Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Busy Day!

Well, it is the end of our apple crop from out dwarf honey crisp tree.  The last 5 quarts of pie filling done.  Three apple pies, and one blueberry.

Found a lovely little machine at the thrift store for $30 - has not been used very much.  Similar to my Singer Featherweight II machine.  It is a Janome Model 1017 made in Taiwan.  I prefer the Taiwan machines over any other Asian made machine.  They seem to be made well and I have had good luck with them.

This little machine has built in stitches - no width or length control as each stitch is pre-set.  It will be a fun machine to take travelling or a good first machine for a young person who wants to learn to sew.  The great thing about the machine is that I have the case that I had purchased for my Featherweight II and it fits perfectly.  I had upgraded to a bigger bag for the Featherweight II when I bought the quilters package for that machine.

I am finishing up another wildlife quilt.  Just have to sew the sashing and border on then it will be read to quilt.

Happy sewing to all!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Blue Hollow

Well, since it is Labor Day - that's what I did!  Eight quarts of apples, 12 quarts of apple pie filling, and finished a quilt order.

I used the "Indigo" line from Moda Fabrics for the split nine patch.  The wildlife panels were ordered from back east.  It is a size 64" x 90" which is made to fit a twin size bunk bed.  I love the blue and tan fabric together.  I named the quilt "Blue Hollow".

Love the blue & tan together.

Borders & sashing were from a different fabric line.

Machine quilted with "curlz".

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Making Your Own Fitted Sheets

I have been frustrated with purchased fitted sheets!  They are always a little too small for our king size mattress (even the deep pocket style).  Well, I invested $15 in an inexpensive king size flat sheet.  Undid the seam on the top of the sheet, pressed open.  Measured the mattress (12" deep), cut each corner of the flat sheet (12" square).  Bring the cutout pieces together at each corner & sew down to the hemline.  Double stitch the seam for heavy use.  Cut about 18 inches of elastic (1/4" wide because that is what I had handy).  Undid the side hems about 13" on each side (except for the top as I had already undid the seam).  Mark the center of the elastic, place at the corner hem seam (inside the seam allowance).  Stretch elastic on each side of center of corner seam - Tack the elastic at each end, pin the center to the corner seam. Sew the hem seam where you opened the seam.  Voila!  You have a fitted king size sheet that fits perfectly.

Now I can invest in some higher thread count sheets and have great fitting fitted sheets.

I used the same format as I use for making crib size quilts.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Next quilt in the works

Started on the next quilt order.  Love the fabric I am using for the split 9 patch blocks.  It is "Indigo" by Moda.  This will be a twin sized quilt for a bunk bed.  Won't show the pre-printed blocks yet.  Stay tuned.

I am using my 1921 Singer class 66 machine.  She is the oldest one in my collection but works beautifully.

Photo of part of the group that served breakfast in Glenwood yesterday morning.  Thank you all for a wonderful morning.  Luke Robbins did a great job leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Finished the bridal shower quilt tonight.  I used a quick & easy chevron pattern.  The quilt measures 67" x 79".  The perfect size for cuddling up on the couch when you read a book or watch a movie.  Also made 2 pillowcases to go with it.  Nothing better than being curled up on the couch with a quilt and some pillows.

Colors are actually seen better in the label photo.

Machine quilted with a meandering loop & heart stitch.

Name of the quilt is Heartbeats.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dottie & I spent the weekend sewing

This past weekend I was able to finish piecing a quilt top for a wedding shower this coming Saturday.  Made a simple quilt top & finished machine quilting it today.  Took today off of work as my personal day.  Just have to make the label & put the binding on.

I pieced the quilt with my Singer Featherweight machine, which I call Dottie (as she was purchased at the Pink Polka Dot in Panguitch).  Amazing how smooth that machine runs.

Two things I picked up from quilter Bonnie K. Hunter (www.Quiltville.com).  She uses an old credit card attached to the machine as a 1/4 inch sewing guide.  Found that to work like a charm!  I used one of those advertising cards you get in the mail.

The second thing I am using from Bonnie Hunter is the leader/ender.  You keep a little stack of cut pieces (in my case 2 1/2 inch squares) by your machine.  When you come to the end of sewing on your current project just pick up a unit (again mine are 2 1/2 inch squares) and sew a unit together.  You do this at the end of each ending & it becomes your leader for your next project piece.  Cut the leader/ender off of the chain & stack up for use in another project.  I have quite a little stack sewn together just from this last quilt project.

Happy sewing all!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Singer 457

This is my newest find.  A Singer Model 457 Stylist - built in 1970.  Co-worker found it online & sent me a message.  This sweet little gal was only $45.  She is in good shape and works like a charm.  These machines were one of the final made-to-last Singer machine productions.  Another great find to add to my little collection.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

For Elena

My niece asked me to make a name plaque for her littlest girl.  I had made one for her oldest daughter.  This time around I found these cute little wooden heart shapes that I could not resist.  Every other heart swings the opposite way.  A little paint, a little sparkle, and there you have it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Faux Chennille Baby Quilt

Just finished a baby quilt.  I use 4 crib pre-printed panels (all face up) with flannel backing.  Sew rows about 1/2" apart.  Cut the top 3 panels with a slasher rotary cutter or electric scissors.  I added flannel borders with batting & there you have it - a faux chennille baby quilt.  Made for an associate who is going to have a baby girl in another couple of months.  This can be a very fun project.  Try to buy the panels on sale if you can.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Elk Ridge

Second quilt using the American Wildlife panel print.  Quilt turned out to be 79" x 87".  Combination of cotton & cuddle flannel.  Name of the quilt is "Elk Ridge".
Baby quilt to finish this month; wedding quilt to start & finish by the end of July.  I don't think I will have time to make a quilt for the Sevier County Fair this year.  I will try to make the quilt block for the contest.

Of course it turned cloudy outside today so very poor lighting for pictures.  Here they are anyway.