Happy Mothers Day,
I hope you all have a lovely day spent with family and the chance to relax, even if its for a little while. I hope you get to do things that make you happy and have some family time. I will be spending the morning at home, pottering in the garden, and maybe even some sewing and I hope to drive up to my sisters place this afternoon for a quick visit to give her a little present. Then back home to get dinner started.
We will be having a family dinner with my Mother in Law, at our house, so I will set the table and make it a bit special for all of us. I am making a Guinness, Cheese and Beef Pie with some Spiced Apples and Ice Cream for dessert.
As for the sewing front, I have been a novice quilter for the past 3 years and in that time I have made 9 quilts ranging from baby size to a small double size quilt. I started out on a $120 Toyota sewing machine from Lincraft, it was okay, but soon realised if I wanted to have a quality finish on a quilt I was going to have to have a better sewing machine, enter Husky the Husqvana.
I went to the Stitches and Craft show and was totally blown away by the sewing machines that are available. I was entranced by one machine and sat down for a demonstration, oh my it had me hook line and sinker until the sales person told me the price "it's only $4999.00, it's a show special" well I thanked her most kindly and told her I would think about it. I walked away so deflated, would all sewing machines that would do what I wanted cost that much?
Then I came across a lovely lady quietly sewing on a not so intimidating looking machine. She started to show me the advantaged of this machine and I grilled her with all my questions, 1 hour later I was the proud owner of Husky the Husqvarna. It cost $1600.00 and I just love it. It is quiet, robust and a joy to use. The quality of my sewing has come along in leaps and bounds and have no regrets with spending a big chunk of money as I can see this sewing machine being with me forever.
Along with quilts I have started making bags from left over scraps of material, how very satisfying, nothing is wasted and I have created something useful. So far I have made 8 bags completely from left over material.
If you don't know the company already, I follow "The Missouri Star Quilt Company" tutorial on youtube. Jenny Doan is a beautiful Grandmother who turned her passion for Quilting into a multi-million dollar business and is a super star of youtube with over 300 quilting tutorials that have been viewed more than 50 million times! I love her practical approach to Quilting and she has an amazing brain that can demystify a quilt block and always finds a way to make the block easier to cut out and sew. I just love her! This bag and the baby quilt are her designs, you wouldn't believe the way the pinwheels are done, go have a look.
|A bag in progress|
|The finished bag|