Great Grandma's Machine

Great Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Friday, July 24, 2015

Busy is better!

What a wonderful day I had yesterday....I finished my Sudoku quilt...it's all ready for binding....just have to cut out the binding and sew it on...that's a cuddle under the quilt activity ...one that I love...

Then a friend came over with her machine and we set up in my craft room and sewed our little hearts out....she even brought lunch and fed me....now how great is that!
This is what I made(she made one too). It's a wonderful wallet....I had seen this made last fall and wanted very much to make it.  A great teacher was supposed to come and show us how but we were unable to gather enough participants to make it worth her while...much to my sorrow.  Well my friend and I gathered up the supplies and grabbed hold of our courage and made our "Necessary Clutches". Surprisingly, it was not real hard to do...merely, time and labour intensive..
 As you can see by the poor angle of one of the folds I sewed the wrong  place....it has since been 'unsewed' and sewed again in the proper place.  I love this wallet/clutch....so much , I think I will put a wristlet on it so I can use it as a purse for quick trips.,,,it certainly is solid and a great pattern.
Christmas AGAIN!!! DD # 1 sent me this parcel of row by row patterns from the Ottawa quilt shops PLUS some blue fabrics perfect for water....I am such a lucky mom.....now I have to get my rear in gear and make a row by row quilt top....stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Got some more things done!


I bought this little iron when I was at the Villa Madonna on a quilt retreat....it works like a little son of a gun.....didn't use it at the retreat because I didn't have an ironing pad to go with it.
Now I do......finished this carrier and it goes with my iron...ta da!!  I would like to note here that when I was putting it all together I wasn't sure which side of the heat resistant fabric to use...after getting it all finished I realized I had doubled the fabric and the tote was a little heavier that it was supposed to be...oh well, it still works great.
I swear I have the best daughters in the world.  My oldest...a quilter...is gathering some row by row patterns for me...she is in Ottawa. I'm looking forward to getting the patterns from her.  BUT...these patterns came for me today....from my younger daughter....not a quilter...she went around the city in Edmonton and got some patterns for me too...on the QT plus she added some fat quarters AND some hand lotion for quilters...it truly is Christmas in July for me. I am so lucky!
Here's another set of placemats that I made with my new toy....this pattern is from Three Dudes quilting and I must say it was fun to do. I got the fabrics in a kit at Joanne's Christmas Crab Quiltery in New Maryland...a wonderful quilt shop on its own but its owner has amazing taste in fabrics and colours.  The other set you see with the bowl on it also came from there. Worth a drive to visit!




I don't know what it is about seeing the hay in bales across the valley where we live  but it just soothes me somehow...maybe it's knowing that a big job has been done...making hay while the sun shines.........

Thursday, July 9, 2015

sewing stuff

I love it when I get something done in one day....here's my set of placemats that I started this am and finished this afternoon.  I originally thought to have batting in them but when I searched my "getting close to hoarder status" craft room I couldn't find the right batting. So I 'birthed" them and did some top stitching with a pretty variegated thread....all done!   It helped to have a sewing buddy that came and spent the day with me...she is a golf widow and I am a camp widow. We got a lot done   AND

I still have a basket full of kits and patterns that I just have to get done.....plus a quilt in the frame, one waiting to go into the frame and one being hand pieced....I think I am insane!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Momma's got a brand new toy!


 I'm so excited...this is my brand new toy ..it is a Performance 5 by Pfaff.  It does so much more than my old Pfaff did and I can't wait to try out all the different thingies.....
as you can see I got the extension table to go with it...makes that practising of machine quilting I have to do easier...someday, I will machine quilt with ease...just not today...
Of course, fools rush in where angels fear to go and I guess that makes me a fool.  I couldn't wait for the instruction that comes with the machine...at a time of my choosing....I just dove right in and made a set of pillow cases.  Not sure if I will keep these or gift them somewhere. Regardless, the machine did a superb job...sews like a son of a gun.. I must remember to use the stylus and not my finger to change the settings.





after my sewing foray, I decided to make some jam with the leftover blueberries....the ones in the freezer....I made an old fashioned recipe that called for no pectin....sugar and a bit of lemon juice and zest.   I think I got a little heavy handed with the lemon juice as the jam is a teeny bit tart.....I suppose that is better than too sweet since I cut the sugar in half...just had to cook it longer until it hit 205 degrees C.  Got 7 and 1/4 jelly jars of jam...should do us for a while...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

design walls are fun

I am making a hexagon quilt...with loads and loads of diamonds...scrappy , of course.....and it seems as though I have loads and loads of leftover diamonds to play with...oops, silly me...maybe I should have calculated how many I would actually need to make the quilt....yeah, right!!!

Anyway, I have to do something with these scraps, so why not make some table toppers and sell them at our quilt show next September....
That's where the design wall comes in, I can play around with the colours and see which ones I like the best.   I preferred the combination to the left with a darker blue in the centre and the light surrounding it.
 This one  I like the best. I just changed the centre and moved the lights to balance it a little more...what say you???
Thought I'd show you the border on my Sudoku quilt. It is the pattern I saw on Pinterest on a quilt and was captivated by it.  Didn't take much to draft it to fit the two outside borders. This is another quilt that I am really enjoying.  I think it is because it is not a repeat pattern and has a little diversity.  The next quilt in the queue it my scrappy nine...a repeat pattern...wonder what I can do to make it more appealing to quilt...any suggestions?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sudoku is in the Frame!

 As soon as I finished DD # 2's quilt..the Illusion quilt, I put the Sudoku quilt in the frame.  I pondered long and hard on how to quilt this one.  I was tempted to send it off to a longarm quilter and get an all over pattern on it. Then I just kept looking at it until something came to me.  Since there are no curves anywhere on this quilt it stood to reason that curves would be the answer.....where to find the right ones.  The outside curve pattern on the dark green...fairly visible in the bottom picture , I saw on pinterest for some machine quilting...it's adaptable for the hand quilter, although I did have to draft it for the size of the outside light and middle dark borders.
For the inside border which was the extent of the quilt size on the pattern instructions I did a variation of the twisted rope...one of my favourites since it is easy to fudge to fit the lengths of the borders...important when drawing the pattern on, plus it could be adapted to the inside sashing easily enough. I didn't make up my mind how to quilt each square until I came to it and then it just told me....yeah, quilts do talk to me now and then....no I am not going bonkers...at least, I don't think so...course, I would be last to know wouldn't I?
Anyway, I really like the different quilting on each square...I have the first row done, I've rolled the quilt since these pics were taken and now I am on the second row...only 72 more little squares to quilt and of course the borders and sashing...geez...a quilter's work is never done.