Neat idea for a tote bag.
Irishrose, your quilt for your GS is nice. I am sure he will know he is loved.
Katfish, such a clever use of fabric calendars.
Katfish, great idea for a tote! I got a bunch of 60s/70s cloth calendars at an auction and was going to put them in a garage sale, but I want to look through them first now. :)
Been busy with life here, so not much sewing machine or quilting play time, but I did get one more baby quilt finished up just in time. It was all done on my 301, so this is the first quilt I've made with her. I had a lot of trouble with skipped stitches when FMQ, which is weird because my practice squares were so easy with no problems.
Scrappy disappearing 9 patch:
Cute quilt! :)
1. Were you using a sharp, a ball point or a universal needle? Our vintage machines were designed for sharps, although some vintage machines will also give you acceptable results with ball-point needles on knits. A universal needle is almost always troublesome - woven or knits, they don't sew either very well. ;) Change to a new sharp when you start getting skips and see if that doesn't help.
2. What size thread and needle were you using? Too large a needle for the thread will cause skips - it makes such a big hole in the fabric that the fabric doesn't create the drag on the thread as the needle begins to rise - that drag is what creates a loop for the hook to catch.
3. Did you spray baste the quilt? A little bit of gummy build-up on the needle is all it takes to cause skips.
Hope this helps you figure out what was causing the skipped stitches. It's so frustrating to get those in the middle of a project.
Bennett, that's a very nice scrappy.