QUILT INFO

The quilt in the header is made from a Cheri Payne pattern called "Tis' Spring".

Friday, December 31, 2010

CHRISTMAS QUILT UPDATE 2 AND A NEW SEWING MACHINE

I sewed and sewed yesterday and managed to complete the inside of the Christmas quilt I posted a picture of yesterday.  I am at a stall now because I hadn't even thought about border fabric.  I didn't know if I was ever going to get the quilt made, so border fabric was far from my mind.  The quilt shop is closed today so I will look online to order fabric.
The partial seams were about to get the best of me.  There was very little of the quilt that did not involve partial seams at some point.  And there were no directions on how to accomplish the putting together part.  This set of patterns is from an old block of the month put out by Oxmoor House and is no longer available. I substituted blocks here and there to suit myself.  It is a relief to have gotten this far on a long project.  For your information, I no longer have the pattern set.  Keep watching E-Bay and maybe a reasonably priced set will come up for sale some day.

I purchased a vintage sewing machine off of E-Bay.  It is a Bell and is very small.  But don't be fooled.  It is not a child's machine.  The attachments are full size and there are a lot of them.  I always think of them as tools of torture because there are so many strange looking ones with the older machines.
The machine stores in a briefcase.  The machine itself supposedly weights nine pounds.  I have not weighed it but it is very light weight.  The foot pedal  is full size.
The case is not in the best of shape.  It is intact but somewhat dried out as far as the felt lining and the vinyl outside.  There are more attachments under the white plastic slide out that are not showing in the picture.
Here is how the machine fits in the case.
And to get an idea of its size, a picture sitting in front of my Bernina.

I first saw one of the machines in November at an antique shop.  Price was $300.  More than I wanted to spend but I thought it was so cute.  I did an online search for information on the machine and learned it was not a toy and billed as the world's smallest sewing machine.  From the mid 1950's.  The article I read led me to believe that $300 was too high of a price.  I saw some of the machines on E-Bay and as low as $48 but that one had no foot pedal.  In fact, I found three with no foot pedal.  Wonder why.  One of the no foot pedal ones is still on E-Bay for $189.  A really good one passed me by at $125.  I should have bid.  I kept watching one that had one tiny picture that would not enlarge and very little info about the machine.  I contacted the seller and asked for a better picture but he said his camera was broken.  He was selling it "As Is" but plugged it in and said "it works" and does have the foot pedal.  I finally took a leap of faith with the seller and purchased it for $80.  It arrived yesterday.  Needed cleaning up and still does a little more.  Every thing but the instruction book is there but I can order a copy of one.  I am sure that I won't be making a quilt using the machine but I do like smaller size machines and have a small collection of them.  From reading online, they do sew but would not handle heavy duty sewing.  The machine hesitates a little when I first press the pedal but I read that is the way they work.

It is after noon now and I have not sewed one stitch today.  Have to get busy.

Happy New Year to all of you.  We will be cooking sauerkraut and pork and making mashed potatoes which is our traditional New Year's meal.  And we will stay home.  We went out on New Year's Eve years ago and decided staying home and safe was the thing to do.

Karen

Thursday, December 30, 2010

CHRISTMAS QUILT BLOCK OF THE MONTH

I have spent the last three days working and working on the Christmas quilt block of the Month by Jeanna Kimball.  The pattern set is from 1995 or so.  I started working on the quilt early in 2009 but other quilt projects kept getting my attention.  I have just let this project drag on too long.  So, I made up my mind I was going to get the top together this week.  I had lots of parts made and felt like it would not take a lot of time to complete.  Wrong!  I have spent a lot of time for three days on the project and still have a few blocks to make.
Here is where I am at on the project.  Sewing the blocks together has been a challenge.  Almost all of the assembly has been a series of partial seams.  I have to study and decide what I can get together with a partial seam to attach something else.  Not the most fun.  The missing areas need a few blocks made to go with what I have done and waiting.  I hope to get close to done today.  I have substituted a few blocks for ones I did not care for.  The holly wreath is going to get buttons sewn on for the holly berries.  I am going to use buttons on the gingerbread man and ladies.  I am doing raw edge machine applique instead of hand applique on this project.  I don't think I would have done this project otherwise.  Two of my friends have been working on the same quilt.  I think one is probably done with hers though I have not been to the Sew 'n Sews group for a while to see her progress.

