Quick Catch up 

Hi guys!

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…Y seams

Pieced Hexie
The result of my experiment!

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.

Sola 🙂

14 Replies to “Quick Catch up ”

  1. Glad to see you are back online and doing what you love. I have a few sewing machines…. wish I could share a few with you. Definitely get you a spare sewing machine when you can. Looking forward to seeing your creations.

    1. Thank you so much Mary…wouldn’t it be grand if you could share a few with me though ? Thanks all the same and I can’t wait to have something to share!

  2. I’m so happy your machine is running again, I was getting worried for you. I am also happy that you have a quilting friend that is closer to you than your friends online. I hope you both can arrange some time together. It’s so nice to be able to meet up with your quilting friends and get inspiration. Regarding the machine, I think you should out for one with a stitch regulator. I find it very useful.

    1. Thanks for your concern Stephanie! Yes it would be nice to get together sometimes but my online friends are just as amazing and inspiring ? I do like the stitch regulator function even though I don’t currently have it but on a machine that fast I believe it will come in handy. Now that I’m not in urgent need of a machine I think I’ll wait to see what else I can find.

  3. Hi there – nice to see you in the blogging world again. I do the same as you when I need to get started sewing (or sometimes I organize fabric/play with fabric to get me in the mood). Happy Sewing and I like what you are working on!

    1. It’s good to be back Tierney! Thanks a lot ?. When I try to organize fabrics I end up making a mess. I think I like what I’m working on too…we’ll see where this goes!

  4. Yaàaaay! Glad your machine is back. BTW what if I try my hands on quilts lol? I’d like to ask you this question? What has been your toughest challenge in the quilt journey so far? I hope you get to share………

    1. Thanks Tolu…you are very welcome to try your hands on quilting! Hmmm that’s a serious question, I guess it would be fun to share. I’ll have to get back to you the answer ?

      1. Alright. I’d wait for that. I like the way you express yourself using words. Seamlessly….. I someday hope to write like you ??

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