Monthly Archives: September 2012

It’s Green, but it’s a White

Look at the magnificent teal and green machine my friend brought me.  My mom had one as a young mother. It was later stolen from my apartment when i was 24. Ive been looking for another ever since.

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Its clean as a whistle but i did oil it with triflo. After oiling one is meant to ” put a brick on it” meaning push the foot control and run continuously untill the sound changes. Hopefully the sound changes from rough to smooth. In this case it did and now it is nearly silent.

Quilting frame

Look what my friend Chris brought me! Her son thought it was firewood but we knew better.

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Check out the hand cut gear.

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The gear allows the quilt to be rolled around the roller as it is done. It looks big enough to me that it was used by several quilters at once. I wonder what stories it has heard over the years?

Free Pieced Quilt Block Tutorial

Step one: Find a piece of door fabric.  Mine is about 1 by 2 inches.  I like to look for a little person or animal on fabric, but a solid color is nice, too.  It can bring a group together, if all the doors are, say red, or purple. Cut a strip of house fabric the same width as the door, and sew it to the top of the door.

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Now, the same for the window.  This time, sew some fabric above and below the window.

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now sew some trips between the window and the door, and on the outside edge of the window and door.

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Pause here, press well, and then find a roof triangle.

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Why is that photo upside down?  Because it is after midnight here and my brain has given up trying to fix it, that’s why!  Guesstimate the size square you need for sky.  Cut some squares and cut them corner to corner.

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sew them on.  Note the non- squareness of the block.  Remain calm.

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Iron it like you mean it.  Then trim.

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Now it is square enough to call a block!  Let me know if anything is unclear!

Lunch time shopping…

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I Went out for a little fresh air and came back with 6 yards of fabric. As my bff says ” these things happen”! Most of it was remnant but still quite the treat!

The rose print is for a quilt for a friends daughter the blue kiddie print is for the teen mom quilts and the halloween is for an apron to wear to our annual halloween block party. I always go as a witch with a fun apron. The ribbon is just because i liked it! Hmm all this making quilts for others makes me sound much less selfish than i feel.