Tuesday, 6 November 2012

November Hipbee

 So my visitors are gone, and the machines can come out of hiding. But my machine is not pleased to have been put aside for a week. As soon as I turn her on, the light comes on, and promptly goes off again. Grrrr. This means I will have to go back to my supplier and have it replaced. The book tells me I have to have the bulb changed by a dealer, not a simple home job. Hmm. I have only had her 18 months and feel the lamp should last longer- but she does see some hammer!
Email response from my supplier, it may take two to three weeks to get the machine sorted! I trust he means that I can order the part, and hand in my machine when it is in, and only lose her for a day or two! Imagine a month with no machine. Does not bear thinking about! Meantime, I am trying to get all my obligations sorted as quickly as possible.

My visitors were lovely, by the way. Two lovely lasses from the Philippines. Their English was perfect, and they were fun and good company. I was sorry to lose them!
And now the washing.....



Catherine chose quite a tricky little number for her month! This is LynneBobSquarePants and is quite an exercise in half square triangles. It is also quite an exercise in memory, as when you have laid it all out and pinned the next set to sew, sewn and pressed them, you then have to come back and make the pattern work again!

The squares are all 2.5" so the HSTs are based on 3" squares, which all have to be trimmed. This leaves you with wonderful confetti from the offcuts! but the block works, and works beautifully. Yes, I have some not quite aligned points and corners, but I feel that this is just going to be evidence of its home-sewn quality, and by the time Catherine has all of these together and assembled, no-one will be picky enough to notice! They better be too polite to say, anyway!

5 comments:

Di said...

Good job with the block. My tip is to take a photo of the block laid out before you start sewing and then you have a reference. Simple eh? Di x

Sarah said...

I just finished my block for Catherine tonight too - sure was a tricky wee number. Looks very striking in her beautiful fabric choices. Good job!

Cayt said...

Pretty block!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Great block! Love those fabrics. I go with the handmade notion every time I'm sewing something - those tiny imperfections are what stop it looking like it came from a factory :)

Isisjem said...

Your block looks great - nervous of even starting mine after a drama that involved 3 attempts at messing up the last hst block I did!

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