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Friday, December 14, 2012

Dec 14th Quilt Cam!

Where did this day go?!

I can tell you exactly where!  It started with a post on Craigslist for a  $29.00 mis-listed machine that had me jumping in the car and driving to Rocky Mount, Virginia, a mere 80+ miles North. 

I almost got away with it too!  DH didn’t call me until I was about 1/2 way home --- asking me to turn on the heater in his office because he was on his way home from a lunch meeting in Winston and was going to be working from home for the afternoon. 

BUSTED!!

But – I think I have convinced him there is an up-side to this machine madness.  Yes, I easily could turn around and list them and sell every single one, OR – my real dream – some day have a building big enough that I can host retreats and supply machines for people to use if they don’t want to travel with a machine, or just want to enjoy playing with one of my fleet!

But there’s more time to talk about that later.

And more time to share more about this machine find later ----

The studio is a mess.  The book shelves are up – but the books have yet to be put away.  Right now it looks like this:

studio 084

Do I want to organize books at 9pm at night?
Nope!  I wanna sew!

This little machine didn’t want to even turn over when I brought it home……but guess who’s up and running now?!  Come see!

Do you have a project that is dragging?  Get it out – come sew with me!

You can leave a comment in the comment section below, or leave one in the guest book by clicking the blue guest book button in the left hand side bar, While I can't answer them all ---I do pick randomly and try to answer questions and comments as I sew!

62 comments:

crazy quilter said...

Wonderful day here in Texas as well but cloudy . Supposed to be 70 here tomorrow. Love your new machine!

TLC said...

Getting ready to boot up and join you. Been stitching since 6am this morning. It's crunch time for Santa. And it's what quilters do when they grieve.

Misha said...

Oh wow, your new baby sounds beautiful, Bonnie! What a wonderful find :)

Margaret said...

Hi Bonnie,

That's some addiction you have! Cute new baby. "Freckles" seems apt as a name. Your DH can't be too upset since she works beautifully with just a little TLC.

Working again on my City & Guilds final assessment piece...the embroidery to embellish the quilting (it's an art quilt/hanging). Seems to be going on forever, so it's perfect to do while watching Quilt Cam. :-)

Mirtes said...

Hello from Florida!! Congratulations for one more machine :)
My mom gave me my grandmothers sewing machine, it's a Singer black and beautiful, probably 1960's.
The problem the machine is in Brazil.... Next year I'm going there to pick her up, I'm afraid how to transport her, any suggestions?? Thanks
Mirtes

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

Hi Bonnie, I'm glad to be joining you tonight.

I have a question. I am thinking about purchasing a 1918 Red Eye in a very nice cabinet. What is a reasonable price? The owner says this machine works and is in good shape It does look nice and clean and the decals look to be in good shape. She is asking under $200 and I'm not really sure if this is good or not. I've never used a treadle but this is sort of exciting.

Bev said...


whoa! Great new toy-love it! Wish I was closer to come play with her!! I have actually gotten somethings done today/ Pieces the Easy Street #4 stitched and pressed-have to trim dog ears! Kicked the Tulip fields blocks up a notch-think I am done with the flowers! Also. got the last borders on Cozy Grinchmas from Kaufmann kit and it is now a top!!! Yea, I feel good!

Celia Gibson said...

Hello Bonnie,
First time I managed to see you in Quilt Cam...
I am working on Orca Bay, hoping to finish the top by the end of the year.
Celia (Melbourne, Australia)

Donna T said...

I see your new chair, but I thought you were NOT going to put the arms on... They do make a good place to lay strips as you work...

Cousin Jill said...

Hello! Hand sewing binding tonight along with watching quilt cam! I also am wearing my Quiltville shirt on to! Love the machine! I'm up to 5 machines....6 if ya count the longarm. Did you ever try the red snappers?

Sandra Henderson said...

Doing some hand quilting by the fire.So nice to have cooler weather now. Hi to Dallas, if he is watching. Love seeing what you are up to Bonnie.

mkhquilts said...

