Good News/Bad News

Good News
One of my sons just moved and I wanted to make a special house warming present.They use the fabric coiled rope plates that I had made them last year, so I made them a new set. I used the leftover fabric to make rug mugs. Originally, I had planned to make a basket to store the plates, but I found a nice round table basket at Target.

Bad News
As I was adding the orange binding to one of the fabric plates, my sewing machine started making an awful noise. I followed the trouble shooting suggestions in the manual, but the machine just kept making a sharp noise. I called the dealer and was given more trouble shooting suggestions, but nothing worked. I am hoping that this is not as major as the loud sound leads me to believe. I will not be able to take the machine in for another two weeks. I was planning to take it to a quilt retreat that my friend had planned for us. I guess I will have to take my Viking machine. I pulled out my trusty Viking to finish the fabric mats. The Viking is a good machine, but the Juki runs so much smoother. I have been very satisfied with the Juki, except for the mechanism for winding the bobbin. The spool pin bobs up and down and eventually falls off, especially when the spool of thread is not full. I have taken it back to the dealer to see if I am doing something wrong, and it is just the design of the machine. I was given a smaller insert to use instead of the cap, but it still does not work. I end up having to hold down the shaft, which makes it a start and stop operation.
When I return in two weeks, I hope to get my Juki to the shop and get it running again. I have drawn up some plans and purchased fabric for another quilt.

Celebration Time

Today has been a busy, rainy day. While out on an appointment this morning, I received a call from Robert, at Grome’s Sewing Machine Company, informing me that my machine was fixed.
Robert had told me it would take up to two weeks, so I was happily surprised. Yesterday, Robert witnessed how upset I was with myself for messing up my machine. He kept trying to assure me that it was fixable and that I need not worry. Robert said they found a piece of the needle jamming the mechanism. Apparently, it took a few days for it to jam up. I am so happy with this shop.
I dropped off my Viking for a maintenance check when I went to pick up my Juki. I have not been able to sew this afternoon, because the storms keep messing with our electricity.
But, it is time for a celebration…more  apple pie and wine, perhaps?

Back Home and Ready to Go

Block #35~Friday, August 31

This last week was filled with so many things to celebrate. But it wasn’t difficult to choose what I wanted to do for my quilt entry. The days with my grandson were beautiful and I wanted to capture a very special moment…he read his first book!
My grandson has been read to since the day he was born. He loves books. It is so much fun seeing him delve into the National Geographic Books for kids. He spouts off information about space, dinosaurs, and just about any topic. I could see that he was recognizing certain words as we looked through books. He has also been getting reading readiness training at his daycare. I knew he was ready to read. One of the greatest pleasures of my teaching years was the joy of seeing the look on a child’s face as they realized they could read.
I gave my grandson a book and told him it was time for him to read with me and then to me.
I used the Neurological Imprint Method of teaching reading. The look on my grandson’s face when he read the book himself is something I will remember forever. The look on my son’s face when his son read to me is also imprinted in my memory.

Step into Reading Series

Block #35~Friday, August 31
White,100 % cotton; blue on blue polka-dot backing
Technique: *
Thread-sketching; fabric paints and colors; *FMQ

*This is the first product made with my new Juki machine. I was able to use a letter writing decorative stitch. The FMQ and thread-sketching was so smooth.

New Machine

Wow! I have totally enjoyed my day so far. I spent the morning exploring and trying out new things with my new Juki sewing machine. My old Viking machine is a good machine. I have enjoyed using it; and I plan to keep it for making crafts.
The Juki is an upgrade for me.
I made a list of things I like about this machine so far:
1.  speed control – I tend to be heavy-footed when I sew, and this has lead to many mistakes. This speed feature is perfect for me.
2. Ease and precision of loading the bobbin.
3. Ease of automatic threading
4. Presser foot auto lift (It also has a presser foot lifting lever that I do not need to use because of the auto lift button.)
5. Decorative stitches (So far, I have only used the letter writing stitch and I love it!)
6. FMQ and thread sketching are so much smoother on this machine.

I still have so much to learn and so many features to explore. I will need to take another trip to Round Rock to take the free lessons. My son said to drop by anytime. He might regret that open invitation.

Three Great Days

It has been a great three days! I went to visit with my youngest son and his family. My grandson and I had one day all to ourselves…great fun! He taught me how to play Pokemon Go…or he tried to teach me.  Lots of laughs, hugs, and fun.
I also discovered a new fabric shop right around the corner from my son’s home. Lots of beautiful fabric;and a great selection of Janome, Viking, Brother, and Juki sew machines.
For some time now, I have been contemplating getting a new sewing machine. I have done a lot of research, and I was planning on getting a Bernina like the one my Meemaw friend just purchased. Unfortunately, the model is being discontinued, and I could not find any more of this type of machine in the San Antonio area. So, when I saw a Juki at the quilt shop in Round Rock, I got very interested. Many of  you responded to my previous post asking for any information on the Juki sewing machine. I also read many reviews on different online resources. The reviews were mostly positive. I also spent time trying out the machine in the shop. The machine was on sale, and I was offered another $100 reduction if I purchased the floor model.
I returned home today, with a beautiful new machine. There are a few bells and whistles that my previous machine did not have; but it is still not one of the heavily decked out machines.
I had to spend some time organizing my work space and setting things up.
I did manage to try out a few things this evening.

I love having an extension table. I still need to move my sewing table away from the wall. It is a small space, but it will work out.

It was fun trying out a few stitches.

My son has started whittling. He is making adorable Santas and gnomes. He whittled one for me last night. This gnome is standing sentry next to my new sewing machine. I decided to name him, Camshron Counterpane. Camshron is a Celtic version of Cameron, which means crooked nose. Counterpane is a synonym for quilt, and there is a counterpane block.

Isn’t he adorable?