Wednesday, November 26, 2008

No time to say Hello, Goodbye

Prize drawing for whoever guesses what movie the title came from.

I'm too busy to blog, busy cooking mounds of food (or was, am now completely on schedule for tomorrow's big do - the Cute Guy says that I celebrate Thanksgiving like a new immigrant, trying to make up for the first 20 years of my life on the Island.)

Now, am too busy to blog because I'm sewing away on a quilt on my NEW Bernina 240. Thank you everybody who emailed me or commented. Your advice was very helpful. Particularly Marji, who researched like crazy for me. Got an amazing deal - saved 45% off the price. Am feeling very consumer savvy right now. Unfortunately, am also feeling rather clumsy with my cutting and piecing technique - it's been awhile.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!!

P.S. did I mention that it's only four weeks until I go back to the Land of Clotted Cream and Scones.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Early, For Once!

I'd like to share with you all the disease that I suffer from ... Tarditis. I'm always late. Even when I'm running on time or early, I'll manage to come up with something to make me late. Because I'm always running late, I can't stand people who show up early, because it shows off how bad my tarditis has become. Knowing this, in case I don't get the holiday cards out on time, consider this our early Holiday Card. Wishing you all Happy Holidays from our house to yours (note the Cute Guy prefers to stay out of the limelight, so we're pretending he's in costume as the Santa).
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Happy HOLIDAYS!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

I've been trying to decide on buying a new sewing machine. I won't even go into details on my present one - let's just say old, poor quality, but can stitch a straight line, but tension is poor.

I'm thinking of buying the Viking Sapphire 830.

Any thoughts???????

What do you have for a machine that you love??

Share with me, please.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Why didn't you tell me about this????

I came across this blog yesterday and I'm loving it. The tech articles are so helpful.

The weather has turned rather chilly in Wisconsin suddenly and I have lots of little heads to keep covered in this family, so I'd whipped up a hat for one of the boys in some Berroco Pure Merino (I'm seriously loving this yarn - knits like butta') and was looking at their pattern/articles on knitting 2x2 hats with a flat top. They have some pretty neat tricks - check it out. They referred you to a link for an easy kitchener stitch for grafting the top stitches together on the hat. That's when I discovered a way of doing kitchener that just sinks in, too easy to remember and more importantly I don't have to dig around for the ever lost darning needle. You actually knit the Kitchener stitch. I'm sure you've all heard of this before, and I'm the last one to catch on, but I think it's totally awesome.

I'll try and snap a pic of the littlest guy in his new hat, as soon as I weave the ends in.

Monday, November 03, 2008


I met my friend at the Quilting store on Saturday to see her quilt that she was turning in for machine quilting. It was just supposed to be a quick five minute visit. Two hours later, we both left with flannel material for quilts. I admit, I started it, but like all good friends, dragged Deb along for the ride.

I had this idea to whip out a couple of very simple brickwork style flannel quilts for the boys for Christmas. I started with the idea of just using blues, browns, and greens.

But then a red piece of fabric was sat next to my pile of flannel and quickly I added the red.

Now, here's where you all come in. Do you like just the mellow browns, blues and greens, or the fuller spectrum of colors? Tell me what you think?

When I was in Mackinaw City, Cynthia's Fine Yarns had a huge selection of Frog Tree and I was sucked into its fibery vortex and walked away with yarn for quite a few projects. I know - black, not the most interesting color choice, but was good for the mood I was in at that time. It's Frog Tree Merino and the pattern is about as simple as it gets. Although it's black, it's perfect TV knitting, because it's so mindless. Will whip up very fast, if I can just stay focused for five minutes.