Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Plaids Have It!

There is something just a little bit wonderful about a quilt that has been made using many plaids. I’m not sure what it is that I find so appealing about that particular fabric. Maybe it’s because they remind me of those little dresses me and my sisters used to wear when we were children.

plaid quilt

I bought this quilt from a dealer on eBay a little over a year ago. I looked at it a long time before I bid on it. It looks just a bit scruffy and, in the description, it said it, “had a few age spots” on it. A few was putting it mildly because there are plenty of those spots on it. I have high hopes that a good soaking will get rid of many of the spots. But if not, I still love the quilt.
red and blue plaind

Good grief! I really did take some awful pictures of these blocks! At least you can see what they look like though.
blue plaid

If you look at the photo of the quilt, you can see the arrangement of the plaid blocks. They each march across the quilt on the diagonal.
purple plaid

My least favorite plaid on the quilt is the brown and blue.
brown plaid

Now that Spring has just about sprung, I will be able to wash this quilt and lay it out in the sunshine. I can’t wait to see how bright and fresh it will look once that happens!

Working Outside My Box

paint fabricA few weeks ago I found some fabric that I fell in love with. (Go figure!) It’s called Paint and was designed by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics.

Ah, how could I not like this? The fabric has words on it and I am a lover of words.

But then there is always the dilemma of what to make. Decisions, decisions! I left the fabric on the table that’s in my sewing room to mellow a bit. It was right where I could see it every time I walked into the room so I could rearrange it, pet it, gloat over it, add other fabric to it and seek some inspiration.

The flowers in the print are whimsical and playful. They didn’t want to be put into a straight-laced pattern. (Seriously, that’s what they said!) I needed something that was going to be just a tad wonky.

So, here is what I came up with.

I paired the Paint fabric with Grunge by Basic Grey for Moda. I had some yardage and a layer cake on hand so I decided to use that. I printed out a bunch of paper-piecing patterns onto Carol Doak’s paper-piecing paper. I prefer it over all others when using this technique. It zips right through my printer and tears off easily.

I designed the quilt in EQ7 and I figured out that I need to make 156 blocks to end up with a quilt that will be queen-sized. Gulp! That’s a lot of blocks! But darn, they look good and they go together quickly. And that’s nothing to sneeze at!

Here’s what I’ve done so far.
so far, so good

It’s making me smile!

Featherweight Sewing Machines

I don’t know of a quilter alive that doesn’t want a featherweight if they don’t already have have one, or two, or three, or more. They are handy little workhorses and probably the best sewing machines Singer ever put out. featherweight1

Weighing in at 11 pounds, they are easily carried to workshops and retreats. And, for the most part, they are relatively trouble free. featherweight2

Unless you let them sit around and don’t use them. Then you may have trouble staring you in the face. I recently bought a free-arm Featherweight. From the outset, I had trouble getting the bed off so I could use it as a free-arm machine. Because I had so much trouble, I didn’t use it. Because I didn’t use it, the problem compounded.featherweight3

I finally took it to my favorite sewing machine repairman. He said the wrong grease had been used on the machine and caused it to bind up. He cleaned it all out and got the bed sliding off easily.

He also told me that the worst thing I could do with my featherweights was let them sit around without being used. I think that’s good advice for anyone who has and loves these old machines. So lets get our machines off the shelve and use them!