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


Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 Finished Quilts - Alliatare Mystery Quilt - Quilt 11

This is my second year of participating in Bonnie Hunter's annual Mystery Quilt program.  You can read my posts about all the details of this quilt and how her Mystery Quilt works here.

This quilt was made with mostly (other than the dark green print) are from several different lines of Fig Tree by Moda.  I like using mode fabrics, as their lines within a designer, can be mixed and matched and come out just beautiful!!  When I posted it on the Quiltville FB page, I even got a comment from Bonnie herself!!  She has over 30,000 followers all over the world!!  

This is another rather large quilt, 82" X 95".  All of her mystery quilts are this big.  My first one, done in Thimbleberries (you can read about it here).  I still have to get a backing put together on it and get it sent off to be quilted at my long arm quilter.

A lot of the comments from my FB post were about the border print.  Everyone liked how it looks on the quilt.  I bound it in the dark green print and it pulled the quilt together.

The backing was a tough one, I had lots of the background fabric leftover, but not enough to cover the entire back, so I used up the peach print from the quilt top and made a different looking back.  Not the most attractive looking back, but it works, as no one will ever probably see the back, except my readers.  The front steals the show, and the back will stay off stage.

I am anxious for the next mystery quilt coming this November.  I am already deciding what type of fabric I will be using.  That's how I dream, always thinking about the next quilt project.  Sigh....

Next are the specific facts about the quilt:

Size:  82" X 95"
Fabric Lines Used:  Moda Fig Tree - Different Lines
Pattern: Allietare
Designer:  Bonnie Hunter
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Nelson
Year Began:  2015
Year Completed:  2016



Saturday, August 27, 2016

2016 Finished Quilts - FQS Mystery Quilt 2012 - Quilt 10

Is anyone beginning to see a pattern here of the kind of quilts I like to make?  Yep, here is another one I got suckered into participating in from the Fat Quarter Shop.  They have an annual mystery quilt program.  I have only done two (I still have 2013 to put together.  Blocks are done, just have to get them sewn together and put one the borders.  Sigh...)  I haven't liked the last two years, but I did like this one for 2012.  It used Moda's Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille. 

Their fabric lines are focused around red and turquoise for colors.  And this quilt is full of both colors.  It is bright, fun, and well designed.  

Again, when using 12" X 12" blocks for a 12 month BOM program, you will usually end up with a twin size quilt.  This one measures 68" X 85".  I like the striped horizontal setting strips, and the flying geese vertical setting strips for the blocks.  It all played nice together.

Even the corners of the borders have some added whimsy to make this one stand out quite a bit.

Now the backing was a surprise, as it wasn't included in any of the blocks, but it ties in just perfect.  

Next are the specific facts about the quilt:

Size:  68" X 85"
Fabric Lines Used:  Moda Vintage Modern - Bonnie and Camille Line
Pattern: Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Quilt 2012
Designer:  12 Differen Moda Designers.  One different designer each month
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Logan
Year Began:  2012
Year Completed:  2016