Thursday, December 18, 2008

Who knew.....

I would turn into a sewing freak? I think maybe it's genetic. My Grandma Helen was a quilter. She made other things, but the thing I remember most is her quilts. I have some baby quilts that she made in my cedar chest. I also have one she made for me when I was still in school that was perfect for my twin bed. She's 94 (I'm pretty sure) and has had a rough year. She finally quit sewing a couple of years ago, I swear the woman is an angel. I always remember her saying she had bad eyes and I just can't understand how someone with bad eyes can make such beautiful things. I also have several other family members who have made some pretty amazing things. You all ROCK!

(Rylie's quilt that I finally finished)

I bought my first sewing machine around 6 years ago I think. Just a cheap singer from WalMart. Nothing fancy. I don't remember what made me buy it in the first place, maybe I saw something in a magazine I wanted to make. Actually, I think the very first thing I ever made was a pillow that I gave to my mom. (She has many things I've made, from the clay dragon I made in highs school art class to the wooden scrapbooks I've made.)

I have never had the time to take a sewing class, I've pretty much learned everything I know (which still isn't much) from books, magazines and trial and error. I do know that if I ever get good enough to feel like I am as good as my grandma and my aunt then I'll be doing ok.

I don't know what possessed me to buy an embroidery machine. Maybe because I've been talking to her about the one she has, and all her plans. I know a lady who has one (the one who did the names for my quilts) and I've seen all of the really cool things she's done. I started thinking of all of the things I could do with one. Then I was at Joann's one day and saw some. I decided they were way out of my price range for something that's just a hobby. Then I went to look for some fabric last week and wandered my way into the section with the machines again. They were having a big sale. Not big enough, but I started talking to the ladies and they said right now was a great time to look at used machines because they had a huge sale after Thanksgiving, so a lot of people brought their older machines in so they could trade up. I bought the one they said was by far the best deal. It wasn't one of the newer ones, so I did have to give up a couple of things, but all in all I got a great machine for a great price. I even checked out eBay to see how much they were asking for this exact machine and I probably got it for at least $500 less than what they were going for on there.

If you're in the market or even just dreaming about it, do some research and look them up. I bought a Husqvarna Designer 1 and because I bought it at JoAnn's, I get free classes, and 1 year of parts and service warranty. They also give you 12 months to trade up and you get the full value of what you paid for your machine. I figured that if I don't use it that much then I can still sell it for close to what I paid. If I like it and use it a lot I can go back and check it out next year to see what I could trade up to. Either way sounded like a good deal for me.

Did I ramble enough for you? Here are some pictures of Hunter's jacket that I "made". I bought the hoodie at Target, and then I put his name on it, and put a spiderweb on the back for my Spidey lover.


  1. Would love to write more, but I am racing out the door to Joanns...

  2. WOW!!! I'm so impressed... Okay, so you have to give me sewing lessons because you're amazing! Don't sell yourself short because that blanket looks fabulous!

    I'm getting a sewing machine for Christmas (shhhh... I was supposed to forget about it but I'm already dreaming up curtains, pillows, blankets, quilts and other goodies I can make!).

  3. I love to sew and have made quilts for both of my kids. Kyler loves his "ball" quilt that I made him. It's an awesome feeling to be able to make something for your children and have them love it. I love homemade things.

    And I am so sneaking into your house and taking that embrodiary machine;) My kids would have their names on EVERYTHING!!

    Your quilts look fabulous by the way.

  4. You are the BOMB!!!! So talented it ain't funny.

  5. Wow - that is so cool! You could turn it into a sideline business for all the other mommies :)

  6. Wow! That is awesome.

    I tried sewing once...not a good idea for me.

    But, I know embroidery machines cost a fortune! And, you pay a fortune for it, too!

    Izzy is so into princesses right now. She would love that quilt! And, you are very good at it!

  7. Paint me three shades of jealous! I'd love one of those machines but don't have one for all the same reasons you outlined. Maybe someday.

    I love the quilt you just made. That minke fabric is the softest stuff ever. I just finished a quilt for my neice who will be adopting twin girls anytime now, we're just waiting (and praying it all works out).

    Fun blog. I'll be back again if that's okay.

  8. Wow! That is amazing.

    I have a brand new digital sewing machine that hubby got me for Christmas two years ago and it's not even been taken out of the box yet. How bad is that?

    I love that quilt by the way. I'm envious of that kind of talent!