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Sitting here resting up from doing alterations all day. With the wind blowing the snow we got yesterday around I haven't ventured out in this 9 degree weather except to move my car for the plow. My next projects are to make myself a kitchen curtain ( I have the valance done) and another mixer cover for a client. And then get back to quilting until more work comes in. My goal is to make four of my grandchildren a quilt (the other three got theirs last year) and one for both my son's.  Two are King size. I have never made a king size so it will be a challenge I'm sure.  

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Comment by Pam/NY on January 19, 2020 at 8:41am

PQ I have shipped my machines to you...would you tune them up? 

Irene, it's good to have projects to do when the weather keeps you inside. Post those projects when they are done.

Comment by Janet/MO on January 19, 2020 at 6:32am

Irene, if you are going to send those king size quilts out to be longarm quilted, make sure you don't sandwich them.  That would just be a waste of time as the quilter would just have to  undo all of your hard work.  If you are sending them out to be hand quilted, you might want to check to see if that person wants them sandwiched before hand as well.  Also, make sure you have at least 4 extra inches all the way around for the batting and backing if you are sending them out to be longarm quilted.  In the past I have not had to leave that much extra, but with the way the machines are today, it seems like all of the quilters require that.  

Comment by Irene Gallway on January 19, 2020 at 5:41am

Thank you Barb for the encouragement on the King size quilt. I'm lucky to be here in the complex as I can take it up to the hall and put tables together to sandwich it. I will send it out to be quilted. 

Comment by Barb/WI on January 18, 2020 at 7:17pm

We are just cleaning up from another snowstorm, so I am also spending a little time in the sewing room.  A new kitchen curtain will be nice - those details are what makes a home nice and personal.  The king size quilts probably sound a little intimidating, but once you get going you will handle the challenge with no problem!

Comment by Irene Gallway on January 18, 2020 at 9:07am

PQ have you posted a picture of the singer you refurbished? My first sewing machine was a singer. I bought it on Long Island N.Y. in 1963. I had to replace it in 1979. I then got a Sears Best Kenmore and still have that machine. It's what I do my heavy work on. Mum had a treadle machine and I wish I knew then what I know now. It would be here with me. I don't know what ever happened to it.

Comment by Irene Gallway on January 18, 2020 at 5:01am

We have had a lot of ice so far this Winter. But on these nasty storm days I get a lot more accomplished in the sewing room.
I don't blame you for staying in off that ice Janet. I think your flying geese will look much better then a plain border.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 18, 2020 at 4:49am

Good to hear from you, Irene.  It's a good plan to stay inside where it is warm and dry.  Icy and cold here, too, but just a skiff of snow.  Mostly wind.  

I've just finished cleaning/restoring (with the help of our son) a 1909 Singer 29-4 leather cobbler/patcher treadle sewing machine.  It was a bigger job than what I anticipated.  The domestic Singers have a great schematic in the manuals, so taking them apart and putting them back together is fairly straightforward.  This was definitely a challenge and possibly  more than what I should have tackled.  However, it is back together again and sewing nicely.  I would have liked to have painted and put new decals on it to restore it like new, but I'm not taking it apart again!  (DH suggested I make sure it worked before painting it.)  At this point, we're just appreciating the vintage "patina."  :D

I need to get back to my quilting.  I'm starting in on another year of hoping to finish some of those UFOs.  There will be at least 3 baby quilts that need to be made (2 nieces and a new grandbaby).  I know one of those will need to be a girl quilt.  

Comment by Janet/MO on January 17, 2020 at 2:54pm

I am staying inside today too Irene.  Very icy outside so it is best to not venture outside in it.  I have been working on the border of a mystery quilt.  The pattern called for just adding 2 plain borders, but I decided to do a pieced border instead so I have been making flying geese all afternoon.  

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