Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Few Things

My Birthday was last week, so, I've gotten a few fun things.

I have a Secret Sister at church.  I think she knows me well, can you tell?
sewing themed candle base (battery operated candle)

not only does it have 'sewing' items, but, it even has a boot, since I'm a born & bred Texan

this was the sticker on the card
Another friend also gave me some cool stuff.
coloring book and colored pencils

this card reminds me of my sewing room
She also gave me a cool, zipper bag, that is in the picture with the jelly roll strips that I won at Inchworm Fabrics.  Thanks Jeanette!
zipper bag (gift), and jelly rolls I won
Back in September, I found a sewing machine table.  At the time, I wasn't sure what machine it would fit.  I've since found out that it is a Singer 401 table, but, it will fit a Singer 301 short bed machine.  Both my Singer 301's are long bed machines (I do have a Singer 401, but, I haven't stitched much on it).  Well, a lady with a Singer 301 short bed machine traded beds with me (they just screw on and off).  She has the table for the Singer 301 long bed, and there was a gap, since her short bed didn't quite fit.  Well, now we are both happy.
Singer 301 with it's new short bed
We knew that the colors would probably be a bit 'off' but, that doesn't bother either of us.  Now I can use my table!  I was hoping that my new Featherweight would also fit in this table, but, I found out that the Featherweight is slightly wider than a Singer 301 or 401, so, it doesn't fit :(
Featherweight sits 'on' the table, not 'in' the table, oh well
I guess I'll just have to keep looking for a Featherweight table:)  I did get myself something for the Featherweight.  I've burned my hand 5 times now, on the light on the Featherweight.  I'm not used to machines with lights, and, this machine is shorter than my other machines, so, I keep hitting the light (Ouch)!  I found a LED bulb for Featherweights at Nova's Featherweights.  It shipped quickly.  Sorry that the picture is blurry.
new LED bulb
This bulb gets warm, but not HOT.  MUCH better!

I have been doing some stitching.  I've made lots and lots of half square triangles.
I'm making this pattern. 
top half of twin sized quilt (bottom will be the same as the top)
This is how far I've gotten so far today.
top corner(s) of pattern
I still have lots of stitching to go on this one.  It's for my nieces graduation, in the spring.


  1. Ooooh, thanks for sharing all your birthday goodies! Happy belated birthday from a fellow Texan (transplanted at the age of 9)! Your pattern is lovely and thank you for sharing it.

  2. Happy Birthday! Lovely goodies. Your pattern looks great.

  3. Happy Birthday! Great gifts. I use my 401 for zig zag and other stitches other than straight. Otherwise, I always use the 301s. I just finished sewing Valentine cards using denim and strands of yarn sewn down with the 401 using zig zag and blind stitch around the edges. I made 30 of them and the 401 never skipped a beat.

  4. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your great gifts! Love your pattern - can't wait to see it finished. ~Jeanne

  5. Happy Birthday. Lovely gifts, and your new quilt is going to be fabulous. I love my LED light on my featherweight.

  6. Awesomeness!When I had my first featherweight I always burnt my hand on the light bulb too. I havne't sewn on my new to me featherweight, but the led bulb is an awesome idea! Love the quilt you are making.

  7. Happy Birthday! Wow, your secret sister really does know you, what a wonderful gift. Your niece's quilt is going to be wonderful, stars and color, perfect.

  8. I know exactly what you mean about burning your hand on the light!!
    So glad that your machine exchange resulted in both sewers being happy with the right machines :)

    It amazes me how half square triangles can be made into such beautiful quilts! This is going to be a gorgeous quilt!
    Oh and you just reminded me that I need to buy that bulb too!!


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