Well, that's what John said when I showed him the first of these bags I made yesterday
27 January 2010
25 January 2010
This morning I visited the local Bernina shop because I needed to buy a screw for my walking foot. While chatting to the saleslady, I enquired about the current price of the Aurora 440 QE. Turns out the shop is selling off its bench models (with full factory warranty, lessons etc) and, after picking myself up off the floor after I found out the price, I left the shop to go grocery shopping and made a couple of phone calls - to John, who said I would be silly not to buy the machine and to Diann who advised me that buying the machine was "the responsible thing to do" because I've been eyeing off this model for so very long and sentimentality was the reason I hadn't updated my machine earlier.
Until three years ago I had owned one sewing machine - a Bernina 830 that John bought for me for our first Christmas after our wedding (1978, we were living in Holland at the time and he spent our return airfare money to buy the machine). Three years ago I bought a second-hand Bernina 830 to use on my quilting frame but this machine has since gone to live with Jenni.
I high-tailed it back to the Bernina shop and this came home with me:
Had to sew with it straight away so I put the bolster cushion together
and I made a block keeper based on Leanne Beasley's block keeper from Homespun No 28 using my birthday stitchery
I am one very happy camper.
15 January 2010
This block was started 4 months ago - took it out on the weekend and finished it last night - only needed to stitch the wisteria.
One large and 8 small blocks to go. Would be wonderful if they were finished by the time I go to a retreat in March. Very much looking forward to the retreat with Diann, Jenny, Helen, Teresa and maybe one or two others, then the following weekend I will be travelling to Nundle for the Girls Day in the Country. Fun times coming up.
13 January 2010
... the Monster Mash
Three little Sweet Pea's
Four Little Sweet Pea's Quilts finished
A bit windy this morning and it was difficult to get a photo of the quilt hanging flat - the wrinkles aren't actually there. I don't want to make another one of these for a very long time - won't say "never" because it's such a cute design, but four in eighteen months is enough for the moment.
09 January 2010
Mum and I spent this afternoon packing up many of the Christmas decorations, ornaments, lights etc. Hopefully I'll finish that job tomorrow. After dinner we went to see "It's Complicated" - hilarious, fantastic, best picture I've seen for ages. Was wonderful to laugh so much. Meryl Streep is fabulous. The future son-in-law is great.
Last two Sweet Pea blocks are finished.
With a bit of luck I'll find some time tomorrow to finish quilting Monster Mash and maybe sew the Sweet Pea blocks together. Almost time to start "Tail Feathers".
Very hot here today and supposed to continue tomorrow.
06 January 2010
03 January 2010
That line comes from the first computer game we ever bought - a Barbie game for Elizabeth to play on the Commodore 64 - can't remember exactly how long ago that was - and the line has ended up in our family language. Today I had planned to finish off a bag I started as a Christmas present but ran out of time to finish. While looking for the pieces in one of the drawers I came across the monster blocks and this is what I did this afternoon - all I had to do was a simple central block, some borders and sashings.
When I visited Diann last June, I tidied up one of her fabric cupboards and these 8 machine emroidered blocks (3 with borders finished) were in the back of the cupboard. Diann had decided she no longer wanted them and asked if I knew anyone who would. I immediately thought of my work friend's little boy Evan, who is 4. I forgot to bring the blocks home with me and in early December a package arrived with the blocks, blue fabric, rainbow stripe fabric and another bright basketweave fabric that I'll use for the binding.
The quilt measures ~47" x 47" and I have a some of the fabric squares leftover from the Scrappy Spiderweb backing that I can use as the basis for the backing. I'm tickled pink with how it turned out.
Lots of rain has been falling here starting on Christmas Day. Sunny weather will return on Tuesday when I go back to work - doesn't bother me because I've been happy to stay inside, although it would have been nice to sit outside on our verandah over the last week or so and read a book.
The quilt top is now together (and needs ironing). I had planned to use the red stripe for the outer border but, once all the blocks were together, the red in the stripe looked too strong so instead I used the pale gold stripe with red flowers. The first border is plain cream 1-1/2" finished. I'm thinking of using the green/rose sprig fabric for the backing and red crackle for binding. The quilt measures ~65" x 72". This will be quilted on the frame when the mood strikes. No plans for it yet but something will turn up.
02 January 2010
Whirligig blocks (7-1'2" sq finished) ready to be sewn together
First three "Tail Feathers" blocks pieced and ready to be stitched/appliqued when I've finished the red "Sweet Pea's Quilt".
I cut out the strips for these blocks when I bought a f/q set of 12 Butterscotch Patisserie fabrics and have since added to the stack of fabrics. I LOVE IT! Love the colours, designs, feel - everything.
Having a lovely time pottering about, doing nothing much except a bit of sewing/stitching, watching some movies, reading etc. John and I went to see "Sherlock Holmes" on New Year's Eve - we enjoyed it - very dark looking film, lots of action and funny repartee between Holmes and Watson.