Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Another great find

Well, I stopped in our local thrift store today.  What can I say! I found another treasure and it followed me home. Meet Inga, my 1960 Bernina 530 sewing machine. A good thing I like to sew. Though I am running out of room for my lovely machines.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New project in the works

Found a great pattern in the Winter Vol. 4 issue 1 of The Block magazine published by The Missouri Star Quilt Co.   It is a super eady hourglass pattern.  Can't wait for the final reveal.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Quilt Block Design

I volunteered to design and make a quilt block for the 2017 Quilters Heritage Festival.  The theme for this year is A Season to Quilt.

My husband's favorite color is orange so he suggest doing a Fall themed block.  Well, orange not being my favorite color I decided to compromise.  The design is a hint of fall.  The green spool of thread has been used throughout the year but the orange spool is full and ready to use for fall quilting.

The block is trimmed to 12 1/2 inches and will finished at 12 inches.  The fall flowers are my own design and represent the final blooms of autumn.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Miss K's Library

After seeing the book case quilt on the internet a year or so ago, I finally decided to try it.  I looked at several quilts and came up with this design.  It all started with one strip of leftover fabric from my last quilt.  The selvage had an interesting name for the fabric so I decided I would use other selvage pieces as book titles.  I had found the dark brown fabric which reminded me of our walnut book shelves.  Then I thought of someone who mentioned that they would like one of these quilts so I threw in a couple of things to personalize it a bit.  She doesn't know about this yet, but she will.....

I had to use the soft cuddle flannel fabric for the backing.  You all know how I love flannel backings.  Of course I had just the perfect bolt of flannel.  Chocolate brown with cream colored paw prints.

The quilt finished at about 69" x 72".  I call this one "Miss K's Library".

It was a fun project and I may have to make another one too!  I made a matching pillowcase 'cause you all know I do not like to wrap gifts!

Used a combination of ideas found on the internet.

Fun to use different techniques too.  See the kittens blue eyes?
Added a personal touch for the future quilt owner.

Love the backing.  Fun all over machine quilting.

Oh yes, a matching pillow case too.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Eclectic Elements

This is the year I have set a goal to use my precuts and buy a limited amount of new yardage.  This is the first quilt finish of 2017.  I used the charm pack (5") squares from the Eclectic Elements by Jim Holtz line. They were fun precuts to use.  I have the fabric for the borders and sashings in my stash.  The quilt finishes at approximately 67" x 76".

The pattern is called Four Patch Lattice from the Missouri Star Quilt's book "BLOCK" (Holiday Volume 3 Issue 4).  I really enjoy watching the You Tube tutorials by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I would advise anyone who would like to make quilts or sewing projects with simple and easy instructions to take a look at MSQ.

You can see the lattice effect.

This is a close up of the fabric in Eclectic Elements.

There were 2 squares left over from the charm packs.  Of course this one became the label.

My cute granddaughter had to try the quilt out during the photo shoot.

I was hoping to have this quilt done last week but headaches were slowing my pace.  I spent all afternoon yesterday pushing through on the machine quilting.  Finished the binding this afternoon.  Could use a massage right about now.

Enjoy your crafting whatever it may be.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Final Quilt of 2016

I had not planned on making any more quilts this month.  However, I had these last 6 wildlife squares that I had left from other projects and they have been sitting in my studio mocking me for over a year now.  So, I pulled a piece of plaid flannel out of the closet and some tan flannel and whipped this easy quilt together.  I can no longer be mocked by those wildlife panels.  Hooray!!

The quilt finished at about 59" x 73".  Just the right size for someone to snuggle into with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book.  Ah, I can picture it now.

I named this one "Pine Ridge".  I machine quilted this quilt with an over all loop design.  Very fast and easy (as it had to be done by the end of the year!).  This quilt is also stored in it's own pillow case.

Cannot wait to start 2017 with a new quilt project.  I have not decided on the pattern yet, but you can bet I will be throwing in a scrappy quilt somewhere in the near future.

May your New Year be bright and may many blessings flow to you and yours.  With best wishes from Scrappyendings & Co.

Love the plaid flannel!

Up close and personal.

Label: Pine Ridge

It's own pillowcase.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Treasure Number Two Found Yesterday

OK, this little treasure has been cleaned, serviced, adjusted, and is ready to sew up a storm.  The cabinet is is great condition too.  This is a White Model 675.  It is circa mid 1960's.  I actually had the newer model in the early 1970"s and loved it.  It was a work horse.  I ended up trading it in for a Riccar 888 which I used and wore out after 30 years.

This baby was only $25, cabinet and all.

I have been very lucky with my thrifting finds this year.

She's a beauty.

Cabinet is in great shape too.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Treasure Number One Found Today

Had a surprisingly great time at the local thrift store (Deseret Industries) on my lunch hour with hubby.  Found two (yes TWO!!!!) great finds.

I will post the first one tonight.  This little gem was found hiding on a lower shelf.  When I opened the case my heart started to pound.  What is this!!!!

After cleaning, servicing, and adjustments this jewel sews like dream.  She didn't have any bobbins or attachments, but wouldn't you know, I have a stash of the bobbins that I need for her.

Looked up the serial number on the Singer site and found that she is a Model 328K made May 21, 1962 in Clydebank Scotland.  I couldn't find a machine the same color as this one but the serial number gave me the model, date, and place she was manufactured.

Ah, life is sweet.  Especially when she was a whopping ..........$12!  (Insert happy dance here)

Can't wait to service the next great find.  But no info on that little puppy until I have completed the service on it.

She is all set to sew some quilt blocks!

Case is in good shape.  The leather handle is cracked, but I can live with that.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fun Time

I am one of those people who cannot throw scraps of fabric out.  I do limit myself to nothing smaller than 1.5 inches.  After all, a girl has to set some standards by which to control her stash.

Anyway, I had just enough 6 inch flannel squares that were the remaining scraps from making my grandsons PJ's for Christmas.  Ended up with this little ditty.  It's 66" x 66".  I am a border gal, but I had just enough of the dino & polka dot flannel to make the backing.  That is what determined my not putting borders on this quilt.

I named it "Fun Time" because my grand daughter loves to take quilts and make "forts" and "tents" out of them.  I remember doing the same thing in my youth.  Yes, we had quilts back then smarty pants.

Also made a pillow case to store the quilt in.  I know this little quilt will eventually find the home it was made for.  My quilts usually do.

Merry Christmas to all and may God bless your lives this coming year.

Soft and cuddly and ready for use. 66" x 66"

":Fun Time"

Pieced backing and binding.

Pillow case

St. Luke 2: 8 - 11

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Sweet Berry Chocolate

OK.  I do not know where September and October went to!  Between work, housework, gardening, and canning the past two months have flown by.

Finished my newest quilt which I call Sweet Berry Chocolate.  I used the left over 10" squares that I had left over from another project.  Made half square triangles, and designed pinwheel and chevron blocks.  Had just enough of the blue but needed to add a couple of squares using pink polka dots to make the quilt as large as I did.  It is approximately 78" by 89".  Used the last of the brown flannel that was on one of my bolts but lacked about 10", so, here came the last of the pink polka dot fabric.  I really like the quilt.  My granddaughter wanted to make a fort out of it.  She sat under the table as I was sewing the binding on and wanted to keep the quilt for herself.  She has a few quilts already.  Some I made, and some her Mama has made.

The sun was setting so the shadows flowed across the quilt.  I like it.

Pinwheel and Chevron blocks.

Sweet Berry Chocolate