Thursday, January 2, 2014

Dec 2013 NewFO's

This is the last post for the NewFo's for 2013.  Barbara, over at Cat Patches.  Check out all the entries here.

Barbara will be continuing with her NewFO party in 2014. 

These are my NewFO's for December.  I had lots of finishes in December, but, not many new projects.  My finishes are on my previous post, here.

My father in law has his doctorate in physics, and was a professor for over 30 years.  I found this pattern for him, over at Doodle ee doo' blog under her free patterns.

paper pieced Atom block
This took me a few days to make.  It has 161 pieces in the paper piece pattern.  It was easy to quilt, since I only quilted along the black border, then, in the grey part of the Atom. 

The other new project for December is for a friend of mine.  Yes, I know Hanukkah is over.  I celebrate Christmas, so, she gets a Christmas present from me instead.  I found this pattern a while back over at Whims And Fancies blog, under the free patterns.  Her pattern measures at 5.5 inches.  I enlarged it to 7.5 inches.  It went together really quickly, and has alternate pieces, in case you don't want the candle in the middle of the star. 

paper pieced Star of David block

I made both of these on my favorite hand crank sewing machine.

1959 Singer Spartan hand crank
I have found that paper piecing on a hand crank is super simple.  The needle stops exactly where I want it to stop, while it tends to stitch an extra stitch or two with my electric machines. 


  1. Great finishes Cheryl! I hadn't thought about it, but it makes perfect sense that a hand-crank would work great for paper-piecing! Now if I just had a hand-crank machine :)

  2. And you get some exercise while you sew... even with a treadle you get a little exercise. Love your finishes. What are you paper piecing lately?

  3. Great projects and a nice reminder of how well hand cranks work for paper piecing. Happy New Year!

  4. Hmmm . . . I too love my hand crank . . . I guess I should aim to try paper-piecing in 2014! I may be bugging you for some advice! ;)

  5. Wow! Such great finishes. Love them. What a fantastic idea to stitch them with the hand crank machine.

    -Soma :)

  6. I love paper piecing on my Singer 66 hand crank. I couldn't do it on an electric's too imprecise. Your project turned out great!

  7. Great projects! Love to see your hand crank machine! I'm getting one this year I hope! LOL

  8. I love your projects! Thanks for mentioning the sites with the patterns! I admire your tenacity getting that done on a hand-crank machine. I have never seen one before!!

  9. These are such cute blocks, and what fun to do them on your hand crank machine.


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