Lucky Seven

Finish number seven is in the books! I actually completed it about a month ago, and I had hoped to be farther along toward my goal of twelve finishes by now, but you all know how it is. I’m still way ahead of where I was at the beginning of the year in terms of the UFO pile!

So here is “Hug Your Sister,” all quilted and bound.

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This started out as a “camp project” in the summer of 2013  (you can read all about it here.) No pattern, I just made it up as I went along, in casual camp-sewing mode, which was fine. However, when it resurfaced after being set aside for several months, it was clear to me that I needed to rework the center.

Here’s the “before…”

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And the “during“…this was a little scary.

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And the “after” – better, right?

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Once the center was fixed, I tackled machine quilting it. I’ve done a fair amount of free motion quilting, but it was just not clicking for me on this one. I tried different threads, needles, tension, you name it – just not working, so it got set aside again. Humbug.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I learned that there is a new foot for my trusty Pfaff that has turned out to be the answer to my prayers. It’s a spring-action free-motion quilting foot with a C-shaped end, allowing a wide-open view of the needle area. WAY better than the other feet I had tried! The hopping action puts just the right amount of pressure where I need it, controls the tension perfectly, and I can see what I’m doing – what a concept!

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I’m so glad that my favorite sewing machine dealer (Nashua Sew and Vac) had it in stock. This, my friends, is why we all need to support our local businesses – machine dealers, quilt shops, etc.  We gotta keep them around so they’ll be there when we need them!

So how did this quilt get its name? The new center block is called “Sister’s Choice,” and I like to think of each round as “hugging” the center. Hokey? Maybe. But as someone who has only brothers (whom I love), I would have loved to have a sister. Lucky for me, I have a couple BFFs (you know who you are) who stand in very well as surrogate sisters,

So if you are lucky enough to have a sister, give her a big hug today, tell her you love her, then get back to work on those UFOs.

Happy stitching! Finishes eight and nine are coming very soon, so stay tuned ;>)