Thursday, January 29, 2009

It's here!!

Ta-daaa!
My new sewing table arrived 2-1/2 weeks ago, but I had to wait and wait and wait until the insert to fit my machine arrived. It finally got here yesterday evening! The table doesn't look like much, but it is so wonderful to sew on a machine that sits in a table instead of on it. I just love it. This is a Sew Perfect table, much less expensive than most cabinets, and I got a great price on their end-of-the-year, pre-inventory sale. DH gave up his Sunday afternoon to put the table together (thank you!!) so it would be all ready to go when the insert arrived.
Simple and quick seemed the way to go while I got the feel of the new table, so I decided to use my scraps to make some 9 patches. Bumble Beans is collecting them to make a quilt as a fundraiser for Love without Boundaries. Do go read about the money she and her daughter raised to help a Chinese orphan in need of medical care -- you'll probably start making 9 patches to send her as soon as you do!
Next I started putting together a sample Streak of Sunshine quilt. Make A Blanket Day for Project Linus is coming up, and I'm in charge of getting the projects ready for the event my LQS is hosting that day. We're doing Heartstring quilts, but I wanted some other projects, too. This is such an easy quilt, very cute, and perfect for using the odds and ends of donated fabric that we have to work with. Don't these fabrics look like springtime? With all the snow and frigid temps we've been having, I really needed to spend some time with these colors!

Now that I have such a great table, it's time to use it! For the record, these are the things I need to get done:
Quilt Landon's I Spy quilt -- I've been waiting until I got my table for this
Project Improv -- the quilt for our family room (finally!) and my chance to play
Erin's I Spy -- I hope to piece this on Saturday at a guild mini-retreat
Kathi & Buz's t-shirt quilt -- I thought I had until summer when they returned from overseas, but their plans changed and they came back this month
Kim's wedding quilt -- I've made I Spy quilts for all my nieces' and nephews' kids, but Kim has no children, so she gets a wedding quilt
Stroop quilt -- I just need to do it!

Happy quilting, everyone!

18 comments:

Mary said...

Very nice! I couldn't believe how much difference it made to have the machine flush with the table until I got my table about 3 and 1/2 years ago.

Exuberant Color said...

That looks like a really sturdy table. There won't be any bouncing or vibrating I'm sure.

You will notice a difference in your accuracy with the machine flush with the table. The up and over the machine always distorts a little.

Catherine said...

That table looks like it's going to make stitching so much more pleasant!!

Clare said...

I'm green - I'd love a table like that. All that extra space.

Lying awake last night, as one does, my Project Improv quilt suddenly popped into my head.

Wait and see - I just hope I can make it work.

Andrea said...

I'm completely jealous - lol ! Bet you're already giving it a good workout..

True Blue Nana said...

I am absolutely green with envy. What a great table. I want one! I love the nine patches you did. I am drawn to orange.

Joyce said...

Nice table! I have a table that I like but it has no inset. I love the green and pink fabrics.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

ooh, I like that table. much more room to vrrooooom. fun colors on your blog today. glad to see the Stroop quilt is waiting in the wings and not buried in the bottom of a box somewhere.

Quiltdivajulie said...

My machine is down in my table and I love it ~ one reason I struggle when I try to sew anywhere else. The machine "on top" of a table just doesnt' work for my body mechanics at all. You're gonna love your new set up!!!!!

Good to hear you mention the stroop quilt...

Mark Patro said...

I’m jealous

quiltycat said...

Wow! Amazing staff your new table...I'm making the 9patch blocks too!
nichi

nicolette said...

That’s some amazing workspace!! You’ll enjoy the table sooo much!
My sewing-machine also sits in a table, which works so much better for your arms, shoulders and back!

Lovely 9 patches!

Libby said...

Oooh, lucky you! Have fun with it. I love your nine-patch blocks...they are very sunshine-y :)

LC said...

What I like about your table is that it looks as if you can adjust the overall height. Mine is a cabinet and the height is fixed. I'd like it about 2-2" lower. Enjoy!!

sewkalico said...

Great table! No excuse now for that list of projects :-))

Michael5000 said...

Sweet rig, Jovali!

Tami said...

What a great looking table. I bet you could tell the difference the moment you used it for your first sewing date. :-)

SandyQuilts said...

Very nice.

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