Great Grandma's Machine

Great Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Friday, June 24, 2016

Scrappy Nine Done!


 Well, here is is...FINALLY! ....all quilted.  I put this quilt in the frame before Christmas with the intention of working away at it whenever the mood struck me ....I had hoped to have it finished in a couple of months...easy quilting...all the same pattern throughout. I think that is where the boredom set it...I have been quilting quilts with different patterns and that made it more interesting.  I literally had to psyche myself up to sit at the frame and finish this one. Despite all the different colours , quilting the same pattern all over bored the bejeesus out of me. AND, if  I wasn't anxious to put another quilt (my Baltimore Christmas)  in the frame it would

probably still be in the frame staring at me. I did the last stitches tonight ...tomorrow I shall put on the binding...that part of the quilt is my favourite task...then it will be going on our bed. It is not show worthy...I could go on ad infinitum as to why...let us just say that fools rush in where angels fear to tread.  (I was supposed to take a day class to put it together but decided I knew how to do it and didn't need instruction...fool me!!)




On a lighter note, I love , love peonies.  I have four plants ...white, pink and two  fuschia (sp??) and each and everyone of them bloom so well and do they ever smell gorgeous.,especially at night. One of them is a cutting from my Mother In Law's plant. I take it with me whenever we move. It is the prettiest of all and the biggest. I like to think it would please her to know that wherever her baby boy is(in his 70's but still would have been her baby)  this plant goes too.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Waste not Want not!

I have Orphan blocks...you know those blocks you made of a new technique because you just had to try it and then you realized you really didn't like making it but you hated to just throw them away...and I figured I would think of something to do with them.  Here's one idea.  I sewed these...the pattern is called Anita's Arrow and the technique is really quite fun but I didn't want to make a whole quilt out of them so I just made a few and put them aside...for months and months.  Well Pinterest and I are very well acquainted and one of the pins was a tutorial for this pattern called Open wide bags .  A quick and easy pattern and it makes something useful.
 I had four small squares...quilted them and then put the zippers in...worked up really fast . They are fully lined and great for small 'stuff''.  I really don't need more bags but maybe I can sell them at our quilt show and sale this September. If not, I am sure I can find something to put in them....hmmm, wonder if DD's need any more bags.
 I planted pansies last year and left them in the beds in front of our house over the winter.  They seeded themselves everywhere...and to tell the truth I love them...such happy faces.  These are growing up in the cracks of the bricks of our front walkway.  I plan on letting them grow...others, no doubt would weed them out but not me....pansies 1, weeders 0...
See, even Faith agrees...she has been sniffing them and taking the occasional nip since they flowered out.  She's really careful of the bees that have been buzzing around...lots of them, I am glad to say.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Baltimore Christmas

Here it is...all together and ready to be quilted.  Needs to be pressed again as I did some wrinkling putting the berries in the corners... I finished it this am while DH was in the shower. I had a lot of time to get the border done now that DH is recuperating from his surgery.  He spends a lot of time sleeping and healing so in order to not disturb him I spend most of my day downstairs sewing or appliquing or anything that I can do quietly.  I keep the dogs with me and they usually do some sleeping as well.

I'm not sure how I am going to quilt this fella. The picture shows lines on the outside but the inside part it a puzzle for me.  Oh well, it will come to me when I put it in the frame.  I have the binding cut out and ready to go as well.  Wonder how long it will take me to quilt it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Centre of the Santa Quilt

Well here is the centre of my Baltimore Christmas quilt. I have to put an inside border on ...it will be red, of course, probably about 2 inches wide then the outside border which will be 12.5 inches wide and will have scallops of holly leaves and stars...quite pretty actually . It will take a while to do but then I have lots of time. I don't plan on having this ready for Christmas this year and as far as quilting it goes there are 5 quilts in the queue......DH is wondering if I am going to hoard this one like I do with the rest of them...got a giggle out of that.  Truth be told, with the exception of some extra small pieces  I quite enjoyed the applique.  I will always be grateful to Judy S....a quilt guild member that told me about back basting applique.....she sure opened a world of opportunity for me.  


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Here's Santa!

 Finally, the Big Guy is done.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be...just had to  take out a couple of pieces and redo....numbering for steam a seam or wonder under is different that numbering for back basting applique.  Once I took a good look at the order I got it all figured out.  Still have some embroidery to do but that won't take long.  I also want to rouge up Santa's cheeks and maybe a little sculpting around the face for more definition.  Anyway, now I have to resize all the squares and fit them together , add an inside border and then applique the outside border of holly leaves and stars.  I will probably take my time doing that since I will not get this one quilted for some time.  I have four waiting to be hand quilted and one in the frame just screaming out to be finished.



On a lighter note...the face of the doll on Santa's arm is to be embroidered...good thing since now she looks like a demented imp.....lol!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Number 12

Here it is , number 12....now I have no excuse I have to start on the "Big Guy"....I have it all traced and numbered and I am ready to go.  The pattern was too big for my light box so I taped it on the patio door and then taped the fabric over that. I panicked for  a second when I had it almost finished and thought I had put the fabric on the wrong side out....had to un tape and check...turned out I did it right, the pattern is traced on the back side of the fabric where it is supposed to be....AND I remembered to reverse Santa so he turns to the left which is the way I want him turned.  Now comes the fun part...choosing fabrics.  Wonder if I have enough  in my stash....   ha ha.....just kidding!


on a side note that yellow ribbon is actually gold.....looks better in person...