On Saturday we went to Brighton to have lunch with our younger son. We had lunch in a lovely cafe called Bill's. As well as the cafe - scrubbed wooden tables - they have a produce store where they sell fresh fruit and vegetables as well as tins and jars. There was a real buzz about the place, a great place to eat.
Afterwards I wanted to find a fabric store (surprise, surprise!) and spotted a sign that said sewing centre. I was actually after dress fabric, not quilting fabric. I went in to ask if they knew where I could buy material and found a whole range of sewing machines, as well as a very knowledgeable chap. I had been thinking of buying a new machine since the one I bought last year -before I started quilting - just doesn't cut the mustard. Well, before you could say Jack Robinson I'd bought one! DH offered to go halves, as an early birthday present, so that was that. It's a Janome DC4100, and seems to do all that I want. It's got needle up/down (worth the money on its own I reckon), automatic stop/start and a whole raft of embroidery stitches and enough feet for a centipede. It makes the most perfect button holes - and the buttonhole foot has a place to put the button then it sews the button hole the exact size you need for that button! Brilliant! And it's so quiet and well behaved.
Of course when I started playing with it on Sunday morning I realised that I'd ordered the extension table, but completely forgotten about a quarter-inch foot and a walking foot! I'll have to phone and sort that out. I'm full of ideas now for embroidering features on the clothes I'm planning to make (after I've made DH a thank you shirt) and hope to be able to practice my free-motion quilting with greater success. Such fun to have a new toy.
And now to my bargain. I came across these baskets in the Lakeland catalogue for £2.49. I couldn't believe that price, so I ordered 4. They're heaps bigger than I expected and came in two huge boxes, but I reckon a lick of pastel paint and some new fabric and they'll be perfect - for something or other! No real ideas yet, but I'm sure they'll come to me.