Great-Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

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. between these projects I am knitting some more preemie caps and I just finished a sweater for the fall 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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NOW it is done!

Here's my "Hickory Nuts" with the half hexies to finish the sides  I like this much better now that it seems to have a finished look to it.  What do you think?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hickory Nuts

I finally got my" Hickory Nuts" pieced together...great past time while watching movies, by the way.....and now I'm not so sure how I feel about it.  I loved making the hexagons and could actually spend hours making more but I  only needed so many.  I also cannot decide if I want to leave it like this or put half-hexies on the sides to even it out.  Not a big decision just one I should make.  It really does not seem finished to me. I don't mind the ends being pointed but the ragged edges of the sides don't suit me at all.

Here's the back of the lap quilt.   I guess you could say it's reversible.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A dim light!

Look a my clematis this year...just loaded with flowers. I wasn't sure it was going to survive the harsh winter we had....not a lot of snow for here but lots of freezing, thawing and freezing and that is really hard on plants...but there it is , just a'shinin'....
This clematis is a year old and it looks a little mutated to me.  The petals are supposed to be pointed but this one looks like it changed its mind half way through growing.  It too survived the hard winter and is climbing up its trellis wonderfully...not as many flowers but there is always next year.


Took this one out of the frame today.  I've been without my television for four days now and going through a slight withdrawal...I like to watch movies and hand sew and with no tv I sat down and quilted my carpal tunnel back.  No kidding, the hands went numb each night after an afternoon and evening of hand quilting...But, it is done and ready for binding.  yippee!! I made a list of things I wanted to do this summer ...this was one of them....I can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to my "To Do" list...

I've been threatening to get rid of our dining room set for several years now and finally it has happened. We donated the table, two extensions, and six chairs to the local 'Sharing Club"...hopefully, someone will want it enough to buy it from them.  Here's the set we purchased this past week.  It has a set in extension in the centre and two more chairs.  Very simple and plain in design....just the way I like it.. Now I have to make some new table toppers, right????
remember these things...I called them 'chestnuts' .. it turns out they are called "hickory nuts"....well, I was least I called them 'nuts'.....that's what DH tells me I am....wonder why.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Still playing with hexagons.

I think these are called 'chestnuts'...not sure where I heard them called that but it works for me.  They are large hexagons wrapped around smaller hexagon batts and fabric.  then quilted a little bit....kind of a quilt as you go  when they are all pieced together.   I made a quilt similar to this one ... way back when and experimented with the colour placement and ended up not liking it one bit.  I think DD #1 has it. This one will actually have more of her fabrics in it than mine since I raided her stash this past May...she said I could...sweet lady  that she is.
Here's my Jack's Chain at the halfway point. The large hexagons quilted kind of look like a sand dollar. It's still tough going and I am forcing myself to quilt an hour a day on it.Hopefully, that will be enough time to get it all quilted before the quilt show in September....I'm a fairly fast quilter and I might even have enough time to get another in the frame before then.  I wouldn't hold my breath waiting if I were you...

This is one of my favourite spots on our property.  You cannot see the view since it is kind of foggy today but I just love the whole atmosphere "under the deck" wind chimes down there and the clematis is gorgeous this year. The morning glories aren't up yet but when they are it will be even prettier.  Quiet, restful spot...and all mine, mine, mine....don't tell the dogs!!
I took this picture yesterday after the rain shower.  It's amazing to me to see so many rainbows. I have seen more rainbows since we moved here than I have seen in all my life and that is a 65 year old life  people.  DH says it is because it is so open here and I am looking for them. Maybe so...but I'm sticking with the story that someone higher up is glad we moved here.