Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Pay it forward . . .

Last year, I signed up for a "pay it forward" - My sister-in-law, Tracy, agreed to make me a hand made item, and in turn, I had to agree to make a hand made item for 4 people, who in turn, would make hand made items for others, and so on, and so on. 

The item I received was a framed picture of the original farm yard where my husband grew up.  His grandmother was a painter, and when the aerial photo faded, she just painted over it!  Tracy had it reframed for us as her "pay it forward". 

My Pay it Forwards were quilted table runners -

Great pattern using Charm Squares called "Framed 4-Patch" by Heather Mulder Peterson 

The pattern that I used for most of these three is Moda Marbles Stars Tablerunner - designed by Fat Quarter Shop .  It's easy to make, and shows off best using contrasting colors.  

I really like this concept of Pay it Forward . . . you just never know!

So, what else is new at Little House?  Well, I now have a Bobbin Cam - not a Nanny cam, or a Webcam, but a Bobbin Cam.  The "cam" is attached to the bottom of Lenni the Long Arm with a monitor on the top.  I can check my bobbin stitching without crawling under the machine with a flashlight.  Another great advantage is I can install another "cam" which focuses directly on the laser dot when I do pantos - so I can do pantos from the front of the machine - WOW!  I haven't got all the bugs worked out yet as I'm still getting used to looking at a monitor while I quilt instead of the panto design, but it'll come.  Actually, it kind of makes me "sea sick", but like anything, I just have to get used to it - kind of like learning to use a computer mouse for the first time - remember that?  Next post I'll put up some pictures but if you want to get an idea of what I'm talking about, check out Sparrow Studioz as Matt is the Canadian distributor of the Bobbin Cam. . . . and, while I'm thinking about Sparrow Studioz , I'll be signing up to take some more Long Arm Quilting Classes from another internationally renowned Quilter - Claudia Pfeil at Matt's Studio in Edmonton in August - such a treat!!!

Until next time, think about Paying it Forward -

from the Little House . . .

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