Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Another Flimsy, Another Finish, Etc.

I finished another flimsy. This one is modern.  Some of you might be thinking I'm just a flimsy maker, but I'm not. I do finish quilts. I'm just taking a short break from the actual quilting part to make tops.  I'm working on building up inventory for my Etsy shop.  I'd like to take it off "vacation status" by mid October and have at least 20 items to list. I'm also waiting on modifications on the DIY sewing table in order to quilt more comfortably.  
I made me another bag.  It's a LARGE quilt carry bag that stretches to over 45" when full of quilts.   It's a quilt as you go pattern from the book Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott of  The Quilt Room.  I used fabric from the Laurel Burch Jungle Songs collection.  The pattern called for magnetic snaps but me being "Ms. Thrifty", decided to go w/the cheaper option of sew-on snaps.   Needless to say, if I make it again, I'll use the magnetic snaps. I'd also put some batting in the strap and make it longer.   
I added faux buttons to the outside of the bag too.

This is Penelope. A back-up/traveler/loaner I bought for $25 from a coworker whose Aunt (owner) had recently passed away. She runs beautifully.
And this is Oh Suzanna!  I got her for $25 too from the same coworker.  I had no idea how awesome sergers are! I'm happy to add her to my collection.  

Connecting Threads had their Essential Cotton Thread on sale for $1.95/spool. So I bought a few spools.
I pulled the old Black and Decker stand-by out of the closet.  I finally got fed up dealing w/my constantly dripping Rowenta Effective. I cannot for the life of me remember why I put this baby in the closet in the first place. It doesn't drip and it gives me a little warning beep when it's getting ready to shut-off.  I hope to use it until I can get the Panasonic Cordless 360 , which has been on my wish list for quite some time.
I won these adorable magnetic needle minders from a giveaway that Lara B. of Buzzin Bumble had a few weeks ago.  They are from an Etsy shop called YumYumButtons.
My new pen! It's cigar style (fat) and made of Bubinga.
And lastly, I visited Quilt n' Sew Connection in Prescott Valley and practiced a little woodgrain fmq on an awesome, if very expensive machine.  The Bernina Q20 which is a sit-down longarm. Yes! It is now on my wishlist too!

Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!

A Thread for Life
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NIV

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  1. I bought some thread as well...couldn't pass up a sale. When you finally get the Panasonic, let me know how you like it. I was tempted, but I don't believe it has different fabric settings. I've been trying to find another cordless since my Maytag one died.

  2. You've been busy! Great score on the travel machine and the serger. I've given up on Rowenta irons; both of mine dripped and spit, and sooner rather than later. I replaced my very expensive just-out-of-warranty one with a very cheap Sunbeam and it works wonders.

  3. A cordless iron sounds like such a dream; I've dropped my iron more times than I'd like to admit because I got tangled up in the cord... Your finished flimsy looks great. I can definitely understand wanting to have a good stock of quilts to re-open your Etsy store. Good luck with your goal, and I hope the modifications to your table work really well for you.

  4. Busy, busy lady! There is nothing I hate more than a leaky iron! I have gone through more irons in the past few years, and finally have one that seems to be worth the money! (knock on wood!)

  5. My iron totally sucks, plus it leaves stains! I like your new flimsy! I would offer to quilt them for you, but I am dismantling my machine in one week to make room for... an exchange student from Egypt who likes to cook and clean! Life could be worse!!

  6. I love your flimsy! Just gorgeous! That bag looks awfully handy as well.

  7. I have never had any problems with my Roweta, other than an people of the male persuasion that would knock it off. But it is not promising that when this one dies I will have to get a different brand. Love your quilt flimsy, and your bag is very cute too.

  8. Your flimsy looks great and matches nicely against your house!

  9. Your flimsy looks restful and your bag looks bright and energetic. Lucky you to have a serger! Thanks for showing a photo of the tread. I buy from Connecting Threads, too, but sometimes I find the colors online and in their catalog don't quite match the colors when they arrive. (Not like I have to have any exact shade/color for my quilts because they are so scrappy.) But it is nice to see another photo of them. Take care.


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