Happy New Year

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The bad news is time flies…….the good news is you are the pilot

I plan to pilot my plane to positive places this year.

I am making some progress on the Rose quilt.      I washed it to get out all of my markings  (crayola washable markers all come out in the wash, gentle cycle warm water and Tide detergent) and hung it to dry…and now working on the fill quilting on the background.
A video of that coming soon but here are pictures.

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Teddy is helping to hold it in place.
For new year I don’t usually make resolutions but I will make one this year…..I am going to finish this quilt!

I am also working on treadle quilting.
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The new machine is fun.   Here is a video of quilting the feathers. There is no sound in the video but you can watch me make a feather on a singer 66 treadle.

Teddy tried to help but his feet don’t reach the treadle pedal.
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Happy New Year
and

Happy Quilting

Tim

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Merry Christmas

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It is that time of year where I never seem to be able to find enough time to do all the things I want to do.

I bought a great new sewing machine,   Pfaff 230 and put it in the treadle to try it out.

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I made a bag with it.

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I have 4 more to make and I will be caught up on orders…..then I can get back to some of the many projects I have started.

Remember this one?

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I finished the basic hand quilting on it and got it in the wash to take out all the marking lines and it is hanging to dry now……next I can go back and do the filling in quilting like I did in this small section.

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then I’ll add trapunto and then binding.

I have an old Singer 31-15 that I plan to get working.

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I got a treadle base for it today…..I need to do some modifications to that to fit the extra-large machine…..and then do a lot of work on the machine itself.   I’ll use it for larger free motion projects because it has so much space , over 10 inches between the needle and the column.

 

Teddy got dressed for Christmas.
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And it has warmed up again…….it is 35 degrees now.   It wont melt all the snow but it should make for safer holiday travel.

Merry Christmas and Happy Quilting

Tim

Where does the time go?

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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)

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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

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I have this stack of fabric that is calling my name

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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

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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

Tim

Another Snowflake Quilt

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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)

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

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I am doing the quilting on one of my treadle machines

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Here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I made a few videos of the process so far

Here is Teddy trying it out

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I am auditioning a border for the teddy quilt

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Here are some more progress pictures of the rose quilt

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Happy Quilting

Tim

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Basting

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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.

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I have a book cover in progress with the Singer 15

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And I had Teddy do a check on the Rose Quilt

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Click on pictures to enlarge

Happy Quilting

Tim

Scrappy Wonky Quilt Finished

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I finished up the hand quilting and binding on the scrappy 1900 quilt.

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I left the edges wonky rather than trying to square it up and have to cut off a lot of fabric.    My goal with this was to make it look like it was all made by the same person. I imagined how the person who made the top might do the quilting and I figured they would be as unconcerned for uniformity in the quilting as they were in the piecing so the quilting is intentionally irregular.
Here are some more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I made a video of how I did the binding. (Teddy makes an appearance)

And here are some more pictures of the garden today

Happy Quilting
Tim