Back to the sewing machine.

Karen

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

FIREPLACE QUILT

I changed things around just a bit.  Decided to hang a quilt over the fireplace.  I wanted the fireplace wall painted a different color.  It is a rust right now.  But now that the quilt is hanging there, I don't feel the same way about the color.
The wall looks more red in this photo.

I have been busy working on projects but am not ready to take a picture just yet.  I will be back soon to share with you.

Karen

Thursday, December 23, 2010

CHRISTMAS QUILTS

I want to share pictures of Christmas quilts I display during the holiday season.  I think I have shown almost all of them on my blog in the past but hope you enjoy a second look.








The following wool mat was made by my friend Beverly.  The date on the back is 2004.  The Sew 'N Sews had a Christmas trade that year and she had my name.  I think the pattern was in a quilt magazine but I don't remember any of the information about which one or the designer.

And last is a picture of the Alpine tree with the vintage cookie cutters for decoration.  It is hard to get a good picture in the location it sits because of glare from the window.

Enjoy your holiday season!

Karen

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NEW WOOL PROJECT

Just to let you know what I am working on, I am sharing a picture.
No stitching yet on these blocks.  I am just in the preparation stage.  I have six more to prep for the wall hanging.  These will be good for me to stitch on during some down time I will have in January and February.

Enjoy your day!

Karen

Saturday, December 18, 2010

TWO UFO'S COMPLETED

I got busy yesterday evening and did the binding on the Wild Turkey quilt so it is now complete.  Not in time for fall or Thanksgiving but done.
My picture is crooked as usual.  My program does not do any adjusting to straighten so I am going to check out Photoshop when I have some time.

Hey, Lori!  I should have mentioned the doll quilt to you sooner.  I wrote Lori an e-mail yesterday telling her that I had made a doll quilt from her last sew-long and had not been able to find the quilt since I put it together.  I had looked more than once and the sewing room had been cleaned a couple times so things had been put away.  I told her that it either went to the thrift store in a donated bag of fabric or was hidden in the folds of a big piece of fabric.  I needed a piece of red fabric yesterday and began pulling some reds off the shelf.  I saw that there was a smaller piece of batting in between some red and black check fabric and pulled it out.  Here was the doll quilt stuck to the piece of batting waiting for machine quilting.  Before I lost it again, I sat right down at the sewing machine and completed the work.  I should have e-mailed Lori a good while back about the lost little quilt.  Maybe I would have found it a lot sooner.
I had to have done something wrong because I ended up with parts getting cut off that shouldn't have.  I think I can see what is wrong now that I look at the picture.  Oh, well.  The quilt is quilted and bound.  It will just be one of those charming quilts that is off kilter.

The mailman brought me two packages yesterday.  The first was from Julie and I was bad.  The little wrapped package inside said "Don't Peek" and I peeked anyhow.  She sent me one of the pincushions she was making back around Thanksgiving time.  Made from nine patches and a button center.  I especially like that she used a plaid in red and green.  A big thank you!  I so appreciate a hand made gift.  It is going into my pincushion collection that I keep in a Longaberger basket.  On display in the family room.
The second package was from Colleen.  She has been my blog buddy right from the very beginning of starting my blog.  We both like prim style and developed a good friendship.  She sent me some plaid squares, a prim style decorative plate and a wonderful little cushion that she made.  Take a look.
She did wool applique and some embroidery on the project.  My favorite season of the year is fall and this definitely has a fall look.  Thank you, Colleen.  I appreciate all you have done for me.

I am playing in the sewing room a bit this morning.  I pulled out one of my Cheri quilt patterns that has a Christmas theme.  I can't complete it before the holiday but it will be fun to work on it.

Come back soon!
Karen

Friday, December 17, 2010

WHOOPEE DANCE

I am doing the Whoopee Dance (I don't think that will translate very well for those that have to use translation)!  Mary from Quilt Hollow sent me an early birthday present.  Look at what she sent.
This is the quilt she showed on her blog in a very recent post.  Little did I know that it was coming to me.  It has those stars with the long points.  I find them hard to piece but Mary's are done so well.  I did use the Tri-Recs ruler set the last time I made a couple of the stars and had success.  And, of course, Mary's machine quilting.  The quilt is made with Kansas Troubles fabrics which tend to find their way into my stash quite often.  As a quilter, I very much appreciate the time and workmanship that goes into making a quilt.  Mary knows how much I appreciate this gift.

