This morning I let my German Shepherd puppy out of her kennel to spend quality time with me. We do this several times a day in an effort to teach her how to behave in the house. She’s full of energy and a real mischief maker. Just like a wee child going through the terrible twos, Bella has to be watched every second she is freed from her kennel.
Bella looking apologetic…and for good reason.
Several days ago I set my Baby Lock Natalie on our dining room table so I could construct a few crazy quilt projects. Even though I know better, when I finished sewing yesterday I left my little machine plugged in and sitting on the table. The cord was draped several feet away from the table and was attached to an electrical surge protector strip.
Sometimes when Bella is running free she turns our house into an obstacle course and literally runs laps around furniture and through the open spaces. This morning she made several passes through our living room, dining room and around the kitchen island. I guess that route became mundane, because she added a pass between the dining room table where my Baby sat and the room divider between the dining room and living room.
To make an already long story shorter, I heard a heavy thud as my Baby Lock hit the floor. My heart sank. Bella ran for cover. I went to assess the damage. Would you believe my machine is not a bit compromised? I am amazed whether you are or not. The Natalie is a lightweight, portable.
I bought it so I did not have to drag my heavy Ellegante II with me when I want to take my machine away from home. I was afraid I would find a broken machine. I picked her up, brushed her off, reattached the arm cover thingy, rethreaded her and made a test seam. She sews perfectly! I use the Natalie almost exclusively for block constructing these days and was so thankful when she stitched a perfect seam.
When my machine hit the floor my heart sank…I bought Natalie when it was a discontinued model for $99.00. That was at least two years ago, and knew she couldn’t be replaced through a dealer. I figure it was the bottom of the line when she was sold. It’s a no frills machine, but it sews a beautiful seam. I tell you all this, because I would not hesitate to buy another Baby Lock if I were in the market for a new sewing machine or if Natalie had been broken in this accident. I love my Baby Locks!
Over the past couple of weeks I received two swap hearts. Today I am sharing pictures of both.
The first one I received is from Angie. I love pink and the heart she made for me spoke to my love for delicate pink. It is lovely. One of the projects I am working on is a heart for a friend whose granddaughter passed away earlier this year. Angie’s couched ribbon treatment was so sweet, I used her idea on the one I am making.
And two shots showing detail…I love the maiden hair fern seam treatment and the curved feather stitch motif.
Feather stitch is one of my favorite. Angie used it creatively in different ways. The lace she chose is double sweet…and I really like the way she couched the satin ribbon.
The second heart I received is from my friend Stephanie. Stephanie’s work equals any I have seen…bar none. She is a great source of inspiration and pushes me to do better than I think I can. I love the colors and the beautiful silkie anchor piece. The little girl reminds me of someone I used to be…Stephanie’s heart touched my inner child.
And a couple of close shots…I really can’t pick an element I like the best. The little feather stitch and colonial knot seam treatment is precious…the button cluster is supreme. Her silk ribbon rose is so sweet I can almost smell it.
I love the dragonfly and necklace…such pretty pearl beads. Her wheels and colonial knots are perfect.
That concludes my heartfelt show and tell…
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Until next time…
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9)
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