I am nearing the end on the embroidery of the rose applique quilt top.     I can’t believe how long it has taken and how much thread I have used!

I worked on another sewing machine today.  This is a Montgomery Ward Signature Series.    I am not sure of the date yet but I guess it is early 60’s.   It came in a carrying case that is really gross.


It smells like a very musty basement and all the fabric is coming off but it is fairly solid so I might recover it .    To work on it I put it in an old cabinet I have.     It is easier for me to have it in a cabinet while I work on it .   It really was rusty and needed a good cleaning to get it to function.  I took it apart a bit to get to all the parts.


There is some rust residue on the bottom that didn’t come off but doesn’t really cause any functional problems.


It takes a 15 class bobbin and a standard 15×1 needle and basic low shank feet.   It does basic zigzag and it has the ability to do decorative stitching with cams……I have no cams for it. Where do the all go?    So many vintage machines are missing all of the accessories that came with them….do people really throw away all the extra feet and cams and bobbins and just keep the machine?   Anyway I’ll keep my eye out for a set of cams they are sort of strange as cams go sort of flat discs that snap on to the top of the machine ….if you look at the top of the machine  in the picture you can see there is a cam there ( just a straight stitch cam)


It sews great now that it is all cleaned up….so I decided to give it a go in the treadle.


It works great.    The one thing about treadle machines is that I miss the light but in many of the vintage motorized machines there is a separate plug for the light so I can still plug in the light and use the treadle rather than the motor.   I leave the motor on and just take off the belt to use it in the treadle that way I can easily make it back into a motorized machine by just putting the belt back on.

I have a plan for a new quilt top and I think I will do it on this machine but for now I have to get back to that rose embroidery

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More embroidery

I added some more embroidery to the rose applique quilt top.


I have to get the rest of the applique finished now before I can do the remaining embroidery.    It might take a while ….
Here are some more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

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Next Step

I finished the center of the rose applique quilt.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


Now I will start to add more around the center.  The quilt will be about 85 or 90 inches square (the center is 42″ across) so I need to add some more around the center to fill the space.  Rose buds will go on next.  Here is the layout…the cut out rose is my paper template to show what it will look like.


The stems and leaves will be done with the hand quilting.

Teddy gave it a test sit.


I have another project set to go.   My nephew and his wife are expecting baby #2


I bought this great fabric today.


I am looking forward to getting started on it.    It should be fun.

The weather forecast is for ice.    It started up at about noon.   The snow was like little ball bearings bouncing and rolling when it hit the ground.


It is changing to freezing rain now and beginning to coat things,  the forecast says we should get 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice.    With high winds and many old trees in the neighborhood This usually means a good chance of power outages.

I think it is a good day for being inside and doing some hand work.

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Paint Stripping and Applique

I needed another project right?

This cabinet had to come home with me.


Why do people feel the need to paint over beautiful old oak?    Time for paint stripping.


It is kind of strange to see myself in the mirror in the back of the cabinet 😦

It is a messy job…but the paint is coming off pretty easily…..will post more when I get ready to do the finishing.

I got some more done on the rose applique.   I worked on the center.   Here it was the last time I posted


here it is tonight.


Thankfully I lined up the applique properly so that the dark center of the blue fabric is in the same place as the center of the applique.


almost at the half way point!

Teddy was happy to post tonight if he didn’t have to get up from his nap.


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Perfectionist? NO!

I have said many times in the past that I really don’t enjoy doing applique.   Why is that?   Too much pressure for perfection!    You might think that someone who does so much hand quilting has a lot of patience…but I don’t.    So many applique techniques that I have seen produce beautiful results and frankly I just can not imagine myself doing it.   Backbasting, freezer paper and starch with a mini iron etc, I just don’t have it in me to be that meticulous. I feel like I could have all the applique finished before I get that kind of prep done and I just get to anxious to get stitching.  I can’t follow the rules and I can’t be perfect….but it turns out that I can enjoy doing it my own way once I give myself permission to forego perfection.     That is also how I handle piecing and hand quilting….I get a lot done because I don’t put on the pressure of perfection.   That doesn’t mean that I don’t care or try to do a good job It does mean that I have made complete quilt tops without ever using a seam ripper, every point might not match but they work for me. Most of my had quilting is done by eye because I hate the tedious marking needed to be perfect.    I don’t enjoy the pressure that comes from trying to be perfect.  Quilting should be fun and for me that happens when I relax and let it happen.   (which doesn’t mean that can’t be fun for many, everyone is different and enjoys different things)

So that being said I am very happy with how my “just do it” needle turn applique is turning out.   click picture to enlarge

I posted about how I am doing it here

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I got started on the applique rose project.   Here is the cutout


I pressed it flat so tracing would be easier.   Then I pressed the fabric and I starched it.   I find that the starch helps in the needle turn because it is easier to get a crease in the fabric and it helps prevent unraveling.

In order to keep the cutout in place I pinned it to the fabric.


It is easier for me when my lines are pretty dark so i used a crayola washable marker.  (it wont come out until I wash it )  it might be hard to see in pictures but I can see it .


here it is all traced


Now I need to cut it out.   I m not going to cut much, just the basic shape.   If I were to cut it out fully it would be a lot harder to keep it from becoming distorted while I baste it in place.


The backijng fabric I have posted about before.  It is a beautiful hand dyed fabric.


I had marked it to do a whole cloth but I was just not convinced it was right.    The rose cutout was designed to fit the fabric.

I added some dots of basting glue to the cut out and placed it on the blue fabric/


The glue will keep the placement set while I do some hand basting.


After all the basing is done I can start the applique.  I will trim and clip as I go.

A lot of people have asked to see my fabric storage closet.  I still have a lot to do the get it organized but here is a start.   These are all antique quilt tops and blocks with a picture of each top that is in the bin taped to the outside so I know how to find them.   The top shelf is a mess!    I need to get a few more shelves.


Here is some of the fabric stash ( most of this is a yard or more of each piece with a few smaller pieces mixed in)


I think I’ll get 2 or 3 more of these shelves and I will be able to fill them with smaller pieced and fat quarters etc and I need one for orphan antique blocks.

There is room for more shelves.


getting things out of boxes is good and bad…..each piece of fabric makes me think of what I can make….so many projects!

Ill post some pictures later, when I get it finished.

Teddy says HI


He is so shaggy!   he goes to see the groomer tomorrow ….

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Cutting Roses

I have been working on a new idea for a quilt.

Remember this snowflake?


I have been thinking that something like it would make a super quilt center.

At this time of year Roses make me think of one of my favorite Carols

“Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” (“A rose has sprung up”), most commonly translated to English as “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” or “A Spotless Rose”, is a Christmas carol and Marian Hymn of German origin.
The text is thought to be penned by an anonymous author, and the piece first appeared in print in the late 16th century. The English translation “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” was written by Theodore Baker in 1894

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind,
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind;
To show God’s love aright,
She bore to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

O Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel with glorious splendour
The darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God,
From Sin and death now save us,
And share our every load.

So I made a 45 inch wide snowflake with the rose design.


I used craft paper and it still needs to be pressed flat.  It will then be traced onto fabric and I will needle turn applique it to a background.   I will also design more for the corners.    This likely will take forever but I do think it is going to be great!

I have 2 of the antique blocks appliqued  (they are pretty irregular because the pieces were so irregularly cut out b ut that adds to the charm of an antique.


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