the Round Robin Edition 16- Let’s Talk Sewing Machines!

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happy monday….

(you can find the free pattern to this quilt here)

in the sewing room…

Things have slowed down just a little bit around here. After the pre-sell of the pocket edition and the retreat still in the works and the IAQ group heading into another round of new members in May….I’ve been trying a little harder to not over work myself. Almost to the point that I haven’t sewn much in the last week. gasp!

It’s time I think to get a few projects started and sew up some blocks….and quilt tops!  I have quite a bit done on a few projects, so it’s time to get them all moving along again.

I feel like sewing / quilting has an ebb and flow to it. Sometimes it controls us. Sometimes we control it.

With a lot going in the the ‘behind the scenes’ I get lost on sewing and moving forward with projects.

It’s time to grab the calendar back out, fill it out, plan ahead and actually sew again!

How about you- are you in the sew, sew, sew or dream, dream, dream sequence?


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Just a quick note added to this— the IAQ (online quilt group) is open again!  You can join anytime right now…and start sewing along with us. We have been working on the Sampler of 2018 and the Scavenger Hunt BOM.  Both, you can find on the site:

today’s topic…  everything sewing machine

Sewing machines are what makes the world go round…at least in my world! Without one that makes you happy, you can run into a lot of issues.

Because we want to be happy quilters- then having a machine, accessories that expand the machine and more is so important.

Today is all about the machine- cleaning, lighting, covering and buying.  Many things go into the use and ‘abuse’ of the machine.

I’m a firm believer in not getting hung up with the newest and latest and most expensive. I currently am sewing on a machine that cost $150!! It works great and I have no regrets purchasing it.  I made sure that it had the stitches I was needing, the weight for carrying if I chose to and the accessories (like lights) to make it better.  That is how I determined which machine to choose.

buying guide for a new sewing machine with printable | patchwork posse | free and easy sewing projects and quilt patterns

If you are looking at picking up a new machine, this printable is just in time! It helps you figure out what exactly you are looking for in a machine and makes you think of things you wouldn’t pay attention to when you are oooing and aweing over that fancy machine.

Download it here: buying a sewing machine printable

sew it… make a sewing machine cover~

sewing machine cover

Needing to put that kit together before you start out?

Here’s a great way to make your own quilt or sewing kits. With a printable as well- and instructions for making up a clear bag to store and carry it all.

Make your own Sewing machine cover tutorial or here 5 minute sewing machine cover

something fun…

Cleaning your sewing machine…  click here to read more

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Sewing machine lighting…. click here to read more

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Storing your machine accessories…  click here to read more

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Organizing your machine needles…. click here to read more

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20+ sewing machine cover tutorials…. click here to read more

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quilty chit chat…

There have been a few fun projects posted in the Quilting 101 fb group.

 The Three’s Company – your blocks are flying in and they are sooo wonderful to see! Are you sewing along?

Join the group for free here.

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