Monday, 1 December 2014

is it right?


I've been doing a lot of prep work for the classes I hope to be teaching next year and so I haven't done as much other sewing as I would like recently, though I suspect I would have to sew 24 hours a day to come close to being satisfied! I have no idea where November went to?!

I did manage to sew together my Propellar blocks for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt. I chose to keep the one I cut wrong and I don't think it looks too odd:


I also finished the third Garden Path block:


and while I was doing that I kind of panicked. Am I doing it right? Are my stitches ok? I have no clue! I'm pretty sure it's not even close to perfect and I'm ok with that so long as they will hold up alright! Could anyone who hand sews tell me if this looks right please!? I use a long needle because I find it easier and I'm more comfortable with it because that's what I use for epp. The thread is 50wt Aurifil.



Talking of what's right, my son (who has slight OCD tendencies) received a colouring book recently and decided to count the number of stickers. He was really cross that there were only 50 and my step Dad then suggested he count the pages too. He felt so disappointed that there wasn't over 50 stickers and over 30 pages as the cover stated. So I said he could write a letter to the publishers:


And two days later he received a nice letter of apology, a story book and an activity book. He's thrilled and genuinely happy that they will be correcting the colouring pad for the next reprint! He also enjoyed writing them a thank you note, complete with his own drawing of spider-man.



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Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and Monday has been kind to you!


Fresh Sewing Day

21 comments:

  1. Aww, such a cute story. I'm glad they answered your son! Lovely makings, too. :)

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  2. Yay go Fred, get those cheeky publishers!

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  3. What a great lesson for your son: complain directly when something isn't as advertised. Nice that he got a response.

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  4. What a great lesson for your son, and how cool that the publishers wrote back. That is awesome! I love your propellers, and I had to look pretty hard to find the one that is "backwards". :)

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  5. beautiful blocks!
    Yay to your son, I'm really pleased that they replied to him!

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  6. I love your propeller blocks and I'm so pleased with the result your son got to his letter.

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  7. Always pays to complain!!! Your blocks are lovely

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  8. I loe that wee quilt and am smiling so much at Fred's successful outcome, well done to him!

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  9. That story is just the best! Thanks for sharing, it put a smile on my face!

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  10. Bless F for writing such a well composed letter with the emphasis in the right places. He's quite right, 'over 30' means at least 31 and I'm glad they've listened to him, as well as sending some solace in the form of extra books.

    Your hand piecing looks fine but I would suggest adding in a back stitch every now and again. I start each new needle of stitches with a back stitch as well as starting and ending each seam with one. And a back stitch immediately before and after each seam intersection will also add strength. If you need some reassurance, take a look at these tips http://www.jinnybeyer.com/quilting-with-jinny/tips-lessons/sub-cat.cfm?category=Hand%20Piecing and I'm sure you'll find you're already doing most of them! (I don't join six or eight pieces like this, though, so just because an expert tells you the best way it doesn't mean it's the best way for you!) Shout if you need any help xx

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  11. Good job on your son's part!

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  12. Good on ya Fred! Well worth the cost of a stamp to set them straight. I learnt to hand piece eons ago ( I expect you were just a twinkle in your mother's eye!) and it was just a running stitch. However, a couple of years ago I did my Museum Medallion workshop with Judy Newman and she suggested a back stitch every four or five stitches to ensure extra strength- works for me!

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  13. my borther in law still writes letters like that but he's over 40 now! Well done Fred :) Loving your work

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  14. Go Fred! I love that they acknowledged his letter and treated him like any other customer.

    Oh, and I had to search really hard in those blocks for the mistake block. It doesn't stand out at all. :)

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  15. your son sounds like my twin sons were when young. Things must be precise and correct. Love both sewing projects and the hand sewing looks grand to me. I still haven't spotted the mistake.

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  16. Aww, love Fred's note, and that they got back to him so quickly!

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  17. Great letter of complaint .... I should learn from it as I'm always reluctant to complain.
    I was going to say about the back stitch too ... But I guess you have that sorted by now. GTSB is looking fabulous and I had to look for the one that is wrong. I read in the quilt museum that it was only God that was perfect and so in the "olden days" they always put a piece around the wrong way on purpose!

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  18. Oh wow, I love the story about your son. Good for him!!!! And good for them too.

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  19. If you do as Helen says you cannot go wrong! Great result - we should all follow his example!

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  20. Love his handwriting and outrage! So glad he got a positive response too.

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