Phew! I don’t seem to have stopped this past week, and yet I haven’t much to show for it! My sewing machine  (I work on a Bernina 1080) stopped stitching mid way through a project. I put it on the floor and kept up the stitching on my Pfaff (Classic Style Home). Then when I was trimming the work, I knicked the cable to the Bernina with my rotary cutter! So when I took the Bernina to be fixed I had to admit to a cut in the cable and ask for that to be replaced! Ugh!

So here is a picture of my second little toy sewing machine(no cable to knick on these!). It is an Essex. I wish I looked as industrious as the girl on the box!!

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To keep calm I have had some Ebay therapy and now have a copy of the Safford and Bishop book , American Quilts and Coverlets.Or I will when it arrives. You know how it is, you finish browsing the antique quilts, so you might as well move on to the books, and the next thing you know…….:-)

And in the same vein I have signed up for the Material Obsession BOM. I was pushed over the edge when I saw how Amy was getting on with hers. I have loved the quilts that Sue Ross sews when you get to see bits on the MO web site, so really I don’t know why I had waited! It looks like my precise piecing skills will be put to the test when I start sewing though, unlike when I sew the String Stars……they still look great when the bits don’t match! (A close up here for you to see the fabrics Kathie).

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A big Thanks to Kathie!

Thanks Kathie for listing me on her blog as somewhere to take a look at! I was so surprised and flattered…..and some great folks have popped by already!

When I started to blog I just never thought people from so far away would be taking a look …. and liking it!


So here is something to look at!

I was so excited when I won this on Ebay. It is a Grain toy sewing machine, and is just beautiful. The shop in Tunbridge wells where I take my sewing machines to be serviced has a display of old toy machines in the shop, and I never honestly thought that I would be lucky enough to have one of my own. It came with it’s box, carry case and instructions too. I can’t wait to find the time to sew something on it….like some patches for a quilt!

If you have a moment today, go and take a look at Alicias Blog. She has some interesting things to say about sewing and stitching that I found myself getting very absorbed in, better than the Sunday papers!