Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September DOD Mystery blocks

I joined a Mystery block swap.  I don't usually do mystery quilts, but, I'd already seen sample blocks for the first month, so, I decided to join.  You can still join this swap.  They are making a 'Quilters Garden' row quilt.  To join, you have to agree to make at least one block per month to swap.  You can make more blocks if you want to.

Here are the blocks I made for this swap.
Eldredge block (I'm keeping this one)

Summer Fun block (I'm swapping this one)
I'm keeping the Eldredge block, since I own an Eldredge chain stitch sewing machine (Thanks Jai!)
my Eldredge chain stitch machine
I used several of my vintage sewing machines as inspiration for my block.  There were 4 different sewing machine blocks to choose from.  I'll probably make more blocks when I have more time.
'Princess' a Japanese 15 series machine

Aldens 15 series machine
White sewing machine
toy sewing machine
and, of course, my wonderful 'Victor' treadle.
Victor 15 series treadle
On of the 4 patterns looks more like my 'Victor', another looks more like the Aldens sewing machine.

These are just some of my blue/green sewing machines.  I know I have at least one more that is blue.  I just love these colors!  And NO, I do not own a pink machine (yet).  Now to find a RED sewing machine......

Off to get some work done in my sewing room. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

August NewFO's and Finishes

Early in the month, while we were in Texas on vacation, I made 3 satin/flannel baby blankies for a friends great-granddaughters.
washable satin & flannel blankies

Later in August, I designed a Table runner for another beginning quilting class at my church, in September.  I cut out 11 kits and made up a sample.  The sample even has faux piping on the binding.  This was easy to do.  There is a great tutorial here.
Christmas table runner sample
I finished the 'Birds on a Wire' wall quilts for my son.  I hand stitched the binding down, then fused and stitched the birds onto the 'wires'.  I stitched the birds down, while watching Bird on a Wire with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn.
Birds on a Wire wall quilts
 This weekend, I finally got started on my Canning Jar exchange blocks (they are due end of September).  These are for my Treadle On group, so, they have to be made on people powered sewing machines (treadles or hand cranks, no motors).
asparagus (8 blocks made)
blueberries (7 blocks made)(last block is a repeat of the asparagus)
We can make 4 sets of 6 blocks for this exchange.  I cut more blocks than needed, so that I'd have a few extra's.  I actually cut 5 sets of blocks.  Not sure what I'll do with the last set. 

Another New project and finish for the month is my new (to me) double sewing machine cabinet.  I repainted it, and got it set up last Tuesday. 
double sewing machine cabinet

I've been sewing up a storm since the cabinet was finished. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My New Double Sewing Cabinet

Shortly before I headed out on vacation, I found a great, Parson's double sewing cabinet.  The lady had painted it way back in the 1980's, and, while it was pretty, it just wasn't 'me'.  It was yellow sponge painted with purple flowers stenciled on it.

Parson's sewing cabinet BEFORE I repainted it

cabinet that came with the sewing cabinet BEFORE I repainted it
even the legs were stenciled

Since it would be too much work to strip the cabinet and refinish it in the original wood tone, I decided to repaint it white, and stencil some 'sewing' items on it. 

First, let me state that painting is NOT my thing.  I'm not that good, and I know it.  As for the stencils, I quickly found out that the Sharpies Paint pens I used will 'bleed' if you use a stencil.  Oops!  I had to repaint, twice over my first try.  After that, I used a pencil to trace the stencil pattern, then used the Sharpie Paint pens, freehanded, over the pencil marks.  You will be able to tell that I'm NOT an artist, but, I'm happy with the end results.  Sorry for the bad photos, it is really a bright white in color, not off-white.
smaller cabinet and drawers, repainted, with new handles

left side, near machine opening

right side, near machine opening

adjustable height machine opening, and my stencils

adjustable height machine opening, and my stencils
back, right side of machine cabinet (oops, can't see some of the stencils)

back, left side of machine cabinet (oops, can't see some of the stencils)

left side with my Spartan (before adjusting)

right side with 'Tinkerbell' (before adjusting)

the only insert that came with the cabinet (doesn't fit any of my machines, but, could be cut)

the whole cabinet

upclose of the 'missing' stencils from the earlier pictures

inside the little cabinet
Yes, I know that the little cabinet isn't centered under the big cabinet.  I knew it wouldn't be when I bought it.  I have to move it over because of the vent on the floor.  I don't want to block my AC or heat.

So far, my only problem is that my old table had TONS of junk all over it, and also under it.  All that junk now has to find new homes.  I don't want to cover this cabinet up with junk.  It makes it hard to sew anything larger than a block. 

Now to get more of my sewing space organized. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quilts of Valor on Tuesday

Tuesday was a Quilts of Valor sew-in day at Sewing, Etc. in Yorkville, IL (great shop).
I didn't get any pictures of the quilts (sorry) but, I did get the important picture.  We were honored to get to award not one, but two Quilts of Valor to a father and son. 
Mr Miller and Mr Miller
The father served in WWII, and the son served during Vietnam.  What a special presentation it was.  We got to hear some great stories from Mr. Miller (father) about some of his exploits at the end of WWII. 

There are more pictures, included quilt pictures on the Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor blog, here.

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.