Quilting Away

Happy New Year!    And I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

I posted this on Facebook but want to share it here as well.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman

It has been COLD here in Michigan….and quite a bit of snow, in fact there was a winter weather advisory on Christmas day so I stayed home rather than making the  drive  to visit the family.

It has been below zero for days …..

I made a new snowflake quilt.  A wall hanging size.

I also made a video of how I did it

I have been feeling like I needed to finish a full-sized quilt….so I looked through all my many (hundreds) of vintage quilt tops and picked one to work on

I believe it was made in the 30’s but it is hard to say for sure.  The applique is done with buttonhole or blanket stitch and the main fabric is a heavy weight muslin.    Teddy and I spent some time thinking about how to quilt it.

I felt that this one really needed to be somewhat simple and traditional …. I am doing the quilting by machine (my hands just aren’t up to a lot of hand quilting yet) but wanted something that would also be appropriate to do by hand and look like it fits the quilt.

Here is what I came up with.

Once I had that worked out it started to go pretty fast.

Teddy sits in his chair next to the machine and supervises.

I also made a video of stitching this one

I am just a bit over half-finished with it, I need to fins some fabric for binding that will match the green or the pink.

I have next/final procedure on the 11th ….. after that I hope to get back to blogging more frequently !
Happy New Year and Happy Quilting

Tim

Making bags

First a health update.    I have my next procedure on the 18th….this one is to break up the pancreatic stones ( Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy)   and then one more in January to take out any remaining fragments.      I am feeling a lot better the last few weeks 🙂

So I have been working on some quilting

I started my large tree

I have been working on bags.


I plan to get these all made into bags this week so I can get them listed for sale in time for Christmas.


Teddy gets tired watching

I did a new video of some feather drawing and quilting.

I also have some new machines!

This one was a gift…..it is a Singer 66 and it has its original cabinet!

It is in great working order….I just need to polish up the cabinet, (most always I just have the machine head and then they go into a mismatched treadle base) and I will do a post to show how I do that soon.

And 2 more gifts

They do need some work!

The singer 15 is from 1900 and the gold pheasant decals are much less common than some.     they are in bad shape   so they wont ever look perfect again……but I have started to clean it up.

so I can see how it sews

Works really well.     More cleaning needed, and some repairs (the bobbin winding mechanism needs a new spring) and it is good to go….

Happy Quilting!
Tim

 

Back to it

I am feeling a lot better these last few days (but I do have a cold now).

I have been doing some hand quilting.

And I finished the Teddy Bear Quilt


And a leather bag I have been working on forever

I think I can get a few more done in time for Christmas….fingers crossed.

I am going to work on quilting this one

Remember this one?


The Auction for this one starts this week……the proceeds benefit The Quilt Alliance

here is the link to the auction site http://www.benefitbidding.com/auctions/listings/index.cfm?auction=318&category=1946

There are some great quilts available which would make nice gifts.

Happy quilting
Tim

 

Teddy Wins

The Capitol Area Quilt Guild show is this week.

And Teddy won 2 ribbons!    best machine quilting and best original design


I am so excited to get an award for machine quilting because I did the quilting on an antique treadle machine.

I am still not feeling up to par (I could only take a few hours at the quilt show)  but I rally when I get to talk quilts…..I will be doing a presentation for the Tri-County Quilt Guild in Warren MI on Thursday, November 2nd at 10:00 am (First United Methodist Church of Warren 5005 Chicago Road Warren, MI. 48092.
I will be bringing the Teddy quilt to show at that meeting.  (as well as about 25 others)

Happy Quilting
Tim

Updates

My new furnace was installed today!

It took most of the day for installation so while that was happening I worked on a new bag.   It will hopefully be up for sale at the Etsy store soon https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts

I used the Wheeler and Wilson for one side and Singer VS for the other.   The furnace guy appreciated my old machines (and I counted them today and there are 50)

Here is a link to a nice interview I did with Quiltmaker  http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2017/10/saturday-morning-quilt-break-quilting-with-tim-latimer/

The trees outside my studio windows are changing.

My appointment to have the stones removed from my pancreas is Nov 16th.   After that I hope to be my old self again!!

I am way behind on reading and responding to comments but I hope to catch up soon 🙂

Happy Quilting!
Tim

 

It is hot!

It has been so Hot in Lansing!!  record breaking hot!     hotter than it has been since 1891 but several degrees.  Not quilting or gardening weather!

Here are the last 5 days.

I didn’t catch the highs every day….a few went over 100.

Well I sure hope it goes down soon.   The forecast says Wednesday will go back to normal……that would be a drop of over 30 degrees….and very welcome!

I have not yet heard back from my GI doctor so not sure yet what the plan is for my stomach/abdomen pain yet.    Sure hope they get it together soon!

Meanwhile I am putting quilts on sale 25% off again until the end of Sept.    Here is the Link https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts

I am also going to add a few more for sale this week after I decide which I can live without LOL   so stay tuned.

and if it cools off I might even be able to get some more quilting done!

Happy Quilting

Tim