Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

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)