"nothing lasts forever.
but the thing is,
you can reuse some."
-rick riordan, leo's mother, the lost hero
nestled in the bottom of community's work basket are tons of almost forgotten scraps. slumbering peacefully away. until now. i can't let them find their way to the waste basket...or lay idle for too long. so i have embarked upon a new quilt journey. while being comprised of cast off scraps from community, i think it will need its own name. it's own story. i'm not sure what that will be as yet. perhaps they will begin to whisper more clearly as more blocks are created.
these diminutive blocks are a mere 4" and are based upon a block from Quilted Moose. one of several in Louise's garden sew-along. i fell in love with this one block, however, and have decided to create an entire quilt out of it...with 3/4" sashing and corner blocks between each. it will pull solely from scraps from community.
instead of sequestering myself in the sewing studio at my treadle, as is my usual behavior, i wanted to watch some television programs while i stitched, so i pulled out my "new" 1965 Bernina 730 Record Zig Zag machine. i found this machine (born the same year i was, so it's not that terrible old. ha!) languishing away on a sale table in a local charity shop with a meager $22.50 price tag.
this lovely old machine came with all of its original papers (including bill of sale), all of its original accessories, several extra accessories, sewing deck, an immaculate case (original) and two original keys!
after brushing the dust away and giving the machine a good oiling, i set it up to begin to sew...and then i realized: there's no foot control pedal! ack! so before putting it away and getting out my other "new" machine (the brother i talked about in an earlier post), i went looking online for a replacement foot control. then it hit me: this machine has no foot control. it is a dedicated knee control machine! i'd heard about these knee control bernina's before, but being a die-hard pfaff fanboy (at least, when it comes to new new machines) i never gave it much thought. always figured they were talking about a knee lift bar. ha! you learn something new everyday! after a little playtime, i'm rather fascinated by this knee control. it's especially nice when sitting on the davenport and sewing on my antique fold away table. no foot pedal to migrate away and be chased after! so i guess i can't pooh-pooh bernina's anymore...now that i own one and actually really like it! though, don't expect to see me replacing my computerized pfaff anytime soon, cuz i'm still a pfaff fanboy!