Finished the patched top for my Christmas quilt. Just waiting for my border fabric to arrive in the mail. I buy all of my fabrics online, since the lqs is about an hour away by train. Decided to pick up my sister's baby quilt and continue patching together the whirleygigs. I have all the squares done, the next step is to trim them to 6.5 x 6.5 inch squares. Actually, I lied...the next step is to iron that last seam on all 40-odd squares, and I am not in an ironing mood...ugh.
To give you an update on the repairs made to my Singer 301a, all is going very smoothly since I replaced the tension spring. Stitching is just eaiser now that I have taken the free motion quilting foot off and replaced it with my regular foot. I love to fmq, but that big bed quilt for my mother in law almost did me in! So much fabric to deal with, it was a real pain in the butt! I dont want to quit on fmq'ing, but maybe just take a short vacation from it and do some straight-line quilting for my next couple of projects.
Not that I get into the whole Schadenfreude thing, but I did enjoy reading about someone elses fmq blues at Summerfield Quilts. Angie is an experienced quilter, and to see that even the experts get frustrated sometimes was encouraging to me. Angie solved her problems by replacing the cheap batting she was using with warm and natural. That's what I always use, so her solution won't help me, but knowing that I'm not alone will.