Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Forever Tapestry

Had some leftover half square triangle units from 2 other projects.  Since I am still in my use what I have on hand mode I knew I had to use them somehow.  In the Feb/March 2016 McCall's Quick Quilts there was a patter called "Tapestry" designed by Gerri Robinson.  It was just the inspiration for me to use the half square triangle units.  I love how this turned out.  The border fabrics were from an estate sale that I went to last year.  The backing was also pieced together using all but the last half square triangles which I am sure will find it's way into a future project.

I called this quilt "Forever Tapestry" to honor the inspirational design.  Used 4 of the half square triangles for the label.  I love using fabric that I have on hand and as you may know scrappy is my favorite thing!

Used half square triangles leftover from 2 other projects.

Machine quilted with an all over modified clam shell pattern.

Label even used half square triangles.  "Forever Tapestry",

Last of the half square triangles used in the pieced backing.  Love my scrappy projects!

Hope you are having a wonderful August.  Hard to believe that the month is almost gone and schools have started or are beginning this next week.

1 Corinthians 13: 1 - Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Getting Ready for the Glenwood Town Celebration

Thank you to Kristi Sampson & her daughter Kenzie Erickson for putting together an arts & crafts showcase for tomorrow morning.  I know it grew into something larger than they had imagined, especially for a last minute idea.
I snapped photos of things being brought in.  Sorry that I don't have them labeled.  However, if you are in Glenwood tomorrow morning, the flag ceremony is at 7:50 am with breakfast at 8 am.  The cost is reasonable and you can go into the City Town Hall to view the wonderful things the people in our little town make.  So much talent!

Kevin Morrison's great stuff!

Kristi working hard!

April Freeborn & her wonderful salves & oils

Kristi Sampson's beautiful Rodeo shirts & dresses

June Erickson's lovely quilts

Clint Matheson's handmade knives

Ryan Marquardson's wood working

Julie Sorenson brought her saddle

Sandy Daniels lovely dolls

I just brought a couple of my scrappy quilts.
A Mother's Heart

River Walk

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cuddles Baby Quilt & Craft Night at Relief Society

Finished my little baby quilt.  It is made of 2 1/2" leftover squares.  I may see the bottom of that scrap box one day.  Amazing how many quilts you can make with a small box of squares!  I did run out of the white squares so substituted cream & tan.  I like it!  I called it Cuddles because it is backed and the borders are made of soft flannel.  Next project is waiting in the wings.

Love the little "not white" squares.  It speaks of "Scrappy"!

Machine quilted with meandering swirls.


This evening was a craft night at Relief Society.  Re-purposing everyday items.  I chose the used wood flag banner.  Wood was pre-cut and drilled so all we needed to do was paint the boards and stencil the stars.  Attached the wire and of course I had to curl it here and there.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New to me!

Found this little gem at our local thrift store for $25. Had to order a bobbin case for it & that arrived today.  She sews like a dream!  I had some minor repairs to do but luckily I am able to manage those myself.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Star Mist

Just finished another quilt using Jenny Doan's (of Missouri Star Quilt Company) pattern for Friendship Pinwheel.  This is the second one that I have finished.  This one is about 67" x 82".  Made with leftover charm squares (5"), estate sale fabric, gifted fabric (black), and scraps from other projects.  It is an easy pattern and I love scrappy (as if you didn't know)!

I called this one Star Mist because the grey flannel which I used for the backing and the outer border reminds me of the fog rolling over the hills in the San Francisco Bay area.  Ah, those were the days.

"Star Mist"

Edge to edge machine quilting using free motion design which is a modified curly clam shell design

Label = Star Mist

Timothy 3:5  For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A little Creative Ingenuity Goes A Long Way

I have had my Grace Frame (Start Right) for a few years now.  I run my Brother 1500 on it for machine quilting.  This was a very affordable set up for me.  The one thing that I have dealt with is the batting.  Typically I rolled it up under the frame.  Then read about a great idea to use a pool noodle to wrap the batting around.  That worked fine, though it did sit on the floor in front of the frame as I use the space under the frame for storage (sewing machines, little couch, and exercise unit).
I decided to ask hubby if he could make a pole to hold the pool noodle up off of the floor so I wasn't kicking it as I was machine quilting.  Well, he bought a piece of PVC pipe, ends for the pipe and some chain.  This is what he came up with. Easy on the pocket book and works like a charm.  Batting rolls easily as I advance the top and bottom rails.

Loaded with batting

Chain on end of pipe unit which just loops over the side frame

Pool noodle (added part of a second noodle to make it long enough for my frame)