The Start of the Christmas Season


I had a wonderful Thanksgiving visit with the family….Mom and Dad, aunt, sisters and brothers, sisters and brothers in law, nieces and nephews.    I always try to get a Tree decorated the day after Thanksgiving and that is my goal for Friday ( I’ll post some pictures when I get it done)…… I listened to Christmas music on the radio on the drive home tonight so I guess it is officially the start of the Christmas season.

I had planned to bring my Teddy quilt and peacock quilt to show the family but I forgot them … I am posting a few pictures of them again.   (so here they are family….and I will try to remember to bring them to show you on Christmas)

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The beginning of the Christmas Season reminds me of my favorite Christmas short story,”A Christmas Memory”.
I did a recording of me reading it.

If you are one who enjoys shopping I hope you find great deals on Black Friday!

If you are like me and stay home  happy decorating and quilting!



Happy Thanksgiving

I got the Singer into the treadle and took it for a test drive.

Here is the video…..please overlook my filthy hands…..when I clean a machine I get lots of oil and gunk under my nails🙂

Baking pie tonight…..
hope that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.

Happy Quilting






Singer 66-18


What is a sewing machine hoarder to do when he goes to an antique mall and sees this for 25 dollars?


Of course I had to buy it.

I already have 2 other Singer 66 machines but this one is a newer model.    1941 based on the serial number.



The wiring is shot so I didn’t even test the motor or light.   The cabinet is painted and the paint is peeling.  I didn’t mind that because I plan to put it in one of my treadle bases.

I took off the motor and light and then took off all the plates to clean and oil it.

Here is some of the lint I got out of the bobbin area and the feed dogs.

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It really was not bad as old machines go.    I got it cleaned and it is ready to put in the treadle tomorrow for a test run.

It takes class 66 bobbins, standard low shank presser feet and standard needles so I have everything I need.

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I think I will sand and paint the cabinet….I almost left it at the store but didn’t have a screw driver to get the machine out of the cabinet.  It turns out that the cabinet is not bad at all….just the paint is ugly and peeling.   I have a few machines that I use corded and the cabinet will work for those.

I’ll let you know how it works soon

Happy Quilting



How to make a quilted tote bag


Yesterday I posted a picture of a tote bag I made.

I made another today (this one is larger) and I took pictures of the steps to make it.

I started with the snowflake applique that I made in this video.

You could use any other quilt block or just plain fabric.

I trimmed the block to 18″ x 20″  and then sewed on another piece of fabric also 18″ x 20″ .


I layered it for quilting using 2 layers of Dream Green batting ( 2 layers makes the bag have more body) and muslin for the backing.


I used 505 basting spray ( pin basting would work well too) .


Next I did the quilting.


I did stippling with white thread in the snowflake and an arc patter with red thread in the background.


on the solid red portion I used white thread.


Next I trimmed the excess backing and batting ( measure the finished size of this because you will need this measurement to cut the lining) and folded it in half along the seam line (right sides together).


then sew it on 2 sides leaving the top open.


Next I make box corners on the 2 bottom corners.   Open the bag out as shown in the picture, pulling the sided out to make a corner as shown .


Then mark a stitch line …..line up the 45 on your ruler and then use the measurement along the top to draw the line.( mine is at 5.5 inches  but you can vary the size depending on how big the bag is).


Then sew on the line.


Then cut off the point.


Do the same on the other corner and then turn the bag right side out.


Here is the inside. (all the raw edges will be hidden with a lining in a later step).


Now turn in the top edge ( I turned in 1.5 inches) It might help to press this down.


Now to make the handles I cut 2  7 inch  by 20 inch pieces of red fabric.


press in half.


then fold the two edges into the center and press.


then fold on half again and stitch along the edges.

pin the handles to the bag on the inside.


stitch around the entire bag (3/4 inch down from the top).


now to make the lining cut a piece of fabric the same size as the finished top was and fold it in half right sides together.


sew the edges as we did for the bag.

and then do the same size box corners.

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now put the lining inside the bag and line up the corners in the bottom .


fold under the top edge and pin into place.


then sew about 1/4 inch from the top edge.


that is how I made it……

here is the back


and here they both are


I made the smaller bag the same way, just a smaller fabric ….

Teddy watched to be sure I didn’t make a mistake.


Happy Quilting


Tote Bag


I made the snowflake applique block into a tote bag today

I quilted the block using 2 layers of batting for added structure and did very dense quilting which also tends to add stiffness.    I lined it with a red batik look fabric.    I decided it would look more interesting to not center the large snowflake so I made it sort of wrap around the bag.  Now that I have it made I realize I should have take pictures of the steps so I will try to get another one done this week and get pictures and write up some instructions .

I did the quilting and bag construction on my Montgomery Ward machine ( made in Japan in the 60’s).   I bought this machine because I wanted the cabinet that it came in.   The machine itself was a bit of a mess and I almost asked the people at the antique mall if I could just take the cabinet and leave the machine .  It was rusty and it would not move at all.     I decided to give it a chance and cleaned and oiled it and it came back to life.     I have still have the motor attached to it but I use it in one of my treadle bases.    This one takes singer 15 bobbins and standard needles.   it is easy to get different feet for it because they are standard low shank feet.    It makes a great zig zag stitch, the feed dogs drop, makes a great straight stitch and I love the color.    The cabinet and machine were 20  dollars….it is now one of my favorite machines.

I started to do some work on another hand quilting video.    I am working on trying to figure out the best camera angle and how to keep my hands out of the way….not an easy task!

here is a bit of it in an unedited format……and if you watch to the end you will see that Teddy makes an appearance
( Update:  I am sorry if this video is not working ….I can’t seem to get it to load properly)


One more thing today because it is close to thanksgiving and I have been thinking about all the things I am thankful for.   I have to thank those who donated to the blog.    For privacy reasons I won’t name you publicly but I truly am thankful for your support!   Your donations have gone directly to the blog costs.
Happy Quilting








It is that time of year again…….
every year I make a bunch of snowflakes. Here are a few for previous years (click pictures to enlarge)

I am working on them again ( I might do another giveaway drawing in the next few weeks)
I made a video of how to fold and cut them and then make them into an applique for quilting.

Happy Quilting