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.