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Life has definitely taken me to places I never thought I would go to....but nothing more exciting than where I am right now! Welcome to my world...


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Men really are just born that way........








I had to share a picture of my new longarm..... So much fun to use these past few days. It is a NEWBORN ...after all, not even 4days here! I am suffering from "pokies" not sure exactly why, maybe I move the machine too fast???? Or maybe tension on bobbin...or the top. I will get it right. But it isn't stopping me from having a go. I did work on 2 UFO's.... just small quilts...one is only a Wee little wall hanging.... and the other is a top I tried to do using a Flynn frame....not too successfully I might add. Both were started at least 6 yrs. ago.... and have been in storage. They're both seen in the background of the machine being set up! The John Flynn frame is to the right of the delivery man. The "under the sea" ...or "finding nemo" is hanging on the left. But now....both are just waiting to be bound. We had company this past weekend...and DD jumped right into the machine.... she was doing stars and writing words and making faces. She was quite a bit more adventurous than I was. I am still a bit more intimidated.... though I can meander and do squiggles like a mad woman. I haven't researched pantographs yet...but definitely need some simple ones. Hope this machine will let me quilt some of my African flimsies, which have stacked up. A few more flat panels... and I think I will be ready to tackle at least one this next week. The Wee one came with his mom...and we discovered it really is genetic, men are born with the desire to handle remote controls!!!! We went for walks in between sewing ... and eating...and fighting over the remote! But it was a good family time. I hope you all have a great weekend. I am already sewing another baby quilt.... for a friend. Will hope to quilt Oh, just to clear up a misunderstanding...the blue and white quilt...was not mine...just one I greatly admired at the NASHVILLE QUILT SHOW. I love the fabric...and still am waiting for my ship to come in with my very own African schweschwe. Maybe someday soon. My South African friends couldn't believe it was made from their fabric. I don't think anyone I knew but me had used the stuff in a quilt. Hope that clears that up. Enjoy!

12 comments:

APA said...

Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog and left a message. I can't wait to have a chance now to browse through your older posts and read a little more about your adventures. I love to travel and have now found I've an interest in quilting that comes from loving to sew. Voila...your blog! The long arm looks fantastic. Enjoy and I look forward to the wonderful work you'll do with it!

Suzanne said...

Nice to 'meet' you over at my blog. I love your quilts, they're so lovely. And it's fun hearing your your SA adventures. My close high school friend (from -ugh- 20 years ago grew up in Benon) and my old boss (from 15 years ago) was from Jo-berg. Small world, huh!

The Jen said...

That long arm looks awesome! I can't wait to see it in person. And the Wee man for that matter. How cute is he?! ~jen~

Libby said...

Lots of fun going around over at your place . . . a new machine and a sweet baby to cuddle *s* I'd give that little guy control of the remote any day!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Colleen, I don't think you will need to get a real job, as my DH calls it, if you get the longarm going. You will probably be getting a lot of quilt tops sent to you. When I had the shop a lady came and did a trunk show, she had lived in Africa for a while. Her backs were as pretty as the fronts with all the sheeting she used.
Your grandbabies are so cute.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Jacquie said...

congratulations on the new long arm. how exciting is that! i'm a bit green with envy...sorry! i'm going to spend a few minutes reading some more posts. thanks for stopping by my blog too!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh Colleen how exciting to have the new machine! Just jump right in and practice - I'm sure it will be so much fun. And what a cutie that grandbaby is! blessings, marlene

hunnybunny said...

Your daughter sounds like a lot of fun with the long arm! I'm sure she's fun with more than just the long arm, LOL. I love all the cute grandbaby pictures and hope you are enjoying your new toy right now.

Prudy said...

What a great blog and it's quite an adventurous life you are having. How wonderful to have seen life from different perspectives. I spent a couple of years out of the country and it changed me for keeps.

Eileen said...

Wow.. your studio is really turning our wonderful! I am green with envy!
So true about the men.

Finn said...

Hi Colleen, I'm not sure if you are joining us or not on the UFO countdown to NYE. It kind of sounds that way, but I'm not sure. Please confirm or deny and I'll either add you or not, as the case maybe.
Congratulations on the new sew-baby! It looks awesome and you are very brave I think. Hugs, Finn

Ruth's Place said...

We had two shwe-shwe Dear Jane Quilts shown at the guild recently. They were absolutely stunning!!