Last week I made a quick trip to my LQS to pick up my Pfaff 1475 with its brand new motherboard. Ouch on that. The machine is probably nearing 20 years old and it’s been packed up in the original box for about five years. When I took it out a few weeks back hoping to use it when my Bernina needed repairs, the Pfaff was DoA on the sewing table. It was NOT a great week to try to sew anything!
Despite being essentially a backup machine these days, I decided I should go ahead and repair it now since it’s a really wonderful machine (one of the older Pfaff machines that was made in Germany before Husqvarna Viking bought Pfaff out and moved production to cheaper areas), and if I didn’t have it repaired now it wasn’t likely to get done at all as the parts for it are no longer manufactured. And who knows? One of my girls might eventually decide to sew and need a machine… maybe… okay I’m reaching here I know!
I’ve thought about all of my older quilts from time to time, and realized that not only are they not all labeled (yes, I know…bad quilter award here), I don’t even have photos of all of them. I have a whole house full of quilts; they’re in closets, on racks, on the walls, draped over chairs and couches, and stacked up on desks and cabinets. There are many more quilts in the house than I’ve documented on this site or anywhere else.
I began to photograph all of my quilts last week planning to add pages to the gallery section on the website to document them all. I’ve made it through all of the smaller quilts that I could throw up on the design wall, though I need to hope for a sunny weekend day so that ITMan can help me with photographing the larger ones outside I think. I’ve also spent a bit of time digging around in my (apparently) rather faulty memory trying to figure out exactly when some of them were made since I didn’t label them!
Then over the weekend I wandered around the Internet (I do that way too much btw!), and I found myself on LuAnn Kessi’s site. Her machine quilting is a-maz-ing, and I love her sketchbook work, wow! In her profile she says, “I also feel it is important to display my original quilts, as my older work defines who I am today.” Continue reading →
I had an idea the other day that sent me digging through my UFO stash. Years ago, and I mean a LOT of years, I made a bunch of Jacket Jazz jackets. Remember those from the books by Judy Murrah?? I started making those in 1993 I think! I still have the jackets I made, except maybe one or two that I sold instead of keeping for myself. I LOVED making them, and I even taught a bunch of other folks to make them when we were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. Heck, these jackets were my transition from sewing clothing and evening wear like this: Continue reading →
Have you ever had a quilt that went together so well that you were left wondering how you managed it? I mean, I have the ones that refuse to be friendly and fight with me from beginning to end quite frequently, so when I get one that’s extra cooperative it’s definitely a pleasure and a bonus!
I had a set of Inchies that didn’t work out for another project quite some time ago, and they’ve been sitting around in a bag waiting for a home ever since. They weren’t really “Valentine” colors, but I thought I could work them in to a small project for the season anyway. This was another one of those projects without a plan, so I was doubly rewarded that I like it so well now that it’s finished! Continue reading →
Edit2: I linked this WIP Wednesday post up at Freshly Pieced today. If you found your way here from over there, welcome! For regular readers, if you’d like to see lots more inspiring WIP Wednesday projects, visit Freshly Pieced!
EDIT: Yep, you can tell it’s been a bit of a crazy day around here, since I posted this on Tuesday… instead of Wednesday! /sigh
Waaaay back in September, I wanted to make a simple quilt, something I could just make, and get lost in the process. I don’t think I actually said it out loud or in the post, but I probably also wanted something quick. Unfortunately, this project wasn’t any of those things! If it had been, it probably would already be done and gracing the chair in the bedroom instead of still lolling about in my studio. Continue reading →
I’ve decided my word of the year for 2014 is Momentum. It’s most definitely not “because”–I’m just not even going to get started on that. Yes, I know it’s the beginning of February, not January. While many people are reflecting at year end and thinking ahead to the new year, I’m still recovering. Yes, it takes that long to get over the holiday season for me some years!
Momentum is awesome while you have it. I know because I had it for many years, and I wouldn’t have been able to push a book from concept to completion in just over a year without it. These days, there’s no momentum. I move in fits and starts, and not always in a forward direction. Continue reading →