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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Friday Night Sew In

FNSI started off with a hiss and a roar with some free motion quilting, but slowed down considerably when I decided I really didn't like the colour thread I was using. So I swapped my sewing machine for a quick-unpic; a pity I didn't make that decision  before stitching out 4 spines and one side of some feathers!  
Never mind, a bit of dogged determination and soon (-ish) the job was done.
The unpicking was helped by a bit of much needed comfort food, (self-saucing chocolate pudding).
I decided not to spend the evening doing any more machine work so I pulled out my Chateau Hexagon instead.
I had kept up really well with the first few blocks but let myself get behind.
Timmie helped me tonight and we made some good progress.
I just have two bees to stitch then I can call Block Four done.
After the frustrating start it was a pleasant evening! Hopefully today I will get back to those feathers with my new thread colour!!
Have a lovely weekend everyone,
Happy Stitching!

40 comments:

shez said...

what a cute block Raewyn and so glad Timmie was there to help you,lol.xx

Fiona said...

oooohhhh... reverse free motion quilting.. that's a new one! but better than having an end result you don't like....
such a lovely block
Hugz

Julie said...

Oohh Raewyn I know how you feel - I have spent the morning unpicking Oilcloth !! Not fun at all. I am so glad Timmie was there to help you with your block which is looking lovely. I have that self saucing choc pudding recipe - now I feel like making it :-) Happy weekend to you, Julie x0x

Lesley said...

Better to unpick than be disappointed down the road! Love your stitcheries!

Maria said...

Oh no not good when we are not happy with the colour thread. You will be happy you did unpick.
At least you are on block three for your stitchery, I am still on one....

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

yummmmmmmmmmmm

Love your geese....too cute.

barb's creations said...

Noting worse than reverse sewing, but I'm sure you'll be happy you did it in the end. Love the sneak peaks of the stitcheries you're working on : Barb.

barb's creations said...

Noting worse than reverse sewing, but I'm sure you'll be happy you did it in the end. Love the sneak peaks of the stitcheries you're working on : Barb.

Michelle Ridgway said...

At least the unseeing is done now. Very cute blocks. That chocolate pudding would have made me feel better too x

marina said...

You have to be happy with the result. Always better to unpick than constantly wish you had. That pudding would have made you feel better.
Lovely progress on your new block.

Leeanne said...

Yikes, unpicking is never fun. Glad you had a 'helper' for your sewing evening. Good luck with the quilting this weekend.

Narelle said...

I'm sure that chocolate pudding saved the day ... would surely save mine! :o)

sunny said...

Sorry about the reverse sewing. Your block is looking very nice, and I see you have a lovely assistant!

Janet O. said...

Sometimes you just have to walk away from unpleasantness and come back to it after the bad memories aren't so fresh. : )
Block four looks very cute!

Melody said...

Wow that choc pudding looks amazing

ms lottie said...

Better to unpick than persevere and not like the final result. But frustrating all the same! Cute geese on your other block!

margaret said...

that is one draw back to machine work unpicking is so tiresome and can take so long. the Lynette project is coming along beautifully, I have just ordered her autumn and winter books could not resist them!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your stitching looks fantastic...yummo

Susan said...

It happens sometimes. You just know when you have to stop and unpick. Hope you found a better thread today. Lovely stitching.

Julierose said...

I love your geese, too. L. Andersen's patterns are really lovely...yours will be gorgeous...hugs, Julierose

straythreads said...

the molten chocolate looks like a day saver adorable block

Sheila said...

No fun unpicking but best to do it now than be unhappy with your project later . Cute little stitchery you are working on .

mimma said...

Very pleased to come across your lovely blog Raewin!I'll be following.
Have a great day.
mimma

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I do understand the frustration of free motion stitching. I tried it on my standard Janome which doesn't have a walking foot - one big mess!!!!
Timmie is a lovely assistant to calm you down!
Shane

Cisca said...

Pity, you had to inpick, but your Chateau Hexagon is so lovely! And Timmie and comfort food is always helping to feel good again.
I love your little collection of thimbles!
Have a nice week, Cisca

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your chateau hexagon block looks lovely, I love the flower on the goose's back! Your pudding looks yummy too.

Lin said...

Shame about the unpicking - very frustrating. Love your embroidery though and as for Timmie - he is gorgeous!

Tania said...

Hi Raewyn, sorry to hear you had a frustrating start, but your other stitching looks gorgeous. It's always good to have a helper (I always have one here too lol), and a bit of chocolate anything always helps too!

Farm Gate Creations said...

Comfort food always helps with the unpicking. Little progress is great progress in the long run.

Josie said...

Who ate all the chocolate pudding... you or Timmie? He looks full up and flaked out on your stitching. Guess you were the one doing all the work! So it's to be or not two bees...:o) they'll keep till another time. Great work on both your forward and reverse stitching.

Helen said...

Chateau Hexagon is looking terrific, and I'm sure the comfort food really added to the creativity .

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
your Timmy helps you as well as my Moses does. Both are so good in sewing, it´s unbelievable. Thats so nice to see.
Many hugs from Germany
sigisart

withajoyfulheart said...

Very pretty block. Unpicking is not a lot of fun, but neither is having work you are not happy with. Thinking ugh! I should have changed that each time you look at it...is very not fun lol

Nicky said...

Well a slow start didn't stop you getting plenty done Raewyn! Your Chateau Hexagon is looking so pretty...

Vivian said...

Your version of comfort food is the same as mine -- chocolate helps cure (or at least block out) our troubles and worries so well. That looks REALLY good.
Unpicking can be such an endless task, but better that than being unhappy with something we did.

Jeanneke said...

I think you are a real artist, Raewyn, since in my opinion the real artist knows when his or her work needs an unpick (in this case).
Cheers,

Jeanneke.

Anthea said...

Hi Raewyn - your Chateau hexagon is looking great - shame about the FM unpick, I hope you will be happier with the next colour!

Carrie P. said...

machine quilting is not fun to pick out.
the dessert looks super yummy.
love your embroidery block.

Linda in Calif. said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one that will pick out thread. Such a hard job. But if you get chocolate cake with sauce it's totally worth it. Love the stitchery you are doing, love the ducks and the colors.

Tatkis said...

Cute geese block :)
Your choc pudding looks wonderful!

Hugs,
Tatyana