Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Strip Piecing

You thought I might say something else.... Nope! I spent some time Sunday working on Highwaybound. It is coming along. I am finally in the over the hump with the blocks. 18 left to be exact. Sewing with Virgina, boy does that girl fly. Literally, feels like it goes zero to sixty in seconds. You have to love the simile between the quilt and sewing machine. How else does one get through the day.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

I finished the last two flowers tonight. Now, I have about forty leaves to make to attach the blocks together. It is coming along, but slow stitching it is.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Put the Hammer down.....

The highwayman bound quilt is coming along. I have 32 out of 80 units sewn and trimmed. I layed them put to get an idea of how it looks.

Partner in crime, Josie

Monday, September 1, 2014

Highwayman Bound

So the hubster asked me a while back to make him a quilt for his truck. I was intending to make him a StL. Sport themed quit.. Unfortunately, finding shirts was not in the cards. Plan B- awhile back I bought Bonnie Hunter's Shirtails and Scraps. The honey loved Virginia Bound, so plan B is my version.

13 shirts of lights and darks ranging from white. Light blue, charcoal, reds and blacks. A smattering of plaids and stripes. So far it is going well. I have one block completed and another four to be trimmed and depapered. One thing I learn is to trust even when it seems weird. She tells you to do the first light piece from the back of  the paper. I couldn't see why it would make such a difference. I ignored the directions  on the first two units. The other two, I followed the directions. Here's the difference, the points one the ones I follow the directions to the letter gave me beautiful, sharp points as compared to the other two that are not. duh!
Follow the directions. Give the maker the respect of doing it their way.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sewing with Nostalgia

Meet Virginia!! She is a Brother Super Streamaster 220. She most likely from the early 60's. I picked her up at a Goodwill near me for 20 bucks. Put in another 5 for a bobbin case, and she runs like a top. Downside is she weighs a ton - 40 pounds or better. I just had to get her, after all, she is pink. Nostalgia!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Meet Charlotte

Charlotte is a 98 year old White treadle. She is just lovely. Her details on the machine are almostly intact. She cleaned up so easily.

Oh, her cabinet is the prettiest I have seen. I love the detailed design and the way she lifts out of the cabinet is fantastic. She has a pulley system that pulls her upright as you lift the lid. No lifting for me which is fantastic as she is one heavy mama.

 I have been practicing treadling and have stitched through paper. Now, it is time for threading and fabric. I think I will start with 4-patch units. Wish me luck.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching: Hexie Flowers

I finally ended to take some time slow stitching. This week I finished two quilts. So, today it time to get back to some hand work. This hexie project I started nearly six months ago. How sad that I didn't even have one flower completed.

Today I have two completed and am watching The Last Ship. Hopefully, I can get a few more done. Here is the two that are finished....