Saturday, February 15, 2020

Love has many levels

There is a basic love of old sewing machines...well for me there is. I figured out what kind of key I need for one of the older cabinets I have. I will be on the hunt for one at the local antique and flea market stores. I may already have the type of key I need, IF I could find where I put the old keys that we've kept around the house for years. hahaha

There is the love of waking up in the morning with a dog snoring in your ear. I don't know whether Loki loves snoring more than cuddling, but love is involved, even with a dog in your ear.

There is the love of silliness. This is how Roxy often sleeps, at the foot of the bed. She is a very silly dog, therefore, very loved too.

I have the love of creating, especially when quilting. This is my design wall with a quilt in progress, called Nordic Fire. I am not following the color scheme from the pattern and I am using color combinations that I wouldn't normally use. So far I like it!

I have a love for appliqué work. I am working on a design I found in a book on quilting from 1949. This is as close to designing my own appliqué quilt as I've come. It doesn't look like much yet, but just wait, there will be more pictures soon.

Finally there is the tremendous love of family. My husband got me this box of chocolates and my daughter got me the flowers. I got something for them as well. It was a nice Valentine's Day.
That's the latest from a very cold winter day in Arkansas! 
Till next time, happy sewing y'all!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Old and New

OLD: This is a closeup of my Mom's sewing machine. It's called an Eau Claire. These were made in the 50's and 60's in Japan. They often have many names of towns and such but all are Precision branded. I hope I have that information correct. They are basically knockoffs of the Singer 15. Mine is a straight stitch with drop feed-dogs! I am working on cleaning it up and I will have it set up in a treadle base when all is said and done.

NEW: Here is one more strip quilt being readied for quilting:

NEW: I finished the center block for Nordic Fire:

NEW: We had snow here in the middle of Arkansas last week!

OLD: These are balls of 100% wool. I got them from a thrift store several years ago. They are not the best quality any more. They have breaks in them, here and there. I decided to crochet them all together in a tight stitch. I will then wash them and have them shrink into a tight matt. I am going to use this on my ironing board! Wool is a great conductor of heat and this will make a wonderful pressing mat.

That's my all my old and new postings for today. Till next time, happy sewing y'all!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Foggy soggy doggie days

It's been foggy and quite dreary around these parts. That is winter in the south sometimes. 
These photos were taken after the fog started lifting!

I made good use of time indoors. I am working on a challenge block for my quilt guild. I think I have the pattern drawn up. I need to add directions to it.

I got a shear curtain repaired from the dogs having ripped it! 

I had to piece a backing for one of the stripe quilt tops. That red fabric has four pieces to it. I will be sandwiching it soon. I have two more to sandwich and then hope to get them quilted before March's guild meeting.

These are the shelves that I have my fabric on. I took two spring rods and a tablecloth to make two covers for the fabrics. I wanted to keep dust and dog hair away from the fabric. The tablecloth was a $1.50 on clearance and has a flannel back. I can turn these around and have design walls for blocks!
BEFORE
AFTER
This is just the tablecloth cover pulled to one side.

Last week I said I wanted to share a surprise. This is it:
I made a cross back apron without using a pattern! I gifted it to a friend who has shared so many things with me over the years. I wanted to give something back to her.
I am quite proud of how this turned out. It is completely reversible too.
I like the design enough to make another one for myself!

This is the sample block for an upcoming challenge at the guild:
The horse charm and the dandelion charm are from a charm pack. I added two more charms from my stash. That is the idea of this challenge. You take two charms and add two. Then part of the black and white border will be added. If everyone turns their charms back in, it will make a nice twin size bed cover.

I am almost done with my appliqué block:

What is hiding under the ironing board?

OH, it is Roxy. She's waiting for me to vacuum again so she can chase it and kill it.
A very busy week, full of fabric therapy, is a good week indeed.
Till next time, happy sewing y'all!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

I'm on a donut

No, no, no, not a donut! I am on a roll! That's it, a roll!
I think this is where we left off on the "Nordic Fireside" quilt. I am still happy with the birds. I've now added some of the smaller flowers and am about to start on the larger ones. I sure like appliqué work.

I made a few microwave bowls. I've never made these before. I have this friend though, who nudged me to make some for her. I am all about getting rid of my fabric, so I am obliging her.
I did keep one for myself too!

I am the Challenge Committee (of one) for our quilt guild. 
I found these tins on clearance at a local store:
They are just a little bigger than an Altoid tin. I plan to put Wonder Clips inside them and have them for prizes for those who participate in challenges.

I am working on a project that I have to keep as a secret right now but I will be able to share it with you next week. I took ideas from several patterns and adjusted it to work like I wanted it to. I am quite pleased with myself at how it's turning out. I can hardly wait to show it to you!

Till next time, happy sewing y'all!




Sunday, January 19, 2020

Short, Sweet, and Simple

Yes, I am really writing a short blog posting today! 
I hope you enjoy.
I have a friend who likes teal blue fabrics. She asked me to make her a microwave bowl. I've never made one and I thought I might give it a try. Things here on the homestead have been rather chaotic though, so I have only gotten as far as pulling some fabric choices:

I've also started a quilt-along that is partially appliqué and partially pieced. I spent hours pulling fabrics for this one. I've changed my mind several times so far and probably will do so, even more! 

This was the first day's work:

 The second day you can see some leaves and a bowl have been added:

 The third day shows more leaves added and positioning of some birds:
However, I did not like the fabrics I pulled for these birds. They are too dark and are too much like the flower pot. I tried this color and that color and nothing was coming together. Then I pulled a fabric that I thought would never work, but what the heck, right?

This, I like. I think they look like oriels. 

Time to rest. We have a three dog sofa:
I guess they can rest and I will go back to more sewing!
Till next time, happy sewing y'all!