Thursday, 29 August 2013

The best laid plans...

             "A retired husband is often a wife's full time job" 
   Ella Harris


My poor machine was overwhelmed with the love poured on her yesterday and as we sewed along together she unexpectedly 'thunked', needing a visit to the sewing machine repair man. Current status is a week for diagnostic testing.


Before disaster struck we were chugging along quite nicely together, working through the fantastic Leah Day machine quilting tutorials. Lots of learning still to go and I can see merit in my friend's suggestion of a glass of red wine to relax you while you quilt! 
I won't say which friend as I noticed her mentioned in an alcohol related post on another blog last night... she is getting a name for herself!

Next the man of the house discovered that he had lost his job and began to think seriously about retiring.

Oh dear.


So far though, hubby has washed up, made me a cup of tea and done some long needed sorting. 

Maybe it won't all be doom? 

If I can just lead him over to the ironing board...


Christine xx

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Everything old is new again!

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” 
― Meister Eckhart


The power struggle between the machine and I had come to a head. It was time she learnt who was boss and I could tell she was feeling the same about me. She made it clear that if I wanted some co-operation I would have to buy her that new foot control she had been hinting for... and some new needles too. Next the rotary cutter, sitting beside the machine, felt put out that he wasn't getting a gift and sulked his way through the fabric. He was supported by my quilting mentors Fiona and Lynn who agreed his desire for a new blade wasn't unreasonable after 13 years of service.


To make a real celebration of it, Spotlight had these lovely tonal fabrics on sale!


And of course a morning shopping isn't an event without calling in at the op shop where I found these gorgeous knitting needles for my sister and some cute buttons for myself. Don't you love their little oval holes!

Now it's off to learn to quilt!
Wish me luck.

Christine xx