Wednesday Wait Loss 93

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

Since the last time we met, I blogged about a guild retreat I took earlier in the fall. I love quilting with friends! It’s always so much fun and so re-energizing, seeing all the creativity. I highly recommend quilt retreats if you’ve never gone on one. Click here to read all about it.

The Fall into a QAL concluded yesterday and to celebrate I finished my quilt along top and showed it off. Did you quilt along with us? Click here to learn where you can view all the finished quilts.

But the biggest news of the week is that I finished my quilt along top with my new sewing machine!

Yep, after a year of looking and saving I finally made the leap and purchased a Janome 9450. This baby is the workhorse of quilting machines, with two different even-feed feet, three special needle plates, a super large throat space, built-in needle threader, scissor cut, needle up-down, foot up-down, and a large LED light in addition to the undercarriage LEDs to light up my workspace.

I’m just learning about all the features of my new machine, but man I love the scissor cut. The machine stops with the needle down by default and all you have to do is to press a button to cut both the top and bottom threads. The threads are cut and the foot and needle rise up so you can move the quilt. When you want to sew again you press the foot down button and then the Start button or use the foot pedal and you simple go, no bothering with catching and holding the threads under the foot or any of that nonsense it just goes and the thread doesn’t get pulled out of the needle or tangled underneath. How did I ever live without this feature?

I’ll tell you, for edge stitching all those letters on my quilt along top, that scissor cut feature was my best friend! I’m in love!

As I learn more about my machine, I’ll share it. Right now though I can tell you that if you are looking for a new sewing machine for quilting, this is the one!

Well that was my week.

Before we find out what you did this week, let’s take a look at who made this week’s feature.

Let's see who made this week's feature

First up is Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing, who finished her Fireburst Mystery quilt top. The mystery was hosted by my friend Tish @ Tish in Wonderland and it’s wonderful!

Next is Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts, who shared Nana’s Star, a quilt made with vintage sheets! You have to read the story on this one, especially her photo shoot location.

Next is Karen @ Tuna Quilts, Travels and Eats, who shared her quilt for the Pick a Pumpkin blog hop. And you simply have to see the photos she shared of a pumpkin fest in Europe. Unbelievable!

Finally, Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts and More shared her OMG (one monthly goal), which was to simply sew a few blocks. A modest goal, to be sure. But it may prove almost impossible, as Kathy also revealed that the sewer recently backed up into her basement. Her sewing room was there along with other things. So sewing is all but impossible right now in her crowded upstairs area.

I’m thinking Kathy could use a more than a few hugs right about now. In lieu of that, please visit her blog and leave an encouraging comment. One of the things I like best about Wednesday Wait Loss is that we are a community that likes to share what we’re working on, and to encourage each other, so let’s do that for Kathy.

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Our next special link up is November 21st

Our next special Wednesday Wait Loss is November 21st and we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and harvest quilts. Thanksgiving is celebrated here in the states, and to us it is a celebration of food and family, featuring turkeys, corn, bread stuffing, cranberries, pumpkins and other foods harvested in the fall. We also celebrate the American Indian at Thanksgiving, without who’s help the first pioneers would never have made it through those difficult first winters in a new land. Most cultures celebrate harvest time with some kind of festival, and I’d love to hear stories about that as well!

As usual, if you link up a quilt that somehow reminds you of Thanksgiving or harvest time, it’ll count as two chances in my giveaway. Other quilts linked up will count as one chance.

Time to link up!

Now it’s your turn to link up your works in progress and recently completed quilts! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.

  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.

  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.

  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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