Monday, June 30, 2008

New Baby is home

Well got your attention. Actually I purchased a lovely old Treadle. She was manufactured in 1915 in Quebec. Shes a little worn as you can see but she still sews. She came with her original manual and attachments. You can't see it in this picture but she has great cabinet with a few age spots there is carving around the drawer knobs and a raised design on the sides. Since I have always wanted a treadle and the one that I learned on is across the street in my cousins home I had to get this one. I don't know her name yet. For a 93 year old lady she was well taken care of. I had seen younger plain jane models for absolutely ridiculous prices with no character and are seized in need of refinishing.
When I picked her up today the owner said her mother bought it and since she is now moving there is no room for her. Aren't I the lucky one, and my DH didn't even say a thing when I came home with a new sewing machine. Grand total to date is 6 machines. My goal now is to get a long arm. Research time. and well start saving my money again so back to no buy for now. Besides I think I have enough stash to work on for a "few" quilts.
Any way its time I worked on the Scrappy Bargello. I have one more panel to start and finish and then I have one panel that I have to frog I missed one color in the panel so its one short and I don't really want to change my layout. I believe my fabric total for this is 160 different fabrics and I haven't even thought of the border yet.
I think I will take a peek at Bonnie's site

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Getting back to sewing!

Well my kitchen is finally looking like a kitchen. I have cupboards and they look great. We are still waiting for the flooring to come in so I can be a little patient about that. What I have been working on. For one I have been cutting out Bonnie's Orange Crush Mystery and cutting up strips for whatever . Last night I was finally able to pull out my sewing machine and sew. I was having withdrawals. I needed something that I could just mindlessly sew so I started sewing the 2.5 inch strips together and by 3:00 in the morning I had half the scrappy bargello sewn. So far I have 150 different fabrics in it, ALL from stash. I think I will be doing more of her scrappy quilts just to reduce the piles, nay Mountains of stash that I have. I need to cut out 30 more fabrics into 2.5 strips so I can get a finished size of 72 inches on the bargello portion of the quilt. I am not sure what I will use for the border treatment but I am sure I have enough of something. green, yellow, pink, burgandy something. I know when people buy me presents or I get giveaways I always get yardage. Maybe that isn't helping the stashbusting but it makes me feel good.
Well I didn't realize how long its been between posts. For the past 3 months my house has been in a state of upheaval. Boy I can't wait to start the bathroom. NOT. Surely over the next few months I will get a few Christmas presents completed and I also am required to do a small wallhanging of lilies. Its for a coworker that is retiring. I wish. then I would have time to play with all my fabric. ... well maybe lay in the sun I will post pictures of the bargello hopefully tomorrow. Smiles everyone, Smiles.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lazy Gal Quilting: Liberated Quiltmaking Reprint

Lazy Gal Quilting: Liberated Quiltmaking Reprint

Check out Tonya's blog and leave a note if you would like a reprint of Liberated Quiltmaking. AMQ needs to see a a number to validate a reprint.