Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Saturday, September 29, 2012

What a Find!

On our way home from shopping today something shiny caught my eye.  Around the block we went and parked in front of the yard sale.  The shiny thing was the chrome on a Free Westinghouse Zig Zag sewing machine in a cabinet.  The bobbin winder tire needed replacement, the shaft on the winder was seized, the light will need to be rewired.  However, after 2 1/2 hours of cleaning and servicing I have one sweet machine.  What a bargain (or so I think) at $80.  The machine has a wonderful stitch and is very quiet.  I will have to buy some wiring to get the light going, but I am so happy with the purchase.  The machine is living in the kitchen for a few days until I decide where I want to put it.  I am not sure of the age but believe it is a model J2 manufactured somewhere in the late 1920's or 1930's.  It has all the attachments and instruction booklet too.

My daughter-in-law, Trista, came to visit her Mom over the last few days and made a wonderful little "motorcycle" out of diapers and baby stuff for our new little Hannah.  Her Mom helped her make the name blocks.  The gifts were so adorable that I had to take photos.  Trista is very creative (if you couldn't already tell from the gifts).

Here's hoping you all have a great autumn and remember to share your talents with others.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September Blocks of the Month

This past month has been so busy that I just now got around to completing the September blocks of the month for my Craftsy class.  I did take a shortcut in making the units.  I have made a Drunkard's Path quilt in the past so I do know how to construct the unit.  However, I learned a simpler way of construction from Jenny Doan on Missouri Star Quilt Company's tutorial page.  As I am using only fabric on hand, the Cleopatra's Puzzle block is a little different than the actual pattern.  The pattern uses only 2 fabrics, but I didn't have quite enough so I used the 'lemon' & 'lime' fabrics.  The chain block pattern is another block made with what I had on hand.  My little stash box that I am using for this Craftsy class has alot of bright colors and some darker colors, but not very big pieces of those fabrics.  So this quilt will be a truly scrappy creation.

Chain Block on the left  -- Cleopatra's Puzzle on the right

PS - this beautiful little angel is our precious Hannah born this past Thursday.  Truly a little miracle and she has captured all of our hearts.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Boo-tiful Night

Finished my Halloween quilt last night.  The blocks are made using the tube technique.  I learned this technique from Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilt Company website.  This is a quick and easy way to make a block.  Most of the fabric was purchased at our local quilt store in Richfield, Utah - Marcia's.  It is a charming little store right on the main street.  I machine quilted the project with a meandering loop style and threw in a word or two.

Hope your harvest was good and that you are all enjoying the beautiful weather.

'Boo-tiful Night"

Meandering loops with a word or two thrown in

and of course, the label.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Cocoa Creme

Finally finished the "1600 Quilt".  I used a smaller "jelly roll" so the center section of the quilt is smaller than the "1600 Quilt" would be.  I added two borders to make the quilt a finished sized of about 50" x 80".  This makes a nice quilt for someone who is tall or someone who just likes to be tucked in!  I used the scalloped edge by using my new Vines & Curves ruler purchased from Quilt In A Day.  I watched Jenny Doan's tutorial on the Missouri Star Quilt Company website (also found on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIHhTxTpMQ0&feature=player_detailpage.  The quilting is the "Meandering Peacock" pattern designed by Linda Taylor.  I used my Brother 1500 sewing machine which is set on a Start Right quilt frame from Grace Frame Co.  By using the Grace Laser I am able to follow a pantograph to do an all over design.
The quilt's name is "Cocoa Creme".  The colors reminded me of cherry chocolates and I used brown thread for the machine quilting.

Sorry, the photos didn't come out as well as they should have.  May have to break down and purchase a new digital camera.

Cocoa Creme

Center showing use of the 2 1/2" jelly roll strips

Curved edges - gentle 5" curves using the Vines & Curves ruler