Monday, September 26, 2016

Design Wall Monday–9/26/16

I was at a retreat in Big Bear last week but for some reason was unable to post my Design Wall Monday so today I’ll share some of the things I worked on during the week. 

First up – my churn dash quilt.  I had started this at the Big Bear Retreat last May and although I didn’t get it finished this time, I got all the blocks made. 

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I now need to add the sashing and borders.  That may take a while but I’m in no hurry.  This quilt doesn’t have a designated home yet so I’m in no hurry.

Next up………………..a seat cushion to take to workshop.  For me, the chairs are always too low or the table is too high.  Either way I need a seat cushion.  When Marilyn and I had our Two Wacky Women business we sold really nice seat cushions but for some reason mine “literally” would get sold out from under me.  Finally I have my own.

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I love how it turned out.  The foam was 16” x 16” x 3” and is very firm.  Maybe too firm but I would suspect it will soften with time. 

Another project that I cut out a very long time ago but I finally started making my blocks.

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It’s completely made of Kaffe fabrics.  I still need to make a whole bunch of blocks.

It was a wonderful week, filled with friendship, sewing and waaaaay to much food.  But I can hardly wait until the next time in May, 2017.  Woo Hoo!!!!!

To see what others have on their design walls, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog

Enjoy,

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Design Wall Monday–September 12, 2016

This is kind of a silly thing to show, but it’s actually the only sewing that I’ve done lately.

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In case you can’t tell, it a cover for my new little featherweight, Rosie.  You remember Rosie, don’t you?

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She’s so shiny and pretty that she needed her own cover.  The Day of the Dead pattern seemed perfect for her. 

Can you guess what it’s made out of????? I bet you can’t……….

I was at the 99 Cent Store and they have all their Halloween stuff (including Day of the Dead) stuff out.  Here’s what I found.

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I bought 3 of them for 99 cents each.  I sewed two together at the top to make it big enough and then added ribbon ties to the sides.  It’s a little cushy so it will help protect Rosie when she’s packed for a retreat.  The funny thing about this is I was planning on making a simple cover but was having trouble deciding what fabric to use.  When I saw these dish drying mats I knew that they were perfect.

Check out my new little table. 

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It’s perfect for a sewing machine table.  It’s a little lower than normal desk height so my machine sits a little lower as it would if set down in a regular sewing machine table. It also has a side panel that you can raise to give you room to the left of your machine. 

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And, it’s on wheels so I can simply roll it into the dining room when I have friends over to sew.  I’m planning on painting it soon, probably a sea foam blue.  Once again I can be dangerous with a spray can of paint in my hands. 

BTW……………………the best part?????? I paid $7.99 for the table at my local Goodwill store.  I love the Goodwill store.

Until next time…………………….check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog for other design walls. 

Enjoy,

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Meet Rosie

A while back I decided I wanted to get a Singer Featherweight 221 made the same year I was born.  It took a while to find just the right one but I did indeed find one.  It sewed great but it had been well used and wasn’t in great shape cosmetically so what’s a gal to do.  Find someone to spruce her up by painting and refurbishing it of course. 

Today “Rosie” came home after having a wonderful “spa” experience. 

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I am really, really happy with her and she seems to be delighted to have a new life. 

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Here’s her before picture.  Just a little rough around the edges. 

Enjoy,

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Design Wall Monday–August 15, 2015

I just returned from a five day retreat with my Quilters by the Sea quilt guild.  I had a wonderful time sewing, eating, drinking wine but most of all visiting with many old friends.  Ii loved every minute of it and actually got a few things accomplished. 

I finished several quilts by adding binding, made a wallet/clutch, made a baby quilt top and started a hexi project to put on a cushion. 

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The beginning of a large hexi flower that will be the front of a seat cushion.

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This is a quilt that I added the binding to.  I rescued the quilt top from a guild boutique, had it quilted and then I added the binding.  This is possible my very favorite quilt, ever!!!!

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This is a cute little quilt that I made using scraps left over from a prior project.  I finished it by adding a faux flange binding while at retreat.

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A One Block Wonder that I made a while back but recently completed the top and added the binding at the retreat.  Here’s a picture of the back.  This is the panel I used to make the hexagon blocks.

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Here are some pillow shams that also needed the binding added.  Done and done!

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Such a cute wallet/clutch/purse.  These patterns are surprisingly easy to make if you follow the step-to-step instructions. 

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This is very hard to see but it’s a really sweet baby quilt that has elephants and geese.  It’s just a top for now but hopefully I’ll get it quilted soon.

Overall, I’d say it was a great, productive retreat.

To see what others have on their design wall, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.

Enjoy,

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Facebook Page Feed–New Baby in the House (A Featherweight)

I normally have an automatic feed from my blog to my RQe Facebook page, but it recently had a problem and quit working.  I think I’ve fixed it so this will be my test. 

I wanted to share my new (to me) baby.  It’s an old Singer featherweight that was made the same year I was born.  It arrived last week and although it worked it was sluggish and needed a good cleaning, oil and grease.  After spending sometime working on it (and watching YouTube videos) it’s running smoothly and creating a great stitch. 

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The cosmetic condition isn’t great so I’d like to get her refurbished and painted in a great dark red along with new decals.  I’m on a wait list for someone in the mid west for 2017 but would love to find someone on the west coast that can do this for me.  Any suggestion or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. 

Enjoy,

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Design Wall Monday–August 8, 2016

I’ve been wanting to recover my sewing chair for some time.  Yesterday was the day.  I had picked up this really cute fabric and thought it would be perfect for my chair. 

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I love how it came out.  I watched several YouTube videos, enough to realize every chair is a little different and until you start working on your own you don’t know what to expect.  This should have been a quick project but I managed to take a good portion of the day to get it accomplished, but its finished and ready to be used. 

I’m heading to a Quilters by the Sea guild retreat on Wednesday so I’m in the process of putting together various projects to work on while there.  It’s always a lot of fun, quilting with lots of friends. 

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.

Enjoy,

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Design Wall Monday–August 1, 2016

Wow, where did July go?  I had a great weekend that I’ll write about later but in the mean time, here’s what just came up off of my design “floor” and is going to the long arm quilter later today.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?  It’s completely pieced by hand and appears to be in wonderful shape.  It is so me.  Smile The colors are perfect and I love it.  I have no idea who made it.  It was donated to my guild boutique and it was for sale.  It took me about 2 seconds to buy it.  I pieced a backing for it yesterday and will drop it off at Bear’s Quilt Shop later so that they can quilt it for me. 

Check out this one corner.

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It has an extra square sewn to it.  Maybe they were going to sew an additional border of or maybe they just got carried away.  In any case, I’m planning on squaring it up and removing all the points.  There’s no way I’m going to attempt to bind all those innies and outies. 

I can’t wait to get it back so that I can add binding and find a home for it. 

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.

Enjoy,

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