Sunday, December 12, 2010

I Spy Quilt for my Dad.

My dad is turning 86 and at first I didn't have a clue what to get him for his birthday. I have seen numerous I Spy quilts (for kids), but recently I saw one that used this pattern which I like very much. I decided an I Spy quilt would make a cool and fun memory quilt for him to use.

The theme is of all of his interests and past interests: baseball, sailing, money, music, band, birds, solar system, space, travel, and even dogs. I used some fabric squares that Mom had sent me too. I also found some fabric that looks like a quilt, and I decided to honor Marie by using it in this quilt.

Friday, December 10, 2010

More Christmas runners!

My final Christmas runner! I still have some scrap fabrics left over, but those pieces will be used next year.

Back side is solid of the white and red snowflake fabric.

I had just enough of the back fabric to quilt up and use with this runner. I like its new look now that it has been quilted.

A close up of decorative finish stitching to binding. I like the results from using the glue and sew method of attaching the binding; I have much better control of the fabrics.

Back side.

They're finding me now!

Now the machines really are finding me. Today, my dental hygienist gave me a Singer 66-2 machine,1925. She saved it from her friend throwing it in the trash. My husband told her about my new hobby, and she told him about this machine that was just sitting around her house. She asked if I would like to have it. Well, I couldn't turn down a free machine.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Scrappy Christmas table topper

A scrappy table topper made with leftovers scraps.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Red Runner

Christmas table runner for a lucky family member.

The green fabric is the backside of the runner.

All the fabric but the poinsettia fabric came from my mom. This is a fun way of recycling fabric.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas table topper

Finished project.

Front and back. The back is just a solid piece of fabric.

Up close of a section of the quilting and finishing of the binding.

Starting to quilt.


Forming a wreath.

Fabric for the back and binding. I used the lighter fabric for the back and for the binding I used a solid dark red.

Fabrics for the front.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sewing room

My command center as my husband calls it. The Singer 201 is on the left, the Singer 15-90 in treadle is on the right, and the National Two Spools is located center in the Singer straight leg treadle.

My 201 in its treadle.

My Mr. Two Spools in his Singer treadle. My husband rigged up a way for the machine to sit in the cabinet since the National Two Spools machine doesn't fit a Singer cabinet.

Christmas table runner

One down two more to go!

A close up of the straight line quilting. I used green thread on top which is difficult to see here.

Sewing with Mr.Two Spools. Making a Christmas table runner for some lucky person.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hunter Star

Progress, 4 out of 42 squares are done.

Working on the Hunter Star pattern. This is just one block.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mr. Two Spools

Meet Mr. Two Spools! I purchased him from a cowboy (and I'm not kidding, DH was there as witness). I stated that Ms. Graybar led to this machine. Well, when I picked up free Ms. Graybar, the lady told me that a Graybar is just a National. After returning home and studying her, I researched National sewing machines. During my research, I came across a quilter's blog on her National/ Western Electric Two Spool machine that she uses. I realized that the decals on her machine I had recently seen on a machine that was listed on CL. So, of course I called the poster to see if the machine was still available since I was fascinated with the use of two spools, one in a can/bobbin. A lady answered and stated that she had posted for her cowboy friend (a cowboy?!). Next day, DH and I take a drive to the wild west of California...and here is my dusty cowboy, Mr. Two Spools.

He'll be real handsome after his mineral bath.


Another free one from the lady who was giving away machines. This one sit under the cutting mat table. I'm using the free treadle as my cutting table. One day I will take the machine out to display with the others. And yes, the Free Machine was free.

The collection continues...

Ms. Graybar, I picked her up free from a lady who was cleaning out her garage (a garage full of vintage machines and treadles). Ms. Graybar isn't going to sew unless I get the electrical cords fixed, which ain't gonna happen. So, she sits on a shelf looking pretty since I love her art deco decals- heck she was free. AND she led me to Mr. Two Spools.