Monday, March 19, 2018

Waiting on Spring

Just when some of the trees are starting to bud out, we're to finally get some snow!!  What is that???  Just love this pix from Google...

Well, I participated in a quiltalong at my wonderful local quilt shop, Oh Sew Persnickety.  We used the book- The Fussycut Sampler.

While it's fun to sew along with other folks on a schedule, I have learned by doing this quiltalong, that I am NOT a willing fussycutter!!

It is sooooo verrrry hard for me to cut motifs out of the middle of a fat quarter or yardage... I was brought up to be a saver of fabric, no wasting allowed!!

I used my Halloween stash for this quilt, and while I like how it turned out, I won't ever be doing a whole quilt using the fussycut method...  just to wasteful for my economical soul!!

I made a quilt for my younger son for Christmas, and although I did finish the top before Christmas, I didn't get it quilted and bound until recently.

It is one of the Missouri Star's disappearing pinwheel quilts.  I saw the original quilt when Jenny from Missouri Star came to our local quilt show a few years ago, and I loved her fabrics, so I bought the same exact layer cake.

We are sooo enjoying our little grandson, Neal!  It is so fun to watch him grow and explore his world!!

Yogi is still hanging in there!!  He wants to know what you are working on these days!?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Busy Days!

In my last post, I showed you my new Bernina 790 plus that my husband gave me for Christmas. 

He purchased it before Thanksgiving when Bernina was running a special deal giving you a Koala cabinet with your machine.  

It took about 7 weeks for the new cabinet to was finally delivered last Monday.

It is larger than my old Horn Quilters Dream cabinet, so I had to  do some rearranging in my sewing room for it.  

I moved my Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen Sit-Down machine out of my sewing room, and into the Grand's Room next door.  

Then I was able to move my big Ikea cubby unit down into the corner where my HQ machine had been sitting, so the new wider Koala cabinet would fit where my old Horn cabinet had been sitting- in the center of my sewing room.

So, while I have been waiting for the new cabinet to arrive, I've been busy making some new small sewing themed wall quilts to put up on the wall previously covered by the cubby unit.

I had several small plastic chest of drawers units full of notions and accessories that used to sit under the old cabinet, but the new one has built in drawers...

but I still needed more drawers, and a surface for my rotating caddy, so I found just what I was looking for at Ikea.

I like the big shallow drawers for all my machine feet and such.  It's just perfect!  And only took about 2 hours to assemble!  Yay!!

I also found two new task lights at Ikea for my cutting area to the left of my machine.

I also moved my TV and Blue Ray player over to the top of my bookcases, so they are easier to see while at my machine!!

I am sooooo LOVING my new sewing machine!  It's my fourth Bernina in the last 40 years...and the best one by far!!

My husband named this one for me!  MLB  - my last Bernina!!  LOL!!

We just recently had a lovely visit with our grandson Neal!!  Is he beautiful or what?  

And as smart as a whip...scary how he troubleshoots  and comes up with new ways to explore his world...

Yogi is still with us, though blind and deaf and a bit more frail. as time goes by!

When hubby is out of town, Yogi takes over his side of our bed!!

What are you up to lately?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends!  We did here in Northern Virginia!!

We got to babysit our grandson Neal in December, at their home in Philly, while his parents attended a Christmas party.

This little man is such a joy to be around! 

It's so fun to see the world through his exploring eyes, as he figures things out.

On Christmas morning, I was very surprised when my DH gave me a new Bernina!!

I had told him to let me know when he was gonna finally retire, so I could get a new machine before he did.  My Artista 640 was 16 years old!  Wow!  Time flies!!  It is a great machine, but wanted some new features like the even-feed foot!

So, my DH bought it secretly before Thanksgiving during the "get-a-free-sewing-cabinet-deal" was going on!!  Smart man!!  I'm still waiting to hear when the new cabinet will be delivered, so for now it is sitting atop my old sewing table...waaaay too big for that space.  I've had to figure out how to rearrange my little sewing room to accommodate the newer larger cabinet.  I had to move my Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen Sit-down machine out to another room and rearrange some other furniture.  When the new cabinet comes in, and everything is resettled, I'll take  lots of pix and do a new sewing room reveal post!!
I made my dear Mother a walker bag for Christmas, so she can keep needed items close at hand.

Her walker is hot pink, so I thought these fabrics would be perfect!!

I'm happy to say, she loves it!!  Yay!!

I'm working on a few projects, and will write about them when they are done!!

Yogi and I would love to know what have you been up to in this brand new year! 

Any big resolutions or plans or goals?