I'm calling this a win.|
This has knocked my confidence a bit, and I'm not sure now whether I'm going to like the finished product. I have remembered why I don't like sewing with Rayon - it is just a beast to handle. At this stage, all I can do is continue and hope for the best.
In general sewing shed news, I finally decided to remove the frame from my enormous custom built work desk, and use this space as work space - instead of general junk holding space. I think this is about 3m long.
I also added a few new fat quarters to my stash... thanks The Country Yard!
And I added some new Denyse Schmidt patterns to my collection after a Black Friday sale with Hawthorne Threads. Best of all, they don't charge freight on their pattern purchases... and these are some patterns I've had on my wish list for a while.
I have struggled with getting the last border done for my Medallion quilt. Losing the fabric, and then the fusible web meant it was all just too hard. Yesterday I played with some fonts and poster printing...
And after finally tracking down the other supplies I needed, fused and laid out the letters. This is a 5 1/2" cut strip.
I think this will work :o) Bring on the blanket stitch next week, when it is hopefully not too hot!