Sunday, March 31, 2013

Treadle Sewing

Spent plenty of time practicing on my treadle this week!  My first project for the treadle was to create some simple potholders.  My first one was a fail, but the second one was better after some adjustments.  I used my staycation day yesterday to quilt and sew a bunch more.

Some turned out better than others, but that is what practice is for.  They are all usable and that is what makes me happy.  They're ready to give away to any family member who wants a pair on Easter.

The thick layers were not the easiest to stitch evenly on the treadle, so I think I will keep it to straight piecing on this machine because it does that really well.

Potholders for treadle practice.  :-)

Our puppy found a comfy spot in the foyer and kept me company.  Love that!

Puppy has become an even bigger fluff ball.
I had to put some polish on the treadle cabinet after seeing this pic!

Happy Stitching!

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Moda Friendship Quilt Block 8

Happy Easter!

I did complete block 8 from WebFabric's Scrappy Organized Block of the Month for March.

This quilt block also belongs to Moda's Friendship and Signature Quilt Alongs.

Click here for the pattern for Block #8, which is by Lily Ashbury.

Pieces all cut.

Some pieces assembled.

Arranged.

Rows put together,

Done!

Happy Stitching & and even Happier Easter!


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

2nd try on the treadle

Tonight was my second attempt at making a potholder using only my treadle.  I loosened the top screw on the machine which is attached to the presser bar.  I loosened it a lot to help allow the four layers of fabric to quilt without pulling so much as they are being sewn. This seemed to help.

After stitching what looked like the worst potholder ever, this second one came out much better than the first.  This one even deserved to be finished off with a binding edge.
First real project made on my treadle.

Back

I've got a a bunch more potholder-quilt-sandwiches made, so I'll continue to practice this week to improve my treadle skills.  I guess my family will be getting new potholders when they come for our Easter gathering this Sunday.    :-)



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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WIP - Potholders on the treadle

Tuesday of our staycation -

DD1 and DD2 were in the kitchen practicing their cooking and baking skills.  DD1 cooked lunch for everyone, and DD2 baked some dog biscuits for the puppy.
DD3 was at a playdate.
DS tested positive for the flu so he's been quarantined resting in his room.

Me?  I did get to try making something of purpose on my treadle!  Since last week's Meet my Machines post, I've been encouraged to really use my 1916 Singer Treadle.  I want to start with a small project, so I'm making potholders.  I had some fabric to cut for the front, and a coordinating blue swirl for the back.  I used cotton batting and also had Insul-Bright fabric to withstand the heat.

Blocks to cut out for my pot holders


Layers:  Back fabric (face down), Insul-Bright, Cotton Batting, Front fabric

I decided to cut out a bunch to practice, so I've got a big stack to try out on the treadle.



I bring down my materials and open up the treadle, and look who jumps in first to give it a try...

DD2 likes to treadle too!

Isn't this a great machine??

I got to try the first one last night...

Marked a diagonal 'X' with an air-soluble marker.



Set the quilter bar at 1.5".

Stitching - following the original quilt line.

I must say, my first potholder is quite ugly.  With no walking foot, I will need to adjust the presser bar to ease up the pressure when stitching through so many layers.  The fabric pulled a lot!  I think the knob on the top of the machine can help.  I found and Singer 66 Treadle User Manual here.

Not good first atempt. 

So this is my Work in Progress (WIP) for Wednesday.  Time for the next quilt sandwich off my practice stack.


Happy Stitching!!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Quiltopoly Anyone??

Monday of our Spring Break staycation:  Light snow mixed with cold rain.  Not quite the spring weather I was hoping for.  Good day to stay inside.

Our puppy is 5 months old.

View from my sewing room window.

DD2 comes in my room and starts setting up a game she knows I will always play with her:  Quiltopoly.

Please Mom???  How can I resist?


I thought you might enjoy seeing this game too.  It's a fun one for quilty-minded folks.  Just like the regular Monopoly game, you go around the board collecting properties - which in this case are block patterns.  When you collect a color set, you can purchase quilting studios and shops (compared to houses and hotels in the original game).

Playing pieces:  sewing machine, seam ripper, scissors, rotary cutter, tape measure, bobbin

All set up and ready to play.

Start Quilting!

One of the Fabric Stash / Go Shopping cards




My daughter happily beat me at our round of play.

Maybe next time she'll pull out my other -opoly game:  Stitchopoly!  This one is all needlework related.



I've cut out a bunch of squares to make potholders on my treadle.  Can't wait to try it next.

Happy Stitching!!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Funday Monday Linky 10


WELCOME to our 10th Funday Monday!

My kids are on Spring Break this week, so time for a staycation for us.   I had my eyes iLasik surgery Saturday morning, so after sleeping that entire day away, I've just been lounging around and taking it easy Sunday.  It's kinda nice to not have to cook or clean for a change.  My DD1 even brought me breakfast in bed.  How nice!  I had monovision correction done, and my vision has come in pretty nicely, so it will be great to not have to fuss with contacts or glasses anymore.

My friend Kathleen is coming over on Wednesday this week for our Funday.  I'll probably save my Moda Friendship Block #8 for that.   After my Meet My Machines post last week, I've been encouraged to create something with my 1916 Singer treadle.   I figure that a good first project to start will be to sew and quilt a couple of simple potholders on my treadle.   That'll be my staycation fun this week.   :-)

What do you have going on???

Little Funday Monday History...
This past fall, my friend Kathleen (I mention her a lot on this blog) and I made a commitment to get together once a week for crafting.  We chose Mondays to be our day to craft, and we call them "Funday Mondays".    It makes Mondays much more fun, don't you think??

I always have more fun when I stitch with a friend, so I thought I would have a linky party so we can have everyone join for a group Funday.

