Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Have WIPs, But No Machine

WIPWednesday

Oh, man. And I was making such good progress on my WIPs too.

On Monday evening, while I was teaching my Modern Sampler class, my wonderful (only six-month-old) Janome Horizon 7700 freaked out on me and wouldn't do anything but give me an E1 error code. I took it in to the service technician, who said it was probably just a popped fuse—an easy fix. But he called back a few hours later and .... let's just say it's not going to be such an easy fix after all. And I was just thinking about how I needed to do a full-scale review of my machine, since I've had her for almost exactly six months now. Well, needless to say, now the review will have to wait to see what happens next. This seems like it will be a good test of how Janome stands behind its products and its customers. I've heard good things about Janome's customer service, so I'm optimistic they'll come through for me. Stay tuned.

Anyway. WIPs. I did make good progress, prior to Monday!

Summer Sampler Series blocks
Made lots of progress on my Summer Sampler Series blocks for the Modern Sampler class that I'm teaching. I'm making two sets of blocks, since I like to show a finished block at the start of class, and I have to do some demonstrating during class as well.

And here are some of my students' Mosaic blocks from last week! Can I just say how proud I am of these ladies? Three of them had never even made half-square triangles before, but check out those points. They rocked it. (Thanks to Anne from Material Matters for the photo!)

Summer Sampler Series PDF
Speaking of the Summer Sampler, I made major progress on the Summer Sampler Series Block Anthology. I heard from many of you that you're excited about having the series in a PDF format, so Katie, Faith, and I are looking forward to making it available! And seeing as I have no sewing machine, that might happen even earlier than I thought. Silver linings, people. Silver linings. : )

Baby quilt
And I got my Rebel Amish-inspired baby quilt top finished, at long last. Now I just need to get it quilted. When I get my machine back, anyway.

Candy Necklace in the book!
Oh, and don't forget: My Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe giveaway is open through next Tuesday! I'm giving away an ebook version AND two physical copies, so pop over here to enter.

Whatcha workin' on? Here are the rules for the linky:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because really, what fun is a linky party without comments?



46 comments:

Sabrina said...

Wow! My points did not look that tidy my first time sewing HSTs. They did great!

capitolaquilter said...

Fingers crossed that you get your machine back soon. Love the Rebel Amish-inspired.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Hope it's not a long wait til you get your machine back!!

Debbie said...

What a bummer about your machine! Best of luck - I'm sure they'll come through for you! And what lovely projects...great about the Summer Sampler + I really love your triangle quilt.

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Hmm, so the trick to getting more computer admin done is no sewing machine... Would I get more sewing done if my computer was down?! ;) Hope your machine is fixed soon!

Elaine said...

Sorry to hear about your machine. I love the rebel Amish quilt and can't wait to see how you quilt it!

emedoodle said...

Oh no! I hope your machine can be fixed quickly and easily! Those WIP's you're working on are gorgeous!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Good luck with your Janome...hope it is a quick fix!

CitricSugar said...

Sorry to hear about your machine! Keep us posted on the service it requires… This is the first glitch I've heard about that particular machine so I'm very curious. Hope it's back in your hands and better than new soon!

vexa said...

You have some lovely projects going on. Let's hope you get your machine back soon.

Geta Grama said...

Sorry to hear that your machine already needs a fix. I love old mechanical sewing machine!

Mareenchen said...

Fingers crossed for a speedy return of your machine!

Nicci P said...

I have the 7700 and the same thing happened to me at four months. It ended up being the mother board.she is fixed and working like a charm now, but it happened right before quilt market and then Hurricane Sandy (Janome is based out of New Jersey), so it took a while to get the part. Lucky for you, no hurricanes :). Bet they get you up and working soon. Good luck!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh man, sorry you're machine-less at the moment, but love what you've been working on

joanne said...

I hope the machine is back quicker and is nothing too bad!!
The Summer Sampler blocks are gorgeous! I love the bright solids!

Leanne said...

I expect you will have no problem with the repair, when mine broke it was taken care of right away and quickly too. Such pretty blocks in this post, your students are doing great.

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your machine! BAH! I hope they fix it soon :(

Anna said...

I love the triangles!!

M-R Charbonneau said...

Bummer about the machine! Hopefully it will all work out soon. Love your Rebel-Amish!

OPQuilt said...

