Thank you so much for dropping by on your trip around the different blogs participating today.
First, let me say I’m not happy about how my project turned out, but I decided to post it, because it has a story, and a learning experience I think we can all relate to.
I don’t have many memories of the 60’s having been born in 1960. My earliest memories are actually in the 70s at this stage in my life. I jumped at the chance to join this blog hop
because there is one part of the ’60s that are special to me.
They live in my marriage actually. I was married in 1984 to a wonderful man who likes many of you has definitely put up with all my weird tendencies in life. When I moved in with him, he had this lamp. I thought it was weird, but it was cool in the blobs it did when heated up. It wasn’t very pretty, but then lava lamps aren’t pretty in design, but pretty in the way they display when lighted. This is why I chose to do a lava lamp. According to Wikipedia, it was invented in 1962.
This lava lamp block is not pretty, I’m not happy with the workmanship, and I can actually do better than this, but it’s my lack of experience in doing applique for the last 14 or so years. This block was drawn by me in Electric Quilt from my memory of the one we owned. I created a hotpad with it because in my mind I was thinking, lava lamps are heat-related, and hot pads are heat-related, so with that in mind, I created my first hotpad, on the first applique design I’ve made via the stabilizer method in 14 years. Insulate was used in the middle of the hotpad in case I get desperate and need to use this for the oven.
I have never used the sewing machine I’m currently using for any kind of sewing or quilting, it’s mainly been used for machine embroidery, so I never took the time until this blog hop to actually learn the machine. Suffice it to say, I will be doing that over the next week or so because I’m not going to be showing shoddy workmanship again.
I can say without a doubt, that I love my Viking designer 1, but, I really appreciate my Bernina far more today, just because of the features that make it so easy for quilters to work. If you have a Bernina, you know what I mean.. If you use the knee lift, for instance, I sooooooooooooooooooo miss that, and it was really funny to realize I kept moving my knee to lift that presser foot. Of course, not even a handle is on the designer 1 for lifting the presser foot, it’s all by buttons, so it will take some getting use to, but I purchased this machine because I wanted to update my machine. I wish I’d realized then how much of a difference that Bernina versus Viking was going to make for me. If I had my 1260, I could have whipped this baby right out, not had the problems I encountered machine wise. Granted, the applique might still be a bit shoddy as I need to get back to doing it actively again, but, at least the machine work would have been great. The thing is, I know Viking makes a great machine, so I’m going to take my time over the next week or so and learn this machine.
I hope you will come back to see how I’m doing as I will post pictures and perhaps offer a free block or so.
Please know, I really can quilt, I really do know how to sew and I know how to do applique. Practice makes perfect and while I’ll never be perfect, at least I’ll be lots better than today.
You can see a list of all the other participants here.
See ya soon,