Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy March! Spring Cleaning here we come!

It all starts with this! BIG scrap basket!



Dollar store here I come. The Command hooks -- then the labels from Ikea that have been sitting for years waiting for a purpose -- and my new pliers! Of course my label maker!


Attaching the labels first!

Tigger preparing to sort the scraps! He honestly didn't know where to begin!


"OK, so I helped a bit!

Voila! All done.

The top baskets can be reached with my stool when I need. I have a project for the scraps that go in order of of color. The bigger pieces I am going to press a10Cnd cut out for my charms and strips that I can then store in plastic bins.  It feels good to have them organized and a reminder that they will empty eventually! 

I am loving the scrappy quilts lately! I was surprised by how much I have accumulated over the last 2-3 years. Better to have them sorted than having to sort as I need them! 

Cost -- wire baskets at the dollar store $10.00 These are the medium size 12" high and about 10" across the top.
labels from Ikea - 1 package of 5 - $3 each
Command hooks - 1 package of 5 - $5

I nixed the plastic drawers on casters for scraps, as I am limited in floor space.
I already have two drawer units on wheels like this:
MICKE Drawer unit/drop file storage IKEA Drawer stops prevent the drawers from being pulled out too far.They both hold all my thread and machine feet. I found them of course at Ikea in their " As is" area. On both, the drawers were stuck closed and the service guys fixed them for me without cost! Both totaled $50.

The big basket of scraps was under my sewing desk, by my feet. It was a pain, but easy to toss the scraps into! Way too easy! I have tried to be a good quilter and cut those scraps and store them away in appropriate piles right away -- but it never happened! This is one more tick off my "TO DO" list!

Happy Quilting Everyone!
Margo

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Gertie refurbished

She sews beautiful! I had to break in the belt though, and THAT was a lot of foot peddling! I heard you could stretch the belt before you put it on, but I didn't want to end up with a floppy belt. The belt worked great when winding the bobbin, but with sewing it was very stiff. 

I did some reading and found out that using violin Rosin  would help! I had no idea what it was and luckily we have a music store within a couple of blocks of us! It was about $5, so I was ok with that. This is what it looks like:
Image result for hidersine rosin It is like a little puck that looks like a deep red color. It is very hard. You hold this little puck behind the leather belt and treddle until it coats the back of the belt. What it does, is helps the leather grip the wheel. Gripping the wheel, helps to make the needle go up and down. How is that for a very simple explanation! I think those experts out there are laughing at my explanation -- but as long as someone get's it, that's all that counts! This little puck was NOTHING like I imagined it would be! This is what the puck looked like when I was done:


After peddling for a bit, it loosened so it was easier to peddle! I figure if it take a bit of work, it will count as exercise! Hah!


You will notice on the first photo of Gertie, the finish looks ok. When you get closer, it seems to be a matte finish! I did the best I could with my limited knowledge. I read quite a few blogs of vintage owners taking apart everything, but I was terrified to do that! Remember when I took my mom's machine apart when I was little and no one could put it back together and an expert had to be called! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
so.... I did the best that I could!

  First I used Autosol Metal Polish

... then followed up with 

Finally I used an auto polish to buff. Trust me, There was a lot of elbow grease and I was impatient to work on her. Photo below is a closeup of the finish. It's been worn through the years. I tried a few different products.
This photo is with the flash. you can see little mottled spots. They were more prominent before the deep clean. 

This photo is without the flash and you can see there is finish that has flecked off.
The last bit was followed up with auto polish from our Auto Body friend. I'll have to keep trying, but as long as she's clean and smooth, I'm not too worried!

From a distance she may not be brand new! But she's brand new to me and I love her! She will be in the family for many years to come and I am sure that my dad is happy that I adopted her!


I took a week vacation this coming week so I can do some quilting! I have been quite tired lately when I get home from work, so this week is a chance to re-charge those creative cells and spend some time with Chef!  I'll try and update my progress!

If there are any vintage owners out there, I would love to hear your input on how to get your babies shiny!

Happy quilting everyone!
Margo

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Meet Gertie!

