Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Receiving Blankets

With the year ending this next week, and being sold out of receiving blankets & burp cloths, I decided to start preparing some new stock.  I have the boy stack ready to prepare for crochet edges.  The burp cloths are stitched down the center & also ready to sew around the edge for the crochet stitches.  After 2 hours working on the boy stack, I decided to take a quick break.  The girl stack is waiting for me.  I will prepare a tutorial this coming year on how I make the receiving blankets & burp cloths.  Stay tuned!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wedding Quilt Finished!

It's been a busy couple of weeks but I managed to get the quilt done.  It is cotton & flannel.  This is my original design.  I did copy the reindeer from an online pillow project then adapted for my use.  I really like the way it turned out.  This is a wedding gift for a couple who will be married this next weekend.  I hope they like it as much as I do.

Had to take a photo of the quilt on the snow with the deer prints.

Half square triangles make up the chevron pattern.

Hailey & Karson - 12/21/13

The reindeer.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and a healthy & prosperous New Year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Love Vintage Sewing Machines!

As those who know me, I love vintage sewing machines.  I am the proud owner of a few Singer machines.  I found this site that shows an historical film of the Singer Sewing Machine factory in Scotland.
Imagine working in that factory.  It would have been hard work.  I have my little Singer Class./Model 99 made in Clydebank Scotland on Dec 13, 1923.  I paid more for this little gem than any of my other vintage machines, but she is so worth it.  She is a small version of the standard machine & bigger than the Featherweight model.

Here's a sneak peak at my current quilt project.  Migraine headache is putting me behind, but I will get this done!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas decorations up. Wonderful find at the DI.

Spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with our oldest son & family in Fruita Colorado.  Saturday I put up the Christmas decorations.  I don't believe that I went overboard, but hubby thinks otherwise.

I have been looking at a vintage sewing machine at our local DI thrift store.  It was $40.  A beautiful Singer 503A in a cabinet.  Well, I don't really have room for yet another vintage machine & cabinet but I thought I would take one more look.  It is missing the front slide plate & does not have any accessories included.  As I stood looking just one more time, the manager came over & asked if I was going to purchase the machine.  I told him that I was thinking about it.  He then said "What if I mark it down from the $20 reduced price to $10?"

Well, I could not pass that up.  I had already made sure that it was working.  Checked on the cost of the replacement front slide plate, and brought her home.  It's a circa 1961 Singer 503A Rocketeer.  I have ordered the part (under $10) and can't wait to put her back in her cabinet.  We had taken her out to bring her home in my little car & I then gave it a servicing.  Will keep an eye out for attachments & cams.

Beautiful cabinet too!

Covered the bookcase & hung the stockings with care.
A wheelbarrow full of stuffed toys sits at the base.

My tiny tree fits nicely in the living room.   We don't
really have space for a big tree.

The little bitty tree sits by the front door by the 
vintage looking chests.