Friday, May 31, 2013

Aqua green dream machine

In a December blog post I had a photo of my 1950's sewing machine, which I learned to sew on: 

Today I saw this email ad from Craftsy and the sewing machine in their photo just jumped right out at me:'s the identical machine!  The only difference is the brand.  Mine is called "Sew Mor" and theirs looks like "Viscount".  These machines were made in Japan and they would sometimes put different "brands" on the same machine.

My old sewing machine is trendy now!  I've always loved her, though.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Lotto blocks - February & March

These blocks were mailed to Tammy today, for Sunshine blocks.

The red ones are for February and the green ones are for March.


These blocks will eventually be made into donation quilts for children.

It's always fun to play with bright, colorful fabric and to use up some stash!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Quilt inspiration

I was reading an article about barns in an older Smithsonian magazine.  The article featured a photographer, David Plowden, who was taking pictures of old barns to preserve their images. As the number of farms decrease, old barns are being torn down or abandoned.

The photographs were beautiful, but I found this one especially appealing:


Someone took the trouble to either paint or arrange the roof shingles in the shape of a cow -  What creativity!  The article didn't give any details about the photo, but I suspect this was on a dairy farm.

As a quilter, I envisioned a quilt made in this design:


It would simply be squares, arranged and set on point.  I imagine a blue sky, green grass, and a black and white cow.  To be more interesting, I'd make is controlled-scrappy, using squares of the same general color but of different patterns and prints.

There's inspiration everywhere!


Source of photograph:  A Lofty Tribute to Barns: photographs by David Plowden  by Jim Doherty, Smithsonian Magazine, October 2000  p. 117

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Easy Street - Top finished!

My Easy Street top, designed by Bonnie Hunter, is finished!  I only made half the blocks, then added a few to even it out.  I used different colors, and am happy with the way it turned out.

Even making it smaller, it is still a large quilt (about 79" x 79").  I'm overwhelmed with the prospect of quilting it, so will put it away for awhile and work on other UFOs. 

Antique eye candy

I love antique quilts, and this one was donated to the thrift store that I volunteer at. I just had to take some 
photos!  (They let me take it home for a few days!)  It's a striking quilt....whoever made this quilt loved color!  

There is a bit of everything here:  clarets, mourning prints, indigo, poison green, purple. The newest fabrics are from 1900-1910. I believe there are some older fabrics in there...maybe some madder.  What's missing are the light shirtings that you usually see in 1900-1910 quilts. 

 The backing, shown above, is a pretty rusty-red floral, which may be madder.  It's hand-quilted in a Baptist Fan pattern.

No...I didn't buy it!  It was sold for $65, which I think is an above-average Thrift Store price.  I'm thankful it will go to someone who will appreciate it!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Easy Street step #2

The step #2 blocks from Bonnie Hunter's mystery are done, and step #3's is expected tomorrow.

My other colors are red and medium blue.  I have no idea where this mystery is going, but I'm really enjoying using up some scraps!

Anything quilt related is a guaranteed cat-magnet!

 On her blog, Bonnie Hunter has been showcasing some of her vintage machines, so I  thought I'd show mine.  I sew on it all the time.

It's a Sewmore, made in Japan in the 1950's  Bonnie calls these kinds of machines "Singer clones".   I've known this one all my life.  It was my mother's and I learned to sew on it.  My mom stuck numbers on it to help me with the threading order and, being sentimental, I just kept them on all this time! 

I'm not in the habit of naming my machines, but with the 2-tone seafoam green, I could call her Marina!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Easy Street step #1

Step #1 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt Easy Street is making little 4-patch units....196 of them!  I'm only making half of the blocks, since I don't want a huge quilt.

I've used gold and lights:

My other colors are black, red and a medium blue. 

Looking forward to Step #2!