Sunday, December 28, 2008

Moving Furniture, Making Room

I got it - I ordered my new sewing table! I ordered it online because I couldn't find anything locally that met my needs (nor do I have the time to to go to all the stores). I saw several online and had to consult the hubby on what to get and he left it up to me. I never dreamed the vast price range.
My hubby was wanting me to invest in a nice piece of furniture, solid wood. but they just cost too much. So, I went with what had what I wanted and looked nice. It is by Sauder. I can't wait for it to come.

This afternoon I went up to my "Quilters Nook" in my bedroom to sew and ended up rearranging my whole bedroom to accommodate my new sewing table. I think that it will look nice once the table arrives but right now it's a bit of a mess. I'm so excited I will have a nook that will be organized, I won't have to cut fabric on the floor! I can't wait! However, I will have to wait about 6-7 days.

The hubby will be out of town on business for the next few days and although I have to work I plan on getting lots of sewing done. The boys are going to be going to the local recreation department program while I'm at work, they love it, but when we get home I want to have a sewing marathon. It would be so much better with my new desk - but I have to take advantage of the time I have.

Happy New Years!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Quilters Stimluating the Economy

Well, I did my part to help stimulate the economy, post Christmas, and I wasn't alone.

The day after Christmas I decided to go to JoAnne Fabric and see if I could find any deals. Wow, they had great deals on Christmas fabric for $1.99 a yard (regularly $8.99).... and I wasn't the only one enjoying the great prices.

I was looking through the ones left on the shelf thinking that there wasn't much left. I grabbed 2 arm loads of fabric bolts and proceeded to the cutting table. Low and behold - that's where it all went. The lady in front of me had so many bolts I couldn't count and was buying all the fabric left on the bolt! I heard her total in fabric was $150 - that's a lot of fabric at $1.99 a yard!

The lady next to her had numerous amounts of Christmas fabric as well but was not buying the whole bolts. When she was done, I peeked in to the fabric bins and got a whole new selection of Christmas fabrics to pick from. I behaved, I didn't spend a fortune but I got some great fabric!

You can count on quilters to stimulate the economy!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Aww, it's beautiful here in Vermont - all that snow! This morning I sat on my couch with a cup of coffee and looked out my sliding glass door to a beautful sight. My deck is covered with about 8 inches of snow and it was just coming down. Beyond my deck are pine trees covered in it as well. Just beautiful! All it takes is a cup of coffee and a few minutes to sit and look outside to bask in God's beauty!

I got to use my new sewing machine for the first time yesterday. I really like it! It took me a few minutes to find everything and figure it out. I didn't figure out the needle threader - I had to wait until my hubby could show me how to use it.... technology - not always that easy for me - but once I get it I love it! I grabbed blocks from my Year 2000 UFO to work on and get use to my new machine. I'm so excited. However, I do believe I need a better work space, I might have to come up with something.

With all the snow that we have and are yet to get I bet there is not school tomorrow, then they will go back Tuesday and then off for over a week. Wish I had the same work schedule! Maybe I should have been a teacher instead of an admin assistant!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The gift of GIVING

I can hear it now - awwww - both of my sons do basic quilting. Wyatt does more than Jack. Jack was really into Thomas The Tank Engine but is kind of growing out of it. While at the fabric store he found Chrismas Thomas fabric and wanted some "to make a quilt." So, nothing fancy, I just folded the fabric in half, put in batting and machine quilted alittle bit. I gave it to him and put it in a hoop and he did a little hand quilting.

Tonight he said "Mommy I want to wrap the Thomas quilt and give it to someone." I was a little disappointed. I said, "Well, okay, but I thought you really liked it." He said he did but he wanted to give it to someone he loved. So he took it and wrapped it in Christmas paper and brought it to me and said it was for me. awwwwww. Arn't kids the best?

Monday, December 15, 2008

And The Winner Is...

I got a new sewing machine - I'm so excited!  The winner is:

Singer® Confidence Quilter 7469Q Sewing Machine

I got it from the Joanne Fabric store here in South Burlington, and it was on sale!  It has most of the things I wanted and in the price range I was looking for.  No, it's not the fancy Bernina that would have been great to get, but baby steps to get there.  I'm just excited I get something modern and didn't go into debt to get it!

