I'm learning to sew...
1) With shoes on.
2) In clothes other then my pajamas.
3) With no need of a pedal.
4) With no need of a pedal only if the pedal is unplugged.
5) With using the pedal on the table and using my hand instead of my foot.
6) On a Serger... actually I'm just starting to learn how to thread the darn machines. I started with the easiest so I would not get discouraged.
This list could probably go on to at least 1,277,543.77. Write that check out. One million, two hundred seventy seven thousand, five hundred forty three dollars and 77 over 100. I'm laughing because you really do need a life size check to write that and a very nice Sharpie pen. Did I write that out right?
People that read my blog know I'm all about numbers... first person to answer this question, gets a prize. I'm not joking.
The question is 70...
I accept your challenge Amy, however, I won't post my answer on Facebook because I like my blog way better! Yes, my dear sweet, crazy Amy I will make you a quilt. You will need to be patient - my quilts are sought after by many of rich men. BAHAHAHAHAHA! This I know this makes you jealous even though you know I'm joking. Please remember, my disclaimer still stands - I'm always here for you with the exception of rodents. Sorry love, not my problem.
It's not really a challenge, just questions to answer.
Favorite smells: Freshly mowed grass. Smoked chicken. Lavender. A quilt washed and hung outside to dry.
First job: I delivered papers, with the help of my parents and brother... my first job on my own, Brown's Pastries.
Current Job: Door to door vacuum saleswoman. That's a goof. Working with amazing people, learning and selling sewing machines and vacuums. NO, I do not go door to door.
Astrological Sign: Don't know, don't really care
Favorite pizza: What? Better question... what don't you like on your pizza - black olives.
Birthdate: January 1
Favorite dog: Anaheim, Louis, snosno, Lilli, Tod, and JayJay
Favorite cat: Dexter
Favorite foot attire: Barefoot
Roller Coaster: Not anymore
Favorite candy: Peanut Butter Twix
Favorite ice cream: Mint Chocolate Chip. (We agree Miss Amy!)
Pet peeves: Other people's pet peeves.
What are you listening to right now: My A/C unit - I was sewing and it gets hot with the iron on.
Color of eyes: Cow brown?
Favorite Holiday: Christmas and Easter - celebrating Christ.
Night owl, morning or day person: Neither. Am I menopausal, am I not?
Favorite day of week: Any day I get to spend with RyGuy
Like to cook: Nope, I don't like to cook - I LOVE IT!
Beer or wine or neither: Well that's silly question!
Can you drive a manual transmission: Would drive nothing other then.
Favorite color: Does Reading Rainbow count?
Do you like vegetables: So far in my entire lifetime the only vegetable I don't like are peas.
Do you wear glasses: Of course... I use to think it was because I was on the computer all day, then I started hand piecing a quilt and oh my golly gee - the eye of a needle is very small. Makes me think of the song... "Eye of the tiger..." Not a very small eye, not quite sure I care to get close enough to see how not small the eye of a tiger is. Just sayin'
Favorite season: This is like asking if you have a favorite kid. Not possible.
My dear blog readers - it's now in turn your turn, please play along. I am looking forward to learning more about you!
With all this amazing must need to know information about me... A new list of quilt recipients are...
Of course my Mom
and several others... here we go again! Question is, will these beautiful, wonderful people accept my roses. (That one's for you Molly! Don't tell my brother! Facial profiling! I'll get in trouble! Shhhhhhhhhh!)
To another day!
You can't unopen a box. You can't undo what has been done. So what's next? We have thumbs so we need to figure it out. I'd say 80% of the people in my life don't know Jesus. And out of that 80% 79.9% think I'm crazy for believing in a man I've never met. How do I respond to that? A) Jesus was a pacifist. Believe it or not - "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." That is about the biggest pile of larky I've ever read. This is how I respond. I love the message Jesus spoke and because of Him I am able to forgive and say, I think you're crazy for not at least looking into a message that is beautiful. LOVE is the greatest of all these virtues. B) There is no B - A sums it up.
Don't ever open a box, even if you know what is in it, that you aren't willing to see whatever that box contains through, because you can't unopen it. Can of worms? Pandora's box? Whatever you want to call it.
In turn, the day starts.
As always, cheers,
The last time I wrote, I wrote about how amazing new sewing machines are... Thread, push a button and your needle is threaded, push another button for your foot to be down and push the go button. Wait, wait, watch, wait... ding - change thread and repeat. You can do laundry, dishes while your machine sews. All in all - pardon my french, that's pretty bad ass. However, I am constantly reminded of people in my past. The unbelievable, amazing creations they were able to do with a pair of scissors, thread, needle and fabric they could get. Have you ever tried to make a quilt from a pattern from the early 20th century? Have you ever watched someone quilt on a wooden quilt frame? Have you ever sewn on a treadle?
Talked to my sister yesterday and she thinks I'm crazy. Well crap sticks, that's a new one! "You're crazy for wanting to learn everything about sewing machines." I do want to learn everything I can about sewing machines. I want to take them apart and put them back together so I understand them. I did it with my old computers. I'm not quite sure what the difference is.
I will always, always piece quilts. I love to calculate. I love to look at a quilt that has been pieced and figure out how many pieces of fabric are in that quilt. I get it right at 73% of the time. This is what I love. Does it make any sense? NO! Does it serve a purpose? NO. It serves a purpose to my aging brain. As long as I'm breathing, I'm counting. What was that song, was it on Sesame Street? Reading Rainbow... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 eleven twelve.
In turn we have this...
