More Book Covers

I made a few more book covers to try out different fabrics.

This one a a faux suede upholstery fabric


this one is Batik


I like the suede look fabric…it is very thick but the treadle machine goes through it pretty well.     I think I’ll make a few more.

Teddy was guarding the garden today.


Doesn’t he look tough?

Here are some new garden pictures (click on pictures to enlarge)

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Garden Tour

Teddy and I went for a walk in the garden tonight and Teddy helped me to decide what to photograph.



We took a lot of pictures (click on pictures to enlarge)

some quilting next time 🙂

Happy Friday


More piecing, garden pictures and a video

last time I posted about a new top I am making called “Table Scraps”


I did some more piecing on that.

I am using 2 inch strips


I sew together 6 and then cut into blocks


Stack up a few of them and then cut the other direction


then rearrange them


then sew them together.   once I have enough done I arrange them in the diamond shape


after they are sewn together I cut them again to be an accurate 45 degree diamond so they will all fit together to make a star


One of my fabric pieces was large enough to do a full diamond unpieced……I like the variety


2 more diamonds to go….I’ll probably piece them a bit differently…I’ll post pictures of that soon.

The finished star should be about 75 inches across and it will get a pieced scrappy border to make a finished quilt of about 85″ square

Today it finally rained……but you really can’t call it a real rain…just enough to get the grass damp and cause the humidity to go up to 90% . It has been so dry!   What we need is a good long all day rain!  I took a few garden pictures shortly after the rain.   (click pictures to enlarge)

I did another video of hand quilting….this one is quilting on an antique applique quilt.

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Hand Quilting Progress

Teddy went to see the groomer and as soon as he got home he ran to my quilting chair and posed….he wanted to be sure he got his picture taken while he was looking good 🙂

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I really do work on hand quilting for at least 4 hours a day.    Here are some progress pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I took a few more garden pictures today

And I did video of Treadle quilting

Back to work

Happy quilting




Roses Blooming

I have some roses blooming in my garden today.

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A few warm days and everything takes off….. (click pictures to enlarge)

I got my little vegetable garden planted


And it looks like I have my work for tomorrow set.   Weeding!

I spent some time playing with a few old machines

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I put the Franklin in the treadle to give it a try.   It is running great.    Franklin was a Sears brand and this one is a nearly exact copy of the Singer 27.

A few people have asked in my last few posts about my thread.   It isn’t on the thread spool pin on the top of the machine.    I usually use a thread cone stand.    But I have also made my own for the  treadle base I made.    I have a big nail on the back of the machine that the spool or cone of thread goes on  and I have a safety pin in the window frame behind the machine that the thread goes up to and through and then it goes into the thread guide on the machine. (if you look closely you can see the thread in these pictures.


I went “Great Lakes Art Works” , a local store in Old Town that is an artist owned collaborative promoting the work of local artists.  I had to buy this seam ripper (which is so cool I feel like I need to sew something wrong so I can use it)

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It has been a long day and Teddy is ready to relax.

Happy quilting


Spring Flowers and Minnesota Sewing Machine

I spent some time working in the garden today.   I fertilized the lawn, did a bit of weeding and planted a few annuals.   Teddy watched .


Things are starting to grow.

Here are a few garden pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I got another new sewing machine.   This one is a Minnesota F.


Minnesota was the brand name for Sears Sewing Machines (other brands used by Sears over the years were Franklin, Acme, June, and Eventually Kenmore)  Minnesota Machines were made by The Davis Sewing Machine Company of Dayton, Ohio. With a few exceptions, Davis would become the sole supplier of sewing machines to Sears until about 1912 when Sears began to slowly phased out sales of Davis sewing machines in favor of models made by Domestic, Free, White and other manufacturers.  Davis would eventually go out of business about 1924, having become dependent on supplying Sears with sewing machines over the previous twenty years for its main source of income and unable to make up the loss from other sources.

It is a smaller machine.   The base measures 12″ x 6″ Here it is in front of a full-sized Singer.


I spent some time cleaning it up and oiling it. (I didn’t get before picture to show how much better it looks )   It is in pretty good shape.    I will have to do some modification to one of my treadle bases to fit the smaller size so I haven’t tried it out yet but I can tell it will work great.

It takes huge needles (Davis long needles) that aren’t impossible to find but aren’t made anymore either so they cost a few dollars each.   The machine came with a box of attachments and there were 2 extra needle in that.

In this picture the needle on the left is the needle for this machine and the right is the standard Singer needle


Now back to hand quilting



Another quilt to finish

When I moved things to the new studio I didn’t pack away any of the quilts that are partially hand quilted.    If they are out in the open I will be more likely to work on them.     I did finish one so far.


Today I have another one to show you.    I started this one ages ago!   see the post here

And here is the finished top.


I opened it up to see how much I had finished and teddy took it as an opportunity to pose.

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I have a lot more to do on it.

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here is one block

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and the back

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I forgot how much I like this one!

I took a few garden pictures today (click pics to enlarge)

Happy Quilting