A block, a top and sewing on my new Janome 2030QDC!

I have so many topics to write about and so many blog posts rolling around in my head, and yet I seem unable to actually sit down and organize myself enough to put them onto paper (so to speak).

So today I will have to be satisfied with showing you three things:

I re-joined We Bee Canadian, and made my January blocks this morning:

012And…

I finally bought the fabric and sewed the borders onto my triangle-square sampler quilt. This is the first finished top in 2014! It is already sandwiched and ready for the quilting frame. 🙂

005AND… Just what did I do all this sewing on, you might ask?

004Why, my brand new Janome 2030QDC! Whoot whoot!

016This is my retirement present to myself. 🙂 I LOVE it!

Sewing room pics coming soon. Retirement update coming soon. I promise!

A Hexagon Quilt Update and some Treasure

Do you remember when I started this quilt last July?

hexies in a butter dishI have been working on it every single evening, especially over the last month since I arrived at our new home.

015Sammy consented to pose so you could get a sense of perspective, size-wise:

018I does have a certain old-fashioned charm, doesn’t it? ♥

And now for the treasure!

019This is the sewing cabinet that belonged to Kelly’s maternal grandmother, Annas Manson. We have had it for a few years, but it was sort of “in storage” in the family room, and I never actually looked through it (because it was a big junky mess).

004Until today.

010I wish I had taken a picture before I cleaned it up. Look at the treasure that was buried amongst the junk! Beautiful, beautiful vintage buttons.

011And this:

009Left over from Kelly’s elementary school days. 🙂

Jack pot! Did I actually say that? Yes, I did. And I said it with the utmost respect for Annas, who was also a sewer. I like to think that she would be pleased that I am so pleased.