This is Gertie! I found her on Kijiji! For years I have been looking for the one my dad refinished, never to find her. This is the second one I went to see and she's a beauty! I know I have a lot of work ahead of me to get her ready -- but she stitches beautifully now. The owner brought her from Belgium. Chef and I did some research and we believe she's a model 128. The manual that came with, said Model 27, but the serial numbers don't match. All the parts are working, but they need a good cleaning. The previous owner would put her down without taking the leather belt off, thus stretching the belt a bit too much. Easy repair. Gertie dates back to 1926. Her serial number indicates they made 20,000 of these babies, so she's not really "rare" at all. She has a vibrating shuttle and she has a shuttle ejector button. That's all I know for now! 


Her cabinet is quite nice, but certainly not the original. She's been refinished somewhat, but it will do for a long time before I decide to get a better job done. You can see the decals on the machine are still all there. 

 Her shank has a screw that is permanently in there. We have some WD40 soaking right now in hopes that the screw will come off so we can try the other feet! A little box came along with the machine with all these feet! You'll notice there are a couple of duplicates in there! I will have to see if I can find a manual on line for it. Otherwise I am really happy with it!
 She needs a good cleaning -- I am still looking for instructions on THAT part! I heard my dad's voice in my head as I was taking a bit of her apart saying, "Remember when you took Mom's Singer apart and we had to take it to the repair shop?" Those memories are making me take a step back and do a little bit at a time as I learn.
 Look at all that gunk! Wonder how old that gunk is?
The inside gears don't seem too bad. Off the bat she sews really nice. I tried to wind the bobbin, but of course you need the belt -- so I had to handwind it!

It's my first crack at a vintage machine! If anyone out there has any suggestions on how to go about servicing her, I would sure appreciate the input!

Happy Quilting Everyone!
Margo

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WIP -- Progress!

It all started with this yesterday.....
  then this for dinner        

then we watched a couple of movies, napped, watched some more movies and then to bed! Hah! Happy Valentines Day! I had a pijama day! Was wonderful!

Today was a totally different story! 
I started cutting out the pieces for my son's quilt -- the pieces will be going to be to Retreat!

Then to press all those 1/2 triangles!



...while Mr. Tigger was snoring away!


Now a whole pile to put together!


I have been taking things easy with my left hand. Cutting has been slow and steady. Not piling too many layers together, and sliding my hand up the ruler while I cut with the opposite hand. Cutting, then piecing, then pressing, then back to a bit more cutting, etc. Breaking it all up seems to help a lot!

Chef has been prepping a turkey dinner! I love turkey! The smells have been wafting up to the studio to the point that I just HAD to quit and come closer to the kitchen! Hah! No worries! He'll put me to work setting the table!

Have a wonderful weekend all! We get one more day of weekend here in Alberta -- Monday is a statutory holiday called Family Day! The family is all scattered all over doing their thing, but it gives me another day to work in the studio! To all my U.S. friends -- happy President's Day!

Happy Quilting all!
Margo

Saturday, February 14, 2015

How do you say "I love you"



How do YOU say "I love you"?
Enter Fons & Porter Valentine's day contest here


The rules are posted on the link -- this is my entry:

  1. Send me a picture of the quilt you’ve created that you’re most proud of. It can be an original design or an interpretation from one in a publication.
  2. Tell me why you love it so much. --  It was my first paper-piece project. Once I got 10 blocks done, I was exhausted already! I think it was because there was so much more going on in my life -- divorce -- court battles -- moving -- going back to school! It wasn't  necessarily the technique of building this block! The blocks and remaining pieces were put away in a box and to be hauled around from one place to the next! It took 12 years before it saw the day of light -- after divorce, graduating school, kids grown up, and a new love in my live who gifted me with a new sewing machine! The small bits of fabric from my grandson's quilt, or the piece of fabric from my new love's quilt, even the "dark time" fabric that my ex would say was a waste of money! With every piece I remembered my journey. The different fabrics reminded me of my children growing up, my ex, as well as new grandchildren, and memories of the FARTs --[Fabric Acquisition Road Trips] with my new love!  While sewing, I would remember the painful past, but learned how to forgive and move onto the new with grace.  It is the quilt I am most proud of and love. I couldn't think of a better person to dedicate it to -- my oldest daughter on her 30th birthday! I think she gave up on it ever being finished, but when I placed it in her arms we both shed a tear or two! It was a journey -- one that reminds me that through everything we experience, we can mold something beautiful!
  3. Give me a short description of how you made it– techniques, tools, templates. I want the dirty. If you remember which magazine it came from, let me know. This quilt was started in 1996 from a pattern by Karen K. Stone "Lady Liberty Goes to Hawaii" that my oldest daughter fell in love with! The sheer terror of  making all the blocks to fit a queen size bed didn't hold me back! I came up with modifying it by placing borders around the blocks and adding a larger border to the outside. The tree's were to have significance as well. The top number of tree's signify the month my daughter was born in and the bottom would be the date. As for the tree's on the side, I decided to place an equal number to balance the quilt out.
  4. Make sure to include name and location so I can give you credit. My name is Margo Brown, Calgary, Alberta Canada - completed 2013. Quilting completed by Karen Morrison of Airdrie, Alberta
If you want to enter the contest -- make sure you send an email with your answers to fonsportersubmit@gmail.com  .

