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 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 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)
I have been working on a few new things. This green leather wall hanging is nearly done, I just need to add the binding.
Here is a preview of the next one.
I am planning to start a new quilt. It will be similar to the peacock quilt.
I have 3 more fabric panels that were hand dyed by my friend Debra Linker.
Remember being a kid and looking up at the clouds and trying to decide what the shapes looked like? These fabric panels are much the same…..I stare at them and see different shapes……I have to decide what shape I want to use as the quilting design. I will be basting one of them this weekend and marking it for quilting so I will post some pictures of what I decided.
I did a video of how I quilted this bag.
It is about an hour long so watch when you have some extra time.
and here is Teddy saying “time to water”
and some more garden photos
I saw a post of Facebook today that reminded me about the Quilt Alliance auction for 2017. The auction is to benefit the Quilt Alliance
The deadline is July 3rd so I had to get started on it today. The theme this year is “voices” and the quilts need to be 16 inches square.
Here is mine which I am calling “Quilt Talk” (need to bind it yet)
This is leather, quilted on the Singer 66 treadle.
In addition to an online display of the quilts, the collection will be exhibited at 2017 Alliance events, including the Not Fade Away conference on July 15 in Herndon, Virginia, the Quilters Take Manhattan fundraising event in New York City on September 19, and in the Alliance booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, November 1-4. Additional exhibit venues may also be added. All quilts will be auctioned online beginning November 13, 2017 to benefit the Quilt Alliance. I’ll post a link for the auction when that is set to go ( there will also be online voting I think)
Teddy and I took some more garden pictures today . (click on pictures to enlarge)
Maybe tomorrow I will have time to start that new quilt I am planning .
Monday is the last day the city will pick up garden waste so I got some garden cleanup done. My composer if full to the brim so it has to go out in bags for city pickup. (the city will compost it)
here are a few of the bags
Fall came very late this year so there are still trees with leaves and I could rake every day ….because they blow in from everywhere.
Lots of plants needed to be cut back…..if they don’t get done now it will have to be done in the spring.
Some things I don’t cut back. I think the ornamental grasses look great all winter.
I have some ferns that are evergreen.
Hydrangea look pretty even when they lose all their leaves.
The oak leaf hydrangea has pretty fall color
The dogwood still has pretty colored leaves.
The fairy rose is not ready to quit
lots of leaves to clean out of the beds.
when I look past the work it does look pretty.
I did a bit of quilting. I am making another bag using recycled Jeans legs. Doing the free motion quilting on the Singer 66-18. Here is the front panel.
I am trying out something new. I am basting a quilt using my hand quilting frame. I loaded the quilt like I would for hand quilting but I will pin baste it in the frame then take it out for quilting.
I have a book cover in progress with the Singer 15
And I had Teddy do a check on the Rose Quilt
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