There are many things that make a blog great. One, tons of pictures. I don’ t always have time to read but I can usually get the gist of the story by what I can see. Two, when I do have time to read, a great “voice”. The worst thing to do is try imitating someone else’s writing style. Just write in a way that suits and more important sounds like you. The other super important thing are links. Every time you mention something, a book, song, movie, place to buy yarn, new knitting technique, online tutorial, etc it is almost essential to include a link to that reference. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing something being raved or ranted about, then….nothing. You have no idea where to go to buy it or see it. Now of course we can do the leg work ourselves but in this day and age of “not enough time” that little link is so helpful and appreciated.
All that said I’ve been a bit lacking in my links lately. So to make amends.
The pattern for the pie carrier (from my last post) called All Wrapped Up is in the current issue of Quick Quilts Fall 2010 (issue #117) The link above is actually for the comments and questions page on the magazine’s website. There are also several pages of free patterns including printable templates and instructions.
I also told you I got a new sewing machine and aside from the name gave no other info. I have to admit that the only real research I did was talking to other students in my quilting class, the teacher and the employees at the Hartsdale Fabrics. If you’re in the Scarsdale area of New York it’s a great shop.
My machine is a Brother Innov-is 40. Here’s a link to Consumer Reports with a brief write-up on it. Based on that and what I’ve heard from some women at the shop I scored. It is a super, super easy to use machine with tons of features you find on the big expensive models. Every time I sit down to use it I find myself smiling. And I’m not afraid of it. That sounds silly but it’s true. Have you ever had a new electronic device that completely freaked you if you had to change the batteries or something. This one is a piece of cake. I’ve changed the needle, toggled between presser feet, wound bobbins, and threaded it without a single issue. I highly recommend one. If you want a great machine that still leaves plenty of money to buy fabric, thread, etc…all that other fun stuff.
If there is anything I’ve forgotten please let me know. I’m happy to do the work for ya. I take my blogging responsibilities very seriously…
More quilt shots coming soon… Have I said how much I’m loving this….