Pfaff Passport

machine applique

When my daughter moved into her own apartment several months ago, I was given my notice.  Mom, I want my sewing machine, not right now, because I know you use it, and right now I don’t have time, but eventually, I want it back.  Then one day I asked her where she got her jeans, and she told me they were the hand-me-downs my co-worker gave her, but she had hand altered them to be skinny jeans.  This was about two months ago, I knew my time was up.

I shopped around at a couple different stores, but her’s was a Pfaff Hobby, and I loved it.  It sewed thru anything, and the maintenance was low, and it was easy to use.  I was comfortable with it.

I went into the Pfaff store and they tried to sell me an old embroidery machine, the next day I went back and talked to the owner, she sold me the new Pfaff Passport, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

It has a little bit of everything.  It has their well known IDT walking foot, for even feed of the fabric, it has a free motion foot, a must have for me that was not on the Hobby, it has a number of decorative stitches, a high presser foot height (important to me because of various stuffed animals, namely bigfoot, who is made of fake fur).

In February my Mom bought fabric for a challenge quilt, one where two or more people get the same fabric and then make something with it.  I worked on mine all morning.  The very very best part of today’s art quilt making involved my adoration of the machine applique stitch.

And a few kisses to my Pfaff Passport.  Because I LOVE IT!!

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Fiber Items from Tubac Arizona

 

I went on a trip to Tucson and my Mom and her friend Sue took us to Tubac. Tubac is an artisans community in the desert.  It reminded me alot of a similar community that we visited a couple of years ago in Venezuela.  These are some of the many textiles for sale.

Central American style story quilt
Central American style story quilt

 Woven Rugs

Rug Detail
Rug Detail

A wonderful day

I finally got around to hot gluing the spools for my spinning wheel. The ends were popping off which the previous owner warned me about, telling me that the woodstove dries out the wood on the spools and causes the glue to fail over time.  It was a simple task, given that of course I have a glue gun, two in fact, one high temp and one low (hahaha still burns the crap out of your fingers).  Once repaired wow the spinning wheel was working again.  The tops being loose is a problem because they spin on the spool instead of remaining still when the tops are on tightly it allows the yarn to wind onto it while you are spinning.  I have been watching some youtube videos of spinning and think I am doing okay!  I had to wind some yarn from a broken spool onto an unbroken one to be able to glue it and noted that my yarn is not too stretchy a good thing and also that it wasn’t breaking when I was winding it, strongish but not yet great.  I am pleased with my progress.

I wanted to post these images of the quilts that were hanging in the show yesterday.

Bed Turning at the TowPath Quilt Show

Two springs ago, I drove over to Michelle’s apartment in Fayetteville and we walked to a quilt show at one of the elementary schools.  Today we drove over, stopping first for lunch at King Davids.  We split dolmades, eggplant fries and she got a pita pocket and I got a gyro and turkish coffee.  After we ran into the LL Bean outlet because about 10 years ago I bought a windbreaker that is not waterproof and to be honest is sinfully ugly, I needed a real raincoat though, and got one.  I also had to buy a new suitcase because the travel one I bought for myself was irresponsibly borrowed and left in another country by the person that borrowed it, leaving me only with an old one that is ripped.  I also needed purse supplies so we stopped at the fabric store too. 

butterfly quilt
butterfly quilt
Antique crazy quilt
Antique crazy quilt
double wedding ring quilt
double wedding ring quilt
antique log cabin
antique log cabin
baby-block1
We arrived just in time for the bed turning.  A display of several antique quilts and also a history of the quilts, various historical pattern names, discussion of battings, hand quilting which by the way does not show up well in photos, fabric choices and so on.  These are some of the real highlights of the bedturning.  Tomorrow I will post the new quilts we saw.