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My "New" machine

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…


Added by Annie Zipser on September 29, 2013 at 8:17am — 6 Comments

AccuQuilt Go!

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.

Added by Annie Zipser on September 6, 2012 at 4:57am — 5 Comments

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

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…


Added by Annie Zipser on September 1, 2011 at 6:29am — 18 Comments

A bittersweet day

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…


Added by Annie Zipser on June 17, 2011 at 5:24am — 20 Comments

Log Cabin Star

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…


Added by Annie Zipser on March 25, 2011 at 5:11am — 13 Comments

This year's raffle quilts are finished

Every year I make quilts to go into the raffle that my school holds.  One is a t-shirt quilt using school shirts (some donated and some purchased), one is a pieced baby quilt with a sock monkey and one is a chenille baby quilt with a sock monkey.  I am using a chenille baby quilt that is left over from a craft sale that I did last year, and the monkeys are not done yet....but here are the quilts.  I think they came out rather well.…


Added by Annie Zipser on March 10, 2011 at 9:23am — 8 Comments

Sweatshirt Quilt

A woman came to our quilting group one day asking if there was anyone who made t-shirt quilts.  Her mother had made cross stitched shirts for her kids and she wanted them made into a quilt to give to her mom.  I had said that I would do it but that I was pretty busy at that point and she said she'd get back to me.  Five months later, she reappeared (lots of people looking for Christmas gifts appeared in October....and I was totally booked for the fall with things the family had requested). I…


Added by Annie Zipser on December 31, 2010 at 6:37am — 14 Comments

A new niece and a new baby quilt

This summer I offered to make a quilt for my niece and her partner. The baby was due in November and they wanted blue, green and white. I made the quilt in August as I knew I had a lot of holiday sewing to do. In discussion about when to send the quilt, my sister told me that according to Jewish tradition, one does not send baby gifts until after the baby is born (I left home at 17 and this was a tradition that I had never learned). So...I held onto the quilt. I also decided that I wouldn't… Continue

Added by Annie Zipser on December 2, 2010 at 10:24am — 12 Comments

Finally finished!

My niece has two young daughters, aged 2 and 4...who have moved into their "big girl beds". She asked me to make them matching quilts that didn't match. The 4 year old said she wanted blue and pink for the colors. I used the same pattern and materials for both quilts, but used them in different places. I put the points of the friendship stars in different orientations (this wasn't intentional, but the pink quilt looks good even with the mistake). I still have the…


Added by Annie Zipser on November 25, 2010 at 6:09am — 18 Comments

Quilting Seasons in Saline, Mi.- A really nice Quilt Store

I work in a stone one-room schoolhouse. Some of you may have seen the photos of a t-shirt quilt that I made for the raffle last year. Well, I am starting to think about the quilt for this year's raffle (which will be in April). I don't have as many shirts as last year and I wanted to find a pieced block that looked like a one room schoolhouse. When I looked last year, I didn't find anything that I liked. Last week, as I was going through the quilt show at our local historical society, I saw…


Added by Annie Zipser on October 13, 2010 at 4:54am — 5 Comments

The "Winter Block Exchange" quilt is finished!

Last fall, the Hanging by a Thread in Michigan group had a "Winter Block" exchange. I had an idea of what I wanted to do with the blocks, but there was always something else that needed completing first. Well, I got to the blocks in April. I had 13 blocks from the exchange (including mine) and 2 extra blocks that I had made for the exchange. I made 3 more blocks in shades of blue to bring me up to 18 blocks and then added 17 "X" blocks to set them with. I managed to get it sandwiched and the… Continue

Added by Annie Zipser on July 30, 2010 at 11:39am — 9 Comments

Sock animal mania has continued

I have been busily getting ready for my sister's show this year. My dad saw the colorful sock animals and thought that they were great...and thought that 18 would be a good number for him to sell! So far I have 13 done for him. I had others...but people have been seeing them and buying them. I have sold 6 or 7 various animals in the past few months. My favorite compliment was from my dad though. I sent him 3 monkeys and a blanket to use as baby gifts. He called and told me that he wasn't…


