Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vacation, etc

I've been on vacation the past few weeks.  Did you miss me?  Don't worry, I didn't take very many pictures.

We started off by getting some Maple Sirup (yes, I spelled that correctly, check the link) at Funks Grove, IL.  They have added a barn quilt since the last time I was there.
Funks Grove's barn quilt
We then headed to Springfield, MO. to meet up with Missy, of Missy's Homemaking Adventures, and her hubby, Chris, at Bass Pro Shops. (PS:  she has a better picture on the link above, than I got).

Missy and me
Next stop was Tulsa, OK.  I made 3 purses in early June.  One purse was mailed to Alaska, but, I got to deliver the other 2 purses on this trip.  Both were surprises.  Here is Betty with her new purse.
Betty and her new purse
Oops!  I forgot to take a picture of Michele with her new purse. 

I didn't take a sewing machine, or any tools with me on this trip, but, I should have.  Friends in Tulsa are new great-grandparents to 3 little girls.  Hubby and I thought the girls needed some blankies.  Hubby helped me pick out the fabrics, and I borrowed a cutting mat.  I had to buy a rotary cutter, and used my FIL's metal square as a ruler (really bad on the rotary cutter blade).  My MIL let me use her sewing machine.
MIL's Singer 237 sewing machine
The blankies are washable satin on one side, and flannel on the other side.
3 satin/flannel blankies

While in San Angelo, TX (our hometown), I took my BFF's daughter to the library for a Music in Literature event.
poster for the event
The symphony conductor chatted with the kids about music, and did some fun things before reading 'Remarkable Farkle McBride' by John Lithgow.  He did a great job with all the kids.  We really enjoyed it.
While at the library (newly done), we checked out the children's area.  They have a great quilt, with beloved children's book characters.
the whole quilt

up close of half the quilt

up close of the other half of the quilt
Upstairs is another quilt.  This quilt is for sale, as a fundraiser for the library.
crazy quilt for sale
 I did a little shopping on the trip, but, I was a pretty good girl.  Some of the items below were gifts, not my purchases.

On the way to Texas, we stopped at Thayer Rags in Frederick, OK.  CD and his wife own the store, and, CD is a collector of vintage sewing machines (and he also sells them).  We had a nice chat, and I got to see some of his machines in the store.  I also bought some Texas fabric while we were there.
Texas panel and barbed wire fabric
I stopped at some antique stores in San Angelo, too.  I found a pinker.
I also found some blocks from an old quilt that someone had cut up.  I just had to rescue these.
I got 2 of these blocks

I also picked up a box of top clamping attachments.
top clamping attachments
I had to check out the Jim Shore collection at Eggemeyer's General Store.  I found one thing that I just couldn't resist, a quilting angel.
Jim Shore quilting angel
I found a sewing machine at a thrift store.  The motor runs, and everything moves, but, it only came with a zipper foot, and, I haven't cleaned & oiled it, or checked to see if it stitches.  If it works nicely, then it may find a new home in California with a friend (don't get your hopes up, Terri, it may not work).
Singer 301A (still needs to be cleaned and checked out)
I did pick up some other fabrics at some of the quilt stores we stopped at in Texas and Oklahoma.
fabrics I purchased
I also found a sewing clamp.  I can attach a pincushion to this, and clamp it near my sewing machine.  I've been trying to find one of these for a while.
sewing clamp

I also received a few gifts.  My MIL had this bag waiting for me.  Perfect for a Texas gal.
Texas bag
We visited Fredericksburg, TX with my in-laws for a day.  My in-laws bought me this nail art Nativity while we were there.  I have a small collection of Nativity's.
nail art Nativity
My BFF's mother gave me this teapot night light, since I collect teapots.
teapot nightlight

I'm way behind on sewing projects, but, I hope to have a few things to show before the month is over.

Friday, August 1, 2014

July NewFO's and Finishes

July was a very busy month for me. 

First, I had a finish.  This was a NewFO for June, and a finish for July.
Oliver & Chelsea's wedding quilt (up close, since the colors don't look so good in the next picture)

Oliver & Chelsea's wedding quilt
I got to attend 2 different TOGA's (Treadle On Gathering and Academy's) in 2 different states (Ohio then Michigan) in 2 weekends.  Woohoo!  Lots of lovely treadles and hand crank sewing machines.
some of the machines at a TOGA

more machines at a TOGA

still more machines at a TOGA (all of these were in just one room)
Each TOGA had block exchanges.  I made blocks for the TOGA's and also for a block exchange, later this fall, for Treadle On members.
4 different sets of exchange blocks, all made on hand crank or treadle sewing machines
In between TOGA's, my son asked me to make him a speaker holder for his ipod speakers.  He wanted them to be attached to the headrest of his car (did I mention that he asked me to do this, last minute, and we made this in an hour)?  This counts as a NewFO and a finish. 
front of head rest speaker holder

back of head rest speaker holder
My son is happy with this. 

After the TOGA's, I started more quilts.  One of these quilts had not been planned at all. I saw my Aunt in Ohio before the first TOGA.  My Aunt has cancer (again) and had just had surgery a few weeks before I arrived.  She's had another surgery since I was there.  I figured she needed a quilt.  Her apartment is decorated in an oriental theme, since she and my Uncle were stationed in Thailand, many years ago.  I just happened to have an oriental piece of fabric in my stash.  I quickly designed this.
Pat's quilt top

up close of Pat's quilt top
I still have to baste and quilt this. 

