Happy Birthday to me (plus a giveaway)

Oh yeeaaahh look what I bought myself for my birthday (unofficially but that’s my excuse now, btw it’s OH’s fault, he convinced me to buy it)…


It’s a Husqvarna Sapphire 875Q.

I’ve not had much chance to play with it yet, but it is out of the box and has been prodded a bit. Sunday (my actual birthday) heralds super-fun-test-night-number-one. I’ve not got a lot of time before then as I have places to be, but I will be having a good look through the instructions.


I chose this machine (and will be selling my Pfaff Expression 2- 18 months old, any takers?) because it has a few features mine doesn’t. Thread cutting, a slightly wider stitch capacity, it’s a tad lighter, has programmable alphabets
and it winds bobbins from the needle! It still has the 10″ throat space though, which I definitely wanted to keep. Downside is it doesn’t have the dual feed system that my other machine has.

That means my old workhorse will be looking for a potential new home. There are signs of use as you’d expect really, but I am replacing the broken needle threader before I sell it so it will be fully functional. I have some extra feet and bobbins for it too and it’s boxed as new. If you’re interested in it before I stick it on eBay (or simply want me to let you know when it gets put on there) give me a shout and I’ll go through the ins and outs of the machine, the features, etc.


Right so, giveaway time! As promised and as you know, I have a copy of Popular Patchwork with my quilt on the cover going spare. I also went to the shop today and bought two copies of Sewing World with my cushion on the cover so I have a spare one to go with it. So that’s two magazines for one winner, I’m pretty proud of this…


To enter just leave me any old comment here, one entry per person from anywhere in the world, and I’ll draw the winner sometime on the morning of December 29th so you’ve got that lovely Christmas break to read this post and get round to commenting when you find a minute to yourself. Good luck folks.

For those wondering about how Fletcher is getting on, he went to the vets on Wednesday and has some easy to administer anti-inflammatories for a month to see if that helps perk him up a bit. Apparently it slows the growth of tumours too which is bloody brilliant- why wasn’t he given this months ago?! He’s also got eyedrops for his sticky eye, turns out it’s because of his crazy weight loss, he’s lost too much fat behind his eye -yes EYE FAT- and a stye he’s had for ages has been irritating the surface as a result of his eyes shrinking backwards. Gross, but it’s all good at the minute.


  1. Michele T
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    First things first: Happy Birthday!!!!
    Love your new sewing machine too!

  2. Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Penblwydd Hapus!

    Aren’t you the lucky girl – two magazine covers and a new toy? I should be so lucky 😉

    I’ve already bought a copy of Popular Patchwork but didn’t know that you were on Sewing World too!

    Glad that Fletcher is feeling a little better x

  3. LINDA
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink


  4. Elizabeth McDonald
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday! It is exciting that you have projects in TWO magazines, and super generous of you to have a giveaway for them!

  5. Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Congrats girl , you are doing great!!~

  6. Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday and congrats for the lovey new machine. The viiking was on my wish list when I was machine shopping.

  7. Gill
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday – congrats on your new machine and your magazine projects!!

  8. Lauren aka Giddy99
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, and Happy Birthday! A new machine is an excellent gift for oneself! 🙂

  9. Charlotte
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, hope your new machine brings lots of happiness! Congratulations on the publication too. Hope I win the giveaway 🙂

  10. Posted December 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday and a great choice for a present. I got this machine last year and it is part of the reason I switched from dressmaking to quilting.

  11. Posted December 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Pick meeee! What? Is that rude? Okay. Happy birthday, great new machine you lucky girl! And I’m hoping Fletch gets sone relief, the wee guy. (And pick me! *g*)

  12. Posted December 21, 2013 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    congrats on the new machine. I am in the market for a new one… but im sure the shipping would be more than the machine! lol

  13. Jen B
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday. Both your quilt and cushion cover look wonderful, I would love to win the magazines.