Last -- but not least... HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! May you all have a wonderful day doing what you love with the one's you love! 

Happy Quilting everyone!
Margo

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Picture Tells a Thousand Words


It's been a tough 4 days! I headed to the surgeon on Thursday for Day Surgery and had a whole bunch of injections in my left hand. Good thing I remember my Lamaze breathing from over 31 years ago! I was breathing in and out in the surgical suite as they were putting the injections in. This is the fourth time to have injections, but the last ditch attempt to buy me some time before taking the big plunge into removing joints. Today has been the first day I was up to doing anything and felt that typing was ok as well! I am headed back to work tomorrow and I NEED the use of my hands to do my computer work! EGADS. I have been a good girl though and not overdoing it!

So...onto the picture! I thought it would be interesting to take a snapshot of what my work table has on it! I am trying ever so much to use up my scraps. I feel horrid if I throw out anything! My basket is an old wicker one that is overflowing! I always, like you, have too many projects on the go, but I am so very limited with time. Further distressing is when I do have time, my hand isn't "ready"! I so feel for all of you out there with arthritis! It sucks getting old! (and those who have had arthritis before aging, my heart goes out to you).

My favorite quilter is Bonnie Hunter. She is so inspiring and has such a huge following! I've been sewing "with" her while watching her Quilt-Cam! It's great to watch and just listen to what she has to say. It's like sewing with a best friend! I do wish I had more sew days with my daughter or friends, but life gets in the way! Sewing with Bonnie IRL would be wonderful, but....at least I have Quilt-Cam! Check her out on YouTube -- better yet, you can join her blog and actually sew with her in real time! I just got my first book from her and LOVE it! More Adventures with Leader's and Enders. 

One of the other books I have is by Joan Ford! Cut the Scraps. I have been cutting my scraps to her method, but am now intending on cutting scraps to both Bonnie's and Joan's recommendations. Each of them have their own system and I can see the need for both. Until I find what works for me, I'll be cutting to each project on my bucket list.

Bonnie has a great idea where instead of using your little scrap to start off your sewing, without getting a rats nest on the bottom -- use two "scraps" to start off and also to end. Thus leaders and enders came about! I used to have so much thread littering my sewing room, my clothes and around my work area, it was nuts! Check out Bonnie's blog!

Joan Ford has not been around as long as Bonnie Hunter, but I love her book as well. Her blog isn't as "newsy" as Bonnie's, but well worth a look!. Check out Joan's blog!

I am working on simple half-square triangles, using 5" charms. Before my hand issues, I was using a HERA marker.  Now these markers are great! The harder you press, the easier it is to see your line -- but you don't have to worry about getting the line out by washing, or erasing. It is just a simple crease line. They don't bleed or leave marks you don't want. It simply leaves a crease that you can follow. With arthritis, it is difficult to hold and press firm enough to mark your fabric. Maybe I will be able to use it again down the line, but right now my hand a bit too inflamed.

FRIXON pens. For me, right now, for the purpose of marking a simple half-square triangle - it works perfect. Even if it doesn't come out, I am not worried. However I have used it to mark a quilt top and it came out with a simple press of the iron. Check out the blog post from Lee on Freshly Pieced.  I bought mine at the local quilt store, but I know you can buy them at your local stationery shop. Just make sure you check out the one you want but doing some research first. I just recently bought two  Frixon Color erasable markers --  in lime green and a bright yellow, for those darker fabrics. I am not sure about them yet, but if it's a bad review, I'll be sure to let you know!

