Great Grandma's Machine

Great Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Me three Minis

 Mini number three is done...and as I said I would I made  a Log Cabin (10" by 12")....you can't see by this picture but I quilted feathers in the light part...feathers that I drew,too.  It was a challenge since the thread kept breaking and at one point I had to pick out way too many stitches that pulled in the back.  Figured it out, though....changed my tension and that seemed to work.  I used variegated thread for the dark...perhaps I should have used the same thread for the feathers...at least then you could see them.  As it is , you can only see my wonderful (still need practise but I did them) feathers.



Here are the three minis...me three minis there....they are in the same colour scheme...I sure did enjoy making them....a challenge to be sure and maybe I should keep on challenging myself since I still believe my machine quilting and sewing needs improvement. One should keep learning no matter what your age or ability....at least that is what I am telling myself...it's certainly a good excuse to keep quilting....just sayin'.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

ANother Mini


 I make myself so mad at times.  It never fails....I get over confident...careless and then I make mistakes and I could just spit nickles.  Grrrr!

This is another one of those patterns that I have always liked but just never wanted to make a full sized quilt of it.  I took out one of the many, many books that I have on quilt patterns..this one for miniatures and dug into my batiks and set about making this Snail's Trail ( It is 10 inches square).  Half way through I got cocky and never double checked my work...something I always tell any class I am teaching...you know...measure twice, cut once...it works you know.   Anyway, when I put this one together , of course, my points did not line up....damn, double damn.  DH says make another one and do it right....so I probably will...once I get over being mad at myself.


Here are the two minis together...the colours work...they can go close together..at least until I do the repeat Snail's Trail.....am thinking about number three mini...think it may be a version of Log cabin...I have made several log cabins...bed size and gave them all away....couldn't tell you where they went, mind you so I guess I better make myself a mini if only to have a Log Cabin in my collection...don't ask how many quilts I own, I am embarrassed to tell you.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Past Time

 Many Years ago I hand pieced an Orange Peel quilt top...when I finished it I realized that I didn't like the background fabric and didn't want to quilt it so I sold the top and binding at a quilt show...telling myself that I would make another some day....Never got around to it but I always wanted an Orange Peel quilt. Here's my compromise....a miniature Orange Peel...8 inches by 10 inches... with each Peel being 2 inches finished.  Small enough to qualify as a true miniature.  I don't think I will ever make a full bed size so this will just have to do.


I noticed some of my pictures having these dark edges...the shutter on my camera is starting to stick...hope it is just a temporary thing...I use my Canon quite a bit and would hate to have to buy a new one.

Anyway...should you ever come to visit...this mini will be hanging in the main bath...along with a Dresden Plate in Miniature.  One should have quilts in a bathroom, too...don't you think?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Busy Time!

DD # 2 was here for a visit so we took her to Moncton to see this memorial to the fallen RCMP officers that were killed in the line of duty a couple of years ago.  A very emotional day.  So many things to break your heart. I won't get into all the things that put a huge lump in my throat and even made a few tears fall .....suffice it to say, it sure holds your attention.

This is one that I definitely thought a lot of....a picture of the member and his wife..he was known to carry it in his forage cap.  The sculptor is a Newfoundlander...I am so proud to say.
 We also went to the memorial to the many Irish families that settled in the area.  We were delighted to see a John and Mary Fearon listed among the many brave settlers.
 This weekend I just had to find something to do and this wallet got chosen....I picked up the pattern at one of my favourite quilt shops and decided today was the day.  It worked up rather quickly...instructions were very well done.
Here's the inside...room for cash, six credit cards(or other cards...I certainly don't have six credit cards) and of course, a zippered part for coins, of which I have many....tee hee...









Thought you might like to see the Princess Pudge (Faith) being her usual regal self.....




Saturday, October 15, 2016

Had a great day trip!

The three musketeers , MW , DH and I went on a day trip .  We drove to Amherst , NS. to attend the fibre arts festival...it is town wide and a wonderful feast for the eyes.  I took only a few pictures..too busy yakking and admiring....but these caught my eye for various reasons.  First, I love to see quilts....miniature or a tad larger framed and this one was nicely  done.
Secondly, this maze quilt is fascinating to see and much more effective when hung high so you can see the full effect.  Doesn't hurt that the church is a gorgeous backdrop.
Thirdly, this little quilt was a cutie...the Scotties are appliqued and the border fabric is of Scotties as well. ..then the squares brought in the colours used in the plaids of the Scotties...clever.

That is all of the photographing I did at the Arts festival...there actually was not as much to see this year...not sure why but the modern quilts were not there and each show had fewer quilts.
 Now this I found very interesting...it was at the Greater Moncton Quilt show...it was a bed turning.  In pioneer days the ladies didn't get to see each other during the winter and when the spring came they would have a 'bed turning' wherein they would stack the quilts they had made through the winter, invite friends over and show off the quilts they had made down to the mattress and turn the bed.  Great way to display and get work done as well.  These ladies explained about each quilt's history and ownership...was an interesting demonstration.

 This little wall hanging caught my eye...being the avid dog lover that I am......the dogs had ties on...wonder if the fabric used was actually from their ties...whether it was or not,, I loved the way it honors our beloved pets.
This was another that caught my eye...mainly because I think I can reproduce something similar and if I use colours that match a wall it would make a great wall hanging...don't hold your breath waiting to see my interpretation...I have too many projects just waiting to get done.

Regardless, the day was a terrific one...good friends, had a great lunch, saw some great quilts, ran into old friends and someone else drove...life is good!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I'm a stubborn cuss!

I hate to see the quilting frame without a quilt in it...kind of empty looking. I have two waiting to be quilted..this is one of them ..I was not sure how I wanted to quilt this one..not really a lot of empty space for some fancy quilting, soooo,....I am just doing some cross hatching and stitch in the ditch around the petals of the plate. I had challenged myself to make a quilt without any jewel tones it it and I have to say it was difficult...as it is , a couple of the fabrics are darker than they should be.


We  spent a long weekend in Ottawa with our daughters just recently and DD # 1 was doing some downsizing and cleaning out.  She had a box of CD's and I managed to sort through some of them...not all , darn it!....but I did get some oldies type music...she loves all kinds of music , thank heavens.  Anyway, I wanted to put the albums on my ipod and I have to say I tunes is not very user friendly.  I spent the morning trying to figure out how to get them onto the ipod...after turning the air blue and condemning Apple to the nether regions I finally figured it out.( I also figured out how to get rid of some of the music on the ipod that I did not want....yea, me!) I spent the afternoon listening to Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Abba....and much more.  While I listened on the wonderful entertainment centre that DH bought me and has only been used for movies, I put together this
 quilt.  Can't remember the name of it, ....something waves...found on All People Quilt...free projects.It is one of two I shall be making and not quilting....doesn't appeal to the hand quilter in me...too modern. I will probably send it to a wonderful long arm quilter that lives around here...she does amazing work.  The next one will be in aquas and green...keep tuned.
Today I got a little nostalgic...between listening to oldie music and getting this with our newspaper... The Sear's Wish Book......I remember when I couldn't wait to get the wishbook so I could pick out things I wanted for Christmas...and when our kids were small we'd make sure we were close by when they were looking at it so we'd know what they wanted for Christmas...memories...misty..coloured water....nah....never mind. It sure has changed...not near as much 'stuff' in it...paper is cheaper...not glossy and surprise, there was absolutely nothing in there I wanted. I must be getting old.