Yes, what can be done with the press of a button, can be done with patience. My Great Aunt Dora started this beautiful piece. She was an unique person. I think of marbles, cats, an old phone, the homestead, hair as black as the night, widows peak, Uncle Gus and Aunt Louise. But mostly cats. Lots and lots of cats. Anyways, my sister finished it for me and it's one of my treasured pieces.
Then's there is this... I often tell people this right here was the most amazing gift my boy, RyGuy ever gave me - other then my dogs. Guess where he found it? In the trash. Works perfect. Greatest thing about loving to piece quilts, straight stitch baby, straight stitch!
I'll post my other sewing machine that belonged to my beautiful Grandma when my computer and phone decide to be friends. I do believe I have mentioned she was a little crazy as well. I use to venture out in the woods behind their farm house and Grandma would insist on checking me for ticks. She was always right, and the next step was fingernail polish from Dollar General to suffocate it. Gross. I don't think it was the Dollar General then. So pigs were suppose to fly today. Or maybe sewing machines from the past will be live again. Who knows what the day holds.
I often write of disclaimers. There is always a disclaimer. Most times we choose not to read it. Always read the small print. This I do know without a disclaimer. There is old and there is new. Reminds me of the song, "Make new friends, but keep the old, some are silver and the others gold." Well golly gee willigers I'm keeping them all. "Because friends are friends forever, if the Lord is Lord of them."
Pfaff 630 came across 2 times today...
Before that, one similar to this happened...
Necchi. What?! What?! I'm mind blown everyday. Every single day! These images were Googled, these are just similar machines that were brought to my attention today. As if I am not having a hard enough time learning today's machines... crap sticks!
I made it, finally made it through my first embroidery pattern... FINALLY! Pffaf Icon.
Don't ever google your name or anything that has been published. Someone took Twisted Craze to a whole other level of crazy! Oh boy!
Did they take my pattern and turn it 45 degrees?
Nope... Don't do it! Don't ever Google your patterns... For the LOVE of pizza, worst idea EVER!
snosno is ready for bed as am I.
Till the next time we meet.
Tea (I have a new name... at least I like tea, iced tea, hot tea, tea, tea, sleepy time tea, tea)
Dear Linda, I can sell you a sewing machine!!! I can't believe I am about to write what I'm about to write... Pfaff 5.2 is an amazing machine but for 3/4 the cost Pfaff Passport 3.0. I'm so sorry Bernina! I will always love you, always and forever, I promise! My advice to everyone is this... ALWAYS have a back up machine. Do stoves only have one burner? No they do not... think about that. Perhaps that can be our disclaimer to whomever might want to say, "What? You want another sewing machine?" In turn we can say, "Hmmmmm, I can only use one burner for dinner."
Again, I'd like to post pictures of my day but my computer and phone are not getting along. Madness I say! Madness!
Who would of thunk it? The Mad Hatter?! I did win $360 on the Alice in Wonderland penny slots last week and I finally upgraded my shoes from 1997. I'm perfectly fine being "mad" or "crazy" or whatever. I am who I am and it's taken me 41 years to say to myself... I can do this! Cheers!
After a year of doing a few free lance jobs, lots of books, lots of Netflix, lots of time with my babies I decided to take another chance at working a full time job. I guess the craziest part of doing that is I've taken a job working with sewing machines. It always boggles my mind that when you work full time you spend more waking time with your coworkers then anyone else. Today was week three.
Here are my thoughts, holy cow what you can do with a sewing machine these days! Pfaff, Brother, Bernina, Juki. By the end of the day my head is so full I feel like my brain just went to a buffet and maybe I didn't need that last trip to the dessert bar. Disclainer: HOW CAN YOU PASS UP FRENCH SILK PIE?! Exactly my point my friends, you can't. I also can't believe my machine is 13 years old and my back up is 4 or 5. Guess what RyGuy??? It's time to get your woman a new baby. No Ryan, 6 sewing machines is not enough, how many times do we have to talk about this?! I've got my eye on the Bernina 770, I still am and probably will always love piecing. I've found a fantastic quilter so I most likely will only quilt my smaller quilts.
I haven't posted pictures in a really long time - my phone doesn't want to communicate with my computer. Can't everyone just get along already!!!! Here's what I got today...
Quilt I finished last year for my Mom's best friend's daughter. It was suppose to be done by her wedding, but it wasn't. I told her when my Mom and I gave it to her, "I think it was worth the wait." I LOVE this one. Tula Pink fabrics. This is it before it was quilted.
Quilted. Told you I found an awesome quilter!
One of my current projects...
This one has been tricky. Can't seem to get his lower mid section to line up with his butt when I sew the pieces together. Oh well. Like my quilter told me, "stop pointing out your mistakes."
I just LOVE this fortune...
And today, tomorrow and everyday I am granted life I will always think of JayJay and Anaheim... I hope they are best friends hanging out with the boss.
I suppose one day I'll find a little guy like this and he shall be called JayJay 2.0.
As always. Cheers!
T-Dogs, over an out.
Who sleeps anymore? What does one do at 2:47 am with no sleep, one sews. What are you doing this morning?
"In God's economy, a person must go down the valley of grief before he or she can scale the heights of spiritual glory. One must become tired and weary of living without Christ before he or she can seek and find His fellowship. One must come to the end of 'self' before one can really begin to live." Billy Graham.
What an amazing man who now sits at the right hand of God. I'll never understand why x+y=z, I'm able to calculate it, not understand it, but I do understand the capabilities of love.