When the cat’s away, the mice will play. Who says that anyway? Does it really work like that in the real world? The cat is away here at Quilters Newsletter and I think the mice are still just doing what they always do. Except that a couple of the cat’s jobs can’t wait so the mice are doing those too.
I tell you all that to explain why I haven’t got my blog up yet. I’ve been doing a cat job. So I missed my personal goal of having my blog up by noon.
But enough of that. I got to go to St. Louis this weekend to Baby Lock Tech, their annual convention. I went early and got to spend a few hours with my sister and brother-in-law. I love Baby Lock for having their headquarters in St. Louis.
Another really fun part of Baby Lock Tech is seeing my very good friend, Sara Gallegos. Her husband, Zac, works for Baby Lock so we get to meet at convention.
I have to admit that I am a sewing machine junkie. I love the new features and the new looks so it is FUN for me to go to conventions to see what is new.
I spent a while checking out their new Ovation serger. It’s pretty cool. It has a big workspace and 87 stitch combinations. The sewing world is all abuzz about the Ovation. I’m one of those quilters who uses a serger in some of my quiltmaking.
One of the Ovation’s stitches I liked was the wave stitch. Check it out on the front of this little fairy dress.
The machine that fascinated me the most was the Sashiko machine. It looked like it would be great fun for the quilter or the garment seamstress. You can use it to mimic the look of hand quilting, for decorative trim, to couch on ribbons or yarn – there are so many possibilities. I saw one quilt that had the sashiko stitch on the binding.
And the Koala cabinets. Check out all the shelves under the workspace on this one.
How about this one if your sewing studio is small?
I found nice rulers, new embroidery designs, new luggage and so many other things.
It was a quick trip. I went Saturday morning and was supposed to get home late Sunday night. I lucked out at the airport and got the last empty seat on an earlier flight so I was home by 7:30. Nice!
I have more photos I want to share with you. I took pics of several cool quilts. I want to email the makers and get permission to share – then I’ll show you.
It always takes a little while after I get home from a show to convince myself that I don’t REALLY need a new machine. But this time, I’m so busy getting organized after our move it should be easier to get that new machine out of my head. I’m hoping to hang some of my quilts tonight so the new apartment will look more like home. In case you missed it, I posted photos of my new sewing space over the weekend.
Now I need to work on some of my regular projects for the rest of the day.