Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year!

How did you spend your New Years's Eve? Quietly? At a party? Well, I was quietly enjoying a party. I was holed up in my sewing room with all 4 dogs! Our city has decided that fireworks are a good idea. They did NOT pass the idea by my dogs before they enacted the law! This year was really pretty uneventful. There were fireworks set off, but most of them were between 8 and 10 PM. I went to bed around 1AM and of course woke up before 7! The dogs didn't care..they napped in my sewing room , slept in my bed room and napped all day on the 1st! Its a dogs life here at Mimi's doggy day care.

And how did you spend your New Years Day? I participated in the the New Years Day One Day Mystery over at Planet Patchwork.

This is the top minus a border of the background fabric

and a close up. I am pretty happy with my fabric choices. This was fun and I will probably do this again. I am also thinking of putting an extra border of either piano keys or just 2 1/2 in squares of all the colors except the background. I might have enough of the background to add a 2nd round of that.

 
And introducing Miss Harriette! She is a Singer 301 with a story.
I have been looking off and on for a 301 for at least a year. For one reason or another, they
just didn't fit.  Too pricey, no case, bad condition...you get the picture.
About a week and a half before Christmas, I found one on Craigslist. I was interested.
Everything looked good...there were some dings and a few discolorations on the paint. That did
not concern me. I am interested in SEWING on it. I may be teaching kids to sew again in the summer. I needed one more machine that would be a workhorse.
One glitch: It was WAAAAY across town. That was Saturday and I had a trip planned the next Friday to pick our DD up at a regional airport on that side of town. I called and the man said he didn't know me. He had been stood up before, so he would not hold it. He would take my name and call me if it sold. A few hours pass, and of course, I have to log onto Craigslist to see if there is another
one that just POPPED up. This one was not listed. (OH NO....it SOLD!) Another hour passes,
and I notice I have missed a call and have a voicemail. (OH DRAT! He is calling to tell me someone else snatched it up...::sniff::::) I listen to the voicemail. It was a womans' voice saying:
'Hi, Beth, this is N-, from R-S- blog. I dont' know if you remember me. I dont' blog anymore, but we were blog friends. GUESS who's husband is selling the 301!? HE does not know you, but I DO. We will be happy to hold it for you till Friday!'
 
OH MY GOODNESS!
I brought her home (where she stayed in the car a few days during the holiday rush! She was SO LONELY!)
Now she is happily playing in my sewing room. Sitting, I might add, perched on top of where the Bernina is stashed!
We played all day until 10:30PM and we both fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow!
She is named after my maternal grandmother. Both of my grands sewed...ALOT.
I seem to have inherited a double dose!
Thanks N and T! I just wish we had taken a picture with Harriette!


4 comments:

Norma said...

If you only knew how you made our day, taking the 301 to a home where it will be used and loved. Our little "cottage industry" (or so our daughter calls it) is just starting out, and we have gotten just a little attached to each machine. Two others went to men buying them as Christmas gifts for their wives and that made us very happy.
Love the name, (same daughter says, "you NAME your machines?"), it is a name of honor for something that has been around for a long time and was abused a little before my husband brought her home and gave her TLC.
So, did you want me to call if we find another one? A girl needs a spare.............LOL

Julie said...

I love the new machine! Congrats!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting today.

Before I post finished pictures of this quilt, you may want to check out my blog post from this morning…
http://wannabequilter.com/2013/01/03/an-important-lesson/

All I can say is ‘OOPS’!

It still looks fine, it just didn’t follow Terry’s map! Lesson learned!

Darling Jill Quilts said...

Too funny that Norma wants to give you a spare!

I spent New Year's Eve sewing and then going to a neighbors' house for a party. the 1St was spent sewing, too!!

doroteddy said...

Beth, you will love using your "new" 301. I have 4 of them and you are so right they are little workhorses. A Featherweight may be cuter, but I still prefer my 301.