Well... It's been a LONG time. We aren't dead... just really busy. Hee! Hee! There are a lot of things to catch up on. I hope you don't mind, but today's post is going to be kind of long winded. I just wanted to catch up a bit.
There have been a lot of changes in schedules in our lives lately and a lot of crazy things happening at work. With the position I have, talking about anything work related on line is a big no-no, so I will spare you the details about that... I will just say it's been a LONG season. Hee! Hee!
So... I announced a long time ago that I got a dream of mine... an embroidery machine. We even had a guess giveaway about it. Well, I will keep this as short as possible, but there have been lots of issues. The first machine had serious problems. It was the Singer Futura CE-250. So, I sent it back and ordered a Singer Futura Quartet. I LOVED that machine, but after a couple of small projects, it totally seized up. Back it went. Then, in the time it took for HSN to receive it back, they sold out. So... I ordered a CE-150. In the process of machine problems, we continued to invest in things like threads, fabrics, etc... etc... The CE-150 was messed up too. I assumed it had to be the shipper because the boxes look like they had been dropped out of an airplane. Hee! Hee! So... I sent it back and ordered a heavy duty regular sewing machine and I love it! I was able to get started on some projects, but didn't have the embroidery... just some basic stitches. Well, I registered for Darlene Cahill's website (host of sewing shows on HSN) and got an e-mail that Singer had something brand new coming out. I waited and ordered it as a Today's Special and since the boxes were so bad previously, I paid $80 for next day shipping.... thinking that might help. Well, I got the machine and it sewed like a DREAM! The only problem was that it wouldn't work with the computer and the embroidery hoops wouldn't go in the machine. REALLY??? SERIOUSLY??? I was really ticked! Well... HSN has the most wonderful service and they took good care to get me a good replacement. Come to find out they had changed the hoops with this newest model and they are crap, so they are sending replacements that are good quality. The replacement machine is perfection and I am in LOVE!!!
First of all, I haven't made a paper project in a LONG time. Just no time. Besides that, I have become totally obsessed with quilting. There is a place online called Missouri Star Quilt Company that has wonderful youtube videos on quilting and an embroidery site called Secrets of Embroidery that has amazing tips and tricks! I have never quilted before, but now, I can't stop. Really loving it!!!
This is my first ever quilt! There is a local store here in town called the Fabric and Decor Shoppe. They have these amazing little kits for $39.00 where you make a quilt that is fleece backed. No sandwich... you just quilt the top, press it really well, put fleece on the back, quilt and bind. It took me about 3 hours start to finish! I had no idea that it was so easy to do!
Secrets of Embroidery and embroidered it with the machine.
Well... This started a complete and total obsession! My parents took a vacation recently and hit a bunch of fabric stores along their travels. Mom came home with this really fun 50's print in panels. They have a 50's themed room in their house. So... she asked me if I could come up with something. Here is what happened!
The other thing I can't get over is easy it is to free motion quilt. If you blow up the picture before, you can see the white stitching used to machine quilt the center pieces.