Added by Annie Zipser on July 13, 2010 at 5:28am — 14 Comments

T-shirt quilts

I had made a t-shirt quilt for my school's annual raffle and they decided that they wanted to put it into a silent auction instead of the raffle. I was a little nervous that it would go for the minimum bid ($50)...but it would still be an extra $50 for the school, so I said fine. The raffle was last night...and to my surprise (and great joy)...there was a lot of bidding on the quilt. The final bid was $225. I am amazed that in these economic times (remember, I live in Michigan where we are…


Added by Annie Zipser on April 29, 2010 at 5:24am — 6 Comments

I bought a new machine!

As some of you may know, I really love the "vintage" sewing machines. I have a Singer 201 from 1940 that was my aunt's, a Singer 301 from 1952 that was my husband's grandmother's machine and a Bernina 730 from 1964 that I bought used in 1975. I have been thinking about the Singer 401, 403 or 500 or 503 as they are zig zag machines and I wanted a second machine with those capabilities (and to give my daughter when she wants a sewing machine...which she has begun mentioning). Well, Monday on… Continue

Added by Annie Zipser on April 16, 2010 at 4:50am — 8 Comments

Back to quilting again!

Last week, knowing I would be off on Spring Break this week and being between projects, I decided to get a jump on things and make the baby quilt for my nephew's second baby (due in July). I had fun choosing material (all from my stash) and then went to the computer to check out patterns from quilterscache.com. I found a great pinwheel pattern and graphed it out. Sunday morning I cut the pieces knowing that my nephew and his family would be at Easter dinner at my in-laws house that afternoon.… Continue

Added by Annie Zipser on April 8, 2010 at 10:38am — 8 Comments

When you are tired of sock monkeys...

I have made around 20 sock monkeys since last summer...and while I enjoy making them, I am getting a little tired of them. First, I tried making the monkeys out of other kinds of socks...very cute! Then I thought...well, the pattern came with a pattern for sock elephants, I wonder how they would look? So I tried 2 of them and here is how they look:…


Added by Annie Zipser on March 29, 2010 at 5:08pm — 12 Comments

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes. I have had a lovely day. Actually, I have had a lovely week. Last Thursday we left for Oklahoma City where my son is stationed. He got married there on Sunday and we went out a little early to help prepare. We had a great time visiting...I don't know the last time I was with so many of my family members...and the wedding was lovely. Both sides of the new family enjoyed each other's company, the venue (the greenhouse at the botanical gardens) was… Continue

Added by Annie Zipser on March 17, 2010 at 4:15pm — 6 Comments

It's back!

I picked up my sewing machine yesterday. To my surprise, he had only charged me the $77 for the tune-up...no charge at all for fixing the pin that the belt rode on. I guess he considered that part of the tune-up. I sewed with it today and it runs beautifully! It is even quieter and smoother than before (so I guess it really needed that tune-up!). I am a happy camper!

Added by Annie Zipser on March 2, 2010 at 9:07am — 6 Comments


I got a call from the sewing machine repair guy today. The motor is fine and all he needs to do is replace the pin that the belt rides on. Since I asked him to also do a tune-up, the tune up will be $77 and he said it would just be a couple bucks more to fix the pin. The best part of the news is that it will be done on Sunday (even though he said he was taking the weekend off) and I can pick it up on Monday. This is the second time I have brought my machine to him and I really feel good about… Continue

Added by Annie Zipser on February 25, 2010 at 2:10pm — 6 Comments

Oh no

I have been working on a sample t-shirt quilt. I had been asked to donate a quilt to a local auction to raise money for restoration of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse and while the winner person would get a quilt made out of their own shirts, I needed to have a sample so they would know what they were bidding on. No problem. My husband has way too many t-shirts...we have trouble fitting them in the drawer...and had said he needed to go through them. Sounds like a great reason to have him clean his… Continue

Added by Annie Zipser on February 24, 2010 at 9:24am — 6 Comments

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