1. I have the same problem with my machine. She does this when I sew with a 4, or a 3.5 on a too thin fabric. Or when she’s not clean enough. Or when I need to change the nedle.Or just so 😀

  2. I have to admit that I am a “new” (sometime last year) reader of your blog. It makes me really happy whenever I see a new post in my google reader!

    This time you have completely cracked me up! Minke Whale! 🙂 I think I may have seen GMV too many times because I was only part way through reading that line when my mind started reading it with a “Robin Williams” tone 🙂
    Love it!
    thanks for some morning cheer

  3. just found your blog thru the flood appeal. your auction lot is gorgeous. Also – I love the way you hold your binding down for the handsewing – hairclips! I have never seen this before, so much better than a pin, which doesn’t really hold it down. I’m going to get some for my next quilt!

  4. Hi Colette – they aren’t actually hairclips (and they hurt when your 4 yr old puts them in her hair). They don’t have any of the nice plastic on them (that helps them slide over hair) and they seem to be a lot sturdier. I found mine in a quilting shop and they really are great. I would always be getting stuck with pins in my lap as I sewed on binding before I got these.
    Thanks for visiting (and also for supporting the flood appeal!)

  5. Well you’ve completely put me off sewing with that minky stuff. I don’t like fussy stuff when I’m sewing and don’t have the same patience you obviously have. You sure look like you did a brilliant job of your quilt. I can’t believe how many quilting pins you used!!! I don’t think I have that many!

  6. :-D! I’ve seen Good Morning Vietnam MANY times when I was a teenager and had a crush on Robin Williams (yes, I was strange …, still think he’s sexy in his hairy way, though … :-D), but I saw it in German … The German voice did a great job, also in Aladdin, but the real thing is even funnier!

    Thanks for the laughs and memories, they make the minky seem less scary!

  7. the quilt looks fantastic kirsty. thanks for the minky tips, i will give it a crack, especially now that i know that no whales were harmed in the production.

  8. I’d forgotten about that movie and how brilliant Robin Williams was; yes it fit your tutorial. Thanks. I believe that Minky should be pinned,nailed, glued before trying to sew it. Your tutorial is great and it will help the next time I feel brave enough to use some of what is left in my stash. I thought everyone knew that Minky comes from the Minke Whale, good thing you reminded us because it explains so many things.

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