You'll notice the dual chalk marking pencil. Tried it, didn't like it. It was hard to mark on the fabric. Maybe I was pressing on it too hard? I found that the fabric was bunching under it and there wasn't a nice crisp line. It also took quite a bit of brushing to get it off.

RULERS: all around me. You will notice all the different rulers I have. I know that people suggest that you should stay with the same brand -- but an inch is an inch and you can't change that! What I do recommend is that you check the accuracy of your rules. The more you use one, the faster the edges will wear out - thus changing the size of your piece. So if you are wondering about whether the piece you just cut is "right" -- try measuring it in the middle of your rule, instead of from the edge. You will be able to check pretty quick whether you need to replace your ruler. I have all brands of rulers and not one is "better" than the other in my books. The more you pay for a ruler does not mean that it's any better than another one. You'll find the ruler that works for you. Don't be intimidated by others with their huge batch of rulers -- you can do just as well with what you have!

You will note I have papers littering my table as well! Take photo's of what inspires you! If you have a quilt that you would love to make, get the pattern! Pay homage to the artist and buy their book. Trust me, time passes by and you can try and find the pattern or the book again and it will never be found again! I borrow books from the library on methods that I would like to "try" and I buy books that I know will be keepers that will keep me motivated! Quilt artists and bloggers are very generous as well by offering "free" patterns. Thank them by buying a pattern or a book that you like!

ROTARY CUTTER -- of course is a wonderful tool to have. When I started in quilting, it was making cardboard templates and tracing out the pattern on fabric and cutting them out with scissors. You CAN do that if you wish, but rotary cutters are so much faster ... and dangerous! YE OUCH!  Check how the cutter feels in your hand. I'm using the little one just for quick cuts -- and something that is great for smaller pieces. It's not bulky either, but I am not using it for layers and layers. I want to check out a more ergonomic shaped cutter to see how it is. Would love feedback from anyone out there that has one!

The nice thing to have is a TV to watch your DVD's on, instructables or even just a corny tv show in the background. I love catching up on shows that I've missed an Quilt-Cam with Bonnie Hunter is easy!

The TIMER -- is to remind me that even if I only have 15 minutes to spare - it is still time to be creative!

Last, but  not least... Quilting can provide you with great benefits that you are not even aware of! Check out the eZine article that Nimble Thimbles Quilt Club posted! No wonder I was so happy when I walked out of the studio today! 

Happy Quilting Everyone!
Margo

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A new quilter in our midst!

My beautiful niece came over to do some sewing. I found a really cute little Minky baby blanket kit that would be an easy starter project for her! You can see she's focused and sewing away! So proud of this new Momma! She's making a baby blanket for her new little one to drag around the house. I am sure the little one will cherish it forever! I, myself have never sewn with Minky. Had I, the choice of a starting project would have been much different. With patience and lots of pins, she did a fantastic job! Taking it slow helped with stabilizing it so it didn't slip around a whole lot!


Lucky us! Chef and I got to watch over the little one! She looks so serious in the below photo with her Momma behind the machine and watching intently as Great-Auntie sets her up for the photo! Her hair is absolutely adorable. We love her to pieces! What a blessing to have them less than 5 minutes away! While I was instructing Momma, the little one was with Great-Uncle and we could hear him singing to her! Now some of "Old MacDonald's" animals were a bit out of this world....like snakes and dinosaurs, but the little one loved every word!



Her newest is sucking in her bottom lip! She's pretty proud of herself being able to sit up by herself! Here she is with her new finished blankie by her Momma!  I am so proud of my niece! She stuck with it and did a great job! It's so nice to be able to do something and go home with a finished project! She was such a great student as well! Our next project may be pillows, or a couple of kerchief bibs for Little Miss!

Funny how these little one's pick things up. Someone has been coughing around her and she's now imitating a little cough. Makes us laugh. She's discovered her voice as well. It's gone from a whisper to a screech! Oh, I so remember those days! Makes me smile!

