Great Grandma's Machine

Great Grandma's Machine

the Stitches I sew soothe My Soul

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

labelling my quilts

If it wasn't for quilts show regulations I would not have any labels on my quilts...which is a shame really because I have made so many I forget when I made them, who I gave them to and what the patterns were. Bit of a hypocrite here...I always tell the beginners "make sure you label your quilt". Need a boot in the you know where...

  I still have my Baltimore Christmas to label and I am not sure just how I am going to do that.  These are the three that I did yesterday and today. The row by row quilt that I did last year got the only license plate that I was able to get.  By the time I learned about the row by row, the quilt shops had run out of plates... I decided this year I was going to try a little harder to get some plates and include them in my 2016 row by row. Success...got five!!

The owl label seemed appropriate for the Whoo Knows quilt.  I may just do some embroidery for my Baltimore Christmas even though I have the label started by printing it from the computer. Since the quilt these are laying on is a reversible lap quilt I will probably just write my name somewhere....I know, it's the lazy way to do it but this is reversible and I really don't want a label showing on it.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Another one quilted!

I put this quilt in the frame just after I finished my Baltimore Christmas...bound and determined to have it quilted for the quilt show next month.  Tonight I finished binding it.  It was interesting to quilt especially since each square or rectangle as it happens was unique and required different quilting patterns.  I learned a valuable lesson with this quilt.... perhaps I should say two lessons.

One...don't be in such a hurry to put something together...there were a couple of places that I had to hand sew some seams that didn't quite connect. I did not check my seams as I put them together...too anxious to finish it before the retreat was over.  lesson learned!

Two...never, never use steam a seam for a project that I want to hand quilt....amend that...never, never use steam a seam on anything that I want to quilt PERIOD.  It gums up the needle, shreds the thread and is irritating as hell to quilt through. I will definitely go back to the old fashioned hand method of applique.  Call me set in my ways...I can take it!

Now to sew on a label...actually on four quilts...damn it just never ends!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

August Quilt Show

Every year at Cambridge Narrows there is a quilt show as part of their "Life at the Lakes" celebration.  I make a point of attending , mainly because the quilters that belong to this guild are so incredibly active AND innovative.  They always do things 'outside the box' and I love seeing what they do.   Not only that, I get a lot of really good ideas as to what I would like to do next.  Today was no exception..  This first picture is of a bed runner....each of those squares are crazy quilted...mostly scrappy and really pretty....
 then this next one interested me....sunflowers...dimensional and a wonderful representation of the fall.
BUT....the next four pictures are what really intrigued me.  They individual pictures...created with fabric, of course....but I understand , after a conversation with my favourite Cambridge-Narrows , Akerly Quilt guild member it was a challenge...not only in fabric choices and theme...I forgot to ask exactly what the theme was but it was also an exercise in judging for the members.  AS the pieces were brought in, they were numbered....to hide the identity of the creator and then judges were assigned for quite a few different categories and  badges had to be bestowed on their choices.   BD told me that the judges found it extremely difficult and made them
realize just how hard it is to place ribbons and awards in different categories.  Maybe it is something
all quilters should have to do just to see how hard it is to give awards, whether merited or not. I loved the idea of the frame around each one...what a great way to bring quilt art into your home.


















This last picture was another project that interested me.  I have made a few post cards but nothing as elaborate as these.  The one that caught my eye was the one at the top left corner with the chickadees.  It is a piece of fabric that the creator used to thread paint. So effective and so pretty.  Inspirational to say the least.  I think I may try some more postcards for fun.....
















Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mission Accomplished!


Well here it is, all quilted and bound...took it out of the frame last night and attached the binding.  Sewed the binding down this afternoon.  I didn't realize how much quilting I put in this quilt until I looked closely at the picture  Now I just have to make a label and  it will be ready for inclusion on my
registration form for the quilt show.  I will have three bed size quilts and a few smaller items to display this year. I have my row by row experience for 2015 ready to go into the frame...will probably do that tonight since there is really nothing worth watching on television during the summer. I don't feel as driven to get that one finished for the show but I have 7 weeks so you never know.  My fingers should heal some tonight and maybe I'll get at it tomorrow.

Friday, July 22, 2016

On a Mission!

 I'm on a mission.  I decided in June that I wanted to put my Baltimore Christmas in our quilt show in September. That meant putting it in the frame (that takes an afternoon...or morning if I get up early) and being disciplined enough to quilt every day for at least an hour.  So far, excluding the odd day when studmuffin wanted to go somewhere on a road trip, I have been able to keep to that schedule.   I am at the point of one more turning and I will be coming to the end.....hallelujah!  

However, this week I got the following in  a parcel from DD # 1...she visited some quilt shops in Ottawa and area and collected the following row by row patterns for me. She is such a sweetie! Now I am so torn...I want to put together the row by row for 2016 IN 2016 and not next year like I did for the 2015 row by row.  I already have the patterns from New Brunswick and one from Nova Scotia....what is a girl supposed to do.... so many patterns , so little time.

  I also have my 2015 row by row waiting to be quilted next.  I debated whether or not to send it to a wonderful local long arm quilter to have her quilt it for me but I am a little anal and have a hard time letting go of things I make easily.  Come to think of it , I have two other quilts waiting to be quilted and they were both done by hand.  I really aught to slow down some.......yeah, right!  As DH says, you're gonna be dead a long time...enjoy life NOW.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Showing my Patriotism

I've always admired the patriotism our American neighbours display.  Everywhere you go in the states you can see their flag, in emblems, decals , badges...you name it, you can see the flag....not so much here in Canada. Robert Kaufman came out with a "Quilts of Valour" line for Canadian soldiers. It's a Stonehenge line and I must say I love it.  I saw a bag similar (much nicer than this one) to this in Joanne's Christmas Crab Quiltery and fell in love with it.  Here's my version   nearly finished.  I say nearly finished, since I have to find and sew on three buttons..  I bought some wooden ones a while ago and I haven't a clue where I put them.  They certainly would be appropriate  with all the "woodsy" designs here.


See the white velcro on the tab.  Well I was all finished
sewing when it occurred to me that I did not sew
on the second part of the velcro.....doh!
Guess I will have to do that by hand.
Here's one of the prettier birds at one of our feeders.  A rose-breasted grosbeak. Big birds and colourful.  Sadly, one of our woodpeckers dived bombed the window today and killed itself.  Hate to see that happen.