Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday already

Today I went to lunch with the ladies from our church and we had a great time. WE went to red lobster and I had salmon grilled with veggies and rice and cole slaw. yummy They asked me to give the prayer for the food and that was a real honor forme. I gave away several of my purses and smaller bags today and really enjoyed doing that.
I also mailed some to relatives yesterday. Now I can get busy making more. LOL
WE have had so much rain here it is unbelievable and scarey. Constant flood warnings.
I also gave away most of the leftover chex mix I made to the people in the computer lab tonight where we teach computer skills to senior citizens and some people study genealogy.
I wrote about my babylock and forgot to mention that it tells me when it needs thread or is almost out of thread in the top or the bobbin. It is awesome and so easy to use.
I think I am going to tackle another quilt.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Babylock Espire

I have to tell you about my babylock espire that I got in Texas. This machine practically sews itself.
I am constantly amazed at what it will do, and I don't even know what it will do.
This is the machine on which I sewed with Eleanor Burns at her workshop in Texas. I knew then I loved it, so after the workshop I went down to the floor and tried one out=picking the brain of the wonderful cute little girl who was working representing Babylock. I cannot remember her name, but she sat down with me and showed me everything Babylock would do and I was sold. She said she herself had 16 machines, but they were furnished of course by Babylock. She said she did all the embroidering. I considered an embroidery machine but decided I wanted a top of the line machine that I could make my quilts and bags and then if warranted, next year I would get an embroidery machine.
It threads itself
It cuts the thread
It staystitches at the beginning and end
It has a pivoting feature that is unbelievable
It is all screen fingertip touching
You program the stitch you want and then the other features and push the button for the presser foot to go down and that is it.
When you are sewing and you stop, the presser foot comes up but the needle st ays down in the fabric-wonderful. Then when you s tart sewing again the presser foot automatically goes down and it starts sewing.
When you are finished you push the stay stitch button and it does 3 stitches and cuts the thread.
When you thread the machine it is effortless. I have had other machines that said they were self threading and I never was able to do it.
The bobbin threads so easy and when you get it threaded you push the needle down button and then again and it comes up threaded.
It dings to alert you when the bobbin is getting low and says it on the screen.It dings when the thread comes unthreaded which is not very often and stops.
It tells you on the screen it is unthreaded.
The decorative stitches are amazing. More later.

More about the Sale

Yesterday afternoon George and I went to the sale to check out how things were going and to shop!!! I bought a necklace for my sis in law and a bracelet for friend Linda. I also bought a Santa Claus from Louesa, my friend from PEO.

I couldn't resist Susan's cheese spread and shortbread cookies.

Susan is unbelievable in her talent and creativity. Her home is beautiful and decorated perfectly. All the jewelry she made looks like it came from a jewelry store. And her food items were awesome and everything was "tastefully" packaged and displayed with professional wrapping and labels and stickers etc.

I am so lucky to have the opportunity to sell my things in their sale.

They said about 10 of my bags sold yesterday, so I am hoping a lot more will sell today. I am planning on going to the sale later today and maybe helping or at least packing up my things to bring home. Maybe there won't be anything left to bring home. Wouldn't that be great?????

New tote=pieced and quilted

I bought a pack of charm squares at Texas from Penny Strurges and decided to make a tote yesterday. It is called Cherry Baby from Lakehouse by Robin Palette.
The fabric is gorgeous and for some reason did not show up as pretty in the pictures as in person. Maybe later I will try again when the sun comes out.