Well, Amazon was having some great deals and this baby was on sale for only $300! It is another Singer (I grew up with them and am very comfortable with them). A Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist to be exact. It has 600 stitches, needle up/down, variable speed control, start/stop button, an extension table and case, thread cutter, and about 15 different feet. My one dream feature that still wasn't met is that it still has a small harp space but it is slightly larger than before.
But seriously, this was a total steal and miles and miles better than my first machine. All the accessories alone would have cost $100 easy. The reviews online are mostly positive. Most of the concerns were about shortcomings with the decorative stitches which I really don't care about.
If you are looking for a new machine and haven't yet been spoiled with a really high end one yet, I highly recommend this one.
As soon as I got it I decided to whip up this little quilt. It is a donation for the Salvation Army winter toy drive. I picked out a 4 year old boy. The machine came in on Friday and the gifts were due on Saturday. Yeah I can make this in less than 24 hours..
I call it Scootin' Squares
38" x 43"
I used a Scoot fat quarter pack from Riley Blake designs. The center is made up of 4.5" squares and I added a free pieced border to make it larger. The color placement seemed random at the time but looking back at it -drives me a bit nuts. I did not mean for a red diagonal stripe. Also, somehow two of the same fabric got pieced together. Oh well. That is what happens when you marathon piece.
On the back I chose to piece together some leftover pieces. I also saved the two big print fat quarters. I love using up most of a bundle in a project. Nothing goes to waste here. The overall effect is a bit busy but oh well. I hope he likes it. I don't think a4 year old kid will be too judgmental of me.
I tried out my letter stitches. Next time do it before you add the backing and binding...oops!
Wrap it up with a ribbon! I got this in to the donation center right on time. I even washed it first. Merry Christmas little guy!
It is also the second night of Hanukkah:
Yes those are birthday candles. Yes I forgot to light candles on the first night. Yes it is a frosty the snowman plate. Yes I am a terrible Jew. On Friday we will celebrate with latkes with sour cream and apple sauce, matzoh ball soup and brisket. Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends or friends of Jews out there!