Tuesday, July 31, 2012

An Honor to the Ladies

When I saw this pattern at Charise Creates, I just knew I had to make one for myself. This a very fun paper-piecing project!  I did change a couple of places in my project.  For example, a couple of fabric sections at the bottom of the hanging fabric were deleted just because I was a wee bit lazy in my paper-piecing.  Instead, I added some pink embroidery threads to the pink spool of thread. I know that pink thread doesn't match the fabric's colors, but I decided to use a pink colored spool for the design because I do my testing of ideas and quilting designs with my stash of very old pink thread.

I also added with colored copper pencil the words Two Spools along with the Eldredge Two Spools motif on the machine. Since my favorite decal motif is the Eldredge Two Spools, I went with that design to honor my vintage machines for this project. The design doesn't show up very well when photographed. This image reminds me of an uncleaned machine waiting to have its decals discovered by the person cleaning the machine for use.

The scissors is a button that I found at JoAnn's.  This mini quilt hangs alongside the mini color wheel quilt that is hanging on the wall above my quilting notions table.

I was able to fix the writing with a Sharpie gold marker designed to work on dark backgrounds.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I'm taking the jeans from this...

to this...

Right now I have about 90 of these circles which will be sewn together along with colorful scrap pieces into a mock cathedral window quilt.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Color Wheel

I fell in love with this color wheel pattern that I had seen on another gal's blog. So yes, I copied it!

 Four sections were paper-pieced using the New York Beauty block.

 This was my first time working with curves.  Thank God I have the treadle so that I could slow the speed down to one stitch at a time while attaching the curved pieces together.  That was the hardest part in assembling the quilt.  The inner circle of colors is if adding white to the colors. I used scraps fabrics, and yellows were a challenge since I don't have too many yellows in my collection.

 I used my Singer 201 for the paper-piecing.  Eldredge Two Spools for some of the quilting in the middle black circle since the Two Spools foot has the perfect 1/4in. foot, left side and right side of foot.  The Davis NVF was used for quilting and binding; and lastly, my newest machine Singer 224 for the decorative arrows to finish off the binding.  This wall quilt will sit above my sewing notion area in my "command center".  This was such a fun project!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Two Cute Chicks

Some leftover fabrics, glue stick, embroidery floss, and ground walnut shells were used to make these two cute chicks.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Great Outdoors

I finished the binding this morning while trying to stay cool under the ceiling fan above my "command center".  While finishing the quilt, the temp was already 90. Today's temperature will be around 102.

Not a great day to relax on hammock under a quilt, but tomorrow will be much cooler...at least I hope so.  My hammock quilt has two looks, a garden look and a camping look. Now, I need to find an interesting book to read while relaxing on the hammock.

Friday, July 6, 2012

One Quilt, Two Looks

Update on the hammock quilt. The paper piecing squares that I selected for this quilt will be quilted as a quilt-as-you-go. I decided to use the same decorative stitch for all the paper piecing squares and the sections between those squares. 

 Front of quilt with applique daisies on top of the triangles.
 Back of quilt with a block look.  Some of the fabrics that my mother gave me are in the front and back of this quilt.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Easy Treadling on the 4th

I'm enjoying sewing with my new machine, Singer 224.  It sews so smoothly!  It's as quiet as the Singer 201.  Even my husband commented on how quiet it sounded.

So, my July 4th will be spent gardening and quilting.  A Happy 4th to All!!