Monday, February 27, 2012

Winter Stars

Finished the quilt that had the three state stars, Delaware, Kansas, and Ohio.
Paper piecing was done with Singer 201 while watching tv at night. Quilting was done with Davis NVF.

I got to use my Necchi Supernova Ultra for the decorative stitching on the binding.

I'm so liking the look of this quilt that I'm planning on continuing with the remaining blocks from the 50 Fabulous State Stars BOM that I'm following.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Sweet and simple is my motto. I learned how to make beignets this week.

Cold yeast dough ready for frying.

It was fun watching them puff up!

These cuties were so easy and quick to make.

Yummy! They get eaten up quickly with a good cup of coffee!

Beignet Recipe
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (approx. 105°)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening, softened

In large bowl, mix yeast, warm water, and sugar. Stir to dissolve and let stand for 5 minutes. Mix in salt, beaten eggs, and evaporated milk. Add 4 cups of the flour; beat until smooth. Add shortening, and then blend in remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Roll out on floured board to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2 to 3-inch squares. Deep fry at 360° for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Dough can cut and frozen, separated in container with waxed paper.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I spent the last couple of days testing out most of the Necchi's decorative stitches. Here is a look at the cam and attachment box that comes with the Necchi Supernova Ultra. I spent hours constructing cams and selecting my favorite patterns.

These are my favorite decorative stitches that I feel will work well for finishing off my bindings.

During one of my breaks from testing the cams, I took Hank the Tank, Singer 328K, out of his new home and placed him in a treadle. I did this for two reasons. One, I realized that I most likely wouldn't be using my Singer 15-90 in treadle anymore for free motion quilting since I now enjoy FMQ with the Necchi. And second, there are about three decorative stitches from the Singer 328k that I would still like to use from time to time. So, hopefully Hank is finished moving.

After removing the Singer 15-90 from treadle, I swapped the spoke wheel and bobbin winder that had been on it with the Singer 15BG168 (RAF decals) hand wheel and bobbin winder. The Singer 15-90 retired to the shelf of honor, and the Singer with the RAF decals (shown in picture below) was turned in a hand crank machine. I removed the hand crank with the gaudy, gold Chinese characters off the Singer 66 (which was a weird mismatch) and attached the HC to the Singer 15 with the RAF decals. This setup looks a bit better.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Stars Shine

Here is another BOM that I have suddenly plunged into. There is a group on the Quilting Board that I have been watching (I should say lurking) that are making the 50 state stars from the "50 Fabulous Paper Piecing Stars". Curiosity got to me, I had to take a peek of the book; so, I requested the book from the library. After thumbing through the book, my first thought was this is too much to tackle since I'm new to paper piecing. So, I decided to pick out three stars for me to work into a quick quilt. Delaware, Kansas, and Ohio looked easy enough to make with Ohio just requiring a bit more piecing. None were difficult to do!

Delaware Block

Kansas Block

Ohio Block

And....yes, I'm going to create the other 50 State Stars. For one quilt... maybe and maybe not... just depends on my direction.

Green Eyed Bandit

This year, I have decided to participate in Block of the Months to fulfill my goal of acquiring a broader knowledge of the construction of many quilting patterns that I have never attempted to tackle. Yes, I'm forcing myself to venture in a direction that isn't my design or style. Call this endeavor my learning curve. Somehow I will find a way to manipulate what I create into quilts that reflects my style.

Here is my second block from the one BOM (first block in that series is the snow flurry). The block was originally designed for four 6" sections with two of the sections being paper piecing cats with hearts and the other two sections are free for me to design. I decided to replace one of the cats with a face of a cat. I tried to modify a paper piecing face of a dog since I couldn't find a cat's face, but instead I produced Yogi the Bear...or maybe it's a green eyed bandit.

The layout of the PP face:

After all that work, I didn't like the harshness of the lines in the face. Plus, it didn't look like a cat's face. So, that section of the February block will be used elsewhere. I went with only one cat in the block since I lost interest.

My first two blocks from this BOM:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hank's New Home

Hank the Tank has a new home! He is now living in the Necchi machine case. The hinge pins on the case are just a bit too large to fit into the Singer 328k. So, I had to tilt the pins out of the way in order for Hank to sit in the case. He looks handsome in this grey box with extension table. I decided to convert him back to an electric machine. I now have three vintage machines that are my e-machines: Singer 328k, Singer 401A, and the Featherweight. If I ever get around to taking a quilting class or joining a quilting guild, I now have one of these three serviceable machines to select and haul to the quilting projects that are created outside my home.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Conversation with Eunice

I know, I know...I said my focus will be on vintage sewing machines that I had never before experienced. Treadles, those are the ones I will only rescue. And I did just that. I told myself that I'll concentrate on meeting more folks that sew with their vintage machines instead of me collecting more machines this year. And so, I added to my reading list by signing up to the Yahoo's vintage treadle sewing machine group for that search.

Yup, I did just that!

I decided to read from the summer of 2010, the time I started collecting vintage machines. I read until one post captivated my interests and brought me to a halt, "anyone wanting a Necchi Supernova to treadle contact me". I told myself, NO!!! And reminded myself that I grew up sewing with a Necchi Supernova; I know this machine. But that post haunted me for days... and I found myself researching Supernovas.

Well, I have always said that the machine has a way of finding its new steward. This one sat waiting patiently for me.

So, I introduce Eunice, quiet, sweet, and innovative.

I figured a way around my dilemma with the bobbin winder cover and treadle belt. At first, I thought I could just remove the bobbin winder cover from the bobbin winder so that the treadle belt wouldn't hit the cover, but that couldn't be done.

I discovered after taking the motor plate cover off that the bobbin winder extends down to this point which then clears the bobbin winder out of the way of the treadle belt.

And so, Sebastian lends me a claw with a smile. He's my hero!

On this clear winter day, I marvel at my wintergreen Necchi Supernova Ultra and Sebastian...such an odd couple...and I'm sure Eunice approves.

Thank you Eunice Winters.