Thursday, 9 January 2014

Small steps

Father Christmas arrived a little late in our house. In fact, he finally delivered my present from Mr Q on January 2nd (a.k.a. our wedding anniversary). I'm so delighted with what he brought - a 1955 Singer Featherweight 222K.

Isn't it beautiful? I've wanted one of these since I first learned of their existence 10 or 15 years ago, but there have always been more pressing things to spend money on, like replacement windows or central heating. I was thrilled to receive this - Mr Q had done a lot of research and ended up buying the exact model that I would have bought for myself. I am a very, very lucky girl.

This machine, now known as Freda, will get a lot of use. It will be perfect for taking to sewing days of the quilting group I belong to. It is perfect for patchwork and is small and portable. I've already sewn some blocks together and also pieced some binding strips for the first quilt I plan to finish this year.

Speaking of finishing - I didn't manage to do too much of that last year. This year I plan to concentrate on process rather than progress. I figure that if I sew, stitch, knit or tat a little everyday, things will end up getting finished, almost by accident. I think it's working, we are eight days into the new year, and I have managed seven sewing sessions of at least 15 minutes each. Tonight I will be sitting down to start hand sewing the binding on a quilt. Expect to hear about my first finish soon.

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