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About Me
I started quilting about 8 years ago while I was working at JoAnn Etc. I am a machine quilter and do both piecing and quilting on my home sewing machines. I like vintage machines and have a 1964 Bernina 730, a 1972 Bernina 730, a 1953 Singer 301, a 1940 Singer 201 and a Singer 503 (can't remember when it was made). The 301 was my husband's grandmother's machine and the 201 came from my aunt. My mother also had a 301 and while I no longer have her machine, I do have her sewing table with my 301 in it. When I use these machines, I feel like I am sewing with everyone who used them before me.
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quilting, machine quilting, other

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My "New" machine

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 8:17am 6 Comments

A friend of mine called me Thursday night.  A very dear friend of her's...a sewer...had died this past month and would I please come over and rescue her sewing machines.  I love vintage sewing machines and went over yesterday.  I came home with a White VS treadle sewing machine (which came from the previous owner's great grandmother) and what I think is a Japanese clone of a Singer 99...it has beautiful decals but is obviously a newer machines.  It is called an "Imperial" sewing machine and…

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AccuQuilt Go!

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 4:57am 5 Comments

I have been contacted by a friend who is thinking about getting the AccuQuilt Go! system for her mother.  Her mother has arthritis in her hands, making cutting pieces difficult.  As I know nothing about the system, this seemed to be the best place to get some information.  Would this be a good purchase or would there be a better one?  What are your feelings on this system?  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

My new sewing area is all set up and ready to go!!!

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 6:29am 18 Comments

I finished setting up my sewing area yesterday.  I have been without a sewing room since the end of June/beginning of July when we dismantled the basement to have the water issues addressed. 

It was a huge job taking out the floors and down the walls.  The work on the foundation was done (and only required 2 extra visits to "iron out wrinkles") but it seemed that every thing we did led to something else that needed to be done.  With the floor done in the basement, we found we needed…

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A bittersweet day

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 5:24am 20 Comments

Like so many of us in Michigan, we had a wet basement this spring.  Unlike most others though, it was not a new problem for us.  We had floorboards (it's a finished basement) rotting away in spots so in November, my husband started taking up the floor to see if he could pinpoint the problem.  With the spring thaw we found 4 long cracks (easily about 6-8 feet long) and lots of water.  To make a long story short....the cause is the hydrostatic pressure under the floor and next month the…

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Log Cabin Star

Posted on March 25, 2011 at 5:11am 13 Comments

A few years ago my husband and I stopped in a quilt store in Berea, Kentucky.  Hanging on the wall was a quilt that looked like a Lone Star at first glance but was actually made with diamond shaped log cabin blocks. I loved it but they didn't have a pattern for it, it was a consignment quilt.   I got home and looked for a pattern and didn't find one.  Well, a month or so ago I was telling this story at my quilting group and one of the others said that you just started with a 60 degree…

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At 3:04pm on April 15, 2014, Jill, BC said…

Annie,

Your comment about me loving stars made me take another look at my photos and, sure enough, everything I have quilted so far (still new at this game) has stars - didn't even realize that until you pointed it out. I shall have to diversify to add a bit of variety.

At 12:37pm on February 10, 2014, Cheryl A said…
Thank you Annie for the nice comment about my new cabinet. The extension arm can be folded down if I need floor space but I am finding it handy to leave up.sure is nice to have a table that is the right height for me I just love it especially because my hubby made it.
At 1:52pm on August 19, 2013, Lynne said…

Annie,,, thanks for telling me about Rick.  I had heard about him years ago,,, but forgot.  I have loved playing with the 301a.   I have 3 Featherweights,, 2 Bernina's 830's from the late 70's, a Red Eye treadle that was my great aunts.  Also a 99 with a dome lid, but no knee lever to run her.  A 128 and a 28 hand crank.  I also have a Handi Quilter 16.

Ann Sewing Center is about 45 minutes from my house,, so one of these days I need to head back over there with a machine.   My oldest FW was smoking the other day, only at the light section,,, its from 1937, so I don't want to lose it.

At 10:18am on August 19, 2013, Lynne said…

Annie,,, I would have loved to have one of these machines when I was growing up.  My mother sewed on a Brother, which I believe my brother has.

I am also in Michigan,, west of Pontiac.   I believe Willis is south of Ann Arbor??

At 4:59am on April 14, 2013, Cottonwood Quilter said…

Hi Annie,

I an new to your t-shirt group, and have posted a question I had. I am anxious to do more t-shirt quilts, as I found it to be very creative which is what I like.  I did of course not have a pattern, guess that is why it got away from me in the width.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Linda

At 4:43pm on September 13, 2012, susan budzinski said…

Hi Annie, Thank you for the wonderful comment about my quilt. As much as I would love to take credit for the design, I can not. I saw something similar in a catalog and drew what I remembered on graph paper. I am very pleased with the way it turned out. My sister-in-law has been patiently waiting for over a year so I think I will be delivering it this weekend.

By the way, where is Willis? I've lived in Michigan my whole life but can't say that I've ever been there.

At 5:48pm on June 4, 2012, Bonnie Blessing said…

Hello Annie...Not a problem, I often have lots of projects going at the same time along with other stuff. It sometimes takes me awhile to get a quilt finished. Send me a note when you do post a picture, though I do try to look at all the newly posted photos each day. 

At 1:56pm on June 3, 2012, Bonnie Blessing said…

Hello Annie...Thank you for the kind words on my Weaver Fever. This block is actually strip pieced. Each row is a different strip set. There are 10 rows...so 10 different strip sets. You cut one strip from each set to make the block. Please post a picture when you have finished yours.

At 6:36am on November 18, 2011, Janet Ollman Blackmer said…

I forgot to mention that I also made up a poem about the nativity, telling what each piece means in the story.  When I do my blog post, showing the set, I'll use the poem, too.  My great-grandkids will have several things to remember me with; my sewing and my poetry, if I'm not remembered in any other way (probably as the weird grandma who made them eat green things in the yard--peppermint, purslane, pansies, etc.)

At 12:50pm on November 13, 2011, Janet Ollman Blackmer said…

Regarding your comment on how your sewing space just grew as your interests grew:  I can relate very well to that.  I used to sew on the kitchen table.  Then I got a dedicated "sewing desk" in the kitchen.  Then I used part of the bedroom.  Then I graduated to an unused closet in a bedroom.  Then I enlarged another closet!  Now I have an entire large bedroom.  What next?  I do have an entire basement "familiy" room to expand to...in fact, I'm thinking of putting my hand quilting frame up in there, but now that I have my Bernina 440 QE I don't know if I'll hand quilt much.  Maybe...  I'll send you that pattern when I locate it.  I'm going downstairs right now to find it.  Wish me luck.

 
 
 

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