HtbaS – Episode 13

Greetings from Hothlanta! I survive the SNOWPACOLYPSE, and focus on hand-sewing, rocking like the Ma Ingalls in the wilderness.

My “January/February” quilt, in honor of my Grama Eddie, whose favorite color was red. I love that red toile!

The scraps I submitted for the AMQG scrap project exchange:

AMQG Scrap Exchange Contribution

4 Replies to “HtbaS – Episode 13”

  1. Love, love, LOVE the red and white quilt! And what a wonderful way to honor your grandmother!

    I chuckled at the Ingalls family references because I’m TOTALLY channelling Ma Ingalls this week myself…and making braided mini-rugs (well, coasters) out of T shirts. I even got out my old copy of “The Long Winter” today to remind myself they had it worse! And no TV! And Mary was blind! (winter still sucks)

  2. You know, I had scarlet fever just after college and it freaked me out because I was afraid I was going to go blind like Mary!

    Fortunately, scarlet fever is just strep throat with a rash, and once I got the insurance for my new job figured out I was able to get some antibiotics to clear it up.

  3. Hi Pam

    I can relate to your ambivalence about the knee lift. I have one, and used it a couple times when I first got my machine – and couldn’t see the value. I always had to remember to use it – and then I would mess up and use it when I was sewing, causing a jag in my seam. I put it in a drawer and forgot about it.

    However, I started doing some applique a year or so ago, and decided to give the old knee lift a second chance. It is helpful for applique. You can easily lift the presser foot as you pivot around the piece you are stitching down. I still had to focus so that I didn’t lift it at the wrong time, but I’ve got pretty good at it.

    I still wouldn’t use it for piecing – but for applique, it’s pretty helpful.


  4. When i first got my machine with the knee lift it was a pain and in the way. Plus using your right foot on the pedal and right knee on the lift what a pain. Then I was making an art quilt and retried the knee lift. I trained myself to use my left foot on the petal and the lift as my 3rd hand.Put the foot up line up the fabric and use the knee lift to drop the foot what a time saver. Now use it for everything chain piecing, applique, etc. what a great tool once I got the hang of it never take it off and find myself using it all the time.

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