The unorganized quilter?

I really don’t think I’m all that unorganized. Yeah, my studio (and the rest of the house, it could honestly be said) is a bit cluttered, but I’ve always said that know where everything is. I do have a pretty good memory, and that helps most of the time. Every once in a while though, I end up running around crazy looking for one stupid item that’s gone astray. I must point out here that I didn’t, in any way shape or form, help whatever it is to go missing. I didn’t put it somewhere weird, or lend it to someone, it just grew legs, and isn’t where I left it.

Every once in a while, I end up running around crazy looking for one stupid item that’s gone astray.

What does all of this have to do with my quilting and fabric art life? Today I set out to make some little napkin ring type thingys to give to my landlady for Christmas, to match the tablerunner and door hanger from last year. Nothing is ever as simple as you wish it to be. Considering that I haven’t used the embroidery machine since last Christmas, the first order of business was to excavate the thing from the clutter that finds its way to the table where the machine lives. Then I realize that due to major computer issues including a new motherboard and reformatted hard drive, the software that drives the card reader/writer that makes the embroidery designs available to the sewing machine isn’t loaded.

So I go hunting for it, and the box with the software and instructions is nowhere to be found. After an hour and a half of tearing the studio apart, Continue reading “The unorganized quilter?”

Quilting Warm Fuzzy Feelings #4

Mmmm....Quilting!When your machine is having issues, but you know exactly what to do to fix the problem.

It’s a great WFF (and a relief!) when you are able to troubleshoot effectively to fix any minor problems you may be having with your machine during a quilting session. Keep the following things in mind to be able to solve pesky machine issues and maximize your quilting time. Continue reading “Quilting Warm Fuzzy Feelings #4”

Love my machine!

Often in my workshops, students will ask what type of sewing machine I have, and why I like it. I am a Pfaff girl, have been for 16 years now, and I’ve owned 5 different Pfaff models. My first Pfaff was a 955, I think, which my mother has now and still uses. Currently, I have a 1475CD, a 7550, a Performance 2056 and a 2124 embroidery machine. Each of these machines has been a great machine, for many of the same reasons. I keep the 1475CD and the 7550 so that I can give one each to my girls when they leave home, and the other two machines are set up in my studio and get used daily. The list of reasons why I love my Pfaff machines is really long. Just for starters: