Great-Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Saturday, October 18, 2014

made a decision

As you know from the previous post , I put my Whoo Knows quilt in the frame to be quilted. I wasn't totally sure how I was going to quilt this one. It usually comes to me before I frame it and I mark the design before installing it. This time, however, I let it sit in the frame for a while and just kept glancing at it as I walked by , hoping something would occur to me.  Finally, I decided on lines or piano keys if you wish.  Then I decided that I wanted something curvy in the dark border so I got out my trusty quilting tools.  You know, the ones that cost a fortune in the quilt shops....wink ! wink !


These are the ones I mean....that is a lid from a mason jar ...well the pencil cost a bit..it's a Fons and Porter white lead marking tool...worth every darn penny I spent on it, too. I was just going to outline the leaves and let it go at that but some of them are too big to not quilt ..the other option was 1/4 inch inside but that didn't really appeal to me...hence the "ribs"...now they look like leaves.  It's a little slow going as the borders usually are but once I get this side done it's owls all the way...heaven only knows how I'll quilt them.  Stay tuned....

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Whoo Knows...my fun to do owl quilt.  Pattern by Sindy Rodenmayer of Fat Cat Patterns.  The one I thought I would do this fall and started appliquing in the summer and had so much fun, I just kept right on putting it together.  It was a little smaller than the quilt size I like to make so what's a girl to do but add a wide border and some vines with fall leaves...so voila...here it is. It's in the Hinterberg frame in my studio(how pretentious is that) and just waiting for me to quilt.  Can't make up my mind how I want to quilt it...it'll come to me.


Here's a view from our back patio door one day this week.  Lots of fog floating around in the valley...burned off by lunchtime but it sure was pretty until then.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Better Late than Never

Five years ago when DH and I were moving to Sussex a wonderful quilting friend of mine gave me a whole bunch of Bali prints (fat quarters) that she felt obligated to buy...that is a story in itself but it's not mine to tell.....and not being a "Bali" person she decided that I should have them to make a quilt top for her and one for me.  Now being the Scottish soul that I am, the thought of all those gorgeous Bali's just stirred up the ol' imagination...stars, of course so I accepted.  Well, I made my top...it actually saved my sanity when stuck in a housekeeping unit for over a month with no sewing machine and all my toys...so I sewed a top ...by hand, mind you. and got it all finished when we moved into our house and quilted it right away...to heck with un packing boxes and moving things around.  Well, that quilt won a couple of ribbons and I was pleased and in my usual fashion I put things away and moved on to something else.  Yeah...I forgot all about making the second top.  Got an email this spring, wondering if I had gotten around to her top.  Gadzooks!!!  I forgot where I put the Bali's and if I had even kept them...I was in a panic.  I started searching and discovered that I am more organized than I thought.  I had kept them all together in anticipation of getting "around to it".  Well here is her top.  I'm sad to say that I ran out of the background fabric after finishing the centre part but the fabric I chose for the outside borders is as close as I could find to match.  What do you think, will she like it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Whoo Knows .... It's done!

Here it is...Whoo Knows, designed by Sindy Rodenmayer of Fat Cat Patterns .  A block of the month she started 18 months ago.  I find it very interesting that the colours are so off.  The black is much  darker and the greens are not nearly as light.  The light shades look almost white and they are beige and taupe....FYI...that's Tigger's paw you see on the left of the picture.  She has to inspect everything I do.  Maybe she feels a special affinity to this quilt since a couple of days ago she ate several pieces of fabric I had cut for the second last owl I was working on. She loves fabric...I know have to put everything I am working on in a plastic box.  Silly Tigger!!

I went to a quilt show in Carsonville. It was held in a little church that had a plaque commemorating the 1967 centennial...the church was actually over 100 years old then and it is still in use.  Amazing!  This picture is of a wool and flax quilt  ...over 100 years old and made from flax and wool harvested at the owner's farm. It looked brand new and very obviously well cared for.

These two quilts were also made in the late 1800's and are beautifully maintained  . Sure do love to see quilts that have been so very loved and appreciated.
This was also interesting to me. I'm not sure which one they were referring to but one of these is the top part of a wedding dress(circa late 1800's). The skirt was cut off....presumably to make the christening gown to the left.  They really knew how to recycle back then...
 Here's my "Oh Canada" all machine quilted and bound.  I learned a lot machine quilting this.  I could make a list for you of the lessons I learned but I won't bore you. Suffice it to say, when things are going well and I'm "in the groove" it is a lot of fun.  When things are not going so well, the air has been known to turn blue...even Tigger runs away.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I haven't been slacking!

I started accumulating fabrics for this BOM about 18 months ago.  It's a Sindy Rodenmayer(FatCat Patterns) pattern and I loved it from the first time I saw it.  I'm one of those people that have to have all the pieces ready to go and not have to wait  for the next step to come out.  So I gathered the patterns, prepared them for back basting applique and now I am gung ho.  They are working up rather quickly and I really like the little buggers.  Three done and only 15 more to go,,,,stay tuned.
 I went to the Akerly-Cambridge Narrows annual quilt show and my favourite vendor was there .... Joanne from the Christmas Crab Quiltery. This is one of her patterns...pictured below and to the right is the beginning of my version.  Her's has the letters horizontally and mine will be vertical....I have the perfect spot for it when it is all done.  ...in between these projects I am knitting some more preemie caps and I just finished a sweater for the fall ...it is being blocked between my mattress and the box spring  on DH's side...makes for a firm blocking...wink, wink!!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Monkey See, Monkey Do!

I saw something similar to this on a Hexie group I joined on Facebook. I really liked the design....and although it was much smaller in the picture(a popsicle stick looked large beside it) I just had to sit down and draft it out....not difficult to do...10 wedges..360 degrees...36 degrees for each petal....right?  Well guess what! it worked. I made it 1.25 inches per side and sewed them together. It wasn't my intention to use it as a label but when I put it together I had no real idea what to do with it and then that stray thought passed through my little brain.. why not use it as a label.  Voila!  Now I'm thinking I could do this for other quilts that need to be labelled...especially considering the fact that I really do NEED to label some more quilts.   Time to get the thimble out.