So...
Please join in and share a link to your post of what's new with you.  Anything family-friendly would be great!  I just ask that you link to a specific post in your blog (not your whole blog).

This party is open Monday - Friday this week, so that gives us plenty of time to come back and share.

Grab my button if you like:

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How I Sew - Meet My Machines

Stacey from The Tilted Quilt is having a Meet My Machine Blog Hop and Linky Party! It's a chance to share what we craft on and to check out other people's machines and sewing spaces.



So, here goes my entry into the linky...

I have three machines in my sewing room that are in regular use...

My Brother Duetta

My main sewing & embroidery machine is my Brother Duetta, also known as an Innovis 4500D.  I love this baby, and have had it for almost five years.  It can do all of the embroidery functions I desire, and it has served me well.  Although this machine is usually set up for embroidery, I do use it for mending or patch work - not only can it sew forwards and backwards, but it can sew horizontally and diagonally too.  So handy to have that feature when needed.

My Singer 160
It isn't like I needed another sewing machine, when I saw this black Singer 160 at the store last year.   But, I fell in LOVE with it.  I love the retro styling of this machine - it reminds me of my mother's old machine.  This model was sold in 2012 as a limited edition to commemorate Singer's 160th Anniversary.   The retro styling with functions of a modern machine make it a fun machine to sew on.  I have this machine set up and ready for piecing work.

My HQ Sweet 16 Sit-down Long Arm

My Sweetie HQ Sweet 16 is the newest addition to my sewing room.  I use this machine to Free Motion Quilt.  I'm still working on improving my FMQ skills, and this machine makes it oh-so-enjoyable to use!!   I LOVE having the 16" neck space to work with.

This one isn't in my sewing room, but I must show it to you too...
My 1916 Singer "Red Eye" 66-1 Treadle

I have an ornate 1916 Singer Model 66-1 "Red Eye" Treadle.  I found this machine on ebay last summer from an estate sale.  It came in its original cabinet with 7 locking drawers.  Even came with the key!  It clearly hadn't been used for decades, and I went about restoring it myself.  She is so beautiful now, and she sews wonderfully smooth.  When I sit at this machine, I can't help but wonder about who has sat in front of it before me, over the last 97 years.  Besides practice stitching to learn how to treadle (which is fun to do by the way), I have yet to sew anything of purpose on it.  I was hoping that a winter storm would knock our power out, so I would have to use this one for my sewing.  But this winter is just about over, and we didn't get  any big snows this year.

This Singer is in our foyer and waits patiently for me to really use her.  Perhaps I can start with a small project next to try on her.  She is very pretty to look at though, isn't she?   


I keep another machine in my sewing room, although it is not normally out on the tables.  It is a Brother XR-7700 that I use it as my "guest" machine - for when my friend Kathleen come overs to quilt on Mondays, for instance.  It is a good machine that I have had for several years.  I originally bought it for my daughters to use, but I find it handy to take with me to sewing retreats or quilt nights too.

This machine has a little photo cover over the stitch diagrams.
The photo I put in is of my DD2 holding up a blanket she sewed.
Thank you for letting me share my machines with you!!  They are a joy to use.  I love to create in my sewing room.  I have a couple of posts here with some pictures of my current sewing space, and my sewing room before my Sweet 16 moved in.

My sewing room.


Happy Stitching!!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Scrappy Organized / Friendship Quilt Along Block 7

Happy Funday Monday!  I got block #7 done from  WebFabric's Scrappy Organized Block of the Month.  These quilt patterns also belong to Moda's Friendship and Signature Quilt Alongs.
This is Block #7 by Barbara Brackman.




My dark, medium and light fabrics are cut and ready!

First step - sew light and dark rectangles.

So I'm stitching along, chit chatting with my Funday friend Kathleen, and not paying attention to how I'm stitching on the purple squares.  Then, I complain to her that I don't like how there isn't much color in these pieces.  No wonder, as I lay them out, it's clear that I did six out of the eight pieces wrong! 

Oh No!  This is what I get for not paying attention to which side I stitch on.
Back to cutting.   I had enough extra dark blue and cream to make more rectangles, but not enough extra of the purple, so I reverse-sewed a bunch of the mistakes to resew correctly onto the new rectangles.

This is better!
 The rest of the block went easy.

Stitch together the rectangles into four block pieces.

Block pieces ready to sew.

Rows sewed together

Finished block #7.

Happy Stitching!!

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Funday Monday Linky 9


WELCOME to another Funday Monday!

I'm looking forward to doing a little crafting this week.  A couple blocks from Moda's Friendship Quilt Along  and EQ Stitch are on the top of my list.  What do you have going on???

Little Funday Monday History...
This past fall, my friend Kathleen (I mention her a lot on this blog) and I made a commitment to get together once a week for crafting.  We chose Mondays to be our day to craft, and we call them "Funday Mondays".    It makes Mondays much more fun, don't you think??

I always have more fun when I stitch with a friend, so I thought I would have a linky party so we can have everyone join for a group Funday.

So...
Please join in and share a link to your post of what's new with you.  Anything family-friendly would be great!  I just ask that you link to a specific post in your blog (not your whole blog).

This party is open Monday - Friday this week, so that gives us plenty of time to come back and share.

Grab my button if you like:

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Quilting Day & Moda Friendship Quilt Block #6


Worldwide Quilting Day                  National Quilting Day

Did you know that today is Worldwide Quilting Day?  It's also National Quilting Day too.   Can't let a special day like that go without a little quilting in my sewing room.  What are you working on?

I did get another block of the month done for WebFabric's Scrappy Organized Block of the Month.

Also known as Moda's Friendship Quilt Along.


This is block #6 by Blackbird Designs.

Individual pieces for the rows.

Rows stitched together.

Block #6 by Blackbird Designs

Happy Stitching!!

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