Things I've mentioned:
- Designing a show quilt- I'm revamping the design after stalling out when I had to change up the fabrics. I'm almost back to nothing. Suffice it to say, I won't be submitting a quilt to anything soon. What was I thinking?
- Re-organizing my "studio". Done for the most part. A little clutter to clear away then I'll share my new arrangement. My cutting table, where I sit or stand when at my computer, now faces a window. I've been watching a wren on my porch off and on all day.
- Checking out the new Janome S5. We've got them at the shop and I'm working on a review of it. Preliminary investigation tells me I like it. I won't trade my 6600 in on it, but if I were just now looking for an upgrade from a typical sewing machine, this would be the one. It has nearly the same harpspace/throat (1/2 inch less, I think) than my 6600, but nearly 3 inches more than most basic sewing machines. Plus a ton of high-end features while retaining a mid-range price.
- Working on a tutorial for incorporating text into a quilt project like I did with my "Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine" wall panel.
- I'm working on sharing some resources with you soon for getting ruler feet for machines other than those who are Janome compatible. (I have mentioned this on my FaceBook page)
- I started sending my little guy to a 2 day a week preschool/daycare. My baby, my sweet little sunshine of a fella...sniff. OK, actually it's going quite well. He thinks it's fun and I don't have to scramble to find a babysitter when I work away from home. I think it's a nice preparation to get him ready for Kindergarten next year. I homeschooled my other two kids until this year when I sent them off to 3rd and 4th grade. 2014 has shaped up to be a year of changes for our family with hopes of additional changes in 2015.
- I created a house last week and a 'troublesome truck' (train car) this week all out of a big Horn sewing machine cabinet box. (If you've been thinking about getting a sewing machine cabinet , Horn is a quality product made in the USA. In fact, they're in WV, so when we order one at the shop, we can usually get it in one day!)
- While I'm getting things done in my quilty work, my home life and all...you know the daily stuff....I'm feeling a bit stuck. So, so many projects to work on and ideas to pursue, but little focus.
Have I told you all how much I love having this blogging space to share and teach? It makes my day when I put up a post and get such lovely comments from you. I think we get to encourage one another. Having something to share with you also helps me keep stitching away, even though it's a big time commitment to design, make, photograph, and write enough to have material to post. I get enough comments now that it's hard to respond to each one, but I read all of them and do my best to answer any that ask questions.
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