Thursday, December 6, 2012

Very Prolonged Birthday Celebration

November was my birthday month, and the last of my quilty birthday self-indulgences arrived in the mail today.  To summarize how I celebrated:

A new straight stitch throat plate for my 16 year old Pfaff.  When I purchased this machine, I was more interested in clothing construction than quilting, so the throat plate with the large opening that came with the machine was fine.  I was delighted to find that I could still find new throat plates of a machine that has been out of production as long as this one has.  I can already see an improvement in my piecing.


Stash enhancements.  One of my favorite quilt stores, about a 40 mile distance from here – has an annual fat quarter sale.  I sweet-talked Bob into making a day trip to the "Big City" and was able to score some hits in the batik section…more fodder for my Jane Stickle quilt.  I also lucked into an online sale and was able to get some half and quarter yard cuts there for a very good price.


New (to me) quilt books.  Finally, I made two quilt book purchases that had been on my Amazon wish list for months.  I figure if a book stays on my wish list six months or more, I must really want it.  I purchased these from used book vendors.  Not only did I get a more affordable price, I felt like I was helping out a couple of small business proprietors.  When we were preparing for our move back to Texas several years ago, I thinned out my library by selling used books on Amazon.  So, whenever possible, I like to help others out the same way.  There have been a couple of occasions when the books I received did not match the condition rating assigned to them by the seller, but this has been very rare, these arrived in excellent condition.

I finally felt good enough to get back to Sit ‘N Sew Tuesday, but was totally worn out by the end of the day.  Also, Bob took me out to dinner for a belated birthday celebration Tuesday night so I didn’t have to cook.  WooHoo! 


Hilachas said...

What lovely birthday gifts you gave yourself. I love the idea of extending one's birthday for a few months. I might actually just extend mine throughout the year and celebrate every time I make a fabric purchase, haha.

Exuberant Color said...

You got some great items for your birthday. The straight stitch plate really will help a lot with small pieces and with triangles. I have mine marked in several places with colored markers so I don't forget and change to zigzag with this plate on the machine.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Belated Happy Birthday to you!

Impera_Magna said...

What wonderful birthday gifts! Didn't know there was such a thing as different throat plates... now I'm going to have to do a search for my machine...

Happy belated birthday!!!