What a magical day! Mr. Sparkles purchased me a brand, baby-spankin' new sewing machine, and I finally got to kick that hot mess of an IKEA machine to the curb. (More about that in another post, because I don't even want to talk about it right now). My new machine is a Juki TL-98P and I purchased it from Capron-Carter. I probably committed the sin of all sewing machine buying sins by not even trying it out first! No, I didn't test drive it at all. I literally walked into the shop, was greeted with a "How can we help you?" and replied, "I'd like to buy a Juki TL-98P, please." A few credit card swipes later and I was walking out the door with my new best friend!
Now, I wouldn't normally be so blasé about dropping nearly $1900 AUD, but I've spoken to several owners of this machine, have read lots of blog reviews, and seriously, I knew this was what I wanted. A full review will come, but so far, the unboxing, instruction manual reading, and sewing of a few test strips has been stellar. So again, more about that later.
Right now, we need to talk about some Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along (#MSBHQAL) movements. This is week five, and we're supposed to be starting the sashing, sandwiching and basting phase. However, I took a look at the results of the poll I posted last week, and 81% of you need more time! I hope you've been outside catching all this beautiful weather we've been having and not been block cheating on me!? Because if I find out you've been block cheating, I will come set your weave on fire. True story; I've done it before and I will do it again! (The Marcelle Medallion Quilt Along #MMQAL over at Penny Poppleton's house is excluded from this weave burning).
You know who else needs more time? Grandma Sparkles! Yes, she showed up on my doorstep, saw the #MSBHQAL blocks I was making, and said, "Oh, I am making this!"(In my head there was also a z-snap and several dramatic pauses). So we're doing some serious catchup for her as well. I told y'all at the beginning, we're all in this together!
Grandma Sparkles has made three blocks so far, but she's got her eyes all over my stash, so I know more are coming! This week, my gift to you #MSBHQAL-ers is time! Spend this next week catching up on your blocks, getting yourself organised for sashaying (sashing for the non-sparklicious), working on that Marcelle Medallion equilateral triangle border, or simply catching up on Danielle Steele's latest my-bosom-is-heaving-because-this-corset-is-so-effing-tight page turner!
Before I leave you to go work on your blocks, here are my favourite Flickr posts from the week. Some of you are doing some wild things and I adore them! All that black and white is giving me stormy weather vibes, and look how many of you have started assembling your quilts! Inspiration for the rest of us!
1. P9290105, 2. Navy blocks x3 are done - only 5 blocks left!! My design wall isn't big enough!, 3. Pomegranate 1, 4. Amethyst! #MSBHQAL, 5. Broken Herringbone, 6. Blocks so far, 7. Christmas Table Runner, 8. The first wave of catch up blocks - Red Herring - MSBHBQAL, 9. #MSBHQAL, #Quilt, top #finished! Just waiting for a border!
P.s. Megot Tseng, Frau Hiltrud, Wendi, wipgirl, Pat -- you're all "no-reply bloggers."