Monthly Archives: June 2017

Experimenting

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Today was a rainy gloomy day here in Wisconsin.  It was a perfect day to head down to Sew N Save where I bought my machine and take a class on the ins and outs of this beautiful machine.  Anne was a wonderful teacher and spent close to two hours sitting down with me and answering any question I could throw at her.  I left today feeling quite comfortable with “Sassy”.  They made it clear I could call or come in with any question that may arise in the future. 

One area I have had a few issues with is free motion quilting.  I am trying to learn how to do heirloom quilting and have had a problem with thread breakage. I was using silk 100 weight and it is a little temperamental.   I brought this up today to Anne and together we decided to tweak a few things.  I did purchase another bobbin case that is made for maching quilting after trying it there with my silk thread and not getting any breakage with it.  I also found they had microtex needles which were recommended by the book I have been using to learn these techniques.   So those also came home with me.  I also came home with a few other threads to try.  My plan is to make a sampler of the different threads using the same material and batting and see how it goes. 

 Along with the silk i have been working with i will be trying these threads.  Left to right they are Konfetti by Wonderfil 50 wt, next is The Bottom Line by Superior Threads. This one is often times used as a bobbin thread, but can be used on top as well.  It is a 60 wt polyester.  The cream colored one is Deco-Bob by WonderFil and is an 80wt.  The final one shown here is called Invisafil also by WonderFil and that one is 100wt.  I will also add Aurafil 50wt which is my normal piecing thread.  I am really interested to see how all the different thread behave.  

Below is my learning piece that is done with the silk thread and wool batt.  The top fabric is a cotton/silk blend and has a nice shine to it.  
I will report back when I finish my experiment.  Now, back to the sewing room!

Luanne

Good Things Do Come To Those That Wait!

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At times it is so easy to just “get” something by never leaving our homes. We search on the net, bid on, or order something. With very little effort it arrives at out door. We of course most often pay the price for this instant gratification!

I collect vintage sewing machines… and generally I am pretty specific about what it is I acquire and bring into the fold. I don’t simply buy something because it is a deal OR even accept someone’s Grandmother’s machine. I have only so much space, time and desire for machines. What I own, I do try to use. Disclaimer*** I own a couple of treadles and have yet to work on them or use them. I most certainly want to! Guess I am intimidated a bit by a different type of bobbin/shuttle. Silly yes! I do keep all of my electric machines cleaned and oiled and try to rotate them into use.

A couple of my machines…

I have had a couple of machines on my radar… one of them being a White Singer Featherweight. I would love a 222 Featherweight, but recognize that it might never happen. So, my husband had been scouring Craigslist and E-bay to find the right machine. He would come to me with what he thought might be a “deal”. I on the other hand wanted a “DEAL”! A bargain. I am not looking to resell it and make a profit. So, I would say no and tell him it would happen. I do so appreciate his enabling…

And so, as I sat at my desk at the office one day, I see a text message pop up from an old friend. A friend who would quickly tell you that she does not like to sew at all. She will only do this out of necessity. She was at a rummage sale. There was a large machine for $50, and a small one for $25. Was I interested??? I could not call her fast enough to say BUY IT! Buy the little white machine!! This was the deal! It happened! She did not even know that this was something I was looking for!

We made the trek about 3 hours north to pick up this little beauty, not knowing if she even worked. I didn’t question that if she didn’t work, that we would make it happen. The extension table on the left was a little bent and did not want to fold up and down easily. The cord was in in great shape, so we plugged it in, and yes!! Light and Motor worked! There was a rattle… that we would troubleshoot later.

The side table was fixed, and so now, she is cleaned and oiled and ready to piece a quilt!! A Happy girl here! And so grateful for those who enable my love for these vintage beauties!

Can’t wait to get this stitching!!

Pam

 

 

Quartered Stripes Quilts!

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At a recent quilt guild meeting, we got to see many examples and a demo on these types of quilts. Simple really. Pick out a striped fabric you like and get to cutting and assembling.

This is a pretty quick sew and fun to see the results! 1.25 yards and perhaps a border will do a nice baby quilt. I had 3.5 yards and did a throw.

At guild, they were cutting the squares based on the pattern repeat of the fabric. I went another route and cut my squares based on this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company. There are pluses to each technique and both have great results.

Below are a couple of shots of the original fabric and how it came together.

 

I did come back and add the giraffe border fabric also. It was a nice finishing touch.

I had shared the tutorial with my niece, and her daughter went to town making this.. Just a couple of hours in… She picked a perfect stripe for this! Dynamic!

and Luanne started this one… and was not liking it. I on the other hand did. She was going to relegate it to a “someday” pile. Last Saturday I just put it together as I like hers better than mine!!

 

Perhaps she will share a finished shot with us??????

Looking for a quick sew? This is it!

Pam

 

A Weekend of Many Treats!

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As we check another year off of the calendar, we sometimes realized that life is not getting longer, but going the other direction!

What’s a girl to do? Eat dessert!

I brought treats for my coworkers on Friday. I was inspired by a display at the World Market to do so. A nostalgic display of Candy!! Mary Janes, Mike and Ikes, Lemonheads, Boston Baked Beans, Licorice, Cracker Jack, Chuckles, Red Hots and more! I loaded up my cart with some of these goodies and created a little Treat Bar at the office. Some were strong willed and resisted, while others returned a few times for treats!

An amazing lunch with Debbie T, meant Crème Brule for dessert, complete with a candle. Then in the evening my long awaited and anticipated Frozen Yogurt with Boba!

A Sweet Day! I generally don’t take pictures of food… but how awesome was all of that?

More Sewing on Saturday with my girl who actually nearly completed 3 pillows. This cute little one was made using the Disappearing Nine Patch method. I started her out with cutting squares and sewing them together to form her nine patch. Then we pulled up the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company… and watched her gasped when they cut up what they had just sewn!! She cut, arranged and stitched it all back together for a cute, wee little pillow!

All good!!

Pam