Hi all. Sorry no update last week, but I was in transit to visit my folks in Western Pennsylvania.
I grew up in Pittsburgh (in fact, my parents still live in the house we moved to when I was 2) and I love it there. I even went to school there (Carnegie Mellon University.)
However, I’m kind of a nervous traveler, especially when I’m not the one doing the flying myself. I brought lots of projects, but did very little on the trip itself.
I did finish both Barbara Brackman’s Suffrage blocks while I was there. The first, the Sunflower block, I cut and marked for hand-piecing. I figured it was complex enough that I would probably have opted to hand-piece it even if I wasn’t traveling.
I wasn’t happy with the center, though. Looking at it in person (instead of in this scan) the center is NOT round, but kind of a polygon.
However, I don’t hate it enough to take it apart, especially since there are soooo many seams.
Since I stayed over a Saturday, I got to piece the next block as well. I used my mother’s fabric stash and her Bernina as well.
Since I routinely switch between a Singer SewMate and a Singer Merritt, I never really thought I would have any trouble sewing on another machine, but, for some reason, I was a total klutz on the Bernina. I couldn’t get a consistent seam line (let along a scant quarter-inch!) I know I will have to watch out for the corners when I put this block into the quilt since they are not consistently 1/4″ from the edges.
And that was the extent of my quilting over the week. Mom and I did discuss the quilt she will be making for my brother (and that I will quilt on Cricket’s long-arm.)
I took pictures of several of her quilts, although I didn’t dig very deeply into the closet. I think I’ll do that when I visit again in the Spring. It’s nice getting the stories behind the quilts as well as the pictures.
I did some computer instruction and tech writing so Mom can unload her camera herself instead of waiting for my brother or I (or even Dad…I guess he’s the last resort!) to do it for her. I think I even put a link to this blog for her. Maybe she’ll become one of my readers!