This was a fun introductory photo to a group I’m with – avid vintage sewing machine collectors and users.
There are more than just quilters in the group, which is fun because I love hearing what ELSE people make – from clothing to awnings to boat seat covers and even sails.
When it comes to the heavy duty sewing, there is nothing that can beat the vintage machine.
In preparation for Quilt-Cam last night (That went bust because the sound cut out after 8 minutes…but you can catch those 8 minutes and then try to read my lips for the NEXT 8 minutes after it died HERE)
I had pulled out my green Electro-Hygiene machine with the caption of “always wash your hands before you sew!”
The words on my photo?
My name is Bonnie Hunter
And I am a
Can’t Be Denied
Okay, so I’m not sure really WHY I am a Hooligan or what it means, but this is a very fun bunch of people I’m happy to know who are NOT quilters. Diversity, you know? But still with vintage machines in the mix.
And at this point, one eye was still very much dilated and I really was feeling a bit on the unbalanced side!
IF you missed the Quilt-Cam-that-wasn’t post last night you also may have missed that there is a big Quiltmaker Giveaway going on!
Someone is winning this bundle!
And do you notice that little red box?
Someone’s getting a deck of these!
Head HERE to enter to win!
This is going to be so much fun!
You can just bet what MY family is getting for Christmas. The card backs feature my Wonky Wishes quilt and all of the face cards have close up shots of quilts from my new book Addicted to Scraps! Of course, I’m the joker, and that is more fun than anything. At just $5.00 a pack, they are bound to be a great gift for your quilty friends too, if you can bear to give them away! How fun would this be at quilt retreat?
You’ll find the cards along with some other new items under the NEW!! section of the Quiltville Store. I’ve also added them to the rulers, notions and tools section – only because I don’t know what other section to add them to!
Update on the eye thing. I have a doctor with ZERO sense of humor, and my looking on the bright side doesn’t seem to make one lick of difference to him. “Holding stable is good. There IS no getting better, there is just hope for not getting worse.”
Great. Facing facts is one thing, but I think there is a lot to be said in how we deal with these facts.
The right eye is not good. There is no fixing it. I get it. MacTel 2 is NOT macular degeneration, and there are no shots or surgeries that help, but the left eye is my strong one and I might have to take breaks from anything with back lighting, like computers, phones, tablets…The bright light makes it so that I can’t even read the text on the screen, it starts to become a total white out, or leaves words with parts missing. Hard to describe, I know.
I had a tough time reading anything in the machine that you put your face into – even big letters, not because I couldn’t see the letters really, but the light was too bright around them and washed them out. I did better reading the chart on the wall, no light behind it. Okay. So we know that now.
Lots of advice coming from those who have other conditions but not this one. Herbs may not help, but they won’t hurt. Occuvite is a daily occurrence here, and it might not help or prevent, but it can’t hurt. Essential oils? Well okay. They might lull me into a sense of well-being, and that is good, but it isn’t going to fix the MacTel2. Prayers? For my acceptance. No one has ever had this reversed. It’s like an amputee growing back a limb. No matter of praying has ever fixed that. But prayers for acceptance and learning to make changes and find joy in spite of changes are in my heart.
The best thing I can do is not overwork my eyes at the computer or the phone….which means….I can go sew instead. I’m limiting my news feed time in reading up on everyone else’s doings, but let’s face it, you can’t read them all, all the time.
The doc suggested “less screen time” and I’m doing my best to do that in small doses so I am staring at screens for shorter amounts of time.
And now that I’ve explained all that….I’m off to the cabin for the weekend! I’m taking up the things I need to assemble 100 kits for the Mediterranean cruise coming up shortly!
In just a few weeks! Brilliance of the Seas!
There has been a big change for this cruise, and it has left some folks a bit unhappy, and I’m sorry for that. With all that is going on in Europe right now, France and Turkey and surrounding areas, there is not a machine distributor or dealer willing to put 50 machines on ANY ship for ANY reason for ANY ONE. Everyone backed out. And when you look at security, and port fees, and taxes, I can understand why.