I also (finally) started the Birds on a Wire wall quilts for my youngest son.  I've been meaning to start these since February, but, I had too many other things to get done.  I'm only showing a picture of one of the quilts, but, I promise that there are 2 quilts. 
Birds on a Wire wall quilt
I had some quilting problems with these quilts (see post here.)  The birds are NOT fused down (just laying on the wires) because I will need to wash both wall quilts before I fuse the birds down.  Since this is batik, all the stitch holes from the stitching that I had to take out, show up in the fabric.  I do have the binding attached on both quilts.  I still have to hand stitch them down before I can wash these, and finish the birds. 

Not too bad, considering that I took 2 out of state trips during the month of July. 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some winnings and a fix

I won a magazine from the UK on NeedlesandLemons blog.  Judith has a pattern in this magazine, so they gave her an extra copy for a giveaway on her blog. 
Patchwork & Quilting magazine
Attached to the cover, on the bottom is a free pincushion kit.
free pincushion kit
The directions on how to make the pincushion are in the magazine.  Fun!  Now to show you Judith's quilt in the magazine.  It's actually a quilt and a changing pad (2 items) that she has listed together.
both of Judith's items
At quilt guild, earlier this month, I also won a magazine. I couldn't show it, since I loaned it to another member that evening (I was headed out of town for a TOGA, and wouldn't have time to read it for several days anyways).  Well, Jen had it back to me at the guild sew-in on Saturday.
Generation Q magazine
At the guild sew-in on Saturday, I got lots done.  I finished a quilt top for my Aunt.
Pat's quilt top
It's hard to tell in the picture, but, it's oriental fabric.  My Aunt's apartment is decorated with lots of oriental items, since she and my Uncle spent several years stationed in Thailand.  I started cutting the fabric on July 23rd, and finished the quilt top on July 26th.  Not bad. 

I wanted to show you my friend, Marilyn's quilt top that she finished at the sew-in.
Marilyn's quilt top
No, the dresses are NOT appliqued on, it was a panel. 

I've also started a set of quilts for my youngest son.  He couldn't take much with him when he moved to Alaska last December.  He did take his quilt.  He's wanted something for his walls.  Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle were at one of my guilds back in February.  I loved their pattern for 'Birds on a Wire'. I'm not a much of a 'modern' fan, but, I could see me making this set of quilts.  Well, I finally got started on them this past week.  I'm not following the pattern (my usual style) but, doing it 'my way' instead.  Patterns like that tend to call for FM quilting, and, I don't do FM quilting (yet).  I can do straight line machine quilting.  I decided that I needed to quilt the quilts before I added the birds, then just machine stitch around the edges of the birds.  I chose raw edge fusible instead of the applique from the book.  Well, for some reason, after I stitched the straight lines on the first quilt (and was half way thru quilting the second quilt) I noticed that the quilt had terrible puckers.  OH NO!!! 
Oops quilting
Usually, when I machine quilt, I spray baste and pin baste.  This time I just pin basted.  Also, I used a different type of batting, that I've never used before, and, my top and bottom layers 'walked' with the walking foot, evidently.  No way to 'iron' this mess out.
I've spent over half the day with my seam ripper, on both of these tops.  I took out every other line of stitching.  Woohoo!  Now check out this quilt.
fixed quilting
It all lays nice and flat now.  I still need to finish the last 1/3rd of the quilting on the second quilt, so that I can add the birds, and stitch them down.  Hopefully that will get done tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I didn't post about any of the goodies I got at the Oxford Ohio TOGA, but, I did get some pictures of some of the goodies I got in Michigan.  I got to Battle Creek, MI early on Friday, and stopped at many of the local thrift stores.  Lots of fabrics, and, the most expensive piece was $1.99 (about 4 yards). 

about 10-11 yards of fabrics
I also found a complete set of cams for some unknown machine.  There isn't a name on the box or the cams. 
set of 30 cams
I also picked up a few patterns.
3 patterns

I got several great items from the TOGA raffle.  I REALLY wanted the orange bag.  I took 3 different free motion quilting classes several years ago, long before I started collecting vintage sewing machines.  It just didn't 'take' with me at that time.  Well, for the past year or so, I've been thinking that I need to try free motion again, but, with my vintage machines (maybe a treadle).  That is why I wanted the orange bag on the raffle table.  Check out all the goodies inside.
The Frugal Free Motion Quilting Kit

what was in the kit
One of the other ladies was teasing me that she wanted the chocolates that were in the bag, so I gave them to her.  I love chocolate, but, I prefer the 'cheaper' brands (Hershey's, etc) vs. the 'expensive' chocolates. 

I got quite a few magazines and quilting books, etc.
stack of quilting magazines, books, etc.
Here are a few of the other goodies I snatched.
BOM patterns (some with the fabrics)

quilted quilt center (I'm thinking this will become a machine cover)

Greist button hole maker

cute lapel pin

this might get used in a wedding next May......

Before I left for the Michigan TOGA, I won a quilting magazine over at Jean's blog.
magazine I won
Jean wrote one of the patterns in this magazine.
Jean's pattern
I'm already planning on using another of Jean's patterns for my son's wedding quilt. 
Thanks Jean!