Summer Sewing

Hello again, readers!

This summer was busy and fun despite not planning a real vacation. Which honestly I was totally cool with. Plenty of time to savor the down time. My husband had other plans though so we did take a small trip but other than that it was a good summer break!

I wanted to make a special quilt for a great friend so we scanned through patterns and she decided on this cute pattern from the book Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley. I got a good deal on it from Amazon.

I love my Brother machine but as you can see from a previous post, the throat space was far too small. It was proving to be quite a workout to get the fabric to fit through. I knew I was going to need another machine. After doing some research I decided on going with the Juki brand. It had great reviews for motor and I loved the peddle programming, thread cutting, and back stitching options. So without further ado meet my new Juki HZL-DX7! It’s taken some time to get used to it and all the functions etc. but after a few months I can honestly say that I do love this machine! I found an amazing deal on it brand new off Ebay! Like it was direct from Juki! The original price on Amazon is $1,350 but I was able to get it for $400 less. I haven’t seen that deal again since though. My advice is to do your research if you’re looking for a sewing machine and shop around. You’ll be surprised what kind of deals you can find out there.

The quilt below is one I did for my daughter using Brighten Up and Rainy Day fabric by Me and My Sister. I love how bright and cheery the colors are. My little girl seemed to enjoy it too.


I love Fat Quarter Shop! If you haven’t heard of them and you sew you should really check them out. They have quilt shop quality fabric at great prices plus they always have amazing sales! They have 24hr sales, weekly sales, and monthly sales. I got these cute charm packs for $1 per pack on one of their 24hr sales. Can’t beat that!


I ended up making a little table runner out of them and it came out pretty cute. Our neighbor had surgery and she really seemed to enjoy it!


The most recent project was something I had wanted to do for a little while for my husband. He is always so encouraging and supportive of my crazy quilting/sewing love. He also loves football. Well, let’s just say he loves all Pittsburgh sports including the Steelers, Penguins and the Pirates. Since football season is coming up I figured to go with a football theme. There are actually quite a few football themed quilts and projects out there. I was surprised. I did end up finding a pretty simple yet cute pattern. It’s called Rookie Quarterback by the Robinson Pattern Company. I did like the pattern but I had to tweak the measurements. Not sure if its just me but the measurements for how much fabric you need for this pattern seemed off. It was an easy fix and it turned out fine.

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I can’t wait to work on some Fall inspired projects and show you some I’ve already tried! 🙂

Until next time, thank you for reading!


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