Design Wall Monday

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Here is my Hello Betty quilt. I quilted each block in a different stitch for tons of practice. I did freemotion quilting on all of it. I really like how it turned out. I thought it was hopeless once the top was done but I think its a pretty effective quilt design.

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You can read in the previous post about this sewing machine but the short version is this. It is my great grandmother’s 1930 era singer treadle. I have had it for years in this house that I purchased from my parents. It was caked with yuck. A friend at work husband started to restore an old treadle he had and the results is the work of art pictured. It stitches like a dream!!! I am thrilled to have this heirloom in my sewing room now!

 
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I also have to share my latest passion. Baby clothes. It is like instant gratification!!! My twin granddaughters are getting bigger. I found tons of free patterns on the internet and well my scrap bag has a few large pieces in it, too. I think that they babies will have little clothes sewn from me for awhile!! Where was the internet when I had little ones, cause this is easy…. brings back all the memories of garment sewing from my 4-H classes in elementary school, I didn’t forget! This little dress is lined and has a built in onesie!

 
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I am working on this Economy right now.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to see what everyone else is working on at http://www.patchworktimes.com for design wall Monday!!!

Vicki

My great grandmother’s machine

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My great grandmother had this sewing machine. It has been in my house for years and my mom left it for me when I purchased the house. I always wanted it restored but never knew anyone who could do the job. Well, I was talking to a friend at work because her husband bought an old treadle machine and was restoring it. I didnt think much about this. 

When he was done, he called me saying he was bored and needed a project. I agreed and the pictures show the fantastic results…..who knew things had so much detail back in the day.

Then I bought needles to fit it, threaded it and off it sewed a perfect seam. I had a bit of a learning curve in running the treadle but it’s great! I sewed on some quilt blocks. Awesome.
Vicki

Quilt Color my World

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I have to share about this quilt. What’s the story behind it you ask? As we know all quilts have a story. 

This quilt was designed to use blocks I tested for Quilt maker 100 block magazine vol.9 due out in May. I was sent the fabrics and the only rules were use 4 blocks, 9 square minimum and a due date.
I thought this turned out just as I envisioned it. They describe it as an unusual layout, so me!!! It will be on display in the office in Colorado all summer!
Thanks quilt maker! !!!!

My blocks tested will be shared here starting May 1.
Can you tell I am a little bit excited,  lol.

Vicki

Traditions old and new

We decided to see our son this weekend . He’s in college and had a final exam yesterday. We took him to a museum honoring president Ford. It was so nostalgic as it was a presidency during my youth. We went to dinner. That was new tradition. 

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Today we are going to the church he has been attending. Old tradition. Family, meals and church.
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Happy Easter, He is risen, indeed.

Vicki

Design wall Monday and Linky Tuesday

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I had a crafty fail, so I made this economy block to get back on track. I had to call my friend who does flower arranging and we made this corsage. See link below.

 

 

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It made me nostalgic because this is the last prom any of my children were go to, even though it is time for them to grow up.

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Here is an adorable child for a grand child that my the customer made, she’s 90 years old this month!!!
And I have the privilege to quilt it in a meander for her, with a few leaves adn swirls along the way. Love the crossed canoes!!! Tent’s too.

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My daughter found some very cute baby items that I can  sew, I have forgotten a lot about garment sewing but I will refresh my memory as i go. 

Go to www.patchworktimes.com to see what all other quilters are doing this Monday and Freemotion by the River for linky party Tuesday.

 #lunchhour #longarmquilting off the frame! full view of the quilt. Thanks everyone!!

 

Vicki