Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Breaking the Ruler

The last couple of days have been storming here in Central PA.  We have had some big rumbling storms.  So, I don't sew on those days.  Computerized sewing machines and lightning storms don't mix for me.  I've lost a computer before with power surges (even with a power strip) so I tend to avoid using expensive items during storms.  So, this morning is grey out but no thunder boomers so I fired up the HQ16 to complete some straight line free hand sewing and use up the practice backing still on the rollers.  I'm too lazy to take it off, work on a real quilt and then put it back.

Everything was going well, I decided to try out a placemat pattern I had purchased from One Song Needle Arts a long time ago and I had some fall looking fabric to practice on.  It was the Placemat 5 - Cristofer's design.  It turned out beautifully.  I think I might finish a few more.  Next time, I'll try and do two per row instead of centering it.

On the sides of the placemat, I had extra fabric to practice my ruler work doing straight lines.  I was moving along great using my Line Tamer ruler I talked about in my last posting.

Then in the blink of an eye, there it was.  I hopped over the ruler and made a boo boo.  I know it's hard to see on the sewing. 
But it's no so hard to see on the ruler.  UGH.  One the bright side, the last 3 passes of sewing on the top right side were completely free hand straight lines, so, not soo bad.   On an even brighter side, I don't seem to see any damage in the timing on the sewing machine... whew..  Thank you.

Have you even broken a ruler when quilting?  What a bummer.

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