Great Grandma's Machine

Great Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A to do done!

I don't know what it is about brown but I seem to be using it a lot these days.  The last project I did had brown in it...the reversible woven table runner and now here I am ,again, using brown for this table topper.

Not only that, you'd think I'd had enough of table toppers but here you go...another one.

This one is part of the Block of the Month we are doing at guild.  The technique we were using was the fast flying geese. I tried it a long time ago when I had less patience and wasn't really happy with the results.  This time I didn't cut off any tips....BONUS....and the geese worked up predicted.  I did not choose my colours wisely...should be more of a contrast between the two batiks I least the brown make the stars pop a little more.  Too bad it is going to be hidden under my computer.

I think the next stage of the Block of the Month is applique...I like that!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A designing Wall

This is my design wall this morning....An applique up in the corner that has been there for months....I had planned to have more done by now....nope , not happening!

The miniatures are supposed to have borders, batted, backed and quilted....nope, not happening!

The hexagons have been around forever...they were an experiment...that worked and now I am not sure what to do with them....maybe I shall put them in a shoebox ....for a future shoebox quilt...

The chocolate brown thingy on the right is going to be a table runner. It started out with just Batiks but they kind of faded into the background so I added the chocolate and now they look a little better...they will eventually be a small table runner to sit under this here computer that I am playing at........................And

this Dresden plate ....well it was started in April
at the Villa was one of those projects
I took with me , just in case I actually felt like doing some hand piecing.  That didn't happen so it came home with me.  I got to it during the summer and did a few blocks when I realized that I did NOT have the sections all organized and accounted for which means I had to start all over again and count the number of squares I needed along with the pieces for the borders ,thank heavens.  It turns out I did not cut enough background pieces and I have easily a couple of hundred Dresden petals cut out...darn good thing, too, since Tigger got hold of one of the packages and ate four of the petals before I caught her...they are now outside in the grass...I've seen them...DH wants to know if I want to bring them in, wash them and use them...he's such a twit!

I made a TO Do list this morning since I was beginning to feel a little frustrated at not getting anything actually finished.  There are nine things on it...and that does not include things I want to do for Christmas  so as of now I am regimenting slacking thing per week...I shall post as I finish each one. My advice...don't hold your breath waiting.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Project Day

The Sussex Vale Quilters' Guild held a project day this past Tuesday and even though I was late.....slept in and then couldn't decide whether I wanted to eat lunch out or at the hall....I managed to get it  organized and almost finished at the hall.  This is one of those projects you have to pay attention or you will lose your place  and, of course, with so many people coming in the afternoon for show and tell I got distracted.

I wrapped it all up in a flannel sheet and brought it home to finish up.

It's a good thing I actually wanted to make mine a little shorter than the original pattern because I got the sequence all screwed up and had to start over again at the half way me, it was an exercise in maintaining patience..

However, I do like it , now that it is all finished... If you're wondering what the fuss was all about....this is a WOVEN, REVERSIBLE table runner....

I cut the corners on an angle...just to be a little different plus I stepped out of my comfort zone colour wise....didn't hurt at all.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Totin' My I Pad

 I got to go shopping at the Fabric Cupboard in Moncton on Friday and saw this pattern. It's a tote for an I pad and I liked to look of it. Plus it is made with "Annie's Soft and Stable" and it gives great protection for the tablet.  It was fairly easy to make...I say that because, except for one part it was straight forward.  Putting the zipper in the top was a bit convoluted but once I downloaded the video of how to install it , it became as clear as mud.  It did work and I am sort of happy with the finished product.  I still have to tack down the tabs that hold the zipper in place...should only take a few minutes.
Here's the other can barely see the zippered pocket on the is for extras like the charger cord and such.    I like making small projects......keeps me from going least I hope it would one know???

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Another Scrappy Project

 This is one of those things I promised myself I would make years ago.....a cover for my Pfaff sewing machine.  Since we have lived here for 6 years  I think it is about time  AND considering the fact this machine will only get used every now and then.....I like my new toy  much seems appropriate that it get covered and protected from dust....not that there is any in MY house...tee hee....
I just had to try out the wonderful letter making ability my new machine has....not hard to see that I need lots and lots of practice . Sure do like the script that the machine would be even better if it had the lower case font as well...oh well, I guess you can't have everything.
Here's the back of the cover and the side that has a pocket for scissors or whatever. I dug into my 2.5 inch scrappy basket and used whatever came to hand to make this.  after all, it is just a dust cover ...not going to be seen by all and sundry.

now I have to make a cover for my mixmaster...DH reminded me....

Friday, September 25, 2015

I had a fun day!

 This is the Necessary Clutch Purse and I love it.!

I made one a while back and I wasn't totally pleased with it....I used a different pellon than the pattern called for....mistake...not a big one but the wallet just didn't have the stiffness I wanted plus I did not add the wristlet I got the pellon that it called for and a swivel hook and D ring and here is my second attempt.  I made another "oops" but it isn't a really big deal....I turned the zipper part down and it was supposed to be up with the zipper to be pulled from left to right instead of right to biggie but it will probably bug me some.

The interesting thing about this wallet is that it has room for an iphone /cellphone...whatever and since I don't use one there was empty space but I woke up and realized it is the perfect place for my car fob...doh!!!  Anyway, I had a great day sewing....some great conversation with a friend, a great dessert with lunch (bad girl....I know) and now have a new wallet to show for it.  Damn! Life is Good!!