Monday, 22 October 2012

All systems go????!!!!

I have been given the all clear as my blood results came back negative  so  I can start quilting again - as long as I take it easy !   Not sure what the problem was but it is settling down and I' m in less pain than I was but had hoped that I would know by now what is causing the discomfort- calling it fibromyalgia is just a common term for muscle pain but does not give me any clues as to why it flared up.  At least I managed most of the exercises at my Pilates class last week.

I have been frustrated at not being able to use my machine but did manage to do some hand sewing  - and watercolour painting.  I had some pictures in an exhibition this weekend  but only sold one and some cards.

I have also delivered the commission quilt and Irene is completely bowled over by it so I am really pleased.

This is the largest quitl I have made and is shown with the two pillow shams as well. The candlewick blocks from KennyKreations stitched out beautifully  and I am tempted to make another one to the same pattern.

So after my  visit to the Knittng & Stitching Show I debated with myself whether to buy a new machine and in the end after some helpful advice from Keith Lord at Lord's Sewing Machines ( and a good part exchange deal) I splashed out and went for the top of the range Brother NIve!!!  It is a beautiful machine and came with a great package of upgrades and free software which I am just getting to grips with but it has some exciting possibilities.

I think I now might need a larger sewing table but that will have to wait!!!!!

So I think it's time to get on with some machine embroidery for Xmas on the new machine !!


Saturday, 13 October 2012

Ally Pally!

just spent a weekend in London - went to the Knitting & Stitching show+ lots to see and buy  Loved the knitted villages
Tempted to buy the new brother series 7 machine!!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Black and White!!!

I had a lovely package from Naomi in Australia today from the Black and White bag swop on Cheryll's   It is a large bag with lots of internal dividers and pockets which will make a great sewing tote. .... And a mug bag and scented sachets.  The mug bag is not something I have seen before but which I now want to find a pattern for as it will make a good Xmas gift to make for quilting friends to take their mugs to group get-togethers.

I am still having problems with my shoulders and I'm waiting for the results of some tests - so still limited to some hand sewing or machine embroidery.   I have made a knitting bag for a friend who admired the one I received recently in a swop and also started a Joseph's Coat quilt as it is ideal for doing by hand.

I' m looking forward to the trip to London to the Knitting and Stitching show on Friday- just need to make sure I don'T buy too much to carry back to the hotel!!!
 I have spent a lot of time reading blogs and that of course means lots of ideas!!!