Saturday, 2 April 2016

Once I got started,

          After much deliberation over computerized verses mechanical, I finally made my choice(s).
In the end I decided to go mechanical and vintage.
I like that the decals are a worn, it makes me wonder what the person has sewn on this machine over the many years it was used. This vintage lady runs beautifully. She has amazing power and sews through practically anything thrown under her needle without hesitation. Isn't this design lovely?


Then I spotted this vintage machine and, well, it did need a new home so you know!
I'm having some trouble trying to find out anything about this machine. I'm not entirely sure if it's an Elna Supermatic or not. I love the colour and how it purrs along, it's so quiet that I can actually hear my tv without cranking the sound way up! So nice. A bit temperamental, his feed dogs aren't too partial to seams it seems. I hope I  can find the solution to his upset.

Last  but, not by any stretch, least my Bernina 807 Minimatic. 
What a joy to sew on and fast, holy smokes I think I'm in love!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

I Swear My Head Is Going To Explode!

I have checked out so many sewing machines that they're all looking like this to me!
Buying a car is easier.
I want to treat myself to a new machine but wading through all the options is exhausting and I don't think I'm any closer to a decision. I do know I'd like to go computerized. I've always sewn on a mechanical and have had the good, the bad and the downright ugly experiences to go with them. I have read and re-read reviews until I can't see straight and today I called the few retailers and one repair shop close by to seek their knowledge. The repair shop's opinion was to give Brother a wide berth and go with Kenmore. The first retailer/distributor I spoke with was all computer and no way to mechanical (I was debating as to the repairs and maintenance of the computerized machines) and the third sells Bernina but said she sews on a 20 year old Janome computerized machine at home and loves it.
What's even more frustrating is that the majority of the machines I'm looking at are unavailable in a store near me to "test drive", most are sold online for my budget of around $500.00. 
What machine do you sew on? Do you love it or loath it? 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

500 Waiting!

Have you seen the you tube video from the  Missouri Quilt Co. for 
The Sashed Half Hexi Quilt?
I must say I really like this design!

It's going together quite fast and when complete will be presented by
Quilts of Valour Canada to a Canadian soldier. 
If you've never heard of  QOV, I encourage you to visit the site.
When I spoke to my area's representative I was floored at the number of soldiers that are waiting for their QOV, in a 1 1/2 hour drive radius from her home, 500! That's 500 waiting!!
That's 500 too many don't you think?

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Oh Those Darn RULES!!!

Do you follow "the rules" or do you break them?
Who makes these rules anyways? 
I've been debating as to whether or not I could use a sheet for the solids in this design,
Jenny makes it look so easy.
Three Rivers Quilters Gallery
Same design but bolder colours. Beautiful.
I've read about thread count and the arguments against and those for putting sheets to use.
I just can't see any reason not to use sheets. My budget, which is tighter than a fiddle string, won't allow for the purchase of high end solids for such a project but I really want to sew this quilt.

Monday, 8 February 2016

My First Conquest of 2016

I finally conquered my silly fear of  C.U.R.V.E.S.!!!
Having been away from my sewing machine for a while I decided, as a reintroduction, to try something new to me.  The dreaded curve.
It all started because I was re~reading Clare O'Donohue's, The Drunkard's Path. Every time I picked up the book that design was there, mocking me. I jumped online to see just how to construct a Drunkard's Path and found that there are many ways to lay out the blocks! The options are endless.
Since this was a first attempt, keeping the projects on the small side might be prudent idea. Foxy and Carli (who played camera shy today) thought it was a good plan too, they both received a new flannel bed cushion and I no longer fear curves!

Until next time ~

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweater QAL

 has already started and I must admit, I've been drawn in. 
This weekend I'll be rolling up my sleeves and stitch up some ugly sleeves and bodices from scraps of Christmas fabrics. The options are endless but my plan is placemats and by starting in February I might just have them completed by Christmas 2016!! 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Pieces of Me

My Dad & I,  this past October. He's 85 and going strong!
Below are Phil, Danny & CJ at the Drumheller valley edge.
It's been so long since I've been here that I almost forgot how to post! 
(I will admit that I'm finding myself at a bit of a loss for words.)
I have pieced a couple of quilts over the past few months but I only have pics of this one.
I believe it's Buggy Barn for the backing.
I hope some of you are still around out there,
I'd like to reconnect and gain some advice!

See you soon :)