Great Grandma's Machine

Great Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Top Done!

It's interesting to me to notice that the picture shows my mistake...not that it is a big one but it's there just the same.  I should have put a dark fabric in the bottom right corner to balance out the quilt top.  Nonetheless it will still get quilted ( by machine this time) and donated to the guild's cuddle quilt supply.  It's not too big...36 by 42...big enough for a baby or a toddler to cuddle in.

Now I just have to figure out how I am going to quilt it......

Monday, February 16, 2015

Puzzle me This

A few weeks ago , before all the snow storms began it was determined that our cuddle quilt supply was getting low at Quilt Guild.  Since then a few have been brought in....you know how generous quilters are.  I put out a challenge to the members ...a mystery type thing.....I put easy patterns, 16 in all, into envelopes and numbered them so the members would not know what their pattern was until they signed up to make one. I figured at least 12 members would participate, leaving a few of the patterns left over for me to have my pick.... no such luck. Each pattern was taken , which meant I had to come up with a cuddle quilt pattern right away...  after all, I challenged them to have a top ready in two weeks.....they had a few months to get it all quilted before turning them in.  Well, that brings me to this pattern....jigsaw puzzle.  I've always wanted to do this pattern ....not sure I wanted to make it queen size so this was the perfect opportunity..  A 40 by 46 cuddle quilt is just enough of the pattern to let me know that I like it on a small scale but would not like it queen size.  One MUST pay attention to the placement of the colours.  Let me just say that watching tv, listening to tv and sewing a pattern like this leads to 'unsewing'.....cheers.

ps   Thanks to the Common Threads Quilt Guild in Ottawa and my DD # 1"s suggestion I was able to gather up all these  wonderful easy patterns for cuddle quilts.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Surprise! More Snow!

I took this picture before I went to bed last night.....when I got up this morning it was the same height so the worst of the storm was before midnight...just some blowing and a litttle snowing through the night.
However...when I got up this am and went to put the puppies out this is what greeted me.  Sheesh....this is the kind of thing we would get in Newfoundland in the winter and even up in the northern part of the province....not here.
I went out and spent over an hour shoveling , just to get to the door and clean it all up.  Some hard packed snow for about a couple of inches and then soft, powdery stuff below.  Good exercise but my toes nearly froze.  I'm such a wimp!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

storm stayed!

 We've got a big old "nor-Beaster" bearing down on us with 110 km winds and snow. It's a blizzard out there.  What's a girl to do , but keep herself busy...right?  Here are our fur kids.  Faith and Tigger in the top picture..our DD # 1 took these pictures and had them put on canvas for us for Christmas.  The picture below is of Walker, her little fur kid and he is the snuggliest dog I have ever seen. Actually asks to be picked up and cuddled...I love it!!!  Now if I could just teach the 'girls' to do the same.
 I don't know what it is about knitting in the wintertime.  I always get the bug.  I saw this pattern on Ravelry and had to give it a try. If you're a knitter then you know how important it is when knitting in the round to have the right size circular needles.  I did not with this hat and it was a pain.  However, I do love Intarsia and this was a bit of a challenge. Sometimes it is a good thing to  push yourself a little.  Worst thing of all, though, is this hat is too small for me and I have to sell it...oh damn!!!  or give it away....hmmmmm!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Whoo Hoo!

Whoo Knows  is Done!!!..I put this quilt in before Christmas to have something to work on while I waited for the holidays.  Our children are adults so the fun of presents and traditions is kind of passe these days.  Anyway, each square is quilted differently and I think that is what contributed to the fact that I absolutely loved quilting this one. ....even when I got to the final border which is usually boring with a capital B, I had fun...almost hated to finish it.  I bound it over the weekend and Tigger expressed her approval...as usual...she's easy to please that one.    If you're wondering, the pattern is from Fat Cat Patterns by Sindy Rodenmayer  a very talented lady....

Saturday, January 10, 2015

love that Jenny Doan

I get an email on a regular basis with videos from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and I have to say that I just adore Jenny Doan...she is so amiable, does lots of interesting things and explains so well.  Today she was making these little zippered pouches and even though I've made  a few in my time, I just had to try her technique of installing a zipper...works out very neatly and is simple, simple, simple !!  I think I am going to make some more...they make nice little gifts...
 I finished putting together my crayon quilt and thought you might like to see it before I start quilting it. This one I plan on machine quilting...I know, I know, I've been such a purist when it comes to hand quilting   but, I 've just had a fun time practicing machine quilting. I hope I will improve drastically with more practice...either that or I'll fake it as much as possible...lol....
 Here's that silly Faith...she just loves the snow...can barely see her she's so covered in it.  She has such a thick coat the cold doesn't bother her at all...matter of fact she's friskier when it's cold.
Here the two of them are, helping DH scrape off the deck.  It's a second story deck and even though it is very sturdily built we don't like to see the snow pile up too high.   The girls make sure he does a good job.