Saturday, August 20, 2016

I Love My Juki

So... I bought the Juki TL-2000QI and I love it! It runs smooth... and fast! If used full speed, it will sew 1500 stitches per minute!

I haven't tried free-motion quilting yet, but I have made a couple of whole cloth quilts and quilted them using the even feed foot.

The first one with the paisley fabric and folk birds was quilted with a wavy line design.

getting ready to add the binding

I've been using Aurifil thread when quilt making...

and an Ott Lite lamp illuminates everything perfectly! 

I also made a linen whole cloth quilt. This one is quilted with a diamond design. And this linen is so soft! I love it!

I'll be adding these to my Honeysuckle Lane shop soon.

Thanks for stopping by!
Take care & God bless,

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cautiously Excited...

I am so excited! I am going to get a new (to me) JUKI TL-2000QI sewing machine in a couple of days! I have been using a Pfaff Hobby 750 for... oh.... more than 10 years and maybe more like 15! I'll have to find my purchase receipt to know exactly how long I've had it.

I have wanted a Juki for quite some time after reading blogs of quilters who love their machine. It was always out of my price range, but after patiently watching online classifieds sites, I finally found a Juki that is nearly new, semi-local, and in my price range!

I'll keep my little Pfaff...

...just in case I need to do a few buttonholes or very simple decorative stitches, although I haven't used those more than half a dozen times in the past several years. If I'm not doing hand-stitching, I'm doing straight-stitching and that's what this Juki sewing machine is for.

Once I get my Juki set up and get acquainted with how it works, I plan on getting back to making quilts! I have 3 more to make for family, and I plan on making linen quilts to list in my Honeysuckle Lane shop. Below are some of the colors I have in stock for the linen quilts.

I'll let you know how it goes once I get it settled in. I am excited, but I do know it may take some time get used to it. So that's why I am cautiously excited... for now. :)

Do any of you have a Juki? I'd love to hear what you like / don't like about it!

Take care,

Thursday, August 4, 2016

My Sister's Quilts

My sister works at school, so when school was out for the summer, she took advantage of the time she had and made several quilts.

She had me machine quilt the one below...
and she liked it so much she bought an even feed foot for her machine and started machine quilting the rest of her quilts! I think she's hooked! ;)

It seemed as if every few days she was sending me more photos of yet another design!

She's back to school this week, so I guess she'll be slowing down, but I'll share more of her quilts as she gets them done and sends me photos.

in progress

As for me, I have all my linen fabrics washed and dried. Now I have to decide which colors to combine for my whole cloth linen quilts. I'll be back in a few days with more on those, too!

Have a blessed day,

Sunday, July 31, 2016

What Have I Been Doing?

What have I been doing? Well, not much gardening and canning, that's for sure. Our garden did not do well at all this year. I managed to can some green beans, cabbage, and blackberry jam and syrup. Some combination, huh? We have picked one ripe tomato so far... we are way behind!

There's not a lot of gardening going on, but as you see in the photo above, I am planning ahead for my online shop. I have several gorgeous yards of linen washed and ready to cut and sew into baby quilts, lap quilts, and more! I hope to begin listing them at Honeysuckle Lane by mid to late August.

I'll be back in a day or two with photos of what my sister has been working on this summer... lots of quilts!

See you soon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Final Sale in Etsy Shops

Hi everyone ~
It's finally happening! I am closing my Etsy shops at the end of July. Don't worry... I am still making and selling all that I love to make... in one place! As I have time, I will move the items to my Honeysuckle Lane shop at Big Cartel.

Use code FINALSALE to get 35% off your entire order! The sale ends July 31st and all items will be deactivated at that time. Well, I say "all items", but I will leave one item in each shop for a while just to keep it open until people start finding me at Honeysuckle Lane.


Take care & God bless,