I’ve finally found a decent foot for my Baby Lock Jane Straight Stitch Only machine-a Janome plastic open-toe darning foot-who knew? I’m not totally in love with it but I do think it’s the best possible solution currently available. It makes a huge difference in the ease of quilting on the Jane.
At least I can see where my needle lands, I can see better for backtracking, and it’s open in the front-all those are huge improvements. BUT, the plastic foot wobbles even though it is securely attached to my machine and I wish it could be attached in a more svelte manner-there’s a big ole honkin screw to secure it which blocks my view, grrr.
Do manufacturers hear us? Why doesn’t Bernina make a Straight Stitch Only machine, why do Janome and Baby Lock have such a bulky and cumbersome way to attach their feet, why do they require a screwdriver to change a needle plate, why do most machines create the occasional bird’s nest on the bottom of your work?? I’ll stop now, but seriously, these are issues for all of us and manufacturers do not seem to notice. If Bernina made a SSO machine, I’d drop my keyboard and run off to buy one!
On to better topics… I’ve been working diligently on a piece I can’t show you! I am a Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) member and our region is involved in a Whisper Challenge. Remember that game when you were a kid-one kid whispered something into another kid’s ear, that person passed it on to the next and so on. By the time it got to the last kid, it was a completely different story.
For the challenge, we are broken up into groups. The first artist begins with a photograph and she makes her quilt based on that photo as inspiration. After a month, she e-mails a picture of her completed quilt to the next in line and so on. The challenge might start out with a photo of say, lipstick tubes and the last quilt could be a still life of fruit-it’s really that bizarre.
The photo I received was a challenge for me to work from-it was a beautiful and interesting piece, but I was befuddled. I ended up making a piece that seemingly bore little resemblance to what I had worked from, but it actually incorporates a lot of the original piece. I will show my piece to you after the “reveal” in November.
#2 Son has been home for the last week. What nerve the boy has-he slept in the “teaching supplies/creative space/sketching” room, aka his former room! While he was visiting, he researched and purchased a car to support his lifestyle as a Productive Member of Society. The 2001 Jetta with over 100K miles on it that stalled out on the 405 in LA rush hour? Gone! Now I get to reclaim that room-after all, it’s all about….me!