Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Up and running...........!

Yesterday, Stephen and I did the last bit that was required to get my new toy running. I'm just so excited!

I stayed up late watching, for the third time, the DVD that came with the machine, you know, making sure I was doing things right! It can be so intimidating! lol

I still have a bit of tweaking left to do. I find that it's not as smooth as I would like it to be. I imagine that it will take a bit of time before I'm comfortable with it. So much to learn! I do want to thank Vicki from Field Trips in Fiber for all of her help. She's been such a sweetheart, answering all of my questions and what not! Thanks for being there Vicki!

I've been thinking of a name for my new toy, Penelope. I don't know why, but I just love that name.

On the quilting front........!

I bought this book, Companions by Whimsicals, a couple of years ago at The Quilted Crow. They had the trunk show on display and I just fell in love with the Market Day quilt. I find that her quilts are just the right amount of folk art for my taste.

I have had the fabric set aside for the project for quite some time and frankly, I was tired of working off the UFO list. There's only so much a quilting girl can take! Time for a new project!

This is the center block of Market Day. It's machine appliqued.

As much as I love hand applique, I've got to say that doing it by machine relieves me of the stress of having too many hand projects hanging around. It's a wonderful feeling to get something done!

Well, I'm off to play with Penelope! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day everyone!

16 comments:

Teresa said...

I am so excited for you and I have no doubts you will master this new craft and turn out some gorgeous quilting. Nice job on the Market Day block. While I am mostly a hand appliquer too, I do enjoy some machine applique now and then.

Sweet P said...

So much fun for you!

Great job on the block.

Vicki W said...

I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!

I love Penelope for a name too!

Connie W said...

Isn't it fun getting to finally quilt with Penelope! I remember the feeling when I first got my Millie...intimidating at times, but still totally fun.

Inger Lise in Norway said...

Congrats with your new wonder. Lucky YOU!

Guðrún said...

Yesssss it is up and running, congratulations. Do you have a special stitch to applique on the sewing machine?

Yvonne said...

I'm so excited for you....I'm sure you and Penelope will become the bestest of friends. :)

Darlene said...

WooHoo - Penelope is in the house! Have fun!

Libby said...

Yippee! You and Penelope are going to have great fun together *s* Love that Whimsicals block.

Needled Mom said...

I am so glad that you have got it up and going -- and posted a photo of it. I think I was almost as excited about its arrival as you were. Now, I can't wait to see all the wonderful quilts that you will be creating.

I love the name Penelope.

Thimbleanna said...

Blogger is being extremely obnoxious today -- it wouldn't take my comment and told me it was a duplicate action.

NOW it is a duplicate action LOL -- I'm trying it again. Have a great time with Penelope. Love that little basket block!

Wendy said...

I'm so excited for you and Penelope, your going to have such fun with her.
That a gorgeous center block, I Love the pineapple and pears.

Pam said...

That is a very nice name - Penelope - so I guess it is a "she" LOL

I was trying one of those out at a quilt shop when I was in Red Deer visiting with Anna. It was very difficult and my lines were terrible!! I think it must take a tremendous amount of practice. Have fun with Penelope :)))

Karrin Hurd said...

What fun, I am excited for you. I just awarded you "Brillante Weblog Award".

Red Geranium Cottage said...

WOOOHOOOO isn't it alot of fun?? I love doing the quilting. So relaxing. Enjoy your new Penelope.

Anonymous said...

Hey, glad to see you have your new toy, bet you are having fun playing. I imagine you feel like your in quilter's paradise, enjoy!!!
Cheryl

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