03 March, 2009

"Let's Talk" Tuesday...

I spent one evening and two full days last week at Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, strolling the vendors mall and being totally inspired by the magnificent quilts on display at the show. It was a wonderful time. To me, the attendance seemed lower than in the past, no doubt due to the economic situation. I did see a few vendor booths that were extremely busy with customers, but that was the exception. Following my observation, this week's question dovetails off of last week's topic regarding buyer's remorse.

"If money was of little to no consideration, what would you run right out and purchase for your sewing space?"

For me it would have to be an abundance of beautiful quilting threads! A stop at the Superior Threads booth at the festival and I was in love. The gorgeous variegated King Tuts, the incredible colors of the high-sheen Brytes, the glittering Hologram spools and the texturized decorative thread cones proved to be almost irresistible! This booth provided small shopping baskets and the lines of customers had them filled to overflowing. The prices range upwards to $25 dollars apiece for the larger spools, this was the one place that it became clear I needed to practice some serious spending restraint! I did buy two color cards, with actual thread samples, for future project consideration; it seemed like the financially responsible alternative and it satisfied my "need" to buy them all!

...and sew, "let's talk"...
Life is Good!

17 comments:

*karendianne. said...

Oh I know for sure what I would buy. I would buy a sewing table meant for just us quilters. I spied a Horn that I'd really like to have.

But I've learned to make do and I'm making do with my dining room table. I was taught young to make do with what I have. I talked to my Dad about this the other night while I was asking him how growing up with Depression Era parents impacted him, if at all. He said this was one of the ways. Teaching me to "make do." I thought "meanie" when I was a kid but it worked out for the best.

Nane said...

A little elf that would go behind me and put everything back in its place, so my sewing space was always tidy.

Carrie P. said...

If money were no object I would go buy a sewing table that opens wide when I need it and it would have a space so my sewing machine would sit down in it so that it is level with the table.

Maria said...

There's a Sue Spargo kit that I'm drooling over right now, but the price is obscene. I would feel guilty for life if I didn't finish it.

KQ Sue said...

Top of the line long-arm quilting machine.

Heritage Quilter said...

Mine would be a really good portabe sewing machine. My portable leave a lot to be desired.

Domestic Designer said...

With out a doubt it would be a long arm quilting machine. I even know what I would name it---Bernice. Don't ask me why that is just the name I always think of for my quilting machine. I know that it is a long way off but maybe someday!:)
Have a great day!

paula, the quilter said...

Hmmmm...
I think I would like to have a sewing machine with a bigger harp. I don't think I'd want a long arm machine. I am having fun quilting with my DSM but it would really be nice to have a bit more space under the harp. I would love to buy some time, but I don't think there is enough money in the world to do that.

SubeeSews said...

I would have to remodel the house or move to buy a real longarm sewing machine. I have a Janome6500P (9" throat)on a B-Line frame. It does the job but I need more room on the quilt to quilt. I am being held back! So frustrating.
Subee

Trudi said...

Just like Suebee, I would have an extension to the house or move to get a long arm in! Using a Juki on a New English Quilter Frame is very restricted by that 9" harp. I can dream of my lottery numbers coming up... surely! lol :o)

mamaspark said...

I would buy a new house with a sewing room and a pole barn for hubby's wood working and collective "stuff" that takes up more room than my "stuff". How's that? Baring that maybe a masuse (sorry I don't know how to spell that!!) to come and knead out the kinks every week.

Salem Stitcher said...

Definitely would be a long arm, which would require an addition to the house. I like Nane's idea too. I need an elf.

Quilt Memories said...

Carrie P. said exactly what I was thinking. DH has made me a very nice, heavy table, but I still dream of a Horn with the drop so my machine would sit even with the table.....SIGH.....Maybe someday....

GRACE said...

let's see, money no object, perhaps a nice horn cabinet with an ulmer quilting frame to go along with....and a featherweight machine....that's about it...

Bonnie said...

My sewing studio is in a 1970's basement room. I've painted the panelling, but I've had to remove a wall to fit the long arm and there is a blank space in the carpet (where there IS no carpet because of the wall or lack there of) and it really is UGLY.

I'd love to remodel the whole basement so there was regular dry wall, a NON-drop ceiling so I could get rid of the ugly acoustical tiles, and a new floor.

quiltmom said...

Mrs. Goodneedle,
I think I would have a Bernina Artiste sewing machine- they have all the bells and whistles imaginable or what ever is the most current... Having said that, I do love the two machines I have- one to piece and one to quilt with.
Like others I would love to have more space, more storage and lovely table.. One needs to have dreams too
Regards,
Anna

Quiltdivajulie said...

If money were no object.... I would schedule a week of paid vacation EVERY month (instead of the 2 weeks I get now) so I could stay home and sew! That, and a free pass to the fabric stores so I'd never run out of things to work on :-) (and maybe a housecleaning service so I could keep sewing instead of dusting...)