As you know I am a bit of a vintage sewing machine nut.    I couldn’t pass this one up.

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It was a mess!     but I knew I could  save it🙂 ….here is how I did it.

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Teddy supervised.

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I decided to piece a new top on the new machine.


I posted a picture of the fabrics a while back


The are all from the scrap table at my local quilt guild.

here is the layout of the center

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and the start of piecing


I think this one will be big stitch hand quilted….I need to look in my stash to find fabric for the edges and a border.

Happy Quilting




I decided to try doing a portrait of Teddy.   I drew a picture a bit over life size and did embroidery on my treadle

Here is how it looked after day one of work


Here it is after adding the rest


and framing (the glass makes for glare :(  )



I wanted to see if there was a way to do this for those who aren’t good at drawing and here is what I came up with (video in 2 parts)





I have also been having trouble answering your comments .   Every time I try to add a response my computer freezes up and I have to re-start it……I cant figure out what is causing this but as soon as I get it figured out I will respond to your comments🙂

Happy quilting






Where does the time go?


I have been so busy I have forgotten to blog!   I am not sure where the time goes but I suspect that a lot of it is sewn into a quilt😉

If you have been reading for a while you have seen this quilt in progress before. (I am close to the half way point now)


I have a lot of time to think while hand quilting.   One of the things I have been thinking about is making a pattern for it.

I wondered how it would work as a whole cloth rather than an applique.     Rather than take away hand quilting time to try it out I decided to try it on my treadle.    Just the center motif.


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I realize not everyone would quilt it like this but I wanted to see if it had potential for a whole cloth design and I think it does, either for machine or hand quilting.     I plan to offer it as a pattern soon.

If you want to see how I did the quilting here are a few videos

I have also been practicing my treadle embroidery


I have this stack of fabric that is calling my name


They will turn into a quilt top soon.  I have some ideas but need to think for another day (sometimes I have more ideas than fabric)

One of my favorite machines died and I found another for 20 dollars…..I took the two of them apart and made them into one working machine


I’ll piece the new top on this one.

Back to hand quilting now……..it is cool enough today to get under a quilt without passing out!

Happy Quilting


Teddy Update, Trapunto demo, Embroidery


Thanks for all the advice and concern for poor Teddy.    He is fine now….he had a bath with Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide and Dawn dish soap.    That took care of the skunk smell…..he hates getting wet and for him the bath was a much worse experience than the skunk spray🙂

I did some more Treadle embroidery


Thank you Katherine Schaffer for sending me all that great machine embroidery thread!    I used it for the leaves and stems in this and it worked great

Here is another video of how I do the embroidery on a treadle machine

I decided to add trapunto to the snowflake quilt that I just finished.    I think it will make the design stand out more and be the finishing touch it needed.      I did a video of how to do the trapunto.    This can be done on hand or machine quilted work.

I had such a hard time getting the trapunto video to work ( I spent 7 hours messing with it) but I think it turned out fine in the end.
Happy Quilting



Teddy Got Skunked


Teddy went outside this evening and when he came back in…….Yikes…….it is really bad!    I haven’t seen any skunks in the neighborhood before but now I know for sure they are here!

Before the skunk adventure I did finish my snowflake quilt

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And here is the 3rd part of the video

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Another Snowflake Quilt


I decided to make a snowflake quilt.    I started by cutting a large snowflake that would fit this piece of fabric (about 44 inches square)


I traced the outline onto the fabric and then layered it for quilting.


I am doing the quilting on one of my treadle machines


Here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I made a few videos of the process so far

Here is Teddy trying it out


I am auditioning a border for the teddy quilt


Here are some more progress pictures of the rose quilt

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Happy Quilting



A New Teddy Quilt Shaping Up

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I think I posted this picture of Teddy watching me quilt a while ago.

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I am in the process of making a quilt based on the photo


I have a lot more to do before I am ready to quilt it but it is a good start ….

My Mackintosh Rose quilt will be at AQS quilt week in Grand Rapids MI August 10-13 and in Des Moines Iowa October 5 – 8

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I’ll let you know if it wins anything🙂

A few people have asked about the Crayola markers I have been using ….some have said they did not wash out for them so I decided to do a test on white fabric to show my results.

Here I marked the fabric


and here it is after a wash and a quick pressing


I have never had any problems….but it never hurts to test your fabric first

Happy Quilting