Where have I been? Jeez, no kidding. I feel like it has been forever. Sure has been a rough year.
I have been practicing my long arm. Just about done with this one. Nothing crazy. just simple stuff to start. I like this quilt. Funny, because I said I was going to practice on an “ugly one”. I will get to that.
So, the below machines are not pretty, but they are packed with memories. The Kenmore on the left was the machine my parents bought when my older sisters were doing the “Home-Ec” thing. It was the only machine I sewed on for years.
The one on the right, was my grandmothers. The last thing she sewed on that machine were my kindergarten clothes. After that she got glaucoma and could no longer see. When I would visit, this is the machine I would sew things together with. I would just sew strips of fabric together. Little did I know it would lead to a life long passion for collecting sewing machines and fabric. My sister Karen had my grandmother’s machine and gave it to me when I saw her this past summer. I just had them both serviced and they are working perfectly.
I have fabric that my Uncle brought my grandmother when he was in Hawaii (military man). I have saved it many years. I will incorporated it in a quilt and use her machine to piece it.
On the one Mom and Dad bought, I will sew the memory quilts from my little sister Kellie’s clothes that her husband gave me. I have sort of begun, but there are so many memories that come back when I look at these clothes, it is hard.
While these machines are nothing special, they are special. At least to me.
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, I feel like it has been forever since I have posted anything. I have been working on a few things (therapy) and practicing with my rulers.
So, the beautiful dog quilt in the photo was sent to me by me dear Friend Nanette Chopin Cook of Chopin – A Passionate Quilter. We talk and she knew it was a rough couple of weeks for me for a host of reasons. She sent me this beautiful quilt top. I can’t wait to quilt it. It will be all mine. I have not stopped smiling since I opened the package. It is certainly going to be the next thing I quilt. A perfect top for the crazy dog lady. Gosh I love her. She is awesome in every way.
My daughter’s school sells Pi day Shirts and every year we get one. So, Happy Pi Day from the Nerd squad! Cow Pi’s bahahaha.
I have been working on my One Monthly Goal, but have changed the direction I am going. I was going to practice my scalloped border, but instead lost my mind with the new rulers. Not sure I actually like it on here, but it’s too late now. I am already committed. It doesn’t look to bad, but I will have a later post on my additional learnings as I continue to figure out ruler work
Epic fail on hand quilting for the HQA. So sorry. I will try to get on the path of straight and narrow again. To see all the beautiful work of those that are not slackers, click on the links below.
Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Jessisca, Sherry, Nanette, Sassy, Edith, and Sharon
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.