Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Trade

My parents came to Saskatchewan to visit me for Thanksgiving, I served Indian food, but they didn't complain.  We also had gifts to exchange.  Mom and Dad got their quilt and swapped me a new sewing machine :)

Dad found me a Husqvarna Viking Platinum 750.  Woe, it sews really fast.  I've been playing with tension and things making sure I know some basic settings for how I quilt (almost like I knew what I was doing).  There are some serious buttons on this thing.  My first machine (also a gift from my parents), was digital but once I fell into the quilting curve I wore that machine out in 8 months.  This machine however is made for quilting, or so I'm lead to believe.  It came with a 'quilting kit' which has all the fancy darning feet, a walking foot, and table attachment.  I didn't think I would ever need a machine of this caliber  but I  think I'm ready.  

I saw this quilt online and thought it would make a perfect quilt for one of the baby quilts I've been commissioned to make.  I think the pattern is called "Peek-A-Boo Monkey" (apparently found in a book called 'Quilting for Baby')  I don't have the pattern but I thought I would build off the idea, or make it literally... I'm undecided, but one way or another it's going to be cute.  I'm completely undecided on the the other three I have to make but I'm sure something will come to me.  I love not knowing the sex of a baby, until I look at it from a quilters perspective, and I have to walk past all the awesome gender specific adorable fabric.  Oh well, I'm seeing a lot of gender neutral colours in my future.

I joined the Prairie Crocus Quilt Guild in Kindersley Saskatchewan and our first sewing meeting for this season was last night.  We made these pillows.  I started sewing them at the guild and finished them up at home.  They match a quilt I made earlier this summer, so I will most likely be sending them off to that lucky little girl.  Unless my kids smuggle them into their little cave of a bedroom (nothing is ever recovered, just ask the DVD remote).  This was my first time following a proper pattern, and I must say it was simple and had great results, obviously ;)
Straight & Narrow by Jean and Valori Wells


  1. Great trade!! And given all the work you put into this ....probably a pretty even trade LOL!
    Have fun getting to know your new machine,

  2. Your parents look thrilled with their quilt. Which looks so amazing! There will be no stopping you now, with your new machine. They go like a rocket!

  3. Enjoy your new machine , it looks wonderful . Good luck with the baby quilt , cute pattern .

  4. You will love that machine. I have one just like it. Every time I think there must be an easier way to sew something, I realize that someone already thought of it and it is included in the machine. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

  5. That sounds like a good swap! :) I like you pillows :)

  6. Wow! What a gorgeous quilt. I can't wait to see your Peek a Boo Monkey. Monkeys are so much fun :). smug monkey popped up in my "unseen" abstract.
    Stay inspired!

    1. I love your 'unseen' abstract very interesting. I thought I saw at least two more monkey faces.

  7. If you managed that fantastic quilt on an ordinary machine, what will you make on that fancy one?! I wish you many happy hours with it.

  8. Your heron quilt is fabulous!

    I had to go back and read about how you made it - thanks for sharing your ups and downs and progress during the construction.

  9. Your quilt came out so awesome! What an artist you are! How sweet your dad got you the new sewing machine! You deserve it! Enjoy!