As for me -- it's Super Bowl day! We are watching the pre-game and within seconds THE game will start!Happy quilting all!
Margo

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I was feeling YUK so I splurged!

How can you resist what you see on the internet? I just HAD to have it!

As a professional browser!...haha! thought you'd like that! I find that it is soooooooo hard to pick fabric on the internet. With that said, I have been able to build my stash and come across some amazing finds!  What "looked" like blue on the internet (and before any computer guru's out there say it's all about focus, lighting, etc. etc.) I took the plunge and ordered. I thought I needed blue! Of course when it made it into my studio, I'm pretty set on blue, but what the heck! My favorite color is blue! I apologize for the unprofessional photo's, but I really wanted you to see what they look like IRL (in real life)...without all the fancy lighting...and setting the stage thing! You'll note that the bottom left is actually more brown/beige than anything! I love it! It will fit in nicely with the stash!


Of course I needed some bright Christmas fabric to put on the back of the Christmas tree skirt! The very same skirt that was just a flimsy under the tree this past Christmas! I love the bright and happy colors. Great if I want to reverse the skirt and was a good buy to boot! This UFO will be coming to retreat with me in March!


The other thing I was searching for was a decent screwdriver. I'm always looking for the little one that came with the toolkit with my Symphony -- the coin-like screwdriver that I can never find! This little one is so handy to change out the plates and needles and the like. I bought two so  I can put one in my retreat kit and the other to keep at home.



Last, but not least -- the Thank You car that Connecting Threads enclosed. For all you Canadian's out there -- I know we are all crying about the Canadian dollar -- but with the exchange rate and shipping, it still added up to a terrific deal. Check them out online. They are really great! My order came in about two weeks to Alberta. Not so bad if you ask me! I already have another order in!


Now on the other hand, I ordered one of Bonnie Hunter's books. Just one. With the exchange rate AND shipping that book was $54.58 Canadian. I haven't told Chef yet! Sorry, but THAT book is NOT going to be loaned out! I am hoping that it's one of those that will give me hours of pleasure. Note to self...... order books from Amazon or from the local quilt shops. -----UPDATE----Received the book and it's signed!!!!! PRICELESS!  Worth every penny!

Speaking of the local quilt shops -- I love to support my local dealers. With that said, I am a hard working woman, who has a budget right to the end dollar. I watch my pennies and can tell you exactly what my utility bills and anything else have cost for the last decade. You ask me any month, I can tell you what I paid!

When it comes to "my" passion -- my sewing/quilting, I have to be very cognizant of what I spend. I know that there will be loads of people that blast me for shopping outside of my own community -- however, maybe those people have a two-income family, less fixed bills, mortgages paid off, or whatever else. Trust me -- I would LOVE to buy all my fabric here in Calgary at the local quilt shops! I'm all for supporting your local people -- BUT -- when you can buy fabric, good quilting fabric, at a quarter of the cost for the "identical" fabric, and get 4 times as much elsewhere than here -- why would I buy local?

I do buy fabrics at horrendous prices -- when I do not have any other choice. I buy the $25 + meter (4 inches bigger than a yard) fabrics when I have to. There have been times when I have run out of fabric and I just NEED it. I have finished older WOP quilt tops (UFO's) to get as close to a match for fabric that has been gone for many years! If my budget could afford buying more locally -- I certainly would. Getting to an age where I seriously have to think about the cutting back on my purchases as retirement looms - I know that my stash will last me for many years. There will come a time where I will have to ask for those more expensive tools -- or save up for them (like I do now!) An example of this is my  new Rotating Cutting Board from Olfa. 17" by 17", the price for this here at the local quilt shop was $119.99 Canadian, plus 5% GST. Today, this very same rotating cutting mat on Nancy's Notions is $69.00 (which calculates at 87.83 Canadian funds). Now add shipping to that number and it probably works out to about the same as if I bought it here.

A BIG "Thank you" to my Youngest and her boyfriend for the gift certificate at my local shop for Christmas and my birthday! I've been wanting one of these for a very long time! I am truly blessed!

 -

Maybe one day I will win the lotto and not care about exchange rates, shipping and duty! Until that happens, I will be watching my pennies and exchange rate as I continue to build my stash for the rainy days and retirement years. There will always be newer and better...but there will also be other priorities when we are retired -- like healthcare and living on a pension!

