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TTMT #65 Mother’s Day Video

(Have posted to our Blog as well)

Hi everyone,

So excited about posting here.

I taped this on Saturday, with a guest appearance, you will have to watch the video to see who it is. Haha.

In the video I talk about invisible thread, I don’t like it, but have had a suggestion from several people about only using it as the top thread only and normal thread in the bobbin. (I didn’t know that tidbit). So I will try again very soon. For straight line stitching with a walking foot it works great, but not so much for free motion. I have some left, so will persevere with it until it is finished and then make my final decision.

In other news!

I have a second secret pattern I have been working on since taping the video, which has a deadline, so there has been no sewing yet this week. It is my first complex applique design that is for a blog hop coming up. It has several layers. The design process was fine, and putting the pattern together with instructions was fine. BUT! It is not at all the same as putting together a paper pieced pattern. I made the pattern as complete as possible, thinking it was done. And sent it to an experience applique designer to check for me. She has given me a load of advice, which meant more work. Ugh! But 3 days later I am nearly done with the extra layout bits I had to work on. At first I was “Complex Applique is to much work, I don’t think I will do this again” But! Now that I am nearly done, I am happy with what I have accomplished and this process is going to make life so much easier for the “maker”.  I feel excited again.

That is it for me today.

Hope everyone has an awesome crafty week further.


Vanda Chittenden



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May. 17th, 2017 01:59 pm (UTC)
In my Ann Peterson class "Big Quilts on a Small Machine" She uses invisible thread with her walking foot to stitch in the ditch all the border seams first, then all the rows/blocks seams, etc, before switching to polyester thread for FMQ (in fact she tends to use embroidery thread in the needle and finer poly thread in the bobbin). I'm going to experiment with that a bit to see if I like it. I will let you know how my experiment goes.

Good to see you and Charles!

May. 17th, 2017 10:32 pm (UTC)
I have not had good experience with invisible thread but that was years ago. I have heard that they have better threads now, but I haven't had the courage to try it.

I like the idea of using the orphan blocks to make coasters and mug rugs. I've done that and used some a little larger to make hot pads to sit bowls and casseroles on.

Happy birthday to your handsome son and I hope you had a great mother's day. I'm sorry you haven't been well but I'm glad you are getting better!
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