Yesterday a new machine came to live in my studio :)
Here she is in all her glory....
I first saw this machine at Sandown 2 years ago when Patchwork Corner were doing a demo and I fell in love with it, but as I was still new to quilting it was a big thing to purchase if I didn't know if this 'hobby' was going to last :)
Anyway on Friday I visited Patchwork Corner as they had an exhibition for their 10th anniversary.
It goes without saying that the quilts were amazing and there in the corner was Ferret with the quilt frame......we had a bit of a chat and again I was drooling over the machine :)
I didn't think anymore about it, it was mentioned to my husband Ross, when I was telling him all about the quilts at the exhibition.
Well, Ross is a pretty amazing guy and without telling me he emailed Jenny at Patchwor Corner and bought it for me.......not even knowing what sort of thing he had bought.
It was a fantastic surprise and now we have got it home and set up, Ross wants a little play with it :)
I haven't had my first play yet, as after collecting it and setting it up, I was so tired yesterday evening that I didn't want to try her out incase I stuffed something up.......so after I visit my friend and her new baby this morning, I will be having my first test drive on the new machine :)
Now, I also had to name her........my little Bernina 440QE is called Daisy, after my nanny who taught me to sew........and so, with Chaz's help, I have decided to call the new machine Maude, after my other nanny........she was BIG on personality, love, humour and was always the one in charge, so this BIG machine is now officially called Maude.
Followed by some sewing to create some star points
Today will be spent creating blocks and maybe by tomorrow I will have sewn the blocks together.
I love the process of building up from small pieces of fabric into a full size quilt, I love to see it grow under my fingers :)
I appreciate just how much work went into quilts from yesteryear, I know how many hours I've put into this quilt already and I have a rotary cutter and sewing machine to help me on my way and make the job go quicker......how many more hours/days would it have taken someone a couple of hundred years ago.
He truly is one in a million and I am very lucky to be married to him.
I will reveal more later next week but after 20 years, and me thinking I know him so well,
I have to say he still knows how to amaze and surprise me.
You just gotta love that man!!!
Now back to sewing matters - Bagalicious kit 5 has arrived and as usual it doesn't disappoint - it is yet another delightful bag AND a matching purse/wallet.
Charley has already 'shotgunned' this bag, I didn't stand a chance LOL.......when I opened it I thought 'yummy, a fab bag to take to Festival of Quilts' but sadly, I think as fast as it comes out of the sewing machine when the last stitch is done, it will rapidly disappear over Chaz's shoulder and that will be that......but hey, she's such an awesome daughter I don't mind, and I can always make myself another one in different fabrics :)
I've just sandwiched and basted Chaz's first quilt for her and we'll get to the quilting over the next few days - the backing is gorgeous and goes with the fabrics perfectly, but I'll save those piccies until it's fully finished.
You'll probalby not be surprised that what makes me happy today involves my daughter Chaz and quilting :)
Chaz has been making her first quilt, and today she got all her blocks finished ready to be sewn together.......this is the first thoughts on what should go where, it might not be the final placement just yet but I think shes done a grand job so far....
We also had a lot of fun while sewing......Chaz had Lionel Richie on the ipod and we were having a bit of a party and Chaz was showing me some of her best dance moves........we then went out to get her the backing fabric and binding and have got the perfect compliment to the front of the quilt, but you'll see that when its finished. Hopefully by the end of the week it will be quilted and the binding done.......I have one very excited girlie here :)
Well I finally finished the top section of my Totally Patched BOM, I just need to quilt it now. I have just sandwiched it and it is now ready for hand quilting.
I just love these blocks, they are traditional blocks but have been elongated, which puts a nice twist on them.
This one is elongated saw tooth...
This one, a crazy patch
This one, elongated hexagons
This one, elongated nine patch
This one, elongated ohio star
Now for the hand quilting.......I tend to rely on machine quilting most of the time and need a lot more practise with my hand quilting, so it may not start off perfect, but I hope, by the time I get to the end of this quilt, my hand quilting will be a whole lot better.......wish me luck :)
Today what makes me happy is my clean, tidy and organised studio :)
I love having a good working space but am usually working to a deadline and I end up with fabric everywhere - it looks chaos, but it's organised chaos and I knew where everything was. It couldn't go on though, it was no longer a peaceful place to be, so I spent most of last week, emptying, clearing, sorting, storing and just generally have a mammoth spring clean. I then reorganised the storage and bought another desk and it is now finished, free for me to start being creative again.
How did you select colors for your personal thread collection? I always have loads of neutrals, white and black, then I buy all the pretty ones that I just can't resist and finally I buy colours to match some fabric I'm using.
Do you always match the color perfectly to your project? Sometimes I match perfectly, sometimes not......more times than not I like the look of something thats not quite matched.
Do you ever use contrasting thread? Yes, quite a lot of the time.....I like things that are different
Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread? Most often they are matching, unless the bobbin thread really doesn't go with the fabric
What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors? Then I try to find a colour that tones with both rather than favour one colour over another colour
Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread? Personally I don't think it pays to buy cheap thread.......use good quality thread, it will have to hold your project together for years. I tend to find one brand that I love and stick with that - and I think my machine prefers it too
Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection? Not right now, as I've just spent days having a massive spring clean in my sewing room and the threads have been emptied into a box until I reorganise and find a new home for them :)
Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)? Oh yes, far too many times than I need to BUT as I have built up quite a collection, I always seem to have the colour I need for the next project
Do you “invest” in thread? Yes, absolutely.....I want my quilts to last
What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.) Cotton, machine-quilting, hand-quilting, silk
This Monday, what makes me happy is fabric.....in particular Jelly Rolls. There are some fab patterns out there that need lots of cutting and buying a pre-cut jelly roll really saves on time, plus they just look adorable sitting on the shelf :)
I have spent the last few days clearing, sorting and cleaning my studio - hopefully I'll finish it today and then I can crack on with some sewing. The hardest part of the spring clean has been to not get distracted by the fabrics and start sewing before I finish sorting......oooh but the sight of these jelly rolls are making my fingers itch.