23 February 2012

Not a stitch

Since the day that I brought home my latest (third) sewing machine I have been ill. Normally, and thankfully, I am not prone to illness, mostly it is three years between, luckily! However, a bug got me down and out last week, and I am still struggling.
Being ill has meant I have not had the will to plug in and sew on my Singer 160, which is so frustrating. But, I do have faith that when I do sit in front of my black beauty it will be wonderful.
That reminds me of something, who recalls watching Elizabeth Taylor in the movie Black Beauty? I fell in love with her , and the whole movie, when I was around 5 (mid 1960s) and to anyone that asked what my name was, the earnest, heart-wished, answer was Deborah Lorraine Velvet Kerrigan. Was it those beautiful violet-coloured eyes, the gorgeous shiny black hair, the wonderful horse? I can't recall, but I do recall the fever of my passion.
And now, having witnessed various 'loves' of my children, and recently grandchild, I see the beauty in such connections, and the joy it brings in their 'now' and their future memories.
Comparing Velevt to Dora ... ? Each generation to their own!?
X dls

14 February 2012

My valentines present - a limted edition 160 Singer

This is my present to myself ... isn't it gorgeous and sleek?

It was designed to celebrate the 160 anniversary of Singer sewing machine production.

The SINGER 160™ Limited Edition sewing machine is a technologically advanced machine, it boasts innovative features, yet the design and appearance hearkens back to the iconic SINGER® machines of years past. The antique-inspired machine is Singer Sewing Company's tribute to the brand's rich history and an opportunity to introduce the modern innovations of sewing to the next generation of sewers everywhere.

While it mirrors SINGER® machine designs of the past, this machine offers new, modern easy-to-use features that you can read about here

The normal price is $659 - but at the moment there is a special introductory offer price of 160 off - it is currently retailing for only $499!!!!!

Contact your local dealer to find out more and arrange a demonstration.

OR -

enter the ABUNDANCE challenge - details here - and you could WIN your very own 160 limited Edition sewing machine just like my beauty!!!!

My Singer sewing machine story includes a Featherweight that i received 20 years ago, as I posted about last week. Many women around the globe have Singer stories too ...
to read about them click here

Happy St Valentine's Day to ME!!

13 February 2012

Liberty Nikes SOLD to Sydney Quilter


To a Liberty-loving quilter in Sydney -
I hope you enjoy them as much as I had planned to!

See the post here to find out more about my deeply coveted shoes. When I got them they were 1/2 size too small. Recently I offered them for sale to a quilter with a passion for Liberty. Alas, I cannot buy a new pair, they are now sold out, but two of the 2011 styles are still available - see here.
Maybe I can buy a pair in the next exclusive release. Keep an on the online Liberty Store for your chance to buy some too.

01 February 2012

what I am loving

The fabrics I am using to make Sadie's (grandkid#1) 'big girl' Strippy quilt. The hearts will be appliqued on. The method is really easy - I will share full instructions after I have finished it.

The Story Book Bunting I made last weekend. The pages are cut from an old Golden Book - The Saggy Baggy Elephant. I have a stack more Golden Books that I am looking forward to making into bunting too!

I never thought I'd say this - but I am loving my tissue box! My sister bought it for me from the Reject Shop - how cool!

I am loving my gorgeous, little, pretty Singer Featherweight sewing machine! My husband owned five sewing machine shops when I first met him (21 years ago) and he had a few vintage sewing machines that had been accepted as trade ins for new machines. I deemed that two of them (this and another old singer) were the 'dowry' he brought to the marriage, fair?

I am also loving Zumba, which I did for the first time last night at the local school hall, what a blast! I cant wait for next week's session.

I am loving the fabulous projects I have lined up for DUQ over the next five issues. Gorgeous quilts from favourite designers - Chris Jurd, Ally Nichol, Vicki Hines, Gaye Watson and Susan Carr, and some fabulous quilts from other talented quilters well-known around the country - but new to DUQ - Chris Timmins, Val Crump and others.

I am loving that school went back, that my kids are being good, that my sister is staying with us (love her company), that grandkid#2 is due ANY day (and I will be at the birth), that grandkid#1 is sooo fricken cute - and many other things.

Most of all, I am loving my husband, 'cause most of the above wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for him in my life!!!