Hi Bonnie-Instead of working on my Easy Street, I finished my Spools quilt top today. I will share a photo on quiltville chat later. I made 300 Spool blocks, and put them together in a small quilt top for my guild's charity quilts for next year.

Marcia said...

Just finished unsewing the border I didn't like from a Twister wallhanging using the eyebrow trimmer. Seemed to dull quickly. How long does one work for you?

New machine is great. I have a Japanese model waiting for cleaning as I have been sewing Christmas stuff. Will be rereading your how-tos on big desk computer while watching Quilt Cam on iPad.

Thanks for sharing.

Marcia near Toledo, OH

Bev said...

If you are smoking with one toe, just think what you could do with your whole foot!!

Mary said...

I got some of my Easy Street Homework done. I am finger-pressing them as I watch tonight. A welcome break from the TV and News on today! 1956 one year older than me.

miss jamee said...

planned to sew tonight, but thought my heart wasnt in it...thank you Bonnie! Linda is on her way over, we can all sew together!

Pat O said...

Hi Bonnie .... Neighbor Pat from Winston Salem ... finally figured out how to post on the blog! I think you should call that sweet baby Dotty!

I have a spreadsheet that I started a few years back that record all my books, because I found myself buying duplicates and sometimes triplicates. :-) Love to watch Quiltcam!

Eat Sleep Quilt said...

Hi Bonnie, congratulations on adding Freckles to your family! I have a SInger Touch N Sew that I bought in 1970 and it's my favorite machine. It's made of metal and it is HEAVY - I wouldn't trade it for anything!

PatSloan said...

i have fireplace in my studio too!! But it's got a book case in front of it.. lol!

Paule-Marie said...

Hi Bonnie,

Glad to be watching Quilt-Cam tonight. I make my own slice and bake cookies by either putting them in empty juice cans and freezing or using my cookie scoop to make the cookies and freeze them on a baking sheet and then into a freezer bag. Works great if you only want to bake a few cookies.

Paule-Marie in snowy NE Arizona

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Julie said...

Wow, your machine sews like a dream! What an awesome deal you got. I am very proud of you. I plan to go to some thrift stores in Atlanta over my Christmas/New Year's break with a couple of friends in search of some nice machines, AND to go to IKEA!! I just hope there will be enough room in our vehicle. LOL
Julie in Alabama

MaryLu said...

So you mentioned Craigslist, and then off I go to investigate. Thank you very much!

debi said...

hi Bonnie from Australia, first time I've seen you in a week - just what I needed!

Mary said...

WooHoo!!! I'm spending my only night off with you and Easy Street! Freckles is too sweet! I have my featherweight now, and a 301 is next on my wish list! I keep scoping out Craig's List and know I'll score one eventually. Are you going to do Quiltcam on 12-21-12? If it's the end of the world, we can all go together!

AJ (The Quilting Pot Podcast) said...

Hello Bonnie! Watched your video-de-constructed 6 men's shirts. Now what?

Mary Ann said...

Hi Bonnie,

I am visiting my daughter and grandkids in Kirkland,WA and today I was telling her about you and that you do "quilt cam". She is a great scrapbooker and thinks your "quilt cam" is coolest thing ever.

Mary Ann

Helen said...

Hi Bonnie

Helen from New Zealand here. I have managed to catch Quiltcam near the beginning today, yay! My 22 year old son has just cruised past the computer and asked what I was watching. When I told him he said "weird!!" lol :-)

It is a beautiful Saturday afternoon here in New Zealand. Summer has arrived and the sky is a beautiful cyan blue. All the gardeners will be outside doing the lawns and weeding but "I'd rather be sewing"! I wasn't going to do Easy Street but found myself making some of the 'bird in the air blocks' and have got some four patches ready to sew as leaders and enders for the project I am supposed to be working on.

