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Fun.

Really, really, really fun.

Long armin'

What with Lauren opening Sew Modern, a new shop, (not pictured – this is down in Orange County where we went for some training) and having a long arm there, this could become a new habit… It really is all it’s cracked up to be.

Have a great weekend!

Goodbye 2010

As the year wraps up I thought I’d stop in and say that I hope each and every one of you has a happy new year.  I’ve been very lucky and have had an overall great year, but 2010 has had its ups and downs for a lot of us, so here’s to 2011 being more up than down!

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Happy happy new year and see you all in 2011!

Merry Christmas!

Hope those of you who celebrate are having a wonderful day!

Christmas

Christmas comes early.

I’m so excited that Janome is sponsoring me with a Horizon Memory Craft 7700 machine.

Janome Horizon

Needless to say, I’m thrilled. I mean, let’s be honest here – I did a veeeery long happy dance when the UPS man pulled up with it.

I’ve been sewing on the same machine (my first machine) since I started quilting about three years ago. I can’t knock the lil’ lady because I’ve made over 50 quilts, large and small, on her. But for a long time now, I’ve known that my machine was holding me back, with quilting in particular. I have spent a bit of time with my new Horizon and let me tell you – it’s like a door opening. Everything just looks so much better. The stitches, the smoothness, it’s just clearly a quality machine. I am going to be a straight line quilting addict for a bit I think. It all just comes out so pretty and NOT shifty on this machine. I’m thrilled.

This machine is so much faster than my old one. I’m zipping through my tasks and getting things done so quickly! And the space! Just look at the space!

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There is SO much room in the throat of the machine. Seriously – so. much. I’m in the middle of quilting a queen right now, and it’s not even a squeeze to get it through the machine.

And so far, in first place for “best feature I didn’t have but now do”: The Automatic Thread Cutter!

Automatic Thread Cutter

This upgrade has been a long time coming for me and let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint! I am amazed at what a difference it makes to have the right tool.

Now you’ll have to excuse me – I’m going to go spend lot and lots of quality time with the new machine.

Fat quarter bundle winner!

Thanks for all of the entries! Sometimes I wish that I could give a bit of fabric to all of you but with 963 of you commenting, I’d be left with no fabric!

The random number generator has spoken and the winner is: Number 331!

Kristin – congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me!! Thanks for joining in everyone!

Socks!

Hope you all enjoyed your long weekends! Here, the sewing machine has been busy but nothing to show right now. Though I do have some finished craftiness…

Finished Socks!

I knit socks! Cozy pretty socks that fit really well. This was my first time knitting socks and it won’t be my last.

By the way – I’m finally on twitter, follow me if you wanna!

Winner!

Thank you all for your nice comments about my quilt and the pattern being published! I have lots of plans for many patterns being available in the future but lots of leg work ahead of me before then.

Anyhow – getting down to business! The random number generator picked lucky number 41! Kate C. keep an eye out for an email from me!

Happy Monday to you all!

Winners!

I used the random number generator to pick two winners from the Practical Guide to Patchwork book and fabric giveaway!  So many of you commented!

The lucky winners are:

The book: Number 389 – Cristi

The fabric: Number 284 – Bev

Congrats to both of you and keep an eye out for my email!

The Practical Guide to Patchwork book review and giveaway!

**Comments are now closed – I will post the winners on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd!**

Today it’s my turn on the Practical Guide to Patchwork blog tour!

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I was so happy to be asked to be a part of this tour. I have been reading Elizabeth’s blog since I started quilting and it has played no small role in my learning to quilt.  I’m certain that this is also the case for a lot of you reading – her tutorials and instructions have always been so well done.   I’m so happy to report that her book perfectly reflects her amazing skills!

First off, it starts with an entire section on all of the quilting basics…

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All the info you’d ever need to make a quilt, from start to finish – laid out in Elizabeth’s clear and informative style.   This alone makes the book worthwhile but there are also 12 great patterns included.

Some simple…

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…and some a touch more involved.

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For all of the patterns Elizabeth gives alternate fabrics suggestions.  That’s not something you see in most quilt books and it really encourages the reader to think about the patterns in different colors and be inspired to come up with combos of their own.

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People have often asked me for quilting book recommendations and I often struggle to name just one as I find some have great inspiration and some have great instructions, but often they don’t have both…  Until now!  The Practical Guide to Patchwork really provides both and is overall a beautiful book.  Definitely one to add to your library!

So now on to the giveaway!   Stash Books and Elizabeth are giving away one copy of the book to a lucky winner! Just comment on this post and you’ll be entered into the giveaway.

But it doesn’t end there, Elizabeth is also giving away this great fat eight bundle and a second lucky commenter will win the bundle!

Alissa Eighths

Good luck to all of you!  And don’t forget that the blog tour continues:

Monday, November 1: Connecting Threads
Tuesday, November 2: Rossie
Wednesday, November 3: One Shabby Chick
Thursday, November 4: True Up
Friday, November 5: Pink Chalk Studio
Saturday, November 6 Whip Up

I will close comments on Monday, Nov. 1st at 9:00 PM PST.

The Practical Guide to Patchwork blog tour

Did you all see?? The blog tour for Elizabeth‘s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork, starts today!

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Be sure to check all the great posts for your chance to win the book. I’m thrilled to be a part of the tour and hope that you’ll follow along each day!

Tour Dates

Wednesday, October 27: Sew Mama Sew

Thursday, October 28: Film in the Fridge

Friday, October 29: I Heart Linen

Saturday, October 30: Tall Grass Prairie Studio

Sunday, October 31: Handmade by Alissa

Monday, November 1: Connecting Threads

Tuesday, November 2: Rossie

Wednesday, November 3: One Shabby Chick

Thursday, November 4: True Up

Friday, November 5: Pink Chalk Studio

Saturday, November 6 Whip Up

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