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  1. Karen Seitz says:

    Hey, I recognize fabric #6! 🙂 Can you elaborate on your fall project with your LQS? Inquiring minds want to know!

  2. I love the mini lone star. I think it would make a beautiful pillow or the start of a medallion quilt.

  3. Kristal says:

    I love that stack of fabric at the beginning! I’m eager for Prairie to come out, and now I think I must get some of those Fiesta plaids to go with!

    The paper pieced star is beautiful – wouldn’t that be a wonderful quilt? If you can stand to make them all. . . .

    On sewing machines for kids: If you want them to be able to piece, then the ability to make an excellent 1/4 inch seam is number one. Nothing is likely to turn them off faster than a machine that chews up the fabric, or leaves those big thread knots on the back. I’m concerned the Janome above won’t have the quality to accomplish that, plus it looks like they don’t hold up very well from the reviews. I don’t really know Berninas, but what few reviews I could see looked lots better than the Janome.

    Frankly, if you want them to each have their own machine, my recommendation would be a Featherweight or the ‘big sister’, the Singer 221, which is excellent, also. I received a used 221 when I was eight and I’ve had it for several decades now. My daughter learned on it, too, and wishes I would give it to her. I prefer it to my Janome for all straight-stitch sewing. Both Singers are great for taking wherever, and they’re VERY sturdy and easy to repair, which might be nice for beginners. Plus they are still very useful even when you advance to a high-end machine.

    Just remember, there are vinyl stickers for cuteness! People make them for Kitchenaids, and I think those would work great on a sewing machine!

  4. Susan says:

    I hope you let us know what machine you end up purchasing – they all seem nice. I’d like to purchase a 2nd machine to use either for taking along with me somewhere or when my “real” machine is being serviced, but I want an inexpensive machine… looking forward to other comments you will received. The quilt and book sound great!

    Looking forward to your new line of fabric coming out! I’ll have to try the glue/applique method soon too.

  5. Helen LeBrett says:

    Can’t wait to get your Prairie fabric, and that stack looks wonderful!! And your star is wonderful!! but I know that that much paper piecing is time consuming!! I remember working on some paper pieced stars and each quarter of the star took and hour to make! I only made one or two!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

    • Susan says:

      Are you in Healdsburg, CA? I live in Santa Rosa, CA. We may have seen each other at a quilt shop …

  6. Star Bear says:

    I am not very chatty online but I recently had to make the same decision. How ever I only have one daughter, and she didn’t mind my feather weight, but . . . About a month ago I had noticed Massdrop had the little Janome Derby (the cute ones you pictured) for $69.99. at that price I figured if she didn’t like it, I could use it for demos, it is much lighter and I think it is less of a machine for me, but… it is great for her.
    The Janome Derby is back on for 11 hours.
    PS: Love the fabric…I can’t wait for Prairie…

  7. Karen says:

    I bought my 7 year GD a Janome Pink Lighting machine for Christmas. We have been sewing together this summer – she is making a patchwork quilt out of all the scraps I saved from sewing for her (from bumper pads and bed ruffle for her crib to the present). I am pleased with the machine so far. She really can handle it very well on her own. I like that is has a protection on the foot that keeps little fingers safe. Only drawback the model I purchased did not have a light. I have a wonderful little light from Ikea ($15.00) that we use.

  8. Beautiful stack of fabrics–I love that Fiesta weave, and adore the star! I also recommend a Featherweight. It is definitely a machine that will work for them at this age, but also as they grow older. It is still the machine I take to many sewing days because it does such an excellent job of stitching and it is lightweight and portable.

  9. Sherri Gibson says:

    I have a Pfaff Passport and I just love it. Several of the girls in my Canal Quilters group have now purchased these. We all used them at the pillow class you taught at Roscoe UMC 😉 Your joyful sense of color is so refreshing!

  10. Mary says:

    I love the Lone Stars. Beautiful fabrics.

    I start the grandkids off on my Featherweight. It is easy to use and heavy duty enough for them.