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This is a blog to show off my needlework, mainly crazy quilting, beading and crochet. It makes me happy to create these things and even more happy to share the fun with friends. Pictures of my beading projects are at

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hello, Viking!

It's the simplest Husqvarna Viking sewing machine and it's come to live at my house. What happened to my fifty year old Singer is a sad example of my incorrigible flakiness. I took out the bobbin and it's holder to rewind it. I walked across the room to get a spool of thread. When I returned, the bobbin holder was not to be found. It's got to be in this room or else aliens from another dimension have it. It's been 6 months at least and I haven't found it, so I've put the Singer aside with regret and brought a Viking into the house. I'm hoping it can ward off the aliens.

 This post is to show you what I have created trying out the machine: place mats.  True to my crazy quilting love, they are crazy pieced using the layer cake "stack and whack" method. I made eight mats, eight layers of fabric to stack and whack. After all the whacked pieces were sewn together and layered with a piece of interfacing, and  a backing fabric placed right sides together on the top, I sewed around the edges, leaving an open space to turn the mat right side out. After ironing each mat neatly, I used the machine feather stitch to decorate each seam and, at the same time quilt the mat. I finished the whole with a machine scalloped satin stitch around the edge. The machine works very nicely and I'm pleased with my set of eight new place mats.