July 26, 2014

My (First) Wooly Tote...

Sheepy Faces
As predicted, I completed my "Ewe-nique Bag", which I prefer to call my
"Wooly Tote". The directions were simple, and the tote worked up quickly.

I would only change one thing in the instructions, so I'll make that adjustment
on the next one (or more) that I make in the future. I think they'd make nice gifts.
Sheepy Butts
I really like the colors that Primitive Gatherings chose to use in their kits, but
I can already envision this same tote done up in red and tan, or something in
a bright, thirties-style assortment. Which colors do you think you'd choose?
It's going to be a busy, busy day today. 
Morning coffee with my BFF.
Lunch with our younger son's girls
and
Dinner with family in Beaver Dam to celebrate my cousin's Birthday.

Better get rolling. 
I'm thinking I'll really sleep well tonight!
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July 25, 2014

Cuddling Over Sewing Any Day...

I certainly never expected this to happen!
Every year when I come to Wisconsin, I take a little drive over to Beaver Dam to
check out what's new at Nancy's Notions. I saw this and it was love at first sight. 
This is Babylock's Crescendo quilting/sewing machine. What caught my eye
was the wide open throat space to the right of the needle. With 11-1/4", there's
a lot of room to do my own quilting after the quilt tops have been pieced. 
This are the other features that made the Crescendo so appealing:
 
1) A Digital Dual-Feed Walking Foot System 
In addition to mounting like the other walking feet, this one also has 
a USB cable that attaches to the machine for precise fabric feeding.
 
2) A Laser Guide Beam for Sewing
The stylus connects to the computer for the sewing machine. It tells the
machine exactly where I want the needle and stitches positioned. The
pen designates stitch width, placement and stopping points on the fabric!
 
3) A Laser Guide Beam for Sewing
No need for vinyl guides or other tools attached to the machine. 
I can just follow the light beam to guide my stitches.
I went back to The Cloud and read through all the literature. (The Aria is 
the same machine without the Laser, Sensor Pen and large sewing table 
attachment, so I had some feature-for-feature/price comparing to do.) 
 
I returned to the campground to think about it. I talked with Handsome 
and decided to go back to get the Crescendo this week. (She's going to
need a new name, too. Anyone have any ideas they'd like to share?)
 
I love Miss Prissy (My Espire), but it's time for her to move to a new home. 
She's a hard worker and reliable, so I know she'll find a good home where 
she'll be appreciated and used more. (If anyone is interested in pricing and
more information, just send me an email through the link in my left sidebar.)
 
Otherwise, when we get home, I'll list up Miss Prissy and Evvie (my Evolve 
serger) for sale. I only really use Evvie at Christmastime when I'm making 
Grammies Jammies, and with all the specialty feet that come with her, I know 
 she could be used exclusively for sewing and quilting! (I actually know 
someone who only sews with a serger!) It's a shame for her to sit around 
most of the year when she could be serving someone else more often.
Miss Ellie will be staying here at Brynwood. She'll continue to sew and 
embroider for me and the Crescendo will be busy helping me make new quilts.
I decided to get acquainted with my new machine by making a new project.
These panels are the front and back of a great wooly sheep tool bag.
I finished the front and back yesterday, but I took break
and will assemble the pieces into a new tote bag today.
"Hey, Mom. Did you see that fuzzy thing lickin' on me?"
 I happily set my project aside to visit with this sweet, little guy again yesterday.
Tag was quite taken with him. He's never seen a tiny baby before, 
but I can tell you, he loved this one. He was very curious and gentle.
 
Mommy and baby came to the campground and we talked and cuddled away 
the rest of the day. I can't believe how much he's grown just since I saw him 
at the baptism! It was great spending just a little more time together before 
we get ready to go back to Florida. Our departure is just around the corner.
 
All in all, another wonderful day creating new memories in Wisconsin.
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