I am working on multiple projects at once. I guess my attention span is getting shorter 🙂
here is one that will be a wall hanging
Here is one for a tote bag
I did a video of how this machines is working for Free Motion Quilting.
I couldn’t help but take a few more pictures of my favorite lilies.
I can’t remember if I posted about the American Quilters Society fall Paducah show. Two of my quilts were accepted
Since I started collecting sewing machines I have wanted a Wilcox and Gibbs chain stitch machine. Around the new year my quilting friend Teddy Pruett was working on making room in her studio and had one to sell, which I was happy to buy!
Next I started looking for a treadle base for it, and I found one a few months ago…..and the last part was the wooden top which I found this week.
I got the three parts put together and made a video of how it works.
I also took a bunch of garden pictures this morning…and here they are (click pictures to enlarge)
I am in the middle of a few quilts right now so back to work.
I got the old Singer running…..
and I found some pictures of one from an old auction record
That helped to know what I needed to look for in the top and base.
I found a top that is in very bad shape but it is the same as this pictures above so I ordered it and will work on restoring it.
I also found a few bases but have not decided if I want to buy one ( the top will fit on one of my existing bases)
anyway this 18 dollar machine has the potential of being very expensive!
here is a longer video I did
I will post some more pictures when I get it all cleaned up and put together….
I did try some Free Motion quilting on it and it works great!
I worked some more on the Blue tree quilt. I took a break from quilting to start on the painting. I am using acrylic paint and water……I am not worried about a fabric medium since this is a wall hanging and will not need to stand up to washings.
I have a lot of painting to go and a lot of quilting. This is the small practice version (30″ x 45″)
the bigger one is 60″ square and I will start that soon.
Here is a tour of the garden today (click pictures to enlarge)
I got the old singer stitching beautifully! I will show you that next time.
I went antique shopping today and even though I really didn’t plan on another sewing machine project I came home with one.
This was made in 1887 and it really is not in the best shape, but for 18 dollars I had to save it.
At some point in its life someone decided to re paint it ……you can see all the black paint on things that should not be painted.
The paint didn’t stick so well to the decals so a lot of it rubbed off, but the decals really are pretty much destroyed and trying to get the paint off without further damage is not easy. I have done some work on it.
I think I have it in working order (I need to put in a needle and give it a test) but it still needs a lot of cleaning. I am thinking about doing a total refinish since it is in such bad shape. That would include striping and repainting and new decals. I have not done that before because I usually thing it is better to embrace the age. What do you think?
I did some of the quilting on the tree but needed to take a break to rest my hands.
I’ll get back to that soon
I decided to do a practice tree before I do the full sized version. This one is bout 30″ x 60″. I want to see how the thread looks with the fabric and how the details show. I am just getting started using black thread
I will post some pictures as soon as I get a bit more done.
I got the binding finished on this little leather wall quilt. (18″ x 25″)
It is too hot an humid today to work in the garden but it sure needs to have some weeds pulled!
Teddy doesn’t want to learn how 😦
I was planning to get one of those beautiful dyed panels marked for quilting this weekend but I got sidetracked with a new idea. I was working through my pile of fabric and came across this very dark blue upholstery fabric that is 60 inches wide and decided to cut a 60 inch square to save out for making a quilt (I bought it for purses). Well I couldn’t help myself and I got to work on a design.
I drew this on with chalk (the chalkboard kind). It is just to get the basic design onto the fabric , the chalk just rubs off which makes the drawing easier so I can easily erase. Once I am happy with the design I will go back with a white wash away marker and re-mark it. The white marker won’t rub off like the chalk so I wont loose all my lines when I start quilting it.
I finished the quilting on another small leather quilt (18×24) I call it “some things bug me”
I got a new to me machine a few weeks ago and I gave it a tune up (it was totally frozen up ).
It is a Singer 401a and it is a great machine.
And here are more garden pictures (click pictures to enlarge)