I saw these hearts in a magazine and thought I'd like to try my hand at them. I had a layer cake at home that I thought would be perfect but the directions were for regular yardage. So I mulled over how I could adapt the directions for the layer cake and if I would have enough fabric for each heart. It was fun to figure it out..I can say that now ...now that its done. And with the leftover layer cake I pieced the backing. I'm going to try and quilt it this weekend...we'll…Continue
Turns out Gertrude has a bit of an attitude. My hubby finished oiling her, changing belts, etc...and she was fine...so today I read the manual (only the part on how to thread her) got some thread and scraps and set up to give her a whirl. Well she got mad at me for taking her out of retirement...she let some sparks fly, shot a puff of smoke at me and shut her light off!! She refused to speak with me after that. When my husband came home I told him what happened, he walked over to her and…Continue
p.s....haven't tried to sew with Gertrude yet...am waiting for the weekend when I'll have a little more time to spend with her.
I really have to limit my time on Craigslist because every time I go on I see lovely vintage sewing machines that call my name. I picked up another one yesterday, purchased from a young man who said his grandmother owned it. I asked him what his grandmothers name was...Gertrude. So now this machine will carry her name. My husband has oiled her for me and she runs smoothly...I haven't sewed with her yet.
Gertrude is really special...she's hidden in a cabinet like I've not seen…Continue
I don't know who came up with this one, but I'm all for it! Next they should consider giving us a new Holiday...right after Martin Luther King Day...we can call it "Cotton Day-the Fabric of our lives". Really, any excuse (if you still need one) is a good one to go play/feel/touch fabric and check out whats new at our local quilt shops. Enjoy your day however you spend…Continue
You all probably know about these already but I've just discovered them...Curtain Clips! I hung a curtain rod in my bedroom...see below...and i just clip the quilt up! I havent thought about these before because in my day...they use to be made with prongs...and you squeezed the hoop together and those "teeth" would bite into your fabric! Now they're made differently and are much easier on the fabric. Now I'll be able to switch up new quilts any time I desire! They also have large ones that…Continue
This is a duplicate post..from Dec26th.
My new baby! Guess her name will be Cinderella! My husband is replacing the wiring now so that hopefully she will be a useful member of the family. I'm a little skeptical on her abilities noting that she only has one feed dog, but she was so cute I couldn't resist her. I read up on these machines, although there is not a lot of information, she is a post WWII machine from Japan. At that time Japan was recovering from the war, producing and…Continue
Finished the top for Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street quilt. Took about 10 weeks to do, sewing a few days per week. This was a mystery quilt and I'll tell you why I love mysteries...because if I had seen the outcome at the onset I would've shouted "Hell no, I won't sew!"....so many pieces! and it looks so complicated! but in-fact, it was true to its name...Easy Street...easy peezie. My favorite part was…Continue
Good morning All! Some of you may remember an earlier post I wrote about circles, well I've discovered the best tool in the world for cutting them! I purchased a Go Baby Accuquilt cutter with endless cutting-die options! I perused the catalog online and you can purchase all sorts of shapes to cut quickly and accurately. I purchased the "circle" die first, it came with 3 sizes for circles but when I…Continue
This weekend has been full of new things for me! I finally put Invisigrip on my rulers, had it in my closet for 2 years! It really helped on the drunkards path rulers, for some reason they really slipped and slid without it.
2nd thing I tried...I used this special foot for my machine that sewed curves. It is made of plastic and I bought it at a show...oh...here is a link to the site I watched to learn how to use it.…Continue
I'm sure having a great summer so far and I hope everyone else is as well! Going out on our boat with my hubby has taken a lot of my free time. I can't bring my sewing machine but I do bring my english paper piecing hexies! they're so adorable and they travel well! I have taken a few classes at LQS (ok 1 hour away..but sooooo worth the trip!) and over this passed weekend I managed to make my Mom this Apron. I actually READ the…Continue
I think that generally, as quilters, we have a basic need to be practical...we give our creative side a "common sense" outlet, we turn scraps into beautifully useful quilts. We don't like waste. ...and now my story... i needed a cutting table, i was hurting my back bending to cut. i looked at the quilt magazines and tables made specifically for cutting, the prices were crazy! i started looking at kitchen islands, the height would be do-able...but the ones that might work were also crazy…Continue