  14. Posted December 21, 2013 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I am so happy for you, two covers! And a beautiful new birthday present. I am glad Fletcher is getting some relief, and yes, why did they not tell you sooner about the simple meds.

  15. Kathy h
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday and congratulations on the cover. How exciting. Hope you enjoy your Viking. That is what I sew on and I love mine.

  16. Beth T.
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Encouraging news about Fletcher. Perhaps this will be just the thing: the right treatment at the right time. That’s fine way to start a new year–both the birthday kind and the one everyone else recognizes on the calendar.

  17. dianne.neale@facebook.com @ quiltova
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    “Happy birthday to you”you have the same machine as me! thanks for keeping us up to date with fletcher. We have lost 2 dogs to cancer. Give him a big hug!

  18. Kay
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday, it looks like you have the perfect present. Thank you for a fun giveaway too.

  19. Posted December 21, 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Ooh, what a lovely machine! I have two machines, they are rather older but I do love them. A Bernina Minimatic bought in 1970’s and a brother machine that is around 50 years old! I love their sturdy dependability, but I envy anyone who’s machine can make button holes and embroider words!

    I wish you a very happy Birthday, and thank you for this lovely giveaway


  20. Posted December 21, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday! Enjoy your new toy and let your sweet pup. We have an aging grey hound and I feel your pain for your poor boy.

  21. Lixie
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday!

  22. Posted December 21, 2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Enjoy the new toy, and hiccy burpday for tomorrow! Glad Fletch has some more meds too to help him 🙂

  23. Amy in UK
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Lovely machine! I have a HV as well and am also just learning it too!! It is so different from my old and very basic Toyota! Hope doggie gets better 🙂

  24. Posted December 21, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday! And what a wonderful birthday present! Congrats too on your beautiful makes being featured! Jxo

  25. Posted December 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the publications and acquiring such a wonderful machine 🙂 I’m very glad to hear Fletcher is doing ok at the moment. I hope you have a lovely Birthday and a great Christmas x

  26. maggie
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Enjoy your new machine.

  27. Janice Kinshella
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I am a little envious of your new machine but love my Janome. Dogs are like children, they worry you to death.

  28. Posted December 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday for tomorrow K, and well done on all the magazine fame! :o)

  29. Kelly Williams
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!!!! Enjoy your present!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  30. Posted December 22, 2013 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to you on being on the cover of not one but two magazines! And a brand new machine too! I hope you have a fantastic birthday on Sunday.

  31. Posted December 22, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Hun, hope you have a super Sunday! I love seeing that other people also get themselves gifts – and for someone who is so successfully productive what a super prezzie.

  32. Posted December 22, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Enjoy that new machine. Di x

  33. patricia
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I adore my Husqvarna Sapphire! Congratulations on yours. Best wishes on your birthday!

  34. Posted December 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Hope you had lots of time to play on your lovely new machine over the weekend! Happy birthday 🙂 x

  35. Posted December 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    it’s certainly unusual for the vet to pass up an opportunity to charge you through the nose for drugs… Bon Anniversaire for yesterday, hope you got to play with your machine.

  36. Posted December 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Kerry, and congratulations on being published!! Isnt it lovely a new machine? Hope you have lovely festive days xxx

  37. Posted December 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday! I looked for your magazine at my local shop and couldn’t spot it. I’ll look again when there are a few less people mobbing the aisles. (If I win one of your copies, will you autograph it for me??)

  38. Debra Kay Neiman
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday and congrats…Lovely Christmas Present. Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  39. Tina Short
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, it must be a wonderful feeling to see your quilts on the front of a magazine.

  40. Debra Lee
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your new machine and accomplishments!

  41. barbara n
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    My New Year’s Resolution is to spend time sewing just for me! and I would love to make a quilt for my guest room!

  42. Fredia
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    I am interested in sewing. Happy Birthday also. Enjoy your new machine

  43. Patti
    Posted December 28, 2013 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, Kerry! Awesome new machine, I wish you the best of luck with it.

  44. Jill Allen
    Posted December 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday and happy Christmas

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