Saturday, January 30, 2010

Quilt Top...Finished!

I almost forgot! I finished the quilt top last week. I basted and pinned it this week. Now, it has to be quilted!


On to the next project...stay tuned!


Friday, January 22, 2010

Quilt Along

My promise to myself for the new year, was to make at least one quilt and/or some quilted item/accessory per month.  I want to practice and learn new quilting skllls and needed a challenge.  I am so inspired by all of the wonderful quilting blogs.  So, I decided I would find and join a "Block Party", "Quilt-Along", or something.  While visiting blogs the other day,  I noticed that Sew Inspired was having a quilt-along...I joined!  I thought I might have been too late to join; but, I was encouraged by Vicki to come along!

I completed all of the blocks for the quilt size I chose within a couple of days!  I am now ready for sashing!

Here is my fabric choices:

...with a splash of red (not shown)!

block piecing with some 'red' (shown)!

 Here's a peek of each block style I sewed on Flickr!

I've already sought out my next quilting project! Stay tuned to see the finished quilt top.  Until next time,


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This Morning

This is me AFTER the children have left on the school buses and hubby flies out of the door on his way to work!  This is me BEFORE the household chores, errands, sewing, knitting, crafting or whatever my day holds.

This morning I looked through the drawers of a treadle cabinet to find 'treasures'!  Here are some things I found...

yarn darners,

vintage tin, "Three States Mixture" tobacco company which is holding vintage buttons.

Have a Great Day!  I will!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

What's New! and What's This?

What's New!

This week, I drove 2 hours to the Tampa area for this beauty...

A Minnesota Model C treadle.

A really nice new friend offered this treadle to me!  My daughter and grandson came along for the drive.  She invited us to stay for homemade "beans and greens" soup and sandwiches for lunch.  Beans and Greens soup contains Great White Northern beans, sausage, collard greens, and other seasonings.  Boy, it's good and it's been cold here in Florida, lately.  Perfect and tasty!

We had great conversations on sewing, sewing machines, and our sewing-related finds!  She showed me her collection of beautiful people-powered machines.  I learned how to free-motion quilt on a treadle...what a joy!  My daughter is still talking about the soup!

Today, while hubby and I were at Lowe's getting wood to make treadle risers, I picked up another box of washers to make pretty pattern weights.  Check out what Ruth does with them on one of my fav blogs, SewChic!

In between other projects, I'm currently knitting fingerless mitts for me; and knitting a Cowl Neckwarmer!

This past Thursday, this beautiful fabric was delivered!

My next project is a baby quilt for my new grandson!  I saw this quilt and instructions in Quilt Magazine April/May 2009 #99 issue; "Love at First Sight Baby Quilt".  Featuring First Sight Collection by Michael Miller Fabrics.

So vibrant!  I love this fabric!  I can't wait to get started on this quilt!

Today  I picked this up in a thrift store.  Is it for a sewing machine or is it for a spinning wheel for yarn?

Give me your thoughts!  What is this?