Winter Quilt [Finished]

Wednesday, 16 March 2011 03:14 am
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So, I initially was going to only make the bias tape and pin it, and save the stitching for tomorrow. Well, that plan went out the window as I got into a groove and I just plowed through it. For the record: I absolutely hate bias tape. It is probably the only part I hate about quilting -- stitching it to the quilt. Maybe there's some trick, but I ALWAYS seem to 'un-catch' part of it on the back every so often, so then I have to go back, rip out stitches, and stitch again. On this one, I didn't bother to rip out the stitches - the fabric is dark enough that I figure if you go looking THAT close at it, you deserve to find my mistakes... lol.

This quilt would have been a LOT easier if I could have used my darning foot... unfortunately, no matter what I did, I couldn't get the tension right with the thread that I was using. The thread is a metallic silver on the top and black in the bobbin, and the silver gave me nothing but trouble (any tips?). So the ENTIRE QUILT is stitched using a walking foot. It sucked, but it was still easier than stitching it with a regular foot. Even with that, the tension isn't QUITE right in some places. When you look at the back, you can see silver thread poking though in some places. It doesn't bother me a whole lot, but now I know for the future: Metallic threads suck.

So now, without further ado, some photos (behind the cut):
(Please ignore how messy my apartment is. I'm in the middle of moving, so stuff is everywhere right now; also, the colour is correct in the second photo. The first one was taken with a flash, and the colours aren't accurate)

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Housekeeping

Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10:04 pm
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So, we're in the middle of a move - packing up our modest apartment and moving back in with the hubby's family because the economy is just trash. The subbing that the Hubby does won't be able to keep us in the apartment and pay the bills, and my unemployment benefits are coming to an end. I'm still looking for a job, but I have no degree and I've been hearing "Well, we like your qualifications, but we think you've been out of a job for too long". So... I'll just keep going to school, and Hubby will keep subbing, and we'll move in with his parents until things improve. I hate to be moving back in with them - we have a *fantastic* apartment... Picture window in the living room, skylight in the kitchen, and it's within walking distance to many places... Target, our grocery store, Dunkin' Donuts, the place where we do Thursday Night Trivia... It's slightly smaller than we'd like and there's no storage space but you make do. In any case, I'm really sad to have to lose this place. On the upside, Hubby's parents are wonderful people - we get along fantastically. I'm just sad that we have to put them in this kind of position.

So, we're slowly packing things up. I got a smart idea and decided to keep a record of what goes into each box, so that if we need to get into them while we're living at his parents' place for whatever reason, we don't have to go digging on a treasure hunt. It'll also help us when things get better and we move into a new place and unpack. Right now it's in an excel spreadsheet, but when I get the downtime I'm going to make an application that saves everything in a database.

In pet-related news, we lost three fish recently. Mr. Angelfish and two of our Diamond Tetras got taken down by something that we haven't quite figured out yet. Everyone else is doing pretty fine. Mr. Gecko has his first vet visit the other day - his last shed didn't go so well, and it affected his eyes and his nose so I took him to be seen. So now he has some eye drops and a cream for his nose, and he should be back to his playful self in about a week, we hope. He's still eating like a champ, so he can't be feeling THAT bad.

On the fitness front - things are going alright. This week is spring break, and between packing and schoolwork I'm letting the gym slide. But, I'm able to run 25 minutes straight pretty consistently now. Now I've got to work up to 30 minutes, and then work on distance. I'm doing 11 minute miles, as of now. Slow and steady. My weight hasn't really changed, but I attribute that to the fact that we're trying to eat as much food out of the freezer and pantry so that there's less to move and less to have go bad.

In other news, I'm almost done quilting my winter windowpane lap quilt (I'll make a post on it later). I want to finish it up so that it's one less wip to move. I might be able to finish it up and then start working on the bias tape tonight. Once this project is over and before we move I need to take my machine in to get serviced. It's a Brother Pacesetter 6000, and it's never been serviced, ever. There's never really been any need. It's got its quirks, and some of them can be fixed with a little TLC, though, and if it makes it easier for me to work with then I'm all for it. None of the problems on its own is a big deal, but when they add up it just makes for a huge annoyance. So, to the shop it is!

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