16 years ago I bought a new Pfaff...I pinched myself the whole way home and have loved that machine ever since! It gave me countless hours of joy - and it really never had any issues...until last week when I somehow broke the timing. The mister was with me when I went to take my sweet little mechanical friend in for repairs...he said he would wait in the car but I made him come in with me because in the past, when I've taken my machine in for cleanings, the sales lady has kept me there for what seemed like hours trying to talk me into trading in my machine for a newer, better, more expensive model...I knew the mister would never allow that! We would be in and out in 5 minutes - that was the plan. But as you know, whenever the mister is involved, things don't go according to plan. While I was filling out the repair form, the mister wandered over to look at the machines, and right on cue, the sales lady swooped in..."Her machine is old, you need to get her a new one! She loves to quilt, she needs a machine with a long neck, here, let me show you!" And that was all it took...before I had finished filling out my form, the mister was yelling at me from across the room, "Come look at this, this will solve all your problems!" Well, I didn't know I had problems - and how would HE know I had problems, I mean, if I did?!?! Ten minutes later - yes TEN minutes, the mister carried my new machine out the door...beaming that he had gotten such a great deal...the machine was half price, and they gave him $$$ for my old machine and since he bought the floor model they took off another $500!!! (Of course, my antennae are on full alert - the mister never does this kind of thing willingly...so he's probably feeling guilty for something HE did...believe me, I am on the case!)
Since my old machine was a Pfaff, I got another Pfaff - I kind of know how they work and my brain is in no condition to conquer a new and different machine! This one will take some getting used to as there isn't a lever to manually lift the presser foot - nope - have to push a button to lift it up and put it down...but I'm getting the hang of it. It also has an automatic cut feature - so no need for scissors! And it threads itself and it has a bobbin warning light so I'll know when I'm about to run out...golly-gee-whiz-it-sure-is-a-purty-thang...and it's RED! The mister asked if it would last me until I die...the sales lady said I should get at least 15 years or so out of it, so I guess I've only got 15 years to live! Good to know.
I've been negligent in posting pics of quilts from my last two quilt group meetings - but it's because we have only had a few quilts and I forgot! But, those quilts are definitely worth showing so here you go:
This month we were supposed to make blue blocks - this is what everyone came up with - they will be sewn together in some fashion and then the quilt will be donated to charity.
Every month we're also making red, white and blue blocks that will later be assembled into quilts for American Hero Quilts - this month produced some great blocks!
These antique blocks were a find! And I think Jenny found them - or maybe Lori, she always finds the good stuff! Won't they make a beautiful quilt?
Can't remember who made this Christmas quilt - but the square in a square block is always so appealing to me - especially with the fussy-cut centers.
This quilt has a very sad story - Stephanie made this quilt for the family of a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan - it's made from his fatigues. I'm sure they will treasure it. Semper Fi.
This looks like a "Marsha Quilt" but I can't remember if it is or not!? It's sure cute - and what an easy pattern - might have to make one of these for my Elsa!
These are another round of American Hero blocks - and I LOVE The feet/shoes in this pic! The blocks pictured above were from the month before - these blocks were from May...speaking of, where did May go?!?!? Can it really be the middle of June!
Kareena's Crayon quilt top is finished - now it's off to the quilters! Isn't it adorable?!?! I know my Elsa would love this...I just need some time...
Marsha gave Jenny a dress panel - and this is what Jenny did with it - super cute! Marsha also gave me a dress panel and it's folded nice and neatly on top of my "to-make-pile"...again, just need to find some time!
That's it - I'm all caught up with quilt stuff...except for the one I'm working on now - just need to quilt it on my NEW MACHINE with the LONG NECK!!! I'm giddy with excitement! This quilt is for my sister, the one who is younger but looks older - it's her birthday present - I'm such a good sister! Here's a sneak peek:
Happy Birthday Joni!! It will be in the mail and on it's way very soon!