Check out Connecting Threads and do some browsing! I love that they send me a regular catalog so that I can dream and plan out new quilts!

So, question for today -- what are your shopping hints for your quilting endeavors?

Happy Quilting Everyone!
Margo

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Arthritis...and something else


A chip floating around in there, from who knows what! I have CMC and STT arthritis. So it's painful when the base of the thumb moves.  


So what does it mean when you love quilting? Well my job every day is in front of a computer. Repetitive movements where there is bone on bone = OUCH! Immobilizing it while it is inflamed, apparently helps. I've been in inflammation mode for so long, I don't know what it's like not to have inflammation! So, they set me up with a hard splint. Today is day one with it and so far so good!



When I was explaining what I like to do in my spare time, I learned a whole lot! Apparently one pound of pressure (which really isn't a lot), exerts 10 pounds of pressure on the joint in your thumb. That relates to the pinch grip -- aka when you have to hold things between your finger and thumb.  It has been a very, very long time that I have been able to pinch without pain. Having the lower base of my thumb immobilized, seems to help - but honestly I haven't put it to the test. The occupational therapist said to keep the splint on doing the tasks that make me "uncomfortable". I laughed and said to her, "So you basically mean I have to wear it all the time!" and smiled! 

I am going for more injections in day surgery and then we will see if I am a candidate for surgery. They are hoping to buy me more time before having to head to a more invasive surgery!

Well, this is a new day! I feel bad for all of you with arthritis out there! The Accuquilt has helped with cutting out, and I've basically avoided much of the cutting I do with a ruler and rotary cutter because of hand placement on the ruler. It's all a journey in learning how to  change things to reduce pain.  

Typing is ok. Slow, but then again not using any part of my thumb (i.e. spacebar) is a change. It's been a couple of years having an ergonomic keyboard at work...which I love! 


I would love to hear from anyone regarding modifications to help you with quilting. What do you do differently than you did years ago?

Meantime...Happy Quilting everyone!

Margo

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Back to sewing!


The Symphony is home and working great! YEAH! It is working like a charm and I feel like things are back to normal! It is a "new" machine to replace the old one. Can you believe that in the U.S. they want $4K for this thing? EGADS! I am thankful that insurance took care of it and all it cost me was my deductible. Thank heavens for "all perils". It's worth it. Not that anyone or anything other than my OWN hands will be touching this machine anytime!

After sleeping most of the day yesterday, I got up this morning and made myself a coffee and off I went to the studio! Once the newest project gets to the recipient, I will ask for a photo to show off the cutie patootie I am making this for! Of course I will show you views of the finished product as well!



Here I am below in all my glory!  Hair tossed up and threw on clothes. All is "A-OK". I did find it hard to sew though, especially with gripping anything with my left hand. Chain piecing isn't so bad, but anything that requires me to pinch my thumb and other fingers together on my left hand is painful! I head to the orthopedic hand surgeon next week to see what can be done. If anything, I will be laid up for a few months if they are doing surgery! Work is difficult as I type all day. I have an ergonomic keyboard and I wear a split when it gets too bad. I guess they say it's normal when you do typing all the time. I'm thinking what the next generation will be like with all their "texting" with their thumbs!

I do have a retreat booked in March. Come hell or high water -- I'll be there! Even if it's just to offer my support with pouring coffee or something!


The whole time in my sewing room, Tigger was by the window supervising - that is, when his eyes were opened and his forehead wasn't buried in his kitty mat on top of the storage units! Normally, when I am watching TV with Chef in the living room, this is how he sleeps! Can't complain because he's so nice and warm around my neck!

So, I got the back to my mystery quilt done. It will be off to my friend Karen tomorrow to longarm it. I also finished the above project, but I will be quilting that myself! I was thinking that I should do some scrap maintenance here. I have a huge basket of scraps that I need to sort and cut.  I hate to throw any of those pieces out and want to get a handle on them. It's been far too long and things are starting to fall out of the basket now! That will have to keep for another day! Thank goodness I have the accuquilt! I may have to get some more dies if my left hand is in a sling and I'll have to employ Chef to help me with the scraps! It's bad enough that I'll have to have him help me with my hair if surgery is a go! He's amazing though! He's a lovely man who I adore! I know the quilty thing is not "his" thing, but he would willingly help! The first thing he said when he heard my machine fell in the hotel parkade was, "Oh NO! Are YOU ok? Did it fall on you?" Never a cross word. God love him!

