Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blog Update

I didn't realize how long it has been since I last posted on my blog.  I have been busy, with various things, but not anything specific or important enough (in my mind anyway) that would make an interesting post.

The weather has been dicey around here in the Pacific Northwest, so I haven't been able to take pictures of finished quilts like I would like.  But, I have gotten binding on four quilts, and will have to  make future posts at a later date.

I have also been working on some BOM's and custom orders for my etsy store.

This is a custom order for a bigger fleece blanket.  Usually I make these fleece blankets in smaller blankets for babies.  The customer saw me making a baby blanket using this fleece print, and wanted to know if i could make one bigger, I said this was the last piece and since the fleece print was "old school" design for this team, it would be difficult to find more to make a big one.  Well I was off across the state visiting a hole in the wall kind of quilt shop, and lo and behold they had this fleece print.  they had about 2 1/2 yards left, so I bought it and contacted the customer.  Of course, the customer was ecstatic and said yes to me making it for them.  It measures 5' X 6', which makes a nice couch throw.

I also have been working on the Vintage Sampler blocks, I got a little behind, I am just now woking on Block 5, which came in the mail last week.

Here is block 3

These are churn dash blocks.  This month they started adding the sashing pieces so when at the end, all the pieces will go together nicely.

This is block 3 fillers that go in and around the major blocks of each month's package.

This is block 4.

Two of the blocks are 12" square, the one on the left is called "Woven Star" and the one on the right is called "Star of Hope", and the filler block is some more Broken Dishes.

Fall is a very busy time of the year.  Just like spring there are so many things that need to be done outside and in all the garden  and flower beds.  Lots of clean up and dead head work that when done, make for ugly pictures.  But, I have wanted to make a pathway from the backyard sidewalk to my greenhouse.  I dug out the dirt and hauled in the filler and hauled in the flagstone to make this pathway.  It was really hard work, but very satisfying to get done.  I know it is a little crooked, but my herb barrels weren't placed perfectly either, so the pathway follows their setting.  I really don't care, I am stating that it is quaint and since it is my work, I will claim it in all it quirkiness!

My rescue dog photo bombed my picture!  


Monday, September 19, 2016

Simple Nine Patch

I pulled out another UFO last week, all the nine patches were put together, except the last month.  So, I finished them up and pieced them together.

This was a BOM, and the pattern was found in this book, Primitive Gatherings.  Had to buy the book to participate in the BOM.

This is a picture from the book showing the finished quilt.

There are several ways you can make a nine patch.  Many designers have come up with efficient and easier ways to make this block.  These women designers use a totally different technique than I had ever done, and the blocks came out better than if I had done it any other way.  

This is my top with the blocks sewn together.  It is made up of civil war reproduction prints and a tea stained muslin.   I just love the simplicity of this quilt.  I am excited to get this one done.

The only draw back of this quilt is I didn't want a square quilt, so I made it longer.  In doing so, it is now not wide enough, and obviously there is no scrap leftovers.  So, I have bought a muslin that is a pretty good match and I will have to tea stain it a bit to be a better match, and will use some of the civil war reproduction scraps from the quilt Civil War Tribute.  

Another work in progress in the queue.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Binding Time

As you all know, I have been finishing up my UFO's and sending them off to be quilted.  I managed to get about 11 of the bound and photographed, that you have been able to see in the past several posts.  But, I am now about 8 quilts behind that have come back from the quilter.  these 4 quilts have the binding sewn on them and are ready for hand stitching.

These four quilts need binding made and sewn on them.

I am hoping to get the binding on these sometime next week.

But, they will remain in one large pile, because I want to have some hand sewing to do when I get surgery on my knee.  I am scheduled for surgery on December 2nd, and I know I'll have to sit quite a bit if not solely, so I want to have them ready for finishing.

Then again, December is a long way off, and I may find some time to get them done before then, as I want to get theses UfO's done and a few more that are being sent to the quilter next week.  So if I get these done and the newer ones,  I will have to find some embroidery work or a crochet project.

Oh well, it will all work out in the end.


Monday, September 5, 2016

New Addition to the Singer Slant Machine Collection

By now everyone should know that I am on a Vintage Sewing machine kick.  You can see all my treadle, vintage, and modern machines on my "Sewing Machines" tab at the top of my blog.

My first Singer Slant machine was the Rocketeer from my Sister in Law.  It is a 500A.  Then I, by chance, picked up the 401A at my local quilt shop.  

So to complete the series, I needed wanted to add a 301A.  The hunt was one.  I found this one on Ebay, and the seller had a price or make an offer.  So I made an offer, and they counter offered and I bought it.  It came with a lot of goodies, some of the accessories were not for this machine, so I suspect the original owner had a couple of machines and all the sewing accessories were thrown together with this machine.  I can use the other accessories on other vintage machines that I own, so there was no lose in that package.

This is the original picture from the Ebay ad.

Here she is all sorted out and straighten up.  

I was super excited with this machine, because it came with a suitcase to hold the machine and all the accessories that it came with, including a button hole attachment, a box full of feet, and a tray full of miscellaneous items a sewer would normally have in her box.

All of my slant machines are the tan colored ones.  Some of these models came in black, but since it all started out with a tan one, I kept the series the same color.  

I haven't had a chance to sew on it yet, as I am still using the 401A.  This one and the 500A, Rocketeer, will be winter projects of setting them up and using them for a few months each.  If they are anything like the 401A, they all should be a dream to use.

This one, the Singer 301A, is the big sister to the Featherweight.  They both use the same bobbin, which is different from the later models.  They thread from right to left, totally opposite of any other sewing machine.  It is just a little heavier than the Featherweight, and the end of the bed flips up for easy storage and carry.  It would make a nice machine to take and use at a class.

I think I am done for awhile.  No guarantees though, Sigh!!!!


Friday, September 2, 2016

A Foster Dog

Meet 2 year old Roscoe:

His is a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.  Some say he is mixed with pit, some say mastaff, and some say boxer.  It doesn't matter, he is a wonderful dog.  Potty trained, comes when called, sits on command, no aggression at all.  He is a big strong love ball.  

He came to us on last Monday through one of my sons.  His girlfriend's brother's ex-wife's dad owned Roscoe, but passed away a few weeks ago.  Roscoe spent his two years in a basement with his owner, by his side until he passed.  Dogs are wonderful!!!

I am fostering him for my oldest son, while they are in the processing of purchasing their home.  Then he will go to his forever home.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2016 Finished Quilts - Star Skill Builder - Quilt 12

This is another "counter BOM" put on by my local quilt shop.  This is a sampler of star blocks made into a standard three by four block layout with a small block sashing.  The colors are a muted peach and brown tones.    

Close up of the borders.

Backing is a tiny gingham peach print that I picked up at Goodwill one day.  It works perfect for the back of this quilt.

Close up of some of the star blocks used in the quilt.  Also gives you a look at the framing and sashing of the quilt.

Looks pretty boring in the pictures, but actually it is rather calming because the colors blend together so well.

I did some posts about the struggles I had with making this quilt here, if you are interested in reading the history behind the finished product.

Next are the specific facts about the quilt:

Size: 65" X 80"
Fabric Lines Used:  Marcus Brothers various lines, and Maywood Studios 
Pattern: Star Builder
Designer:  Diane Bowden, Spinning Moon
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Nelson
Year Began:  2009
Year Completed:  2016