Going to the quilt show last Saturday certainly got me excited to get home and sew! I love looking at all the beautiful quilts, and of course visiting all the vendors. There were many items I would love to aquire. One of the vendors had some beautiful needle bowls made of wood with a magnet in the bottom. He also had seam rippers with handles made of wood as well. I love to surround myself with beautifully crafted items.
One thing that caught my eye was a booth with really pretty umbrellas. We wandered in and started looking. I thought they were for sale, but as it turned out they had a pattern and the umbrella frames too! What’s a girl to do? I quickly bought the booklet, with full assurances from the sales lady that these umbrellas were easy, and if I wanted to I could come out to the shop and sew in their back room and get help if I needed it.
Our shopping was not done yet. After the show, we went to Sew and Save of Racine and continued purchasing items. They had some wonderful fabric in their sale area that would make a fun umbrella. Today was the day to undertake the project. I had off of work and could spend all day ignoring my housework and just sewing. Cutting was the most tedious part of the whole project.Each of the eight sections needed to be cut separately using a regular sewing scissors, no rotary cutter for this project! The it was on to my favorite part, sitting down at my machine and sewing the sections together. This part went pretty quickly. It was really coming together! Finally I got to the point that I could put the fabric onto the umbrella frame.The last part is adding little pieces to the tips of the fabric that hold it to the frame, and stitching in a few places to keep it all where it is supposed to be. It was mostly just whip stitching, and presto!AlI need to do is get some water repellent spray and I am ready for a rainy day! Bring it on!
I have been wanting to post, but I have had a lot of random going on, so that will be what today has to offer. Sometimes you move from detail to detail without much time to pause. That has been my life recently. Not a complaint, just a statement. Just before Luanne and I had a Sewing Day, there was some major rearranging going on in my sewing room. You see there was this cabinet…. it called out to me!
Once upon a time I worked in a fabric department at a department store. We had all the patterns in cabinets behind the counter, and part of my job was to find the patterns for customers. So, it should not come as a surprise that when I saw a McCall’s Pattern Cabinet at a Barn Sale, it spoke to me. The price was good. It was one of those items that I knew I would regret not getting if I walked away.
My dear enabling husband didn’t bat an eye when I said I wanted this!! Nor did he bat an eye when I started removing items from the top of this cabinet at the barn sale. He was as enthralled as I was. I recognized what the cabinet was right away… a Parlor Cabinet meant to host a treadle sewing machine. And boy did it! It was a Free Treadle Machine in amazing condition from the early 1900’s. So, now I need to learn to treadle. This sits in my dining room, the reason being that what if the power goes out? How will I sew if I don’t have a treadle set up? During the day, the dining room has good light, and a fireplace (with oil lamps sitting on the mantle)
In the meantime, my longarm had sat idle long enough. After accumulating the right parts, slowly, in order to get this up and running, I finally loaded a quilt top. This particular top had been finished for quite some time. It was a the perfect candidate for a pantograph. The design of the quilt is pretty subtle and yet busy enough that anything too detailed would have been lost as far as the quilting goes. Bobbins wound, machine loaded, pantograph prepped and off I went. It took a total of 8 full passes and some fill in on the top and bottom to complete the quilting. I am so grateful to all that have gone before me and have created tutorials and videos detailing the process. I pick and choose what works for me and overall had great results. Then onto my favorite part…binding!!
Prior to quilting…
A work in Progress
A Bonnie Hunter design
And now for the top secret… yep, can’t say much about that, other than there some Christmas gifts being worked on, and I am taking pictures and will talk more about them after the holidays! Not all of everyone is getting these gifts, as there is only so much time, but next time someone else will be a recipient. All stitched with great thought and love.
Until next time!