Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bernina 440 QE for sale

I'm selling this machine, along with the embroidery unit, walking foot, BSR, additional feet, extra bobbins, manual, dvd's, threads, and stabilizers. I used this machine for two years after I bought it new in 2007. Then it went back in the box and sat in the closet. I simply did not get into embroidery the way I thought I would (I did monogram two hand towels and they look great!)

I was concerned about turning the machine on after it had been unused for so long, so I had George from Atlanta Sewing service it for me. He did a wonderful job and got it all spiffed up and running like new. He did replace the power supply board (that was under warranty) but otherwise it was just fine. Many of the parts and accessories are still in their original plastic wrap, and all parts are in their original boxes or containers. There are no scratches or visible wear to any of the items.

If you are interested or know someone who is, and are located in north Georgia, or near the metro Atlanta area, please leave a comment with a way to contact you.  I have noticed that these are selling on ebay for about $1800- $2000. I will accept cash or credit card. I will consider any serious offers, and I promise not to be offended. I want someone to give this machine a good home and feel happy with the value they get for their investment.
Enjoy every stitch!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mug Rugs!

I'm hosting my bee group here today and I made them each a little gift. I made mug rugs with star fish since I was in a Caribbean mood from my recent cruise. I made them assembly line style...

I cut scraps of batting into 5" x 7" rectangles, and backing fabric into 5.5" x 7.5" rectangles

Then I cut a bunch of scraps into random 6" strips. I just made a pile that looked like it would be enough, I didn't count. Each mug rug will require a different number of strips based on how wide the strips are.

Then I started sewing and pressing "quilt as you go" style. Meaning, I sewed through all of the layers every time I added a strip, so that it was getting quilted while it was getting pieced. Once the entire mug rug was covered, I trimmed the edges even with the batting to 5" x 7",

Then I drew starfish on freezer paper and pressed it to a piece of white wool. I then cut out the shapes and removed the freezer paper.I used a blanket stitch on my machine to applique the starfish to the mug rugs.

I then used another batik fabric (actually leftover strips from a previous binding) to bind the mug rugs. I then practiced my machine binding on them. The last two were even good! The first few were okay, but it's one of those things that require practice. Batiks are good to practice on because they will hold a crease and not slide around too much.

I sure hope my bee friends like their little goodies today. I live so far out in the country that I feel like my friends deserve a reward just for getting here!

Enjoy every stitch!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Doll Quilt Swap!

This sweet little quilt arrived this week from Julianne. Go check out her blog! She participated in the doll quilt swap hosted by Lori. It is so sweet and looks great on the little side table in my sewing room.
She added this cute little label to the back and sent me this pretty piece of fabric as a bonus.

Please pardon the doggie shadow, Buddy liked the quilt too and would not walk away while I was photographing it. He's got good taste. Thank again Julieanne! And thanks again Lori for hosting the swap!
Enjoy every stitch!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A sad day...

Dear Friends based on the Dear Jane Quilt
(this quilt has nothing to do with this post)

Today I had planned to reveal my Mini of the Month for April, but it's been a rough week. A very sweet friend passed away Sunday night, and today we will celebrate her life. She was so healthy, so happy and brought such joy to the people around her. I had lunch with her three weeks ago and she was volunteering (yet again) to work on another charity project. She had so much energy and she was so willing to share it with others. I'm still confused how a strong healthy person can get pneumonia, become critical, and pass away in a matter of days. She had so much to offer and now we are the ones who will miss her smile and her giving spirit. Bless you Mary, I am thankful I was lucky enough to know you.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Doll Quilt Swap

When Lori sent out the invitation to do a Doll Quilt Swap, I couldn't sign up fast enough! I have been a follower of hers for years and really admire her work. She was kind enough to do all the work of collecting names, assigning swap partners, and contacting everyone. I know that's a lot to do and I really appreciate her time and energy.
As soon as I signed up though, I had a mini panic attack! What would I make, how would I quilt it, would it be good enough? I know, I always put way too much pressure on myself, but that's just me. So I sat down with a cup of coffee and started really thinking. What do I enjoy, and what can I reasonably do in the time given? Well, tumblers weren't the first thing that popped into my brain, but when they finally did, I knew it was the way to go! I may already have a stash of several thousand cut and ready to go, so I sorted through them for the best reproduction fabrics (that was one of the rules). Then I started sewing them together and was hoping a border fabric would be easy enough to choose. I tried brown...too dark. I tried green...too light. I tried several shades of blue until I found this one...just right. At least I hope the recipient thinks so.

I machine pieced it and machine quilted the blocks in the ditch. I then did some simple hand quilting in the border to give a little texture to it. I am not the greatest hand quilter, but I enjoyed the process and think that it turned out pretty well.
Thank you Lori for a fun swap! I'll be sitting by the mailbox waiting for mine to arrive. LOL
Enjoy every stitch!

Monday, April 14, 2014

For the love of Sue...

It's no secret that I'm a huge Sue Spargo fan. I may have squealed when I actually got to meet her in person. Luckily, she is very sweet and made no comment on my level of enthusiasm. I digress. She is so talented and such a wonderful teacher. I am in awe of her colors and stitches and folk designs. I love them all.

This book is her recent attempt to create a "stitch library" in one book, and it is so beautiful, not to mention useful. She covers 50 stitches and not only describes how to make them, but has diagrams and beautiful photos of the finished stitches.

The book is organized into sections which makes reference super easy. But it's also filled with wonderful information on threads, needles and all kinds of tips for using the various supplies.
The back of the book also includes an index of all the stitches so you can flip to the one you want if you know the name of it. How cool is that? Sue really does a great job with this book and makes it totally worth adding to your library! (And no, this is not a paid endorsement, just a very enthusiastic fan of all things Sue!)
Now, go enjoy every stitch!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Mail!


Friday evening included a very nice surprise when I opened my mailbox. Two surprises actually! My copy of Primitive Quilts and Projects was waiting for me.

I had not seen my little quilt in a very long time, so it was delightful to see it and see what a wonderful job they did of photographing it! How cute is that? I can only hope it looks so good hanging in my house!

And the magazine wasn't the only surprise...but fabric as well!

I can't wait to dig into this gorgeous pile of American Made Brand solids. They are so soft and the weave is perfect for applique! Not too heavy or stiff.

And they aren't "boring" solids like some can be, these have a beautiful saturation of color and will be so much fun to work with. The ideas are spinning already!

I wish every day held these kind of surprises!

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