Sunday, October 21, 2012

Another Finished UFO

This is another of the UFO's from my box of left overs from my earlier cross stitch ears.  When I picked it up a couple of weeks ago all that was started was the Mrs. hair and a little bit of the box around the chart.  My goodness there are so many mistakes in this thing.  Counting and color mistakes.  But its out of the box and onto the ironing board for some kind of completion.  What's left in my UFO box!  We'll on more Santa which is an ornament on perforated paper which is about 1/3 of the way stitched.  There's also a sampler on linen over 2 and a set of hand embroidered wool felt ornaments.  I think I'm going to finish them off on the sewing machine.  I think I will start my old routine as my New Years Resolution which is to finish UFO's before I can start anything new.  I don't think I'll include the sampler but I will be adding the Lizzie Kate Summer Mystery and a fall basket that I've started and set aside.

I hope you've all had a nice weekend.  It was sunny most of today but yesterday we had a crazy hail / thunder storm.  It getting cloudy again and I think we are due for rain next week too!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Six Fat Men are History!

Lizzie Kate's 6 Fat Men
 This isn't a very good picture but  here they are.  The frame is red but not a Christmas red.  It has just a hint of pink to it which makes it work.  I tried white frames which I thought was what I wanted.  Then browns etc until the gal helping me picked this one out.  Then I had her pull some green.  Christmas green  - NO!  Next a kind of lime which I was really wanting to work but it didn't work either.  So I went with this one which was the best over all.  I was really worried that I wasn't going to like it but when I picked it up last Friday it wonderful!  The reddish frame picks up the Begonia colored thread.  I didn't get the expensive glass this time and I wish I had of now but I suppose I can always to and have it changed later.  Its so dark here that it won't really matter as far as glare goes.
About 6 weeks ago (more or less) my Bernina 1630 died.  I finally took it to the Bernina Dealer last Friday to see about having it fixed.  Its almost 20 years old so the computerized boards for it are not longer being made.  Anyway the cost to repair it was around $1,00.00 so I decided to look at the new machines.  I didn't buy the top of the line this time.  I never used most of the features on the 1630.  I still haven't taken it out of the box but everything but the machine is now out.  I decided that I needed to get all of the parts bagged up from the old machine first.  Haven't decided what to do with the "boat anchor" as its now called.  I thought I would put the walking foot, dozens of bobbins and feet on eBay and see if I can sell them and get something out of them.  I'll post a picture when I finally get it set up.
My new Bernina 550QE