Monday, January 26, 2009


Better late than never, right? This was the doll quilt and pillow I made for Amelia to go with the doll bed we gave her this Christmas. Problem was that I didn't get a good photo before since I was working on it until the last minute. I must say I had trouble. I used to sew all the time when the kids were young, but not only am I rusty, so is my my old, old sewing machine. I used a new machine that Jennifer had just purchased. I won't say which brand, but it had A Little Engine That Couldn't. It wouldn't go over the slightest thickness and I spent more time tearing out hard balls of stitching on the reverse side than I spent sewing. Thank goodness, Mia was thrilled and did not critique my labors.

So I decided it was time for me to join the sewing world again. For years now I had professional sewing rooms sew or upholster all my creations. And years before that I learned heirloom quilting and don't even know how to machine quilt. Pretty sad, huh? I LOVE creating and handwork, so guess what I got for Christmas???


I bought a pre-owned Bernina virtuosa 153, Quilter's Edition. I hope that was a good decision for me. I researched at least what I thought I'd like to be able to do and the amount I could spend. I know it's an older machine, but the person who owned it took excellent care. I will be able to take classes, and I'll sure share any attempts. I imagine I'll start small, because I'm a bit intimidated. My very old machine did straight, zig zag, primitive button holes and that's about it. This one, though older has lots of bells and whistles I never had. I might be asking for advise.

Tomorrow is my First Blog Anniversary. I'm thinking of how I should celebrate. Any ideas?


  1. Hi Paula ~ I started licensing fabric designs last year (for Studio E) and I have no idea how to sew! It was something I was miserable at in home ec class in Jr. high, but now desperately wish to learn. I to received a sewing machine for Xmas and have a beginners class (they didn't have a "clueless" class :-) in the first week of March. I have a few very basiv projects lined up that I want to try - covers for a couple little porch chairs, and apron, a bag... wish me luck!

  2. That doll quilt and pillow is so cute! I love, love, love it and I know my little girl would too, just like Mia.

  3. Your stuff is so cute Paula! I really love your fabrics- I was wanting to change up my living room so I just framed some of your trellis pattern and hung it up! Here is the link if you would like to take a look:

    Keep up the great work!

  4. this is the machine I use every day. Its wonderful and does everything you will need it to do.
    good luck!
    Looking forward to seeing what you make.

  5. Hello,
    I have had a Singer for the past 10 years. I didn't go to class immediately, ad am now quite clueless. And to think I have been watching my mum and her wooden table Singer at work all my childhood...but it was the80s and at the time housework was dispised.
    I suggest you celbrate by making a little 'sous-verre' withthe new machine. Mke it quilted and put the number '1' on it. Thus you will begin your new bogging year with a senseof achevement.
    Happy bloggoversary!

  6. I look forward to seeing what you do with it and how you like it. I would like to upgrade to a machine that does embroidery one of these days.

  7. You will LOVE that machine. I have two Berninas, one that is my regular machine (Activa 145, an older model) and a new serger. I don't know what I would do without them. I think you will be very pleased with your new machine's performance!! Berninas make sewing a dream!

  8. love, love, love the doll bedding!

  9. I love the doll quilt and pillow!!!!!!!arghhh!!!!



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