I might as well start with this weekend as it's been quite an exciting, and frustrating, couple of days. After 3 weeks of being too busy to even look at the boxes stashed in the corner of my bedroom I was finally able to open and play with my new Bernina 880 sewing machine yesterday. Hooray!
|It was very well packaged|
|Bernina 880 Sterling Edition|
|Miss M checks it out|
Isn't she pretty? I managed to work out how to wind and load the bobbin, and load the thread. I'm starting with monofilament thread as I want to start quilting Ashleigh's birthday quilt. I know, I know ... I'm crazy and it has been a bit frustrating. I think I need to have a go at adjusting the tension on the bobbin as I am getting pretty large loops on the back of the work while stitching. Will see how I go after Miss M wakes up from her nap.
Speaking of Ashleigh's quilt, here are a few photos from the creation of the quilt top. It is now all pin basted. I haven't marked the quilting pattern on the fabric as I am a bit concerned after the marks didn't all come out of my last quilt, and this one is mostly cream to boot. But, I also don't want to stuff up the quilting as I am really pleased with how the top turned out.
|Adding the sashing strips|
|Ready to add the borders|
I think I need a whole week of playtime, not just a long weekend! Speaking of weekends, we managed a trip back to Karratha a couple of weeks ago. It was still beautiful weather and we were reminded just how much we miss 'home'. Maybe one day we'll move back there, you never know.
|Looking out over Hampton Harbour, Dampier|
|This view brought back many happy memories of boating on the Dampier Archipelago|
|Gorgeous Sturt Desert Peas - one of my favourite flowers|
|More local flora|
|Hubby and Miss M enjoying a Pilbara sunset in Dampier|
Well, that's probably enough for this post. Next post I'll share pics from one of WAQA's recent exhibitions. Until then, happy stitching!