I am definitely blue if there is no snow on the ground during Winter… I love love love snow as some of you know from my postings on my Facebook personal page. I often post pictures when we get snow and we’ve now been weeks without some snow, even a hint of it…. nada… We had such a good start to Winter with 4 or 5 snow storms between October and November but then.. BOOM, they just went away…
I’ve never been a fan of the color blue, it does remind me of being down and sad… However, blue is probably the one color I have the most of in my fabric stash next to greens.
I have been busy making bags this month, I use bags at the grocery store in the first place, I long ago gave up using plastic bags opting for fabric bags, and that’s mainly due to living in Germany. In Germany, the stores don’t use plastic. Your actually supposed to bring your own bags to the stores with you. I had to make bags back then to take to the store and just got in the habit of using them. This year, on New Year’s Day, the news was telling Coloradans about the new laws that will start as of certain dates and one of them is about plastic bags. Imagine being charged 10 cents per plastic bag. The state will get 40% and the store 60% and this starts on July 1, 2020. I won’t worry about this because I have bags, keep them in my car when I’m not washing them, and I remember to take them into the store, and those are the hardest parts about using fabric bags. Remembering to keep them in your car, and remembering to take them into the store. Took me 3 times in Germany to finally get in the habit, the worst was having to put all our groceries back into the cart, take the out to the car, and then having to bring them inside (of course I did go inside and get the bags to make it easier) but it’s still annoying to realize you forgot them.
Fabric bags do wear out tho and they get torn, or handles will fall off from the weight of too many cans in a bag… thus I am updating some of my bags because they are looking at little on the worn side.
Table Runners make a great bag, easily converted by just sewing up the sides, and adding some handles.. That’s a basic conversion, me, I’d add some pockets. It’s nice to have a pocket on the outside of your bag for small things that might get lost in a bigger bag.
Either or, I was going to make a bag for today of my basic bags, but something happened on the way to making the bags. A little burp as I like to call them, but this one I know its not my fault. It is the designer’s fault for not creating a good pattern. I will show you…
This is 3 of the 5 panels that are in this design/pattern.
It’s possible you don’t see the issue, but this is a machine embroidery design, done in the hoop for the quilting and piecing. The border and creation are then done by the sewing machine. I’ve done several designs from this designer in the past and never had the issues I ran into with this design before and I do a lot of quilting in my hoop. I love to do it in the hoop so do it whenever possible.
In the images, you may see where there is a “heavy” build-up of stitching in the veins of the leaves, or in the feathers of the design. Each of the different designs has 3 stitchings in that section so that the quilting is close together. The middle stitch is a double stitch and it has been digitized in a way that the digitizer when going back to a vein or middle area of the quilting design didn’t take the time to change her stitch to just a single stitch, so it builds up in those areas because they get stitched over and over again, thus thread breaking starts to occur. I am sure you know what it’s like just to be stitching along and your thread breaks, or perhaps a needle breaks. Imagine having that happen every few seconds. Normally when I have a thread break during stitching out a machine embroidery design it puts me on the “aware” side, knowing that if it continues my needle probably needs to be changed, but I changed my needle 4 times, rethreaded at least 10 or 20 times and still the thread breaks in this design were so heavily there, I don’t even want to stitch the 4th and 5th panels. Instead. I am going to re-digitize them myself, my way. So my project is unfinished. I’m sorry I was so annoyed last Friday when I did the third panel that I knew then I wouldn’t finish this. I didn’t have time this week to try and come up with another idea, and now I wish I would have just put together a simple bag with pockets as I would have had a finished project, but instead this is a good lesson learned also.
With digitizers, when you buy designs you can’t get your money back even if the design stitches out badly because there excuse is always it’s “my” fault, not there fault. As a pattern designer, I’ve run into issues like this also, sometimes someone will buy a pattern and not know how to applique. This is not something I add to my patterns as there are too many different techniques to show for applique. Instead, my patterns have a list of sites where you can learn applique, or they lead to my site’s page for a how-to list of applique sites.
I’m not going to name the digitizer on this post, if you’d really like to know, you can contact me privately and I’ll tell you. I just don’t see the need to post the digitizer’s name when I know that in the past she’s always had excellent designs, she’s just recently delved more into doing quilting designs themselves.
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