Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How do I love thee??

Let me count the ways...
I've had fun getting to know my new work-horse of a sewing machine.  I'm still learning all about her, and honestly afraid to stray from straight stitch at the moment.  I mean, she came with 18 different feet!  What on earth do I do with all those?!  My previous machine was starting to give me some tension issues which made free motion quilting next to impossible.  That's kind of a big problem for a quilter! This machine has 11 gorgeous inches of harp space - I feel like I can practically roll around in there.  While I'm enjoying my time with the kids out of school, I wouldn't be lying if I said I'm looking forward to next week when everyone is back in school (wink).  Time for mama to play!  Many, many thanks to my sweet husband who continues to delight and surprise me...
And while I have lots of post ideas in my head about all the projects I did in 2012, or my goals for 2013, or my excitement about Quilt Con, and how much I'm looking forward to Sew South, and some really neat stories about generous people in the crafting community who have been a blessing without them even realizing how much they would impact others, and how these acts of kindness have had a ripple effect...not to mention the new bees for the year and fun project ideas...well, frankly, all this is tempered by some pretty painful things my dear friends are going through with their son who is so sick.  So, for now, I'll just add a few pictures of some recent projects, and maybe those stories will come out later.

My x and + blocks are starting to pile up...
 Here's a bunch thrown up on the design wall - not a final lay out, but starts to give an idea of what the quilt will look like.  All kinds of crazy color - love it!  My daugher has already claimed this as hers, but we'll see...
 Here are some ornament pocket/gift card holders made with Mo Bedell's pattern from the book Pretty in Patchwork by John Adams (Hi, QuiltDad!).
 FINALLY working on my Swoon quilt (pattern by Camille Roskelley) - these blocks are ginormous and take me far longer to construct than I think they should (as is the case with most things I do!).  But I'm in love - the end result will be so worth it.
 LOVED making Jeni's drawstring bags for some Christmas gifts...
...and adding a grommet made these great project bags for my knitting friends.

Let me just say - I so enjoy creating with you all - truly, I do.  I'm looking forward to seeing what we all make in 2013!  Wishing you all a very happy New Year!


  1. Oh wow, Congratulations on your new sewing machine!!! 11" of harp space is so awesome. :O I don't know how big my harp space is, but certainly not that big. :) (I really love almost everything else about my pfaff though)
    Also, your + and x quilt is SO pretty. I really want to do one of those. :)

  2. Happy New Year to you, Valerie! Have fun with your new addition! Can't wait to see what you create with it next:)

  3. Happy new year, and happy new toy :o) Enjoy!

  4. So excited for your with that beautiful new machine -- how wonderful! I just love your x and + blocks and a Swoon is on my 2013 list too. I'm sorry to hear about your friends and their son -- I'll keep praying. Keep me posted...

  5. Happy New Year! Congratulations on your new machine it must be so fun!!

  6. So excited to see what you'll do with ELEVEN INCHES of space! Woohoo! Also, I feel like the tagline for my blog (life) should read: "where everything takes longer than it's probably supposed to." Don't worry. All your points are so precise on the swoon block - it's totally worth the extra time!

  7. Ooh, the new machine sounds exciting!! I can't wait to hear what you think! And your x & + blocks are glorious. I never tire of looking at those blocks!

  8. Happy new year! And I am so excited to hear that you are going to QuiltCon, too :) I know I don't comment very much, but I always read your posts on my reader, and just love seeing all the beautiful things you make!

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