Thanks for Quiltcam. I can remember when we got our first TV (later than the states) and I could never have imagined something like Quiltcam. We thought black and white Andy Griffiths was just the bees knees

Cheers
Helen

AmyDe said...

Hi Bonnie. Cool new machine and I love your chair. A new chair is on my must have list as well. Still fighting with the tension on my 15-91, probably headed to the repair shop as it may be a timing issue (boo). Hope
You got things worked out on your red-eye. Thanks for keeping me company tonight.

bunbear said...

i am so glad you are on tonight. i finally got my featherweight up and running and i'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner. this little baby just purrs! wow. working on easy street blocks.

Darling Jill Quilts said...

I ran off to CraigsList as well. Am amazed at some of the pictures and listings. Sent off some emails and I am waiting on responses.... This might be the hardest part!

Char said...

Hi Bonnie, I'm watching now and enjoying every minute. I just got my first Featherweight off Ebay and it will be delivered tomorrow. I'm so excited!

AJ (The Quilting Pot Podcast) said...

I would do it!!!!

Jo Caglione said...

Hi Bonnie! I just got a 301 on Ebay a couple of months ago but haven’t been able to play with it yet - seeing you sew on your new baby makes me want to get it out as soon as possible:-) What extension table are you using?
really enjoying quilt cam and doing your Easy Street...I’m a Bonnie Hunter mystery virgin and LOVING IT!!! LOL
Joanne in spanish Fort, AL

Caroline @ Artfully Caroline said...

Dear Bonnie,
I graduated from a hotel school. The day you decide to do your quilt barn I'd be happy to give up my high tech job to be inn keeper and do B&B for you if I get time to sew too :)

sandyk said...

Hi Bonnie, Sandy in East Texas, I use my gypsy sit upon for my back in the chair also. Feels so good. Dont blame you , I wouldnt want to be a hotel manager either! Retreat would be great, I would come, my brother is in Asheville. Thanks for quilt cam I have learned so much.

Thearica said...

ahhh.. I see you have a new chair! Looks so comfy!

My dream is to have a retreat center too! We actually put our house on the market 2 years ago and if it had sold we would have relocated to TN and bought a property that was for sale at that time. It will come in time when the time is right.

You would do well with a retreat center!

I go to a retreat in Odenville, AL twice a year and she has mini apartments that she houses her guests at. They are on the property. She cooks 3 meals a day for us and after dinner, she hangs around a while and then goes on home. We make sure the clubhouse is closed up tight when we head for bed. It isn't at all like being a host to a hotel. It is a really nice set up.

Kristi said...

First time watcher....but been wanting to catch quilt cam for awhile now. Watching you from Kansas. Working on my hexy quilt tonight...loving this down time!!

Megan Rasila said...

Hi Bonnie! I'm knitting tonight, not quilting. Finishing up the second felt clog for my Mom for Christmas. Or attempting to. I've been discovered by the cats, who think the moving wool is a great game and keep trying to attack it.

Eileen said...

Just tuned in and saw that machine, Does it have cams for different stitches? Looks like the one I traded my Featherweight in for. My daughter still has it. Great machine.

Mary said...

Hi Bonnie, Mary in Canada here, sewing on a binding on mug rugs for my MIL tonight, so I can give them to her tomorrow

Becky said...

My 6 year old daughter and I are snuggling in bed together watching quilt cam together tonight. A future quilter in the making for sure.

Becky and Abbie in AZ

Karen Gail said...

Hi, Bonnie! I've decided I want to be just like you when I grow up (and I'm already 64 yrs. old!!) What was mentioned about taking apart mens' shirts? Used shirts from Salvation Army or GoodWill? tell me more, please! Karen from Chardon, OHIO

Carole Thorpe said...

Where's your new recliner? I wanted to see it.

Vicki said...

