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…
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!