You've seem to have made tons of progress, I'd say. It will also be fun to follow along the progress that your students make. I think it's always interesting to take a block, and see how others bring their interpretations to that same block, as you show in your post.

Wow. Machine Crazies. So sorry about that. I think I sew on my machine as much as you do, so I hope it will be fixed swiftly so you can get back to your creative endeavors!

Elizabeth E.
opquilt.com

Marsha Cooper said...

You sure put me to shame----as well as most others!
Even with no machine you did more than I do in a month!
I really really really want to spend more time sewing.

Maggie said...

Those sampler blocks are so beautiful.

Svetlana said...

sorry about your machine, hope it gets sorted out soon. Oh, I so love your triangle quilt, it's so simple,and modern, and simply gorgeous!

Esch House Quilts said...

Sorry about the machine :( I'll be interested to see what happens since my 7700 is only two months old now. All your WIPs are looking so good - how frustrating not to be able to work on them!

Marci Girl said...

So many pretty projects, and how proud you must be with your students! I hope your machine fix goes well...

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Beautiful projects~! Fingers crossed that you get your machine back fast.

Linh said...

I'm loving your use of solids lately, Lee, but am bummed that I live no where near you to take your Modern Sampler class.

Becky said...

Oh no! So sorry about your machine! I just bought a new Janome 6600 (sold my Pfaff QE 4.0), and LOVE it. Wish I'd done it long ago. I think I may have drooled a bit over the 7700, and there's an even newer machine coming out now (!) but even if I had the $ I think I would have still picked the 6600... much lower tech which I like!! Hope it's back soon! Can they give you a loaner LOL?!?!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

So sorry about your machine troubles, that is always such a bummer. On a happy note, your projects look fantastic and I especially love your triangle quilt!
Amanda

momiji said...

So sorry to learn that your new machine is down! Hope it will be up and running again soon, so that you can get back to your wonderful quilts.

Kelli said...

Oh man, I love your new Summer Sampler blocks in solids. They look great! Hope you get your machine back soon... :(

Cassandra said...

I hope you get your machine back quickly!

zafeira said...

Your blocks for the Summer Sampler series are simply stunning!
Hope everything is resolved quickly with your sewing machine...

sophie said...

I share your pain.

My Bernina died early last week when I had ALMOST finished quilting an old, old WIP and I've been waiting for my "same day" appointment at the nearest dealer (more than an hour away) to find out just how bad is it. Once I finally got over my grief and fear, I did manage to push myself in a new direction and have shifted to those non-machine tasks and handwork and choosing and cutting fabrics.

Katie B said...

I'm eagerly awaiting the report on your sewing machine! I've gotten that error message before, but I was able to make it go away. I hope the janome people are good to you.

Scrapatches said...

Sorry to read about your sewing machine troubles ... hope it is fixed soon! Thanks for running the WIP linky again ... not much to share today as my WIPs are all for upcoming blog hop posts, but I am enjoying the eye candy ... :) Pat

Janice said...

I hope your machine is fixed soon! I love those Modern Sampler blocks. Looks like a fun class!

tubakk said...

The Mosaic blocks are so fun. And I love all the colours used there.

Leslie said...

darn it on your machine! that stinks!
I am in love with your amish rebel quilt, that is so beautiful!

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Thanks for the shout out, Lee. That baby quilt is looking great!! : )

Cathy said...

OH no! I have the same machine. Mine is a year old and touch wood, no issues! I will be really interested to see what happens for you.

traceyjay said...

I hate to say it, but maybe this is what I need to happen to my machine so I can get something done! Perish the thought!

Nancy said...

Thanks for hosting, Lee. Your cross and star blocks are beautiful!

bloomingpoppies said...

Best wishes for a speedy machine return. Your projects look great and your students blocks are fun too. I'm still trying to get my points to match on my HST blocks!!! :-)

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

I feel your pain! For the first six months after I purchased a new Husqvarna Sapphire machine I was having periodic serious tension problems. Eventually the store replaced the entire upper tension unit and seems to be much, much better. BUT being without the machine for a week at a time was very difficult with my new sewing addiction!! Just had to go out fabric shopping instead! Best of luck with this!

Conni said...

great triangles, I havent ventures into anything but squares yet, lol Hope you get your sewing machine fixed soon. I thought you link stayed open for a few days, I missed it yesterday

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