I'm sad to say that it sat in the box for a while since I've been busy with other things but today I finally cracked open the box and pulled it out.  I did the responsible thing and got the owners manual and read most of it first.  It will take some getting use to it because I really know how to use my old machine - but I know once I master this one I am going to love it.  I can't wait to get started, unfortunately it won't be tonight.  Well, maybe I can stitch 2 blocks together on an UFO I have sitting next to my machine.

Now, I need a better workspace.... hahahaha.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Got The Tree Up

I finally got the tree up yesterday!  I normally have it up the day after Thanksgiving.  However, this year we travelled to Ohio and celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays with family and friends for a week and I didn't get the decorations up until yesterday!

These are my precious boys this morning before church. (No I didn't let them eat candy before church!)  I was trying to snap a photo to stick in Christmas cards. Marty was suppose to try to get a family portrait for us to put in the cards and he ended up on the flu like illness list taking him out of commission.  So I hurried them through a short "here, stand by the tree, look like your happy" session.

We just have a pencil thin tree, nothing fancy.  I would like to go bigger but don't have room right now.  I asked Marty if he had any interest in a live tree this year and he quickly said no, so back to old faithful.

The quilt behind the tree was made with Christmas colors but is the quilt I made when Marty and I got married.  I put it out each Christmas since the colors go with the holiday, however, we didn't get married at Christmas I just choose those colors when I made the quilt.

I switched to putting LED lights on the tree this year and threw out all the other ones I had.  Since we've moved to Vermont I've learned so much about saving energy, replacing light bulbs with CFL's and recycling.  I also work with fire fighters and learned about regular lights getting too hot and that being one major reason there are so many home fires this time of year.  So we went safe with LED lights which don't get as hot.  I had purchased 3 strands (the normal amount for this tree).  However, while getting them out and putting them on the tree I realized they are MUCH shorter than my old lights.  So I had to bundle everyone up (it was single digits outside) and back to the store we went for 3 more strands.  I wasn't sure I would like the LED lights - I'm kind of old fashioned when it comes to Christmas trees.  But they look great - I'm glad I made the switch and I recommend you think about doing the same!

We are starting to look like Christmas around here now.  Wishing  you all a very Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Search Begins

I spent a good amount of time surfing the internet last night looking for information on sewing machines, particularly ones that can machine quilt.  There is so much information out there and so many different kinds of machines.

I stumbled upon a cute website called:

Quilt Bus, The Quilt Store that Comes to Your Door

They had a great page on what to consider buying a sewing machine.  After reading through that page and many more I decided to go to the Singer, Bernina, Brother and Pfaf webpages and see what they had to say.

After getting in my mind what models I like I started the shopping around.  I looked at several different webpages, comparison shopping, reading reviews, and narrowing my decision.  I believe I have narrowed it down to a Singer.  First of all I have a Singer and have had no problems what so ever with it.  Second of all, the prices are more realistic.  Third of all, I don't need a whole bunch of bells and whistles because I hardly sew clothing (except pajama pants) I will be using this for making quilts!  There were a couple things I was hoping to find in my price range, like it ending needle up, LCD screen, longer arm for holding the quilting projects, walking foot, 1/4 inch foot, drop feet and maybe needle threader.  I am leery of the needle threader, even though I think it's a great idea but I suspect it might take longer to use the needle threader than to just do it myself.

In reading reviews of a few machines on multiple web pages it was interesting to find out that my suspicions about the needle threader are true - several people commented that it was longer to use it than to just thread the needle themselves.  However, my family has a history of eye problems and my Grandma can no longer quilt because she can't see, so I suspect it would be a good thing for me to have a machine that will thread the needle for me - better than not sewing at all!

The search is on. 

Friday, December 12, 2008

How Much Does a Sewing Machine Cost?

Okay fellow quilters - I need your help.

I am making plans for my Christmas money and I am thinking maybe a new sewing machine. My machine is a Singer and is great - just over 15 years old. I took a pajama making class and got to use a new Berninia... very nice - but out of my price range. So here is my question - how much do sewing machines cost? And what is a good sewing machine for what I need?

Here is what I need - I make quilts. I do hand quilt but would like the opportunity to machine quilt with a walking foot. So this sewing machine needs to have a walking foot. I really don't want to spend more then $500 - is that possible.

I just started my internet search tonight and it really is overwhelming. I need your help. If you have any good or bad experiences with purchasing sewing machines please share them with me. I have no clue what I am doing! Please help a fellow quilter, there is nothing like the advice from fellow quilters!

Thanks so much!

Oh, by the way, we had a great snow storm last night and today - we have real snow now! How excited are we? We love snow here in Vermont!