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Quilting by Celia

Quilting by Celia

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Celtic Solstice - Part 3 and New Sewing Machine - JUKI

Part 3 of Celtic Solstice came out and within an hour I was at my sewing machine making the blocks.
A couple of years ago I did another of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt that required half squares triangles and at the time I printed from a website  free  paper foundation patterns for a range of half square triangle unit sizes . 
I already had a stack of these sheets printed so I just picked my fabrics (pink and yellow) and just went for it.  With about 16 HST per page the whole process was very quick.


I used a small machine stitch to make it easier to tear the paper...
And in no time they were all done...
So the entire step 3 was done in less than a day !!

This step was also made faster because I used my new sewing machine... JUKI  TL-98P.
 
This machine is a dream to work with; it's fast, does beautiful stitching, thread trimming and has an extension table that I like very much. It comes with a few different feet, knee lifter lever (which I don't use at the moment) and the throat space is great for those who want to do machine quilting.  What I am most impressed is that once the thread is trimmed or a new piece of fabric is fed (for chain piecing) the machine feeds the fabric beautifully without the concern of fabric being sucked into the feed dogs. 
I just wished I knew about this machine long time ago...
 
My first project on the machine was this colourful pouch from the scraps of the quilt top I completed earlier in the week.