Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New sewing machine!

Well, I've used the same sewing machine for many years now, and before that I had the same one for over 30 years.  Both were Pfaffs, and both were wonderful--the 1525 I have still is, I use it every day and is great for free motion quilting.
I bought this "new-to-me" one recently on a yahoo group, called SewItsForSale.  The person selling it ended up living only about 45 miles from me, so I met her husband yesterday at a quilt shop in Greensboro where she gets the machine serviced, and brought this home with me.  My Pfaff is in the background, and looks like a baby machine compared to this one.  It's really HEAVY, and it's a mid-arm size.  It only does straight stitching, but has a large area so I can get some of my larger quilt tops quilted up.  Now I just have to figure out how to use it!

Friday, July 12, 2013

First post of July

Wow, I can't believe how fast this year is flying by!  Already half-way into July, how did that happen? 

I've been busy, both with work and at home in the sewing room.  The bumper pads and dust ruffle all ready to be shipped off to Long Island to my niece.  Lots of sewing goes into these, even though they look pretty simple!
A small hooked rug I've hand sewn onto a dark piece of fabric, the border is ready to be quilted.  Never tried anything like this, so I'm figuring it out as I go along. 

And here's another rug, now about 90% complete--I need to dye some more of the blue wool.  We've had so much rain that I haven't been able to dye much this summer!  Not complaining, though, after drought conditions for five years now.
Here's a baby blanket that is going to be sandwiched up and quilted this weekend.  I made some dresden plate circles a while ago and appliqued one of them on a piece of blue hand-dyed fabric that I had.  It's simple, but will be a great background for some free motion quilting.  I am piecing another one, and they will both be sent to my niece (along with the crib bumper pads) for her upcoming baby shower!
My daughter and granddaughter visited me for a few days late in June, and since granddaughter Madelyn is 21 months old, I took some small pieces of fabric and made a glue resist on them with Elmer's gel glue that I let dry thoroughly, then had her paint the fabric with Jaquard textile paints using a foam brush.  It was fun for her, and we ended up with some funky pieces of fabric that I'm going to use to make pillows with.   I had to let the paints cure for a week, since I couldn't heat set it due to the glue, but it all turned out nice.  Here's one small sample, the rest of the pictures weren't in focus that I took before work:
And here is that felted vessel I made earlier this year, now filled with dried silver dollars.  It doesn't look as bad as I thought it did.

I'm linking up with Nina Marie today!