Monday, 21 June 2010

A mistake!

I put my Bernina 900 in for servicing and repair of the drop switch for the feed dogs as it won't turn any more. I am just hoping it can be repaired as this machine is over 30 years old.

I saw one of these machines on Ebay last week and the bidding was up around £250 pounds which is not far off what my Mum paid when she bought it for my 18th birthday.

As I was sat at my Janome sewing machine at the dining table this evening I happened to look up and out of the front window.
This is what I saw. I happened to have the camera handy so I took photos - sunset on the longest day

Unfortunately the photo doesn't do justice to the colours which were deeper.

Look at all the vapour trails left by aircraft. That's what you get when you don't live far from a major airport.
I won this magazine on Ebay last week.

I fell in love with this little table topper.

So on Friday I went to my LQS and bought some FQs, cut what I needed to and got sewing. I didn't do any more until today. I thought I was doing really well until I was putting the first border on when I realised I had attached the flying geese patches the wrong way round and ended up with this!

I decided that it still looked OK and as I am going to give it as a gift to a non quilter it probably won't matter too much. I am going to cut for another one and get it right next time.
I have learnt quite a lot from doing this (other than getting your flying geese units the right way round). You start off with 1 & a quarter inch strips and they are fiddly and quite hard to get right. I need to be more accurate when I cut & sew them next time.
I am still reasonably happy with it even though it isn't correct because I love the colours and I think it still works.


Miss 376 said...

I'm no expert, but I think it works really well too. Love the colours and I am sure the recipient will love it

Jenny said...

I have a Bernina 830 which I paid a fortune for on Ebay - probably too much really, but it's such a great machine I don't really care! Love your version of the table topper - it looks great.

Anonymous said...

Oh what a shame about the flying geese. I hope you try the pattern again it looks like a nice one.

Good luck with the Bernina. I bought mine 2nd hand from Ebay as I wanted a machine which was 100% reliable with all metal parts. Even 2nd hand they aren't cheap but they are worth it.

Sue said...

The colors in the sky are beautiful. The way our house is situated, we don't see the sunset and lately I've been missing the sunrises. I need to fix that.

Nanci said...

Thank you so much for dropping in to visit my blog!
I too had a Bernina, a 630...when it went, it literally disintegrated. It was a sad day indeed.
I now have a Janome 6600 with the table and I love this one as much!
I have an easy peasy pattern for the flying geese which I got from Eleanor Burns...I think you can find her short cut. It took me about 15 minutes to make 4 of them.
I had never done them before, but surely will again.
Blogger, for some reason didn't publish your comment till today.

Laurie said...

I had to put my Bernina of 30 years to rest a few years ago. It actually still runs just makes a loud noise and they don't make the parts for it anymore.:( I have another Bernina but I don't like it as well as the old 817.