Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Studio Update


Finally surfacing after the Show. It was a terrific time and I met so many old friends as well as made lots of new ones. Such fun.

I have a couple of days at home before heading of to Cohuna to teach this weekend so did a couple of essential things in the studio.

I wrestled with my new thread storage drawers and it only took two hours to put them together but I am pleased with the result. I decided on the Alex drawers from IKEA and they fit beautifully. I am very unhappy though as I discovered I don't actually have enough threads as I only filled about 3/4 of the drawers. Oh well - another challenge for me.

For those of you who asked before - I just have them sorted into colours. One drawer each for white/cream, yellow, orange, reds, purples/pinks, greens (2), blues (2), black etc. At this stage they are just all jumbled together but I do have some dividers so may start getting more organised but at least it is something that is put away.


But the most exciting news is that I bought the new Bernina 820 machine which I have been thinking about since I test ran it earlier this year. Small businesses are being offered a really good tax break on business purchases and what could be more critical to a quilter than a machine. I still have my fabulous Janome 6500 which has not skipped a beat since I got it and I will continue to use it as well but as a teacher I need to be comfortable with all brands so I will become multiskilled. Well that is my excuse and I am sticking to it.

We were worried about where to put it but after a bit of a squeeze we managed to get it into my Horn Cabinet so all is well. Can't wait to have some time to spend on it but that will come. I will definitely blog my progress. I am so excited about it that I have started thinking about sewing clothes as well - now that is scary.

8 comments:

Brenda said...

Clothes sewing is definitely scary

Sally Westcott said...

No Lisa - don't do it!!!!! Don't let that beautiful machine do anything so pedestrian as clothes.

My parcel of bits arrived last week - thank you . The colours are great and my Lisa Jane is progressing nicely

Brenda said...

Your purchases all look wonderfully exciting. What a glorious way to christen your new studio.

Mai-Britt Axelsen said...

Congratulations on your new machine, Lisa and your new drawers - it all looks great - keep posting........

I think it might be harmful to the machine to make clothes on it, I wouldn't risk it ;O)

Mary-anne said...

Enjoy Cohuna, where I grew up! Who are you doing classes with?

Anne said...

Lisa,
I've long coveted your new studio with shiny new fixtures, now I'm coveting your thread drawers. Then I get to the bottom of your post and an 820! Holy cats Woman! I'm so very envious now.

But clothes? I thought quilters quit clothes when we started quilting?

TextileTraveler said...

Awesome drawers; My studio is crammed full, but I may have to make a trip to Ikea anyway!

Lynda B said...

I took a long HARD look at that machine and then bought the 440QE. I am loving it but am still dreaming about the 820. How is it going??