Hello? Is there anyone still out there? Ha! Yeah, it's been a while. I got kinda a bad taste in my mouth after the last post. So I took a break. I have been busy though and it has been good.
Both of my boys are in culinary school. My oldest is studying beverage management at Kendall College and my younger son is studying at The Culinary Institute of America. It has been a big transition but exciting to see my boys enjoying what they are studying. When they have a restaurant together, I have already requested my own table so I never have to cook unless I want to. :)
I have had some health ups and downs. I ended up being too sick to go to Fall Quilt Market which was quite depressing, but the right decision. I really was way too sick. And it is fine, there will be another Market in a few months.
As for quilting, in November, I became a BERNINA Ambassador. I needed an embroidery machine loan to use for the March issue of the GenQ and I thought I would just borrow it and give it back, but they gave me a year long contract. Wheeee! I got the BERNINA 780 and it really is magical. It has seriously amped up my sewing and helped me regain some precision that I was struggling with since my diagnosis.
My first quilt of 2015 was made for my son for Christmas. He is a big Dr. Who fan so it had to be a Tardis quilt. Yeah, it was supposed to be done for Christmas, but was done during the first week of the year. But that's okay! I can mark it off as the first quilt of what is sure to be a prolific year for me.
|Quilt pattern is Relatively Dimensional by my friend Sam Hunter|
I have never done any serious amount of free motion quilting on any quilt I have made. I mean, sure, I have done a few loops here and there, but I never really felt confident enough to do much more than that.
Well, going to the BERNINA reunion in December changed all that. Sitting in a classroom full of award winning quilters, quilting book authors and world renowned teachers - PRETTY INTIMIDATING.
I had a choice. Be afraid or be fearless. I chose the latter.
When we had to try out the BERNINA Stitch Regulator, I had a moment of panic and then I just decided to go for it. I mean, stressing wasn't going to make my stitches better...
We were given some silk flower petals, a circle of tulle and some cording to try out using the red bobbin holder for bobbin work. The example shown was of a cool-sort-of-asian-inspired-flowerpot. I looked at what I was given and decided to go in a different direction.
I also got to try out several machines, including the new long arm. OMG! What a machine! It was crazy.
I know you can't see it because the print is so busy, but this was the first time I ever tried a long arm and actually had good results.
It started me thinking about how sometimes you need the right tools for you. So many great sewing machine brands out there (and I love several) but it seriously is not one size fits all. You gotta go out there and try different brands before you invest in a good machine. Try 'em all if you can! Find the one that fits you just right.
Another favorite product that ups my game is my Sizzix Big Shot Pro and my Fabi. I just got to play with some new dies by the fabulous Victoria Findlay Wolfe. You can read all about it over on the GenQ blog.
In the blog post over on GenQ, I talk about two articles that are in the Jan/Feb issue - Sewing Forth and/or 25 Tools and Strategies for Adaptive Sewing. Both articles discuss products and strategies for continuing to sew when you have physical challenges, such as autoimmune disorders, vision problems, etc. So check it out!
That was a lot I know. Thanks for making it all the way to the end! I hope to write here a bit more frequently this year, so stay tuned!