Monday, October 19, 2015

When I was a Newbie Quilter

I know I should save this photo for a "Throw Back Thursday" post, but I just had to share this one with you before I chickened out! This is Christmas Day of 1987 and I was a senior in high school. I had been sewing up to this point with my mom's old Singer. She had a beautiful old black machine in a wooden case, but it had a short somehow and the knee lever that functioned like today's foot pedal would give me a tiny zap if I sewed in shorts.


Since we lived in Florida, you can imagine I needed a zap-free machine! I had completely forgotten this machine over the years and I can't even remember what happened to it. I know there was at least 2 machines that came and were upgraded before I got my first Janome. But I sure looked happy to get it. I sure would like to know where all those curls went.

The rotary cutter had just begun making inroads in the world of quilting and it was a good thing as I am accuracy challenged. My first quilt involved scissors, cardboard templates, and Y seams because I didn't know any better! It was a disaster.

free motion quilting with rulers

I have been working on my ruler work sampler quilt whenever I can. I tell you, I am not sure where my days are going lately, as it doesn't feel like I'm getting much done and I have some new projects I need to start on.

I ordered some of the Janome ruler feet (Frame Quilting Foot Set) last week for my shop at Amy's Quilting Adventures and wouldn't you know it? There's been a run on that product and they're out of stock! Could it have something to do with the over 4500 students enrolled in my Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine class at Craftsy? (That's a 25% discount link BTW) I should get them late this week or next week. I've also got the Ronda's Double S ruler on backorder too. Hope to get those soon as well.

The class has received great reviews and Craftsy's platform doesn't allow me to leave a comment on those reviews so I can't leave my thanks on the glowing recommendations. Seriously?! 4.85 out of 5 stars! Incredible. So if you've left a review, know that I really appreciate it!

That's all I've got for now! Keep on quilting!

12 comments:

  1. Oh, my gosh!! I own (still own) that same exact machine. It still runs great!!

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    1. It really bugs me that I can't remember what happened to that machine! Maybe it never left my parent's house when I went to college?

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  3. Wow! So many students! I'm glad I bought the foot before the class started! Love the pic too. I was 14 when my folks gifted me with a Kenmore sewing machine.

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    1. Thanks so much. Kenmore were great machines. Does Sears even carry them anymore?

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    2. Sears quit carrying machines several years ago :( . Sewing was so passé for a few years.

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    3. I haven't looked at Sears for a while, but did buy a knock-off Janome from them 10 or more years ago. It didn't last long. So sad, because that first Kenmore with the cams sure was a workhorse.

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  4. Such a cute picture of you! Love those curls. I remember my mother's Singer with the knee "accelerator." Fortunately, I never got zapped from ours. Your FMQ ruler work is stunning, Amy! And I'm tickled for you that so many people are watching your Craftsy videos. You've done well, and the proof is in the ruler sales. Good for you!

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