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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Another machine!

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I got another machine.   I really didn’t need the machine itself.   I already have 3 Singer 66 machines.     But the cabinet is a different story!

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The drawing-room cabinet is a model 22 from 1921.

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The machine is a back clamping machine (the feet screw on from the back rather than the side)  and needs an adapter in order to fit a quilting foot to do free motion quilting.   I ordered one but decided to put one of my other machines in it to try it out.

The one I put in is basically the same machine but can use normal feet.

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The treadle works great!

Teddy is supervising.

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I am on the final stretch finishing up bag orders.   I should have them all assembled on Thursday.

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Happy Quilting!

Tim

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

Bags……busy with bags

I have been so busy sewing bags I have not had time to blog…… ( getting orders filled but each bag takes a few days)

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I am making progress….

We had 10 inches of wet snow and I wore myself out shoveling that……and the forecast is for -0 degrees by Thursday!  I have a lot of new quilting projects planned……and I hope to make some time to write about them soon.

Right now I have some of my quilts for sale on Etsy,  https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts    .  Many are priced at what is essentially my cost to make them but I need room, and frankly I could use a little end of the year income.    Prices will be back to reasonable (closer to what they are worth) after Christmas.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

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Deadlines

I have been getting notices that the last day to enter a quilt in the 2017 AQS Quilt Week  Spring Paducah contest.   I got another one today reminding me that today is the LAST day to enter.     So I beat the deadline by a few hours and entered 3 quilts.

They are all machine quilted on one of my treadle machines.   I am pretty new to Machine quilting so I don’t really know what to expect.

only one quilt per category is allowed but I had 3 that I was pretty happy with.

 

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I don’t know if any will be accepted but I do think I will try to make it to the show this year.    I have not gone to the Paducah show before and I think it would be fun to go .

It started to snow yesterday…..and it is beginning to really feel like the holiday season is here .

I think it might be time to think about some Christmas cards

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Finished bag

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Well it took forever…..but now that I got it done I know that the next one wont take as long.   I don’t think I have ever used a pattern for anything…..and I don’t often do this kind of sewing ( making something other than a quilt) so it is a bit of figuring it out as I go.
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At any rate I am pleased with how it turned out and glad it is finished 🙂

Happy quilting

Tim