Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cottage Block Exchange

I got my Christmas Cottage Blocks! How exciting to get something like this in the mail. Thank you everyone for such beautiful work, they are all so unique and fun to look at, and especially to Nanette and Terri who coordinated the whole thing. You did a great job and thank you for the extra goodies you sent along. This was my first exchange and it went so smoothly. I'm up for another one now.

I haven't decided how I will put them together yet. Melissa at Cornbread and beans quilting gave me a good idea. She's making a 6-block wall hanging and using the other 3 to make a table runner. That's very tempting.

Here's a little peek at something I'm working on right now. I've got it on my design wall so I can stare at it for a while and figure out what will look best. I tried using a satin stitch (a tight zig zag) to stitch down the applique, but boy, my machine did not like that. The thread kept breaking and I'm not sure what was going on. I'm going to change to a higher quality thread and put a new needle on and see if that makes a difference. But if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. For now it's safe and sound on the design wall.


Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh I'm so glad your cottage blocks arrived! How wonderful. They are darling. This new quilt on the design wall is fabulous.

Pam Marshall said...

I got my cottage blocks, Thank you for yours.

Liz said...

These cottage blocks are just precious!

Anonymous said...

FUN fun fun!! Wasn't it so fun to get your blocks? Hehehe
I adore the quilt on your design wall. It is looking really cute. Did you make up the pattern?

I am sure you did this already, but along with the new needle and thread, did you check the bobbin case and right under your stitch plate? Sometimes if you get fuzzies in there your machine sews funny. That happened to me a couple days ago, a quick brush out of the fuzzies had my machine humming again!

Mary said...

I got your cottage block, thank you, it is adorable!! Hugs, Mary
Love your blog, by the way