This weekend was lovely 🙂 I had a great Mothers Day. My darling and adoring children brought me handmade gifts which I will keep forever and ever. I got loaded up with hugs and kisses and little whispers of “Your the best Mommy ever.” My sweet husband woke up early Sunday morning and went to Dunkin Donuts and got some yummy calorie ridden treats for breakfast. To top it all off we went for a long drive to the finger lake region to pick up my new Singer 15-91! My husband hired a retired sewing machine man to fix one up for me 🙂 I already have a 201 and I love it like I would marry it, but it is not the greatest at free motion quilting. The 15-91 is though! We brought it home and husband installed it in a sewing table for me.
I got to give it a whirl last night. I suck at free motion. Hahaha! I have no practice. It’s pretty much always been straight quilting for me. I decided to tackle a throw pillow I have been working on for my rocking chair. By the end I got more of the hang of things. I did pebble quilting, which is essentially just drawing circles right next to each other to look like pebbles. It uses a TON of thread. But I love the look 🙂 Even if it is a bit crappy. You can see a great tutorial on pebble quilting by the great Alissa.
Fabrics are mostly Anna Maria Horner’s Garden Party with some from other lines thrown in too. The binding is Kona, plum I think. You may ask yourself why I choose to sew on these ancient machines instead of a new one with all the bells and whistles. Because, they just don’t make em like they used to. And these are cheap to own and maintain. These machines are like tanks. They are all cast metal design, inside and out. They are going to outlive me. I will pass them onto my girls someday. They sew so beautifully. They make the most beautiful stitch and they can sew through anything, and I mean anything with ease. I don’t know that I will ever own any other machines. I someday would like a featherweight to be able to take to quilt group or something. They are abundant. Lots around and parts are easy to find. I got this one for under $100 all fixed up with new wiring. My 201 was only about $250 all refurbished. And that is the cheap I am talkin bout 🙂
Happy Monday! 🙂