So glad to find you sewing...on a new machine! Wonderful!! Some normalcy after such a devastating day here in Connecticut. Thank you so much!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

This is just soooo crazy fun!! Texas winds are blowing and blustery outside but I am watching while hand quilting on my clam shell! It's so darn crazy, I keep putting my foot over on my presser foot of my machine out of habit while I'm sitting here hand quilting...LOL....I guess it's just hearing YOUR machine running!!!

Hi to Julie in Iowa!!!

Art4vr said...

I have 4- 301s. Best machine for FMQ. The 403 is a better choice than the 403. The 403 uses cams. The 401 has built ins plus cams. Neither machines are not in a cabinet.
What is the name of the plastic tables you are showing? I need these. Where can I get them?
I have a 403 and a 401. Like the 301s best. Recently I used a fancy stitch on fleece quillow and the 401 chewed through it amazing, no problem. Better than the new Pfaff that I sold.
Linda

Tammy Liddell said...

Cam link on blog post isn't working, but it seems to be on the Cam link at the top..

Quilting_Chris said...

Hi Bonnie from Southern California. Beautiful new machine, lucky you. They are way more expensive out here. I think the 306 was the first with Cams. At least the 306 that was my Mom's has Cams. I just have trouble finding the special needles the 306's require. Working on Folded fabric ornaments tonight, and will start step 4 tomorrow.

pjbear said...

Can't wait for you to come to Australia in 2016 It will be a 4 hour drive for me one way but can't wait. Australia is a great place you will love it when you visit next yer Horsham Victoria.

CheriC said...

Bonnie I just learned from My sewing machine repairer that the foot pedal for the 301 is adjustable for the speed.

Deanna Davis said...

Took a break from cleaning house and listening to some good ole tunes to check in on you .. love the new chair ! I saw your post about the new machine, but what is it?
And Seabiscuit is a good name tho' -- she's whizzing right along !

Carole Y. said...

3 days before your exam, you should not eat nut, multi-grains bread, raw fruits and vegetable.

The day before the exam, you need clear liquid diet, i.e. water, gatorade, white cranberry/apple juice, clear tea or coffee and chicken broth.

Laura Hood said...

Hi Bonnie, I'm a GI nurse and it's popcorn you're not supposed to have starting tomorrow; too much fiber... You can, however, have cooked veggies, canned or cooked fruit and lower fiber bread. When you go onto the clear liquid part remember that coffee without cream *is* considered clear, as is the broth from won-ton soup. I can't handle the saltiness of bullion so I tell my patients about the soup as an alternative.

Maree St Clair said...

Hi
Enjoying quiltcam instead of baking for Christmas! That will happen shortly! Preparing appliqué pieces while watching!

Cheers Maree

Genevieve said...

My fabric stopped feeding through under the needle, any suggestions on what might be wrong? I cant figure anything out from my handbook....its a singer6234, thanks.

Marla said...

You were talking about your colonoscopy when my DH was walking thru my room and he stopped and said "did she rally say colonoscopy?"" Yep!! Sure did!!

Jean said...

Too funny.... I just tuned into a dark room.... thinking where is she? And you walk in and turn off everything! Oh well.... guess I missed out! Hope you got some sewing done and had fun too... Darn I wanted to see the new/old machine! Next time!

Maree St Clair said...

Hi
Enjoying quiltcam instead of baking for Christmas! That will happen shortly! Preparing appliqué pieces while watching!

Cheers Maree

J. Layman said...

Wow....I am going to have to start looking at our Craigs list!! Rocky Mount, VA is a familiar town to this Ohioan...have several family members and friends close to there!!

Barbara McCauley said...

What a coincidence! Just last Sunday I found the exact same machine (301A) at a tiny thrift store in Mt. Dora, FL. She was asking $20 for it (including the case) and I offered $15 and took it home! The only thing missing is the bobbin case but it runs beautiful. She's going in for a tune up/cleaning today. I can't wait to sew on her. She hasn't been named yet, but after seeing your post on finding the same machine she's going to have to be "Bonnie". LOL!

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