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Friday, March 4, 2011

Karen Kay Buckley DVD - Scissors - Perfect Circles and Bernina Fun :)

Last Thursday on our way to PA I made sure to pack my little DVD player for the car and my new Karen Kay Buckley DVD, Hand and Machine Applique the Karen Kay Buckley Way.  I also packed some hand stitching because I knew we would be in the car for 8 hours and I'd be able to enjoy some stitching too. 

I must say I was very impressed with Karen's DVD.   It is not easy to be "natural" with a video camera on you and Karen did a wonderful job of conveying lots of great information and demonstrations with a natural presence.  If you are interested in Applique, machine or needle turn, and you want to have private lessons....this is the way to go. 

I had also packed a charm pack and Karen's Perfect Circles and Bigger Perfect Circles templates.  While going down the road I managed to cover all but two of the templates with fabric from my charm pack.

When I got home I mixed 1/2 water with 1/2 StaFlo starch and covered the edge of each of my circles

just putting a little on the edge to get it damp before the next step.....
I ironed them  (with my Digital Velocity V50 by personal favorite iron...Mr. McSteamy has the Digital Velocity  V100 on "his" ironing board!").
Look how nice they all look.....just like Karen said, Perfect Circles
I snipped the thread and removed the templates (they are heat resistant so you can iron with the template inside).
See how nicely the circle held it's shape?
Then I trimmed the excess fabric off so I can get ready to applique them to a quilt top.  The funny thing is none of this was planned.  We were packed and ready to leave when I ran back downstairs and saw my Perfect Circles....I grabbed them and a charm pack and ran back to the van.  I love to hand stitch so I wanted something to do in the car other than quilting.  I was so excited by the pretty circles that I began planning a quilt for about fun, spur of the moment that is a Vacation!

Chapter 2

A visit to the Ann Arbor Sewing Center yesterday was an absolute ball. 
Debbi, the sewing machine sales woman was so much fun.  I never once felt like I was being "sold" a machine.  She spent quite a bit of time getting to know about me and what type of features I was looking for without up-selling me features I am not interested in or need.  My kind of person for sure. 
Hey Alex, check this out!  They keep Aurifil in their demo models.....I smiled and told Debi....we just have to get a pix of this .... he's gonna love it.  (It does not get me any closer to winning that suitcase of thread in the challenge....but....I'm still dreaming :)

I am the proud new owner of a Bernina 430 with the Stitch Regulator...oh yeah baby!  I also got the felting foot....I can do needle felting too.  What a wonderful day! 

THANK YOU Debi for the help and your time!!!  If you go into the Ann Arbor Sewing Center....stop by and say Hi to Debi....she is a neat person.  Consider yourself warned about their fabric selection....don't blame me if you come home broke....they carry Kaffe Fasset, Art Gallery Fabrics, M and S Aboriginal Fabrics, 4 walls of Batiks....and so many more....very impressive selections.

But wait...that's not all....Diane and I went into an Estate Sale Shop....the owner does Estate Sales and they also have a small shop in Ann Arbor.  While looking around I found this quilt top....made of vintage feed sacks.....doesn't it look nice?

Yep, a proud new owner of a vintage feed sack twin size quilt top too!  I feel like a thief because it was marked 20.00.  I said the the fella at the counter...."I think this is worth more than 20.00."  He said, "I'm selling it for 20.00"  naturally I replied, "SOLD." 

Now you know where I've been and what I've been up to....why I have not had time to post....So....what have you been up to?



  1. So you were in Michigan yesterday! You must not live far from us or you live in Michigan. Well, whatever the case, I am happy for your new purchase. Great machines:)

    I LOVE Karen Kaye Buckley and I have her Perfect Circles and her DVD and her scissors! They are the best ever. I actually have a few pairs I love them so much.

    Always enjoy seeing what you post.

    Happy days,

  2. You've inspired me to get appliqueing - and now I know what tools I need! Thanks for your wonderful posts on products. I really enjoy the info and your style.

  3. Yay for a new machine! I know Bernina owners LOVE their babies... so I know you will love yours!

    I can't wait to see what new goodies you'll make with your machine. My question is this, does it have a name yet?

  4. I love the fabric that you used for the circles. Have fun with your Bernina!

  5. What's the fabric line you used on your circles? Love it!
    Such a fun post - enjoyed seeing your new you were smiling all the way back, with that feedsack quilt top!
    Jacque in SC

  6. Just love love the circles...

    How fun to get a new machine....and feed sack really hit the mother load today...

  7. Your circles are perfect, you have a snazzy new Bernina and a vintage quilt top - what a day Kelly!
    Me...made six chair cushions for my sister, five headbands for my niece to hold her cochlear transmitter and now I'm on to a bed skirt for my Mom. How much fun do you think I'm having?

  8. I think that pic of you pointing out the thread on the machine is one of the best I've seen of you here.

    You have reminded me now that I have both sets of those Perfect Circles and I've rarely used them. What a dummy.

  9. woo-hoo girl! You will love your Bernina. I don't have a 430 nor do I have a stitch regulator, but I love my Bernina :-) What a score finding the vintage quilt top. A perfect top to quilt on your new machine ;-)

  10. $20.00? US Dollars??? Holy cow, you get back there right now and give him the other $180 that you owe him! Be still my heart--it's a treasure.

  11. Woohoo! Congratulations on your new (and old) addition!

  12. Wow! Did you have a good time, or what?? I've thought about getting those circles several times, but just haven't done it yet. I might just have to move them up on the priority list!

    What a great day, to get a new Bernina, with a stitch regulator, AND that wonderful feed sack quilt. I'm really happy for you about your new machine. It's a good thing that I live so far away, or I'd be drooling all over it. Congratulations!

    What have I been up to? The "Big C". Yes, I said it!! (Cleaning) Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get back to making a quilt that I started last weekend.

  13. NICE! Way to double your pleasure, double your fun. Welcome to the new "Bernina Land" and you're going to love, love, love your new machine!

  14. Congrats on your new purchases! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and you should be ready to tackle your next project. I'm managing to finally tackle some UFO's and actually finished a couple of them!! Have a great weekend!

  15. Congratulations on your new sewing machine. I think you'll love, love, love it.


  16. I bought some of those Perfect Circles things too. Nice to see them in action! Also, can't believe that you were in Ann Arbor and no phone call?? don't you love me anymore? LOL!!! Seriously, if I had known you were there we could have met up. NEXT TIME!!

  17. The circles look great. I want to try that. Enjoy the new machine!

  18. Thank you for the kind words, and I am glad that you are thrilled with your machine! You know where to find me if you have any questions. I love to find good homes for our Berninas!


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