" Do you not know?
Have you not heard???

The LORD is the everlasting GOD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

"The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." Isaish 50:4

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The MACHINE-QUILTING quiltalong has begun !

I'm so excited !

For a while now, I've wanted to machine-quilt on my cabinet-model Singer machine but would only attempt it with a walking foot.....no free-motion.  I didn't think that I had a darning foot to fit it, and once I figured out that the foot from my White machine (which I usually use to meander-quilt) fits this one, I couldn't remember what the other problem was.  Now I've remembered.......like her 'mother', this machine tends to 'run on' a bit.  In machine-free-motion-quilting, that can be a problem, needing to stop at a certain point, and the machine going on for another 6-10 stitches after you let up off the pedal !

But, tonight I practiced, per instruction, and I'm learning....
 (a) to slow down -- no small feat since this machine has a knee pedal, and I'm very excitable while doing this ,
 (b) to anticipate my stopping point, so that I can coast down to it. 

Now, I still don't know if it will be controllable on something like pebbles, but, hey.....that's why I'm doing all this, right.........to see what we CAN DO !

I'm so proud of the old girl !
I pieced a sample bit of the quarter-square triangles for Jodie's quilt, just to see how much I needed to oversize the beginning square in order to have plenty for trimming.  Here's a layout of the outside perimeter of the blocks.........love that pink !


  1. Im excited to see your quilt along progress!! such a neat machine too

  2. i am impressed that you are quilting in that machine

  3. My old Singer does that exact same thing! I do prefer the quick stop and start of the Bernina, but you will get the feel for it!

  4. Hey - looking good in the machine quilting!
    And Jodie's quilt is going to be gorgeous!

  5. My mom's Singer 15 did the same thing. So I was surprised when I used a 15-90 that it didn't do that. Of course, my 15-88 stops perfectly, needle up or needle down, but that's because I treadle it!
    Is yours a 89 or a 90?
    If it's an 89, you could put it in a treadle cabinet and eliminate the issue with the running on motor.


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