I finished stitching the twelve wool flower blocks and set them together.

I don't know why I can't take a straight picture.  The blocks were designed by Lisa Bonjean of Primitive Gatherings.  She showed the blocks over the summer on her blog.  I did a quick look and do not find the patterns on the shop website though they may be there and I did not see them.  Lisa used a pieced border of small squares.  I decided to use a plainer border as the blocks were busy looking.  I tried several fabrics before deciding to settle on plainer fabrics.  The dark brown inner border is a wood grain look fabric.  The tan is a crackle print.  All the fabrics I used including the wool came from stash.  I will do minimal quilting on this piece.

Stash brings up a thought.  How long does a piece of fabric have to be in your possession before it is considered stash?  I think it is when the fabric is already on the shelf and not planned for any particular project.  Or a leftover from another project.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Karen

Monday, December 13, 2010

WORKING ON A UFO

I spent yesterday stitching down the wool on four basket applique blocks.  You can see all the blocks I prepped here.  I will show you a picture of the ones that I completed the hand stitching on.
I like flowers but am not good at being able to identify more than a few kinds.  I don't know if these represent real flowers or not.  I have eight blocks left to stitch.

I am sure you remember this quilt from the previous post.
Well, it is on its way to the post office.  Being mailed to Mary at Quilt Hollow.  It is her quilt.  She purchased the block of the month kits, I have done the stitching, and she will complete the quilt.    It is part of a trade we agreed to and has worked out well.  She gave me freedom to change any of the blocks I wanted to.  She also gave me additional fabric from the same line to add to some that I had in my stash.  I can make the same quilt for myself or at least part of it but want a little break first.  I will work on other projects.  As I said, it is a trade of time and talent.

I have mentioned the quilt pattern name on previous posts but not on the last one.  Have had several e-mails asking about it.  The pattern name is "Piece and Plenty" and was a block of the month by Moda University.  It was available through some quilt shops probably in 2008 or 2009.  I have not been able to find it anywhere online at this time.  The blocks were designed by a variety of people thus the different styles within the quilt.

I had an e-mail from a new blogger.  She has posted a picture of her quilt made from the same pattern.  Different fabrics.  Please stop by and pay Lia a visit.  Here is a link to her blog.  It is in Dutch.  Her e-mail to me was in English so don't hesitate to leave her a comment if you care to.

Back to my stitching.

Karen

Saturday, December 11, 2010

BASKET BLOCK QUILT TOGETHER

No border yet but the main body of the quilt is together.  So many have said they were anxious to see the the applique baskets and pieces and parts together.  Here is a picture.
My favorite block is the dark brown basket with the little triangle border around it in the top right of the quilt.

Karen

CANDLE MATS

I made two candle mats yesterday.  Both were made from kits that were gifts to me.
The first is from a Primitive Gatherings pattern and is made from wool.
The second mat is made with wool felt and the pattern is from Bareroots #166 Folk Hearts & Stars.

Thank you Colleen and Pam H.  I enjoyed stitching both of these and they will be put to good use.

Karen

Friday, December 10, 2010

THE LAST BASKET BLOCK

Hurray!  The last basket block is done.  This design was by American Jane.
Now to sew the pieces and parts together for a quilt top.

I made a small snowman table mat yesterday evening.  A fairly quick project.
The pattern is a free one and is available here on Sew Unique Creations' blog.  I used wool I had in my stash for the project.

Back to my stitching.  Have a good day and stop back soon.

Karen

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MORE BASKET BLOCKS AND PARTS

More basket blocks and pieces and parts to share with you.
This is not the layout for the quilt but just everything close together on the design wall for the photo.  The upper left block is my favorite of these.  I made a change to the block to simplify the basket.  Only because I thought a strip pieced basket looked too busy.  The fabrics  included some to be used in the flower which made the flower sort of blend into the basket.  I substituted the brown from the same fabric line.  Now the flower stands out more.  I love the pieced border around the block.  The second block over is the same layout as the pattern but I changed the basket to a more simple one.  Again, the block had such a busy look that this helped a lot.  The bottom right basket is made just like the pattern.  I am coming to the end of making blocks for the quilt.  One more package to go.  Then I can lay it all out and see if anything needs adjusting.

