You know it’s time to move on when…
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My new sewing machine is an inspiration. I feel like I’m working with a partner rather than fighting with an obstinate mule. I’m still picking out lots of stitches and going through needles like never before as I figure this gal out… I’m not new to computers by any stretch, but this is the first computerized sewing machine I've ever had.It takes a bit of getting used to through lots of playtime.
Last night I cut the binding for my lap quilt, cut out the templates for a Christmas Tree skirt (yes, Christmas), and finished picking out the stitches on a table mat from last year so I can re-do the free motion on the Horizon (broke a needle on that project this morning). I’ll take pictures when I have something worth showing.
There were a lot of features on the machine that I thought I'd be using a lot, but the 150 different stitches weren't among them. So what was the first thing I sewed when I got it set up? Yeah, I played with the fancy stitches.
Rusty and Ginger can park themselves on top of the machine and watch me sew now and it doesn't interrupt my work like it did with the old machine where they were sitting right on the thread. They like it.
Have I mentioned there’s a New Moon at 9 Cancer along with a partial solar eclipse coming up on July 1? Happy Canada Day to my fellow countrypersons! Cancereans are known for being family-oriented homebodies. If you know a Cancerean quilter, you may not see much of them for the next few weeks. And if you do, tread lightly because Pluto and Saturn are weighing heavily on their shoulders. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and favours all domestic crafts. It’s a good time to create a quilt with or for family members – perhaps a memory quilt. Pearl, silver, light gray and pale pastels are Cancerean colours. Watery themes are favoured.
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My new sewing machine arrived today! Ain’t she a beauty? What a wonderful way to celebrate the Summer Solstice. And I was only planning to dance around naked in the backyard – now I can sew all night!
This is entirely my next door neighbour’s fault. Last Monday Judy wanted to drive into Kamloops (big city to our little town) and hit the fabric stores, maybe drop into one of the sewing machine dealers and play with their
toys products. I’ve had my eye on the Janome Horizon since last August. Just haven’t been able to afford to buy it before now. I still wasn’t ready to buy it just yet but after spending about an hour with our saleslady and the machine, Judy sez ‘will you give us a deal on two?’
Two? Where’d that come from? ‘Of course’, sez the saleslady. And she quoted a price that I absolutely could not refuse - $1,999 each, with the 19x45 sewing tables tossed in for free. I bought the rolling tote as well and she gave me a sweet deal on that, plus threw in some extra feet for both of us. How wonderful is that? Somebody somewhere else may have gotten a better deal, but we were both very, very happy. Judy has already been sewing on hers and is in love. I haven’t had a chance to turn it on yet – I’ve been too busy putting together the tote and then the table. Now I have to read the manual to remember how it operates. But it’s all good.
This morning I finished the free motion on the lap quilt I’m working on and was going to do a little finish work on the interior of the quilt. The though of shoving it all through the tiny little 5-inch throat was making me cringe – until I remembered that I had a brand new sewing machine coming tonight with am 11-inch throat. Oh, what joy!
Now, back to the manual so I can get some sewing done before I have to go to bed. It might be a late night, tonight.
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I’m trying something new tonight – I’m using Windows Live Writer to create and post my blog. Fingers crossed that it will turn out well and not eat everything I’ve ever posted here. I just couldn’t live with Blogger’s templates anymore. My posts never came out looking like they were supposed to and it was frustrating. So, here’s hoping.
In my last post, I promised a surprise. Well… The surprise is, it didn’t come when it was supposed to. And it still hasn’t arrived. I bought a new sewing machine last week. Bought and paid for, but the store has to order them in because they don’t carry them in stock. I’ve been planning to buy a new machine since last year, but I was waiting for personal finances to get straightened around so I could start putting money aside for it. Hopefully they’ll order it soon and it will be here in the next few days.
Until then, I’m still sewing along with my little Janome 344 LE. It’s not a bad machine, it was just never meant for what I’m trying to do with it. My free motion is getting better. Still not good, but the front and back tension looks just about equal and my stitching is a bit more consistent than it used to be. I’m about a third of the way through the border on the lap quilt. I’m working on it tonight, but decided to take a break – my circles were starting to get sharp edges and I was forgetting how to make a five-pointed star.
It was rodeo weekend here this past weekend. We didn’t have rodeos where I grew up back east. Never saw one until I moved out west and had to go attend one as part of my job. I didn’t like them. That was 26 years ago. I still wouldn’t go to them if it wasn’t job-related, but getting a good rodeo picture is a challenge, and I enjoy that. Some time over the last few years I’ve even come to enjoy the rodeos. Just a little bit.
Midsummer’s Eve is tomorrow, so make sure you stay up late to watch for fairies. Stand under the bridalwreath bush or check among the thyme – I’m told they like to play in there. Also known as the Summer Solstice, the Sun reaches it highest position in the sky for the entire year and we have the longest day of the year. After that, I’m afraid we’re heading back to winter! The Sun enters the sign of Capricorn tomorrow (the 21st) around 10:20 am here in British Columbia. It has nothing to do with the Solstice, but Mars has just entered into Gemini and knocks into high gear all the things associated with Gemini – communication, short distance travel (vacation, anyone?), and brothers and sisters.
Well, back to quilting. Happy fairy spotting!
Until next time,
|Keeping the kitchen safe from spiders|
|Our town's annual classic car summer weekend|
|Ginger gets her licks in|
|Future Yin/Yang quilt|
|Future sparkly quilt|
|Future, ah, dragonfly quilt|
|Years of tension adjustment practice|
|Stop and smell the wonder old cabbage roses|
|Schmetz Topstitch 80/12 and my clear crosshatch foot|
|Not great, but not bad|
|Rusty being laid back - doesn't happen often|