Great Grandma's Machine

Great Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Love new things....

This is the first of my new things..... a couple of days ago a FB friend posted a link to a website that featured the tutorial to make this thingy.....not sure what to call it... but it works great.  The url  to get the tutorial is:    http://so-sew-easy.com/non-slip-sewing-machine-foot-pedal-pad/    if you are interested in making one.
Here it is showing the pedal resting up against the stopper.  by the way, it works really well. now I have to make another one for my 'go to class" machine.  They work up very quickly...took about 10 minutes from start to finish and I did the stopper by hand....
This is the second one....DD # 2 is moving apartments in Edmonton and did a purging so she wouldn't have to move everything.  She found some odds and ends she thought DH and I might like...wonderful lotions and pins she had collected(DH is the pin collector...we won't discuss how many he has) plus  some neat things...like this little thing...it is called a needle
holder which surprised me since she is not what you would call a sewing person.
Here it is separated...magnetic of course and you attach it wherever you wish and it holds needles like the one I attached to show you what I mean. I have been using it now ever since I got it...to be totally honest, I don't know how I ever did without one...so convenient. especially for this here hand sewer.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I do love a challenge

 A long time ago I saw this done in a wallhanging and was intrigued by it.  Naturally , I did not trust my sewing skills by machine to tackle this level of sewing.  Now that I have determined I actually DO like to hand sew I thought it was time to try this.  I Thought about it for a few days...thinking I would have to either search for a template already drawn up...I'm a packrat when it comes to templates....or I would have to draft another one.  While searching around my "studio"  I found a ruler that has all kinds of cutting patterns including a 2 inch diamond which is exactly what this needed.  So away I went...gathered up as many fabrics as I could find to make it really scrappy......found a basket full of 2.5 inch strips and spent most of the afternoon cutting out diamonds...whoopee!!

Not sure how big this quilt top will be since I plan on just plugging away at it..should be interesting. I'll post it as it gets pieced together....in between that project, .   I have a quilt in the frame, one waiting and two in the process not including this one . I think I am a glutton for punishment.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Some News to Tell

 This is my Sudoku quilt...at least the centre part...got my 81 squares done and put together...had a good look and realized I had put one square..one of the small 6 inch squares in wrong....unsewed it and put it back in......I would have driven myself crazy if I hadn't...not a little OCD...maybe a lot....oh well!

Here's my news....that's me, Carolyn Wishart(President of the Marco Polo Quilt Guild) and Peter LaRocque, a Curator of the NB Museum and the quilt is my Baltimore Bouquet...it was chosen as the NB Contemporary Quilt Award for 2015...ask me if I am proud......you bet...not just that it was picked but that it will now be displayed in a museum for anyone that is interested to see. I am over the moon!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

What a morning!

This was the view out our back deck this morning...that cloud you see in the valley is actually fog...it was pea soupy earlier but I was a little sleepy and waited too long to take a picture.
 This was the view looking straight out and that is ground fog you see rising from the field behind us.  I've seen some very unusual weather since we moved here...makes life interesting.
I started this project at the Villa Madonna on a four day retreat...should be called vacation....I attended this past week. No cooking, no cleaning...just sewing, hand sewing, knitting and wonderful fellowship with fellow quilters. I won't even get into how fabulous the food was...you'll be jealous.

The project is a Sudoku quilt and this is the first square. I just finished the last of the 81 squares I had to make to do this quilt....all 6 inches square.  Now I have to make sure I arrange them exactly according to the picture.  I do not like sudoku puzzles but this concept intrigued me.. Nothing like a challenge to keep the juices flowing.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pinterest is my Friend

 I love making things that are practical...guess I have a practical streak after all.  This "thing" is a carry case for charging attachments and what nots for your electronic devices.  Since I plan on taking my ipad, ipod and maybe my laptop with me when I go to a 4 day retreat at the Villa.  I found this pattern on Pinterest and decided it was perfect for my needs.  I could not , however, find the same closing tabs so substituted one of these thing...not sure what you call them ....
 This is what it looks like inside ....two elastics ...sewn at intervals to accommodate several cords. The wallet is detachable as shown in the bottom picture and it will hold things that go into the plugs...I guess you could call them 'plug-ins"...duh!!  Anyway, it was easy to do and as I said ...soooo practical.....

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Got another UFO done!

Have you ever bought materials for a project, set it aside until you were ready to make same project then when you were ready discovered you had used some of the material for something else? Well that's what delayed this project.  I bought the shelf liner to use under this mat and when I took it out discovered half of it gone.  Still not sure what I used it for.  Oh well!

I went to Walmart today and got some more shelf liner to use for the bottom of this mat.  I used reproduction fabrics (in a jelly roll) for this one and although it does not match the one on the other side of the bed...seen here...

I still plan on using them in the same bedroom...you could say my decorating style is eclectic to say the least.

I really like the projects on Moda Bake shop website...always something different.  check it out and see for yourself.  Cheers..

on a more irritating note..it is snowing outside....AGAIN!!!  GRRRR!