A while back, I showed you "Grace" which was made from a pattern by Cheri Saffiote-Payne.  The pattern did not give Grace a mouth.  I thought she needed something.  Perhaps a heart button.  I found one button but it was too bright of a red.  I was going to attempt to paint it a darker red.  Then I found this heart button at Hobby Lobby.  A deeper red and long like Grace's face.  Here is what Grace looked like before the addition of the button.
Here is what she looks like now.  The quilting makes it look like she had a mouth to start with but that is just the angle of the photo.  She needed something.

Back to the sewing room.  Have a great day.

Karen

Monday, December 6, 2010

BASKET BLOCK

Another basket block up on the wall for the basket sampler quilt.  And some star filler blocks.
I did not care for the basket block that was next in line in the pattern set.  It was sort of a fan basket with yo-yo's for the base and the handle.  I chose a Jan Patek design instead and modified it somewhat.  I like the result much better than the original yo-yo basket block.

I made it to the craft store today for some supplies to decorate my new tree that I showed you in the last post.  Hobby Lobby has some very similar trees and they are called Alpine trees.  I was just calling mine a prim style tree.  All their Christmas trees and decorations are half price right now.

A short post today.  Stop back again soon.

Karen

Sunday, December 5, 2010

FUNNY CHRISTMAS TREE STORY

Our company just left.  Boohoo!  We had a wonderful week with them.  Our friends  spent about five days at Disney World with their daughter and grandson.  Then their family flew back north andour friends came to spend a week with us.  It is like being on vacation while they are here.  We do sight see or do something every day and eat out at least once a day.  Good times with dear friends.

My December stitchery is finally displayed.  I forgot to put it out until a few minutes ago.


The funny story is that we stopped at a local church thrift store that has very nice merchandise.  I spotted a prim style tree.  It had a real tree log for the main part of the tree and prim style branches.  Not the kind of tree every one would like but it caught my eye.  I have a set of three smaller prim style trees and I thought it would look good with them.  My husband thought it was a bit ugly for a Christmas tree, so we left it in the store.  Our friends kept saying I needed it to go with my other smaller trees.  I decided I would go back the next day and buy it.  Surely no one would want an "ugly" tree like that.  They also had a set of three smaller trees in the store similar to what I already had.  Well, I went back on Saturday morning but not right at opening time.  I went in through the side door as I had some items to donate.  Then into the store and into the book section.  A favorite place to visit.  When I came out and went around to where the tree should have been, it was no where to be found.  The smaller trees were also gone.  I figured that someone else liked prim style and bought them all.  I should mention that our friends had gone out on their own and my husband off to play golf.  A while after I got home, our friends came in.  We sat out by the pool for a while.  On a trip into the house, I walked by the living room  but did not see  the big tree that had been added to my little trees in front of the window.  My next trip through, I spotted it.  Our friends could not wait to tell me the story.  They had trouble finding the thrift store and when they finally did and pulled into the parking lot, my car was sitting there.  They had decided to buy the tree as a surprise and were disappointed that I had beat them there.  They went into the store, did not see me, so Judy went sneaking to the side room to see if I was in looking at books.  She spotted me and then hurried to the front to give John the all clear signal.  They grabbed the tree and ran to the register to pay.  The older lady at the register was trying to start a conversation with them.  They had to rush her and get out of the store before I came out.  So they were the ones who bought my big tree.  We had a good laugh.  Then we decided to wait and see how long it took my husband to notice the tree.  He never did until Judy took him into the living room this morning and got him to look in that direction.  I had told him the day before that the tree was already sold when I got to the store and he said he was glad.   Now he is threatening to saw the log in half.  LOL!  I think I will get some fabric style ribbon and hang my metal cookie cutters on it.  And I need some plain twinkle lights.  I could not get a good picture of the tree because of the sunlight in the window but here it is.

 I will post a picture when it is decorated and can get a better picture.

I put out the first Christmas quilt this afternoon.  And I think I will use it for my holiday header photo also.  Not a new piece and I have shown it before on the blog.  The pattern is from a Red Wagon book.

I drape it across the living room sofa.  I had the book for several years before I finally made the angel quilt and it is a favorite one to display during the holidays.

Time for some sewing.  Have a great day and come back soon for another visit.

Karen