No blog last week. There were several reasons, including working on rehabbing our large deck with my hubby. There are also two projects that I am working on for my Babylock Tiara and Fun With Free Motion Quilting groups that are, for one more week, top secret.
And then there is the fact that my primary sewing machine, which does beautiful applique, my Tula Pink Bernina 350 SE, is in the shop. This leaves me with a backup vintage Bernina, which is fine for piecing, apparel and totes. And my serger, and my Tiara sit down quilter.
I am definitely suffering from Interrupted Applique as I was just beginning work on Love Entwined 2 (LE2), my current Esther Aliu project, when Tula Pink suffered her breakdown. Normally, my local shop returns a machine in 7-10 days but we all know that “normally” is no longer a thing. The shop was closed for a solid 4 months due to the pandemic and there is now a work load backup. My lovely little machine has experienced a motherboard failure and now a part must be ordered with an additional 1-2 week wait. And we all know that snail mail is moving even slower than “normal”.
This was as far as I had gone…the central compass of the design was done and I was putting some details on when Tula Pink said “help”! and I had to stop.
When a project is halted, other factors come into play. The lightweight backing that I had selected for suddenly seemed too flimsy for this demanding piece. So a nice sturdy grunge background is now selected.
Components of one corner have been traced and fused and cut out, but not affixed to the background.
Stems have been made, but now LE2 must be shelved as I wait to get my Tula Pink back. I am moving onto some of my backlog, including getting back to the quilting on my Carpenter Square Log Cabin.
Happy quilting to all.