My machine works now yippee! Remember that work training I mentioned in my previous post? Well it required me travelling back to my former city, I called up my regular service guy and he was happy to look at my machine if I was willing to travel down with it. Duh…of course I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity even if it meant travelling heavier than I should. Long story short my machine is up and my table should be coming in this weekend hopefully…happy days.
Oh while I was in the store to fix my machine I saw a very tempting offer for a spare machine. It’s a used Pfaff Hobby 1200 GrandQuilter. A semi industrial machine with 1600 stitches per minute, speed regulator, thread cutter, a wider throat space than my current machine. A real temptation but was unfortunately off the market the next time I went in. I’ve been offered a Juki Spur…(can’t remember the number) instead. Similar features with 1500 stitches per minute and no stitch regulator…I’m still contemplating so feel free to let me know what you think!
You are aware of my search for a fellow quilter in Nigeria right? One found me via this blog! Unfortunately she moved to the city I just left last June. We should have met while I was back there last week but the timing wasn’t right. I’m glad she exists all the same and only a phone call away. I hope I can assist her on her quilting journey as she decides to take it more seriously this year 🙂
In another news, Carole Lyles Shaw an amazing Modern Quilter sent me a free copy of her book: Madly Modern Quilts! Last thing I remembered was sending her my details and I came home from my training to find the book already waiting for me. The book is so cool…very nicely illustrated and easy enough for me to jump right in. She wants to see my interpretation of her patterns and I hope I do justice to that…I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime the book is available on Amazon here
What do you do when you need to get back into sewing? For me I just sew a couple of strips and hack away until I get something going. With my machine back up I indulged in some machine pieced EPP experiments (Is it still EPP when it’s machine pieced…I wonder). Finally took the plunge and tried Y seams…yes I did! I might be able to actually get the hang of this. Certainly not as bad as I thought. Here’s how I got on…
This is supposed to be a brief post to let you know what I’ve been up to. With my favorite sewing machine back to life, I can’t wait to get into full sewing mode. This month is going so fast or is it just me? What have you been up to? Valentine’s day is around the corner do you have any special quilts to make or plans for the day? Thanks for stopping by and remember I love your comments.