Thursday, March 22, 2012

MARCH FMQ CHALLENGE AND A SURPRISE!

SewCalGal is hosting a free motion quilting challenge that lasts all year.  Each month a quilting expert gives their advice and demonstrates how they quilt.  March's expert is Ann Fahl and below is my practice piece for the month.  By the end of the year, I'm hoping my FMQ has improved a lot.



Yesterday I was able to do my FMQ practice pieces on my new Janome 6600 sewing machine!!!

Wednesday DH and I went to the sewing machine shop to pick up my sewing machine.  While waiting for the repairman, we looked at some sewing machines and DH told me that he wanted to get me a new one for our 50th anniversary (in August)!


This sewing machine quilts like a dream and it has a larger space, so it will be easier to quilt large quilts.  Yea!!!  It sews a lot faster than my old machine and has other features that make it easier to quilt.  I can't wait to do more quilting on it.  I better hurry up and get some tops sandwiched!  I'll see you later!

15 comments:

Katie said...

Happy anniversary (super early)! That's a great gift, but after 50 years of marriage, I would hope your hubby would know you well enough to know you'd like a new sewing machine.

Liriopia said...

That's a beautiful machine, but how are you going to take it on the road?

Liri

Kristie said...

Your quilting looks great! How wonderful that you got a new machine! I hope you enjoy it!
Kristie

Lori said...

Congratulations on 50 years and the new machine!!

---"Love" said...

I am so jealous! That new machine looks wonderful; I know you will enjoy it! Your FMQ looks great! I've been reading that blog and the teachers, but have not had time to try it much; maybe soon! Have fun with the new machine! ---"Love"

Janet O. said...

Looks like you picked a winner (DH and sewing machine)! Congrats on both! Enjoy that larger harp space--your practice piece looks really good!

ann hermes said...

What a nice surprise! Congratulations on 50 years together.

canuckquilter said...

Congratulations - for both the 50 years and the new machine. Your FMQ already looks great but I'm sure you'll enjoy the process a lot more with that larger throat space.

Marsha said...

Your FMQ looks really good to me! ! ! Congratulations on 50 years of marriage, to you and DH. What a sweetheart to get you the new machine, enjoy!

Randy D. said...

WOW! 50 years is very impressive! And what a great gift! I have the Janome 6600 and it's a real workhorse!! Congrats!

Beth said...

Congrats on the upcoming 5oth! And on the new machine. I so love that machine. It is one of my favorites. Doesn't it sew smooothly? Course I get to try all the Janome machines at work.
Your FMQ looks good to me already, by I guess the challenge the take you to a new level.
Enjoy!

Tammy said...

Happy 50th Anniversary and congrats on the new sewing machine. FMQ looks great too.

quilt32 said...

What a perfect anniversary gift. I would love that extra quilting space.
Lillian
lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Oh Ruth - you lucky dog! How nice of DH!! Have fun quilting on that one!! Jenn

Pauline said...

I have the exact same machine and I love, love, love it! I've been sewing and quilting quilts on it about 5 years now and have had narry a problem that was the machines fault. I've made mistakes and learned. I also bought a small, lighter weight Janome that's more portable, it also sews great. Good luck with yours and happy aniversary! Some of my quilts can be viewed on Flickr. just type in: eniluappauline