It is a wonderful machine but honestly I've become so accustomed to quilting on my home machine that the Sweet Sixteen was truly SWEET for me.
A long neck with plenty of room to push around a quilt and lots of speed!
I sat at it's lovely table for a long while and quilted leaves on vines and a few swirls with the Sweet Sixteen. The sales person said it looked like I've quilted before (just a little - haha) and then told me of all the wonderful features. I can't recall them all now because I was in a dreamy daze. The speed of the machine was beautiful and the stitches came out so even. It really made my quilting look professional without really trying. The sales person stepped away for a second and came back to tell me I could buy the show machine for a special deal if I wanted to pick it up after the show.
Unfortunately the money I have been squirreling away from work isn't even close to what I need yet.
Today is Giveaway Day at Sew Mama Sew and I am excited to be participating!
I am giving away a pdf copy of my reverse machine appliqué pattern,
Down on the Farm.
Reverse appliqué is a method of tucking under the edges of a piece of fabric in order to show another piece of fabric underneath. Learn to make reverse-machine-appliqué blocks in this peek-a-boo 42" x 45" wall hanging or baby blanket. Patterns are included to make the lamb, calf, colt, chicken, pig, fence and barn as well as instructions to make the blocks into a wall hanging or baby blanket.
Since this is a pdf copy that will be delivered by email the drawing is open to anyone, anywhere as long as you can open a pdf file!
To enter the drawing simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite zoo animal is. Also, PLEASE be sure to include your email address in your comment or on your profile so that I can notify you when you win. The contest will end at midnight, Pacific Standard Time, May 25th. A random winner will be drawn the morning of May 26th and posted here so please check back on Thursday!
On Monday I came up with what I thought was a good idea for another class to teach this summer at Whimsy Cottage.
The problem was that I had to come up with a description and sample of the class before Saturday. This on top of an already full schedule of items to be made before Saturday, but somehow everything fell into place and I did it.
I call the class "Summer Campish."
All the fun of the arts and crafts sessions without the bugs, sleeping bags or lack of showers.
The class will be three 2-hour sessions.
During the first session we will learn to make stencils and stamps and then use them along with store bought stencils and stamps to paint onto a piece of fabric.
During the second session we will learn how to use some easy and edible resists onto fabric before painting on top. (oops forgot to take a picture of the resist fabric)
During the third session we will take the two pieces of fabric we have created and use them to make a drawstring backpack.
I really like how easy these backpacks are to make and how fun it was to create the fabric.
Classes will be July 12, 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to Noon and is limited to 8 students. I'm hoping to need a waiting list so that we can do another session in August because I really enjoyed this project.
And so did someone else. . .I bet you can't tell who it was. . .
I love the baggy butt. I can't imagine they would be anything but comfortable.
I have 5 or more pair to make for a client after I get some work done for the shop.
They were easy to make once I read the instructions correctly!
I didn't realize early enough that the author was going to tell me exactly how to do something once she told me what to do and so it took me a bit longer than it should have. I was stuck on a sentance telling me to make a flat felled seam. I couldn't remember what that was and so I looked at the photos and it wasn't clear. I racked my brain and then finally went upstairs to get my new go-to book:
I looked up felled seams and said "OH! of course!"
I made the seams, read the next line in the pattern and realized she was telling me how to make the felled seam. I was humbled and realized I just need to read EVERYTHING first. The rest of the pattern went much smoother. I'm certain the next 5 pair will go together much faster.
I was thrilled when Pokey Bolton, Editor-in-Chief at Quilting Arts Magazine and host of Quilting Arts TV, knew who I was. But later I was a little embarrassed because she knows me because I comment on her blog and facebook page so much. She, Helen Gregory and Lindsey Murray were all so nice to meet. They have a job I would love to have some day when I grow up.
Anna Maria Horner, designer extraordinare, is the do it all woman. She designs beautiful fabrics, makes lovely projects and patterns, is active in her church and is mother to a brood of beautiful children. The oldest is following in her mothers footsteps and has artistic talent galore!
Patty Young and her husband were delightful to meet and visit with. She designs some of the cutest kids clothing patterns, fabrics and now ribbons too.
Paula Prass and her daughter Jennifer Storey have had a very difficult year but you would never tell from visiting with them at Market. They were delightful to visit with and both very talented. And they both photograph so well.
I love trees and this sculpture seems to have grown from the ground.
All the twisting and turning of the branches looks so natural.
Whenever I see Degas' dancers I think of my sweet ballerina.
I loved the way the artist captured the a couple of the children's faces in this portrait.
Especially the child who is looking up at her mother. She is so sweet and genuine compared to the stiffness of those around.
Not sure why I felt the need to take a picture of Napoleon's portrait but I did.
I love Georgia O'Keeffe's flower paintings. I wish there had been more of them.
I really fail at taking self portraits but I wanted proof that I was there. Despite being in the shade it was still bright outside - Guess I should have been wearing my sunglasses on my eyes instead of my head.