I finally found a use for flannel. Yeah.
I do say that with a hint of sarcasm. I like flannel, just not in quilts. Then why do I have so much? Good question. Maybe I just can’t pass up a sale. Ohhhh, that is very likely. Don’t get me wrong, I have made a few flannel quilts with scraps. They came out fine. I just feel that by the time I am done, the fuzz on flannel looks dirty. I know, weird. But I do like these cute receiving blankets made with flannel. Super simple and cute. I would like to make them a bit larger, which I will work on for the next one.
This past Saturday our guild had a quilt in. Name tags with your name or your code name. Hah! Well, I could not help myself. The sew-in was fun. They had someone teaching free motion quilting, or you could just work on whatever you wanted to. I took my $11.99 Bernina and sewed up a storm. It was a rainy Saturday in Ohio, so it was perfect for sewing and I won a door prize. $25.00 gift certificate to a local quilt shop. WooHoo!
So, I have been looking for a travel sewing machine. I hate taking my expensive Bernina machines when I go to sew ins etc…
Can you believe that I bought this for $11.99 at Goodwill. Works perfectly. Looks like it was not used much. Needs a bit of oil, but I cold not be happier. This weekend Lynn and I are going to a Sew in sponsored by our guild. Yeah!
Nothing fancy, but perfect for a traveling machine.
I think things may be looking up.
So, last night, I wanted to work on yet another project. It had some detailed applique. I was finding it very frustrating, as I had my head about three inches from the machine needle so I could see what I was doing. I was getting frustrated because some of it was just hard to see (bifocals not helping).
So I suddenly had a thought. Last week, when I was cleaning out the drawers of my cabinet I came across a few small Bernina Boxes. I remembered where they came from. My late husband liked to say I am sorry with “stuff”. Since “stuff” was not what I wanted from him at the time, I tucked them away in a drawer.
Well, it turns out that one of these little boxes was magnifying glasses. WooHoo, jackpot. Maybe I can see what I am doing. So, I get out the instructions, which is odd for me. I usually shy away from instructions. I follow along with what to do. Open up the head and install this little bar so that you can hook the magnifying glasses to it. OK, seems simple enough. But, why does my machine not look like the one in the picture? Well, after about 20 minutes of staring blankly at it, insisting that I was going to find a way to make it work even though it did not look like it should, I suddenly realized that yes, I have 2 Bernina machines and Holy Cow I bet these were for that “other” machine. Darn it. I wanted to use this one. Then after another 20 minutes of being disappointed I looked at the front of the machine and it already had this bar for magnifying glasses installed. OMG, could I be any dumber? 40 minutes into this and I should just slap myself.