Friday

Table Runner Progress

I quilted 18 table runners over this past week. I've been using up all my food-related novelty fabrics to make these.

Hopefully I can get the binding on all of them before my long arm gets delivered. I'm pretty sure that once the long arm comes I'm going to forget all about sewing for a while.

Tuesday

Husqvarna Sold

I sold my Rose today to a nice woman, MaryJo who's friend told her it was a great machine. I agree, it is a great machine. I hope MaryJo gets as many years of pleasure sewing on her as I had. She is a work horse and a wonderful machine.

Thursday

Amara!

I did it! I bought a longarmer today. I still can't believe it. It's a dream come true.

The shop that I purchased it from is called The Quilting Connection and it is located in Elkhorn, WI. It's a 45 minute drive from my house and because they do many quilt shows and spend time setting up machines, their shop is by appointment only.

I called first thing this morning hoping to get in early in the day but they were out setting up a machine. They called and stated that they would be back in the shop by 3:30 and I could come then. At the time of their return call I was babysitting my granddaughter and we were swimming. I still said yes I would come today even though I felt covered in chlorine-laden pool water. The hair just frizzes up under those conditions.

I got to the shop at 3:50 and left with a signed contract at 5:05. Wow! What an afternoon. So now I await confirmation that the machine is being built and sent to the shop for setup. Then they will contact me to pick a delivery date to my house. My sewing room is ready and I can't wait!

Monday

Batik Modern Quilt

I finally hand-stitched the binding on this quilt. I completed the quilt top over a year ago and until recently, I hadn't found the time to quilt it. I even had the backing pieced together for a very long time.

The quilting went quickly; I used variegated thread to compliment the colors in the fabrics. I used a meander to quilt it. Then I sewed the binding on and again, I let the quilt sit. All I needed to do was turn the binding over and hand-stitch it down and it seemed that once gardening season came, I just could not find the time.

It's been raining and chilly outside the last few days and that gave me a moment to get the hand-sewing part completed.


Saturday

Poppy Bag

Tomorrow I am attending a veterans picnic where our American Legion Wisconsin state auxiliary leader will be honored for her successful year of leadership. She just so happens to be a member of our local post and she comments to be regularly about how much she likes my poppy bag. So today I thought I would make her one just like mine.

The funny thing about my bag is that I didn't really use a pattern as much as I just copied some dimensions from another bag. So when I made this one I just got out my bag, measured it and made some improvements based on my bag. The one thing I really wanted to change is that I wished I would have used some heavy-duty interfacing. So I got out my decor-weight iron-in interfacing and ironed it to the inside pieces of the bag.

I put the entire bag together in just one afternoon since I've made so many before this one, it went pretty quickly.

The bag has a nice long shoulder strap and some interior pockets as well as the big outside pocket. the top is zippered shut so nothing can spill out. The interior of the big pocket and the bag lining is made with pretty paisley fabric that matches the outside of this bag. I sure wish I would have taken a photo of the inside of the bag.

I hope the bag is a nice surprise.

Friday

Sewing Machines for Sale

I decided it was time to let go of some of my favorite friends today. I posted my serger and my embroidery sewing machine for sale. It was very hard to let go of them but I knew they would be better off somewhere where they would be enjoyed. I just don't use them anymore. It took less than 8 hours to sell the serger. A woman who works at a local flag manufacturing company picked it up tonight.
The embroidery sewing machine is still for sale and hopefully it will go to a good home soon. I listed them both for sale on Craigslist and on some local Facebook sellers' pages. Both have had many inquiries and it just happened that the serger sold first. I think it's because I sold it for very little money. The sewing machine has a bit higher price tag on it so that one might take a little while to sell.

The sewing machine is quite the work horse. I saw one for sale for twice what I listed it for. I just want to see it get used.


Wednesday

Client Quilting Projects

Today I have quilting projects to complete for a client. She is going to donate this one to charity so I just had to do a meander all over this simple quilt for her.


I also had a table topper to quilt for this same client. The fabric is so pretty, I wouldn't mind owning this myself. The pictures do not do the fabrics justice. I quilted it using a blue fabric on top and a red on the back. It was hard to see my stitches since the thread blended in so nicely. That's not a bad problem to have! Such a pretty print. 


Sunday

Sewing Room Update

I spent this weekend cleaning out my sewing room. After our last meeting with our financial advisor, it seems there's room in our budget to make one of my dreams come true.

I will have a longarmer in this space very soon!

I can't believe I am saying it.