Tuesday, March 27, 2012

$carlett, start your engine!

I promised proof of my progress on the commission piece. Last time you saw it, there was still sashing to sew, a thin border to attach, and a back to design. That's all done, as is the sandwich. I'm ready to quilt Mondrian Dream!

Mondrian Dream WIP front
Mondrian Dream WIP front
Isn't it great? The back was inspired by a building near my home. I initially graphed something much more involved, but my dear friend suggested that I take it to a macro level. I'm glad she did, because it looks much more like Mondrian's style that way.

Mondrian Dream WIP back
Mondrian Dream WIP back
$carlett and I had a short time working on it last night. Who's $carlett, you say? Well, she would be my brand new car sewing machine!

$carlett
$carlett, the sexy beast
I'm still getting the feel of her, but I can tell we're going to be very happy once I do. FMQ is a bit of a booger, yet - breaking thread. I'm sure it will be chalked up to user error, once I figure it out.

Hope you're having a lovely early spring! If you need me, I'll be here working on Mondrian Dream.

My new space
I got a new table and stool for my new toy.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sure is quiet 'round these parts

My apologies for dropping off the face of the planet. I've been ill and am still not better, but I've made some excellent progress on a commission piece and purchased a new car sewing machine.

I'll tell you all about it very soon, I promise!

To tide you over, here is my latest VQB block:

Modern Minx March 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sewing machine dealers

Fair warning, I'm going to get on my soap box, here. Feel free to skip my rant and instead have a look at my latest VQB blocks:

The 99 March Modern Minx Feb 2012 Block 1
Modern Minx Feb 2012 Block 2 The 99 Feb 2012

What is it with sewing machine dealers???? I am in the market for a new machine and have tried out several, but want to be certain I am getting the best price possible, since, frankly, I'm spending enough money on it to buy a used car. I go to websites (if they even exist) and no prices are listed. I call and, if I'm lucky enough to have someone actually answer the phone (that's right, I'm talking to YOU, Gratz Sewing), they're rude and tell me they won't give prices over the phone. Valley West Sewing Center tried to tell me I could be from another shop attempting to get information and I would have to come in. I explained that I could still be another shop employee if I came in to physically get a quote and that if they gave me a better price than I had already found, my money would be theirs. She wouldn't budge.

I've been all over town simply to test the machines I'm considering. Why would you make it harder for me??? 

Here's the deal, shop owners: I'm making a CONSIDERABLE investment in a machine and you not answering your phone, being rude, or otherwise making my choice harder DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR YOUR SHOP. I will not be returning to Gratz (where I had already had a bad experience but gave them another chance) or walking in the door of Valley West Sewing Center.

You should know that I had a LOVELY experience with Just Sew Studio (Carmen is an absolute doll) and Barb at Creative Sewing Centers called around to their other shops to see if the machine I wanted was in stock anywhere unopened. If you're going to spend your hard earned money on a top of the line machine, I recommend either of them.