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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Can you say fake sampler? :-O

You know I did this on my sewing machine right? lol I finally got my Singer Quantum and I just gotta say "ITS SO DANG MUCH FUN!"

I have never been able to hand sew much but have always lusted after samplers from afar. So after church I sat down and played some more on my new toy and made myself an authentic fake sampler!  I decided to make it into a pillow because I didn't think enough in advance about the size I was making.

This machine has so many stitches and I am just having the time of my life. First computerized machine I have ever owned.

Now my mind won't be still thinking about all the possiblities! Oh and by the way 1853 was a hundred years before I was born which is when I should have really been born....
Happy Sunday Yall!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

tick tick tick... when will it get here? so I clean instead...

When oh when will my frame and new machine arrive... still no tracking info yet... so I decided to clean up my poor sewing room and thought I might take some pictures while it was clean because it rarely ever happens! No matter how hard I try to put things back and keep things in order it never stays that way for very long. Do you have that problem too? Or is it just me!
 I am wearing out my hardwood floor moving my chair around, may have to find something to put underneath of it... hmmm... any suggestions out there?

My Juki is still in my Roberts cabinet (another gift from Paul) but as soon as my Hinty gets here I  will move it to the frame and put my new Singer Quantum in my cabinet. I CAN NOT WAIT! Like I said it will be the first computerized machine I have ever owned or operated! Its a very big deal to this old gal for sure!

 I am a lucky girl, I get gifted a lot of old sewing stuff by some good buddies of mine who are kinda like the "American Picker" guys. The shelf is really a an old sewing cabinet I kinda hung as a shelf, a neat gift from John (my buddy). A thimble shelf full of thimbles from Paul (my buddy) Now if I can just find the right sized book shelf for all my quilting books to put under the old sewing cabinet my toe may begin to heal in the spot where I keep hitting on the wooden crate... do ya think?

My table where I sit and cut blocks and square blocks and dream up blocks... On my cutting table right now I am still squaring up bow tie blocks.

 More machines, can there ever be enough machines? My Serger has not been threaded in so long I may have forgotten how...

Lots of scraps from a gazillion different projects, all will eventually be put to good use, or at least I keep telling myself that.

 I have got two Civil War projects going at one time, the "Nawth" and the South... neither is winning at the moment.

I have been collecting blues for my upstairs
re-do. I am going Americana up there eventually.

Believe it or not there is a rhyme and a reason as to why this stack has this stuff and that stack has that stuff. All in good time.

See the little stool? I stand on that to reach the stuff on the top shelf, that little pillow attached is filled with Sweet Annie, whenever I step on it the smell warfs up and I love it... When I had carpet I would sprinkle on the carpet and then sweep, it was awesome.
Well, eventually my machine and my frame will arrive and I will post about that but for now I have a cleaned up sewing room that I will stay out of for well... a little while anyway!
Blessings Yall! Gwen

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I Didn't Run Away! I been spending money!

Hello all,
     I'll just give some quick happy dance news.  I have bought another sewing machine because I will be putting my Juki 2000 on my new Hinterberg frame! I am so excited, it should be here within a week or so.  I have never long armed before and even though they say the Juki 2000 is a long arm its really kinda short but it work for the frame I bought. I will be practicing on a few junky quilt tops first and then zooooooom! I'll be doing one for a friend and then a couple of mine.  I still would like to get a laser stylus for pantograms but I did get a regular stylus and some Grace perfect patterns to start with.  I have to get busy this week and make some sleeves for my poles but I think I can manage it.  More info as it comes in and here are some photos of what I bought... And oh yes, a very nice lady named Sandy is taking me under her wing from the quilting board I belong to. I have an date to visit her and her set up this week, how cool is that!

I chose this Singer because of the price, the reviews and I tried one out at Joann's. I love the fact that it has letters and numbers and best of all that it has a hand quilting stitch that looks pretty impressive to me. Its a very big deal to me because I have never had anything but a mechanical machine so I think its pretty awesome!
Have a great week and I'll let you know when they get here and how it all goes down!