A New Toy

I’m not working on anything in particular today, but I am getting acquainted with my upgrade.

Meet Betty!

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She’s no $1000+ all-the-bells-and-whistles machine, but I wanted lots of stitch options (she has over 100!), plus she has features my last machine didn’t-like dropping the feed dogs, needle up/down option, and speed control. I’ve been trying her out and she’s so much quieter than my last machine. Awesome for all-nighter quilting sessions!

She’s my 3rd Brother machine. I’ve never had issues with them, so I was confident sticking with the brand.

Now, off to study the manual and play some more.

Tuesday Update

I took the weekend off from sewing. I made a pincushion and ordered a new quilt pattern and templates on Etsy. Also browsed tons of pretty fabric bundles online. It was a nice and relaxing weekend.

After I take my oldest to college this morning, I plan on getting back on the bandwagon and quilting more of my 4 patch top.

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Happy Tuesday!

An Admission

I love fabrics. I love shopping for fabrics. I love collecting notions and colorful threads. I love finding a new pattern to try. I love the feel of a sharp new rotary blade. I love stacks of completed quilt blocks.

But……

I HATE basting quilts.

I did it anyway. My 4 Patch quilt is spray basted and I began quilting it today.

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(pre-basting)

I also decided the block layout of my Trip Along quilt. I’ve seen other quilts laid out in diamonds or chevrons, but I decided to just be random with my placement.

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I hope to get this top finished up this weekend. This photo also makes me realize, my kitchen floor space is smaller than the size of a king sized sheet.

I’m the Only Idiot in Walmart at 5 AM Buying…..

an iron.

Walmart opened a new location near my house last August. It’s literally a 30 second drive to get there. It’s been a blessing and a curse.

So good bye grungy ghetto garage sale iron with the too-long-cord-I-trip-over and the plug that’s been stepped on one-too-many times.

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Hello new hotness! Shiny, heavy, sturdy with a retractable cord. No more tripping!

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And YES, I realize I’m way-too-excited about an iron.

Monthly Progress Report – January

When I started this blog at the end of last year, my main goal was to get all the quilting projects I’d like to do out of my head or off of my Pinterest boards. I can say that after one month, I have been sewing every day and accomplishing a lot.  Yay – a resolution that seems to be sticking!

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This is the basket I keep in my sewing closet that holds all my current projects. Tonight, I cleaned it out and here’s what it holds.

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My Scrappy Trip Along blocks. I have 18 completed out of 25. The remaining blocks have the strips sewn together, but need to be finished and pressed. I actually ran out of thread today. Bad quilter!

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Cross Quilt-blocks are completed. I will be making a trip to Joann’s to get more of the chambray fabric so I can get this top pieced and completed, as well as buy thread. I want to get this quilt finished by the end of February.

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Blocks for table runner: no progress here and no rush.

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Cross Stitching progress. So far, I’ve created a headless housewife. :) This is a take along project for when I’m stuck in my car waiting for my kids at school.

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Not shown, but in my project basket is a completely untouched batch of Christmas Block of the Month kits from Fat Quarter Shop. I plan to start working on that in June or July.

My short term plans are to finish my Trip Along blocks by Friday and to complete my 4 patch quilt by Sunday.

That pretty much wraps up January.

To celebrate my first month of quilt blogging, I’m joining my first link party over at Lee’s blog Freshly Pieced. So, if you are visiting from over there, let me warmly welcome you and thank you for stopping by!

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