Happy Quilting Everyone! I'm off to browse the blogs! I am so hooked on Bonnie Hunter that I could be called a "stalker" ...except I live far away and stalk her blog! haha! I ordered one of her books that I am so anxious to get! It should be here pretty soon!

Cheerio!
Margo

Monday, January 12, 2015

My new Babylock Symphony has arrived!


Yes...you read that right! I have my new replacement BabyLock Symphony! YEAH!

My service person, Sean, should be the one that gets the commission with the work he put into the estimate to repair my machine! Apparently he is not eligible for commission. So -- my humble thanks to Sean who went over and above in estimating the damages to my poor machine below:


They stopped estimating once it was beyond the purchase price. *sigh* I was just sick over it. Chef, was so incredibly supportive. I was in tears when I came home. Thank goodness it was "replaceable"  and I was thankful  we were able to take care of it now instead of when I was retired. This will be a machine that I will use well into retirement! It will NOT be travelling without a proper case.

Word to the wise... ('cause I wasn't so wise) If you spend huge amounts of money on a machine, spend the extra couple of hundred to buy a very good sewing machine case to protect your investment. Either that, or take a cheaper machine to your classes! 

Some of you may remember that my Symphony took a dive off the luggage cart in the hotel parkade on my last retreat. Something I did not expect and of course I placed the machine on the cart with care. What I did not expect was the cart hitting a pothole in the parkade, pitching my machine down to the concrete! Down she went, hitting the side of the wheel onto the concrete -shattering the touch memory board. We couldn't even turn it on to see if the insides were working (Sean was pretty sure it was toast!) It wasn't a far fall,..but it was a fall nevertheless. I instantly wanted to vomit! This is my "baby" after all!  I can regret all I want, but I certainly can't turn the hands of time back! If I could, I'd have less wrinkles and no grey hair! ha ha...oh yes and my twenty-something body!

Meantime..if any of you have any suggestions on the best care for this type of machine -- let me know! I certainly will be investing in one!

Happy quilting all! Before you know it I'll be posting a finish soon!

Margo

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy Holidays! ....belated!

Chef and I were busy watching over this adorable little cutie! She is the apple of her Great Auntie and Great Uncle's eye! What a joy! As Little Man says, "She's my most favorite cousin!"

These are my three adult children! For a little bit of "Christmas Past" I gave them each a little photo of when they were wee one's! I honestly can't believe how fast the time has flown!

The biggest news this year is the "Passing of the Torch" -- to the kids. It started with Thanksgiving and the Youngest (in the middle) with her boyfriend, hosted Christmas early on the 20th. Then Motorcycle Man hosted Christmas Day with his girlfriend. My oldest was off with her boyfriend to his parents for Christmas Day. It is amazing how they have taken on life and I am so extremely proud of them all!

Little Man was with his father this Christmas, so we will be celebrating Christmas with him come early January after the New Year! ZIPPY, his elf, has requested Santa to come and make a special stop at Nana and Grandpa's house once he gets back! So the celebrations will continue!

As for SEWING NEWS....my machine is done....died....gone to sewing machine heaven. The repairs far outweigh the cost of a new one -- so I am going shopping in the new year to replace my Symphony.... with Another SYMPHONY!!!! I couldn't dream of sewing on anything else!

Happy Quilting everyone!

Margo

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Retreat Continued!

Vera's adorable table runner!

Vera! Look at the Reindeer! 

Trish's beautiful quilt top!

Forgive me, I forgot who did these

I'm sure you've all seen this free pattern from All People Quilt! Apologies to the Quilt Artist here....I am so bad with names!

So that's another peek! I'm waiting to hear about my broken (**sobbing**) Babylock. I'll keep you all posted! 

Happy Quilting one and all!

Thanks for your comments! We are all here to learn, so kudo's and comments on how to improve are always welcome! I try my best to keep up my blog, but in real life, work and family take over! Happy quilting everyone!