Great Grandma's Machine

Great Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stash Buster

 I do love scrappy quilts.  This one caught my eye last year at our quilt show...and since the lady that made it shared the technique with our guild I decided I should have one too.  Her quilt was over 100 inches square with 7 x 7 squares. This one is 92 X 92 with 6 by 6 squares and even though I prefer 90 x 90 (easier to find quilt batts) I will just have to break down and purchase a king size quilt batt.  Someone at our guild talked about the wool batts and how much she liked quilting with one. Certainly something to consider.
Here's a close up of the square ....I did have a favourite one picked out but when I looked for it with the top finished I'll be darned but I couldn/t find it.  Guess I'll just have to look harder.
Used two of my circular placemats tonight...the other two are at the top of the picture.  They, for some strange reason do not lay flat...my binding must have pulled itself a little too tight...surely I didn't do that, did I?? Anyway, they connect with those red buttons you see at the top and fit on my table just right. I had fun practicing my machine quilting so everything is all good.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Winter....BAH!!!

 I had to take a couple of pictures for posterity.  After all, with my memory I will forget just how much snow actually came down this winter.  That middle set of windows is our bedroom...the snow drifted up there naturally and when DH did some snow blowing he added a bit to it. ....kind of hard not to with the fierce winds we had.
That black curve you see in the snow is a shepherd's crook in my flower bed.  It stands over six feet high...today it has started to recede...a good thing....
 DH did a walk way to the back so he could snow blow a place for the puppies to do their business and for us to access the heat pump AND for the NB power guy to read our meter...doesn't look too bad except for the fact the banks are thigh high...good thing I didn't have to wade through it.
Just to give you some perspective...here are Tigger (furthest out) and Faith heading out for a little wizz time.. Prior to this snowfall DH had snowblowed out straight between the two posts at least 30 or 40 feet....it was all submerged under snowdrifts and high winds.  What a winter!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A snowy Sunday

This is our front window...it is winter's "ha!ha! I'm not done with you yet !" message.  It's one of those blowy, snowy days with great big fat snowflakes that swirl and twirl and freeze your eyeballs and make it so awful to see ahead.  So what do we do....why go to town and have breakfast out. . that's what.  DH loves to drive in snowstorms, especially when we're the only idiots out there driving.  The snowplow driver actually looked at us like we were nuts...then again maybe he's right.
This thingy is one of four ...or will be, one of four placemats that hook together with buttons...haven't made the buttonhole yet.  It's from a pattern found on Moda's Bake Shop...a freebie and I loved doing it.  It is four mini quilts , actually, This one gave me an opportunity to practice my pebbling free motion.  It was actually good fun....got to make a whole bunch of circles all different sizes.  Now on to number two placemat....not sure how I'm going to do that one.....

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Busy Day Project

 I started this project a few days ago by cutting out the pieces and labeling everything. Then I tried to get zippers to match but that was nigh to impossible...we live in a small town and the variety is limited, so I decided to go contrast and funky...works for me.  Anyway, it got a little frustrating to say the least. If you enlarge the picture you can see where my Pfaff really does not like thick sewing pieces (crooked seams).....on second thought don't enlarge...you'll see all the dog hair laying on the sewing machine...oh , shelties, I do love you but damn you shed a lot.
Here's the bag opened. I made the little bowl for the wonder clips too,  so now I have to go a quilt shop and buy some wonder clips....that's one of those things I have been thinking about doing for some time..  Making this bag convinced me that would be a good thing.
 The bag ...now that I have made it, wasn't completely a 'tear your hair out' project but definitely not for the timid.  The instructions were a little convoluted....took me a while and lots of reading (unsewing and reading again) to get it straight in my head.  Definitely a project that requires someone that has done it before to help you along.  That being said , I just may make another...I am a glutton for punishment.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Winter is STILL here!

It's been a harsh winter this year.  Just to give you an idea of how much this is one of our basement windows...snow is halfway up the wall.....
 Looking out the patio door to the left...we scrape the snow off the deck and this is where it is as of now...
 to the right and again..snow from the deck.  It's like a mini fortress out there. and believe it or not the wind still whistles around and fills in even more snow.


 HOw's that for a sunset.  What gorgeous colours....and the next day was indeed sunny and beautiful even if there is still piles and piles of snow.  It's going to take forever for the snowbanks to recede.
I bought a squedge ruler last year and put it aside....one of those 'round-to-its' we all have. The ladies of the evening at guild want to make one of these table toppers so I figured I'd better brush up on the technique.  I'm still not happy with my machine quilting but I will persevere. I have to remind myself that it all does not have to be done in five minutes.  Will I never learn!!!!

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......