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January 11, 2010

A Busy Week

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I've been in my element in the past week.  I'm still working on the Sunbonnet Sarah Quilt, but my mom went digging through my drawers of unfinished projects and pulled out her quilt - the one that I started for her last year but never finished. 

 

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Mom wanted me to make her a quilt for her bed and wanted it to be blue and white - her favorite colors. So, I had her look through my quilt books and find a pattern that she really liked, for me to duplicate.  She found a basket quilt pattern that she loved.  Together, we had quite the assembly line going as we worked together cutting and piecing the quilt together.

 

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After getting all the fabric we needed, I started her quilt (this was last year).  After sewing 3 panels together I noticed the borders were not lined up.  I was "sew" upset. (sew witty don't ya think?) I folded it up and put it away and didn't get back to it until now.  Insecurities I suppose are what drove me to stick the unfinished project in a back drawer.  I didn't feel like ripping out seams.  I must have been tired the day I stuck it in the drawer, because when I started it again last week, I ripped out the seams and started it over again, but this time I was better prepared, more rested, and more patient.

 

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Before I started on her quilt again, though, I made myself a pin cushion for all these fancy new pins I bought at Michael's.  I had this Longaberger basket holding nothing but little stuff in my art studio and thought "You know, that would make a great pin cushion."  So I cut open an old pillow, stuffed it with cotton pillow stuffing, and wrapped it in pretty fabric.  I didn't even sew it.  I just stuffed the whole thing into the basket and stuck all my pins into it.  It sure is easy to carry around too.

 

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I just love the flower pins.  They are easy to pick up off the floor, easy to hold, and extra long.  It doesn't take much to make me happy. 

 

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For an Anniversary gift, Big Bear bought me the Quilter's Toolbox attachment for my Pfaff 2124.  I like the plexiglass table.  It also came with a quilter's foot that makes it easy to sew perfect 1/4 inch seams, and a free-motion foot for machine quilting.  What will they think of next!

 

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And, last week, in addition to getting my sewing room set up in the sunroom, I signed up to take a couple of classes in Charlotte to better learn how to use the embroidery feature on my Pfaff.  I've used it before, but was intimidated by all the steps and the computer program.  I've had my Pfaff for almost 4 years and have only used the embroidery attachment once before.  Don't you just hate it when you lose confidence in yourself and then stop doing whatever it was that you were doing because you don't think you can do it?  (Boy, that was a mouth full).  Our teacher was Susan Nelson.  She is a very good teacher.  She knows everything about the Pfaff and answered all of our questions.

And see that nice lady on the right?  That's Yvonne of "Sew it Yoga." She has her own Etsy store and makes all kinds of neat things.  She also has the Pfaff 2124 and unlike me, she knows how to use the attachment.  She has made all kinds of cool things and embroidered them too on her Pfaff.  You'll have to check out her store to see all the neat stuff she makes.

 

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I took 2 classes last week and finally feel comfortable enough to use the embroidery feature on my machine. I am anxious to learn how to use it without stumbling through the process and having to always refer to the instruction manual.  I wanted to learn how to embroidery with my Pfaff for many reasons, but first, I had to understand how to use the software.  LIke, how to turn these blue pumpkins into orange pumpkins, and how to resize and rescale the image, pick my thread, and send it to my sewing machine. Sounds complicated I know - that's why it has taken me all this time to finally pull up my buckles and learn how to use it!  I wanted to embroidery flowers coming out of the baskets for the quilt I am making for my  mother.  I knew that would make her happy.

 

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So, that is what I have been doing this past week and why I haven't posted.  I've been busy!  Just like painting, I find sewing to be cathartic.  It puts me in a zone and hours pass so quickly.  It is so much fun, too.  If you have a sewing machine, and it is packed away in the back of a closet somewhere, dig it out, set it up, and start your own project. Want to learn how to quilt?  I'll be offering up a few tutorials here going forward.  

Happy Sewing!

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