My little guy loves to roll his Thomas trains all over my sewing machine. All over. Yesterday he kept having train crashes. One of the crashes knocked the thread take-up spring on the tension unit out of whack. To quote Sir Topham Hat, this has caused confusion and delay. I didn't notice it until I tried to finish a secret swap project for this week's BAMQG meeting.
So now my machine has to have some unscheduled maintenance done. I may try to do it myself... there are some good references on the vintage Singer yahoo group. If I muck things up, I can always take it to a repair shop. Thank goodness I have a backup machine. Which the little one is now rolling his toy truck all over.
There were a few things I managed to complete before the fateful crash. Two 12.5" log cabin blocks for the BAMQG Heirloom Challenge.
There was a third in the works, but I scrapped it. I also made a gift for the guild's December Secret Swap, but the photo won't be posted until after the meeting.
My November bee blocks were mailed off just under the wire. I usually finish bee blocks well before the deadline, but the procrastinator in me doesn't like to send them as soon as they're done. I'm always rushing to get them off a few days before month's end.
The November block for Piece Bee With You was Geese In A Ring in aqua and orange. This was lots of fun to make. The next time I make one, I'll pre-cut the fabric. Although this isn't a quick block by any means, it took much longer to make than it should have. Alisha also asked for a small siggy block.
The theme for November's Design Camp [think outside the block] Swap was Ocean Dreams. We were sent a mix of beautiful solid cottons and linens and asked to improvise a block with a beachy feel. The block I made was inspired by striped beach cabanas along a boardwalk.
It doesn't look as improvised as it is. It sort of looks paper-pieced, but I suppose that will happen if you're rotary cutting with a ruler!