And this happened at very last minute, and just like that, our Quiltville Mediterranean Cruise becomes a handwork cruise!
And I’m excited about it! In this 12 day cruise there are only 3 full days at sea where we have full day workshops. The rest of the time we are in port during the day and back on the ship in the evening, so handwork is perfect for relaxing at the end of a busy busy day.
We will have one day of A little Bit Hexie…my apologies to those who have had this with me before, it’s unavoidable as when in heck have I had the time to pull MORE DIFFERENT projects out of my back pocket with the schedule I’ve been on? LOL! I really wish I were Mary Poppins, or Bewitched and could just twinkle my nose and pull out something brilliant. But this is the PERFECT stitching at sea project while we get our sea legs and get to know each other.
The second project is applique and our sample is being worked behind the scenes, so stay tuned for that as it will become an offered workshop for guilds who want to focus on handwork WITH some piecing included (To be added after cruisers get home.) You may have gotten a glimpse of my project in a previous post:
And this is where I have to thank my friend Irene for all of her help. When I was in a panic about pulling together a beautiful project that didn’t look thrown together, but was a REAL Quiltville project, as scrappy as it could be, but still doable with the least amount of stuff needed for kits, we brainstormed up a back-basted applique project. We were on the same wavelength.
While we were here together in Tennessee before 4th of July we made lists, we talked things through, and over 4th of July before the Alaska cruise we drew out our sample block, easy shapes, back-basting method and bright colors to represent Barcelona, Spain where we will begin our adventure.
The plan was for ME to applique 2 blocks on the plane and on the cruise, and Irene would do the other 2 for a 4 block applique. I was so stinking busy with 49 quilters, my mom and her two sisters that I only ended up finishing this one, and Irene did the other 3. I owe her big time!
And then –she was flying home from Seattle on Southwest this past week when her luggage including her 3 finished blocks got lost in the downed computer confusion (still has not received it) and she is remaking ALL FOUR BLOCKS for me to put together out of her own fabrics so they match –and should have them to me by next week. The girl is a trooper, and I am totally indebted to her friendship and support and willingness to do it AGAIN.
There was more important stuff in her luggage than just these 3 applique blocks, and I so feel for her. It’s been more than a week. Still no luggage.
And I say this just so that folks know what goes on behind the scenes for any instructor anywhere.
Kits are being provided for both projects at NO cost to the cruisers. I am making 100 kits in what little time I have home.
All they have to bring are small, sharp, cut to the point scissors for trimming fabric and threads, and a thimble and a battery operated LED light just in case they want to sew into the evening and the overhead light isn’t bright enough to see by.
For those who can’t do applique, or don’t like handwork, I am bringing fusible so that they may fuse their applique project and stitch it by machine at home.
It’s going to be beautiful!
I am sorry that they have purchased fabric for Razzle Dazzle and are unable to sew it on the cruise due to the no-machines decision (which is understandable with what is going on in Europe right now. Security is an issue!) All cruisers have been refunded $50.00 to cover the cost of fabric they may have already bought. Each cruiser has already received the digital pattern from me for Razzle Dazzle at no cost to them, how I would have taught it so they can STILL make their quilts at home. I am doing cutting demos for Razzle Dazzle during our on ship time so they can get practice with cutting. AND they each get 2 free kits. They are coming out ahead.
We are doing everything we can to make this the best cruise ever, and all we ask is that the cruisers come with an understanding heart and recognize that some things DO change to no fault of anyone and we go with the best of it and allow ourselves to switch gears and have a great time.
And now that I’ve gotten THAT off of my chest, I AM off to the cabin.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
This made me giggle, but it's a great visual! If you are not happy with yourself or your situation, make a change. Don't wait for changes to happen on their own.
And ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING.
Old Tobacco Road quilt shared by a student in last weekend's workshops in Helena, Montana! Free pattern found under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog where the old Mysteries live - down at the bottom of the page!
Have a great weekend, everyone!