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Friday, March 20, 2009

If you're gonna be a bear, be a Grizz!

This is a quilt that I just finished making to donate to our high school to be raffled off as a fund raiser for the athletic programs. As you can probably tell, the school colors are black and orange and the mascot is the Grizzly. After many weeks of work, it is headed out to the quilter this afternoon. The quilt is queen size with a fairly deep drop.
The lighting isn't the best, but it was so windy in the front of the house (out of the direct southern sun) that I opted for the least of the two problems.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I was looking at the comments on machines posted over the last few days/week. I have had a top of the line Pfaff with the embroidery unit for about 10 years. I also have a Janome Gem that I take to classes and that I love. By the end of the morning I think I will also have a Janome 4900. I am so tired of taking my Pfaff in to have the tension adjusted, or trying to pick threads out of the various moving parts whenever I try to use "fun" threads. I just had it in AGAIN, picked it up at the end of last week because I was taking a thread class on Sunday afternoon. I think I sewed about 10 inches of a satin stitch before the bobbin thread started to come to the top and the top thread went to the bottom - looks "interesting" but certainly not what I had in mind. When I tried a straight stitch it was like a basting stitch.... The Pfaff was expensive and a gift from DH (which is a long story....) so I have hesitated to look at another machine or to even mention in his earshot that I don't like the Pfaff. But when I got home from the class I got online and started looked at the various Janomes. I have not sewn on a 4900 but I do think that it will be the best choice for me - I like to play with decorative stitches, plus it is quilter friendly and there is a dealer in town. Anyone have a 4900?

Better get movin' - we are going to CA today. We decided it would be fun to take our exchange student to a big city and she and DD picked LA - we're going to hit the fabric district, Universal studios, Venice Beach, etc. Should be fun. Joleen in MN