My Other Machine is a Singer Featherweight

Over 10 years ago, this Singer Featherweight was the first thing I bought from ebay. Ever. I knew I wanted one, so I signed up for an account and had to create a user ID. For lack of anything better, I chose ChristaQuilts as my user name. It has stuck with me ever since. And so has this beauty.

Sewing in the Mountains, 2013

Sewing in the Mountains, 2013

Singer Featherweights were quite popular in my traditional guild about 10-15 years ago and since then, their popularity has ebbed and flowed. Sometimes at a retreat or class I will see more than half the class using them. I recently got mine tuned up and I’m excited to sew with it again. So imagine my delight when I’m starting to see Featherweights popping up on modern quilting blogs.

Sewing at the Beach, 2012

Sewing at the Beach, 2012

I took mine with me to the beach last year and to the mountains this year. It’s such a fun little machine to use and I can set it up anywhere I can find a table and a plug.

After lugging my Klingon Battle Cruiser of a machine to my owner’s class last week (my new Bernina as my mom calls it), the Featherweight makes a nice travel machine. 🙂

Sewing Machines

It’s so tiny!

Christa’s Soapbox – Have a Me Party!

Beach HouseThis week we went to the beach for a family vacation with my husband’s parents.

We stayed in this cute little house with a wonderful view of the ocean. We’d sit out and watch people go by on the board walk, then hop over the gate to play in the surf and sand whenever we wanted.

While on vacation, I had a little “Me Party”!

Trail RunI decided on this trip, in between visiting with family, watching the kids play, and relaxing with my hubby, I wanted to carve out a little alone time to do some of the things I enjoy.

I started off each morning with an invigorating run before the rest of the family was awake.

I found this great trail not too far from the beach so I tuned in to my iPod and tuned out the world for a few miles. Then I didn’t feel so guilty later when we ate all the yummy family treats.

After checking my emails for the day and making sure things were running smoothly at the shop back home, I’d relax and catch up on some good reading while the kids played.

Beach Reading

Sewing by the SeaI was “sew” inspired from all the good quilting books I read this week. But instead of waiting until I got home to start on some projects, I brought my little Singer Featherweight along with me!

I sewed together all of the strips for my Jolly Jelly Roll quilt tutorial I’m starting this week. Any vacation is lovely when I can incorporate some stitching into it!

And I’ll admit, I’ve never had a more relaxing time while sewing on a binding!

Binding at the Beach

I finished up my Li’l Rascals charm quilt in the late afternoon, when the wind picked up and the volleyball players came out to practice. This truly was a little bit of heaven on earth!