Happy New Year to you all! I hope it proves to be a good one for everyone. I had an eventful Christmas break with many excitements and changes. My youngest son took his first steps and is now the proud owner of his first pair of shoes! He also had his final feed from me. He had got down to a morning snuggle and nurse a couple of weeks ago and just before new year he decided that he didn't need my milk any more. As those of you who have nursed babies know, it is a really bittersweet moment. Pride at seeing him moving on and growing up, satisfaction at a job well done and a twinge of sadness that he will never need me in quilte the same way again. I must admit I am looking forward to wearing something other than feeding bras again however - they are not the most attractive of contraptions! Maybe Thimbleanna could help me out - I seem to remember she had a few spare a while back!
The other big excitemet was the arrival of a lovely shiny new sewing machine. My mother in law upgraded her machine and asked me if I wanted the old one. I couldn't believe it when she turned up with an Elna 6200 for me! I am very lucky to have such a lovely mother in law who shares my passion for all things sewing as well. The thing I like best is that we are both very different - she likes more traditional fabric and designs and does a lot of hand quilting and applique. I get to see a very different side to sewing via her work.
The best thing about my new baby is that I will be able to try free motion quilting - something beyond the abilities of my old singer. I have ordered a darning foot and cannot wait to have a go - oh the possibilities!
I have managed to have a few goes on my new machine and I made a dolls quilt and pillow and my first ever soft toy, known as the purple thing. Purple is the colour of the moment for me as I also made a purple square for this bee.