Great Grandma's Machine

Great Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Friday, July 22, 2016

On a Mission!

 I'm on a mission.  I decided in June that I wanted to put my Baltimore Christmas in our quilt show in September. That meant putting it in the frame (that takes an afternoon...or morning if I get up early) and being disciplined enough to quilt every day for at least an hour.  So far, excluding the odd day when studmuffin wanted to go somewhere on a road trip, I have been able to keep to that schedule.   I am at the point of one more turning and I will be coming to the end.....hallelujah!  

However, this week I got the following in  a parcel from DD # 1...she visited some quilt shops in Ottawa and area and collected the following row by row patterns for me. She is such a sweetie! Now I am so torn...I want to put together the row by row for 2016 IN 2016 and not next year like I did for the 2015 row by row.  I already have the patterns from New Brunswick and one from Nova Scotia....what is a girl supposed to do.... so many patterns , so little time.

  I also have my 2015 row by row waiting to be quilted next.  I debated whether or not to send it to a wonderful local long arm quilter to have her quilt it for me but I am a little anal and have a hard time letting go of things I make easily.  Come to think of it , I have two other quilts waiting to be quilted and they were both done by hand.  I really aught to slow down some.......yeah, right!  As DH says, you're gonna be dead a long time...enjoy life NOW.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Showing my Patriotism

I've always admired the patriotism our American neighbours display.  Everywhere you go in the states you can see their flag, in emblems, decals , badges...you name it, you can see the flag....not so much here in Canada. Robert Kaufman came out with a "Quilts of Valour" line for Canadian soldiers. It's a Stonehenge line and I must say I love it.  I saw a bag similar (much nicer than this one) to this in Joanne's Christmas Crab Quiltery and fell in love with it.  Here's my version   nearly finished.  I say nearly finished, since I have to find and sew on three buttons..  I bought some wooden ones a while ago and I haven't a clue where I put them.  They certainly would be appropriate  with all the "woodsy" designs here.


See the white velcro on the tab.  Well I was all finished
sewing when it occurred to me that I did not sew
on the second part of the velcro.....doh!
Guess I will have to do that by hand.
Here's one of the prettier birds at one of our feeders.  A rose-breasted grosbeak. Big birds and colourful.  Sadly, one of our woodpeckers dived bombed the window today and killed itself.  Hate to see that happen.

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.