Continued Drama

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Remember this little beauty?

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Well, the sewing machine gremlins have struck again.  I’ve been happily sewing away, working on the quilt I shared with you earlier and another disappearing 9 patch – a pattern I’ve fallen head over heals in love with.

This sewing machine is the bane of my existence.  I was able to piece both tops with no issue (and they ARE adorable if I do say so myself).   But when I made myself a quilt sandwich – not very filling but quite satisfying in its own way – I decided to try free motion quilting.  That is where my headache began.

First off, the darning foot that came with my machine was not very effective – it didn’t really fasten on tightly to the shank and would rock back and forth.

Because it did not stay in place I wound up having my needle hit the foot.  After 3 broken needles I quit for the day.  After searching of the interwebs, I found this darning foot that was highly recommended by many quilters.  I installed it on my machine and was thoroughly impressed with how it functioned.

Ready to get back at my projects I quickly replaced my needle and started sewing.

 

Enter more gremlins stage right……..

I realized I no longer had appropriate needles.  Try as I might, I could not get the needles I had on hand to work for the quilting.  It kept dropping stitches and was a headache of HUGE proportions.  As a result, I decided I’d share with you the information regarding selecting needles for your sewing projects.  Believe it or not – the CORRECT way to do things is not to open a case and grab the first one you see.  There is some science behind the needles you use.

Check out this pictograph to learn when to use what kind of needle!

 

~Nikki

 

  

Sewing Needles | Piktochart Infographic Editor

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Sewing Needles | Piktochart Infographic Editor.

  

Congratulations!!! We have a WINNER!!!

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Congratulations to my dear friend Polly Piltz.  She is the winner of this wonderful mixed media canvas created to help bring awareness of Functional Neurological Disorder to one and all!

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I’ve decided make a little tweak to my original plan (a woman’s prerogative, right?).  I am going to keep this class open for FREE!!! To anyone who would like through the end of May.  That is right!  You have another 6 weeks to create a canvas of your own.  Just visit my classroom to participate in this on-line class.

Thanks all for your help!

~Nikki

  

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter!  He has risen!  Christ our Lord has risen, allelujah!  Today is the day Jesus defeated death and returned to his disciples here on earth.  He confirmed that he is, in fact, the one the profits of the Old Testament spoke of, the one who would be sent from our Lord for forgiveness of our sins.  Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise God made to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden after their fall from grace.  He is the one who came to restore our perfect relationship with God.  While that promise is not kept here on earth – we are assured that God has kept the promise he made and when we leave this earthly life we will be restored into that perfect state with God.

This print, and others are available in my Etsy Store.

Just as Isaiah foretold – God knows us all and knows each of our names.  I pray the Holy Spirit works in your heart to create and strengthen your faith in our Lord.

~Nikki

  

A Somber Day Filled With Such Beauty

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Today is a momentous day.  The day of my savior’s great sacrifice.  Good Friday, the day when our Christ was crucified.  He was betrayed by those he came to save, was punished for sins he did not commit and willingly went to the cross to be sacrificed for us sinners.

This print, and more, are available in my Etsy store.

On this somber day I encourage you to contemplate the love that God has shown to us all.  His willingness to send his own son to pay the price for wrongs he never committed.  We are all living in the shadow of the cross, but if it were not for the light of Christ no shadow would be cast.  We need to go to the cross to arrive at the joyous resurrection of Christ Jesus.

Wishing you a blessed Easter,

~Nikki

  
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