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!

2010 work

Happy happy new year and see you all in 2011!

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!

Space

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.

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!

Happy Monday! It’s Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day so I thought I’d join in!

Holiday Fat Quarter Pack

How about a little fat quarter pack of festive fabrics?

Leave me a comment and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a winner on the 17th. I’ll happily ship internationally.

Good luck!