It’s broken arm has been replaced and the stitch lengths appear much more regular (so far.) The repair team at Janome also cleaned and tuned it, so it’s practically brand new. My hope is that I’ll get another 15-20 years of happy sewing from this machine. We’ve made so many great quilts together – somewhere around 300! – and I’m glad that that streak will continue…
In the three weeks my machine was gone, I started WAY too many WINQ (When I’m Not Quilting) projects, many of which are still in process. #MoreIdeasThanTime amirite? But I was able to finish a few things, including these new pieces for our bathroom –
The sign is just decorative, but the shelf replaces an over-sized storage unit that was taking up way too much space in our tiny water closet area. We might have only three backup toilet paper rolls now, but at least there’s room to open the door!
Also finished is this Spool Advent Calendar –
Considering how many of these wooden spool holders I own, I can’t believe I didn’t think this up myself, but the brilliant idea actually belongs to Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made.
Wanting to do something colorful instead of my usual pink/red holiday scheme, I decided to go with a Christmas tree theme. This meant dip staining the stand and the spools brown with Rit Dye to better resemble tree trunks and wrapping green crochet thread around each spool to form 25 little Christmas ‘trees’. I was blown away by how well Rit dyes wood! It did take a few days to make sure the wet wood dried completely, but the look is totally worth it.
The bows are also crochet thread and the faux ornaments are 2mm acrylic dragee beads (the kind used in making fake food or decorative finger nails.) The calendar numbers were sourced from Poland! If you are interested at all in making advent calendars, definitely check out JoCraftShop on Etsy – she has an amazing selection of wooden numbers in all shapes and sizes. And, as a final touch, my husband suggested the phrase “Sew Ready for Christmas” which truly pulls it all together.
I plan to be back sewing full time on Monday. Which is good, because I also spent the last three weeks pre-cutting quilty projects and have a lot to catch up on! Just off the top of my head, there’s 4 large floor pillows for our graduating niblings and a baby quilt for a friend, as well as three large quilts (the Monster at the End of this Quilt, gingerbread neighborhood and Groundhog Day) and a decorative pillow for me. Oh, and 18 Halloween countdown calendars for my Etsy store. So, yeah, me and my sewing machine are going to be over here busy for a while.
I’m really glad it’s home.