Wednesday, 12 May 2010

It's arrived

From May 2010
My new sewing machine arrived last week, great excitement. So many bits and pieces in the boxes, more than I've ever had with a new machine before. Mind you, it cost so much I was half expecting the feet to be gold plated! I've had a little play with everything, the BSR foot, the embroidery module, the different embroidery patterns, but not had time yet to really spend time experimenting.

I've just finished making a waistcoat, using the pattern Amy sent me as part of the PIF swap last year. It was a real fiddle, paper piecing with the tiniest pieces of fabric.
From May 2010
The finished size of the strips in the courthouse steps and pineapple blocks came out at a quarter inch. I'm pleased with the way it's turned out though; I've deliberately made it to be reversible, so that I can wear the plainer side when I'm singing with our new choir.
From May 2010
From May 2010
When we started practising at the end of February we had no thought of singing in public so soon.

This weekend is our village Festival of Arts, Flowers and Music, so I'm going to be pretty busy. Yesterday we set up the display boards in the church, and tomorrow we set up all the art works, ready for the exhibition at the weekend. On Sunday we finish with a concert, where the Village Voices, our new choir, will be singing.

17 comments:

Lynn said...

Hurray - a new sewing machine and it sounds like yours has can do so much. I love the waistcoat, what beautiful colors and the reverse side is gorgeous. Really exquisite.

Kate said...

Love the waistcoat Amanda, especilly those little houses, and good luck for your choirs debut now I have to ask, what is the BRM thingie on your new machine and when do we get to see the WHOLE machine??

Bec said...

What exciting boxes to have in your home! Must have been hard to contain your excitement to photograph them before opening!
Your peicing work is beautiful and the vest stunning!

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

OH!
WOW!
Those pieces are so amazingly tiny! How did you EVER manage???
It looks lovely.
And I can't wait to see some of the new creations you make with your new machine ;0)

Amelia said...

Your sewn garment is so pretty...both sides...love the colors.

I know you are excited with your new machine...just like a kid with a new toy as the old saying goes.

scraphappy said...

How exciting! I hope you are able to try out all the bells and whistles soon enough. I'm already picturing the beautiful embroidery you will be able to make. The waistcoat (we would call it a vest) is simply stunning! All those tiny pieces look fabulous together. What a shame to wear it pretty side in.

Kay said...

Oh my goodness! I'm living vicariously through you. It will be fun to see what you do with your new machine. Your waistcoat is absolutely magnificent. People must be completely agog when you walk into places with your creations.

Janet said...

Your vest is awesome. I like both sides. I love purple. I'm not sure I could paper piece all those little bits. You should wear it with pride. It's lovely!!

jabblog said...

Have fun with your new machine once you've learnt to drive it ;-)

Hellen Sigurbjörg said...

Congratulations! You have an exciting time ahead of you. And bless our good husbands who only want the best for us!
Greetings from Iceland!

Gretchen said...

Love the colors of your waistcoat--so pretty and spring-y! Cutest little paper-pieced blocks ever!

Jude said...

Waiting to see your new friend out of its box and that waistcoat is simply beautiful.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congrats on the new "member of the family" LOL I suspect your blog will be quiet as you continue to play with your new machine! have fun!!

Aunty said...

Aren't you lucky to have a DH who wanted you to have just a great mavhine. Enloy playing with it.

Candace said...

Very, very pretty, and made so quickly with so much going on. Your new machine must make sewing a joy, even more than before.

Tanya said...

Congratulations on your new machine! We may not see you on the computer for awhile! Who could resist playing with something so in tune with creating! Please give us the everyday details of how it runs.

Simone de Klerk said...

So your very good new friend has arrived! Lots and lots of fun with he/him! I am sure you will enjoy it a lot, even though the feet are not gold plated...