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.

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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.

Friday

Today I’m taking a little quilting break, but I’m still sewing. I started this cross-stitch project from the Martha Stewart website that I think is just adorable.

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There will still be plenty of quilting going on. Especially with all this goodness:

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I just love precuts.

I hope to cross stitch some more this evening. Today was mostly spend running around. Eddie had his yearly IEP meeting at school, Ethan had to be taxied back and forth to college and then shipped off to his buddy’s house for the weekend. The girls are spending the night at Grandma’s house. Oh, and I filed our taxes. Busy, busy. Now to relax and enjoy the weekend.

On My To Do List

I’m a list maker, a planner, an organizer. But generally, if I don’t write things down, they just don’t get done.

I’m also a fabric collector. I buy fabrics with a certain project in mind, but by the time I get around to using those fabrics, I’ve forgotten what I wanted them for originally. It doesn’t help I have a massive amount of Pinterest boards to distract me with that problem. Because I want to make this quilt, and that quilt, oh and that one is sooooooooo adorable…haha!

So, tonight, I’ve been doing a bit of planning, with the hope that if I’ve documented a project here on my sewing blog, it will keep me on task. Hopefully. These are quilts I want to make.

Right now, I’m working on this:

Cross Quilt

A Cross Quilt using Architextures fabrics.

Future Projects:

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Kite in the Clouds quilt using Posy fabrics

Scrappy Trip

Scrappy Trip Along quilt with Noteworthy fabric.

polka dot

Frozen Knickers Half Square quilt using Polka Dot Stitches fabrics

song bird

Fresh Lemons Ribbon Star quilt using Riley Blake Song Bird fabric

pieces of hope

Puzzle Piece quilt using Riley Blake Pieces of Hope Fabrics.

And just for fun, these are fabrics sets that are on my To Buy list, when they are released.

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Glamping

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Bake Sale

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Happy Go Lucky

This list should keep my busy for a while 🙂

Unless those darn Pinterest boards distract me again….