Monday, October 12, 2015

Two More Rows, 12 and 13.

Limited supplies and shopping opportunities in our remote location here in the mountains have reduced my sewing options so I have continued to work on RbyR H2O.
The first is  from Cottage Fabrics in Lubbock, designed by Jane West and the only one I have from Texas so with my love of that great state I just had to make it. Windmills dot the countryside in TX. to pump water to tanks for the cattle hence they are featured in this row. It is called O. Aquifer, not sure why, friends picked it up for me on their travels this summer and I am just happy to have it.
The green rick rack represents grass and the blue of course the aquifer.
This next is from The Running Stitch in Ontario, a very cute row looking a lot like a Hawaiian design.
 The pattern called for two different fabrics for the waves but I did not like the effect of the two I would have to use so I pulled it apart and fortunately had sufficient of one to make all the waves from it. The curved triangles are still pinned because I do not have matching thread with me. I like it a lot and now have just one more that I really want to make, The Capital, featuring the Lincoln Memorial. Not having the necessary fabrics with me it will have to wait until I return to AZ, meantime I have a cute flannel quilt I can work on tomorrow when I go to visit with Gale for the day while DH is off flying into the wild blue yonder!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

More Row-ing In The Mountains

This week we are in Colorado mountains enjoying the Fall weather and a bit of snow on the higher elevations. 
I just spent a few days with my very talented long armer friend Gale on their farm, sewing on my rows while she was on the LA.
This row is very cute, but if you decide to make it be prepared for the lack of directions and inaccuracy of the cutting measurements. I had to fudge the construction, deconstruct and resew and even cut new pieces so it took me about two days to finally get to the stage below, argh! There are a few little seagulls scattered around some placed to cover up the areas where I had no choice but to lose a point off a triangle due to poor cutting instructions, it was a major challenge to get a simple design together.
Due to these issues there was insufficient of the cloud sky fabric and I have decided to leave it without borders for the time being, it's about 9"x36" and adding the borders would make it much larger than any of the other rows so I will wait and see how they all go together. It needs a border I think but as yet size is an unknown.
 The miniature Underground Railroad quilt above has been on my design board about two years awaiting quilting so my sweet friend Gale quilted it for me, isn't it lovely?
 The quilting shows so nicely on the back and I am very grateful and happy I can take it home, bind and label it and find a place to hang it, thank you Gale!
This next row came from TN it is called "See Chattanooga" but the pattern doesn't appear to give the name of the quilt shop so if any reader knows it please leave me a message so I can give credit.
It is constructed with raw edge applique and "made" fabric, scraps sewn together until the piece is large enough to cover the area. The blue wavy line represents the river and the triangles are hang gliders, the blues above are the sky and the area below is the land, I think my land must be a very tropical place!
My current row projects are from The Running Stitch in Ontario and People, Places and Quilts, in Summerville SC., I have all the applique cut for the former so construction tomorrow should be a cinch!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Row By Row #'s Seven, Eight And Nine!

I am on a roll with the rows, I am considering another half dozen rows, I really have to make one from TX and there are a couple more that call to me!
The adorable umbrellas are from The Yankee Quilter in Seymour CT. The row was too cute not to make, I even cut out some of the rain drops from the fabric and scattered them around.
 The sailboats row came from Piecing With poppers in West Greenwich RI. This is the original design which of course I had to change!
I had the blue ocean-like fabric which made for nicer contrast and I much prefer my version!
  I added the wording with my embroidery machine and I may yet add the red piping around the outside. One advantage of these rows, they take very little fabric which is a good opportunity to use up small bits and scraps.
 The starry row came from Quilt Coton in Gatineau, Canada.
After trying half a dozen times to get a better pic I finally gave up,
 and took a couple of close ups.
I am thinking that the dark blue at the bottom is meant to represent the ocean.
Tomorrow after the gym I need to finish up painting the cabinet in the family bathroom then maybe another row or two?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

More Rows!

This week is the time to work on the R by R, while I am in the mood! I love the PA row it looks so beachy, turned out very nicely I think with stash fabrics and it's pieced, so many many are all applique and those I am putting at the end of the line, they are not my first choice!
 I don't mind a bit of applique like this AZ row, the cacti in the background were fast and easy, and I may add a barrel or prickly pear cactus and a quail or something in the foreground. Also thought about putting an AZ. Route 66 sign on one end, so this one may still be a work in progress. I used mostly batiks to get the intense colors.
Although it's all applique I really wanted to make the Boston row and I am glad that I did it's very cute with the Citgo sign and the Swan boat.
I will have to make one or two of the Canadian rows from online friend Dawn, and I still have a few others here sent by my friend Dotti, so it may be a large quilt or perhaps two since some seem to be wider than others.
Busy day tomorrow so not sure if there will be sewing I may have to work on finishing up the family bathroom renovation but Thursday after the gym is clear.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Swimming Against The Tide

This is the title of the Row By Row from Homestead Quilting in Lakeland MA. It went together fast I am happy to say, and then I began to work on the Boston Bridge Row, it's applique so not my favorite! I did alter the design a bit, the fish were too plain so I added that red stripe!
 Grand Illusion is bound too, another crossed off the "to do" list which seems to grow in spite of my efforts!
The problem is that the bucket list continues to expand, too many ideas and too little time. This week we were out of town part of the week limiting sewing time, then I decided to paint the family bathroom upstairs, another day gone without a stitch sewn!
This is my antique New Home treadle, I had asked DH to bring it down from the Colorado house so I can use it sometimes. I bought it from eBay some years back and the pack and ship place in MA made such a sorry job of packing it that it sustained unnecessary damage. Fortunately DH was able to secure the head so that it works, but there's still some cosmetic damage to the sewing surface and I am preparing to give the cabinet a good cleaning. It is called a "parlor cabinet, it has "claw feet" and decorative molding on the sides.
I guess it was decorative in order to be displayed in living areas. A sewing machine was quite a status symbol so it isn't surprising that it would be on display, I think it's beautiful!
 As close as I can tell from online this badge indicates the age it says "Republique Francaise", "Exposition Universelle 1889" seems it was a celebratory edition for the French World's Fair for the 100th. anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. It was manufactured in Orange MA.  and that is where I found it so it had not strayed from the place of birth!
The head is dull and needs cleaning of the 125 years of gunk but it's a delicate task to preserve the decals. So far I have only used a damp cloth with a little soap, but I have read that kerosene is ok, I will test that out in an inconspicuous spot!
It looks better than it did originally, I suspect it was stored in a barn once electric machines became commonly available, but it has had a lot of use I can tell by the wear on the surface and I always wonder how many set of clothes, quilts and drapes it made for the families that used it.
Obviously it looks better than when I first got it, but I was very excited I couldn't wait to treadle and this is a sample of the first stitches I made with it, even the tension was still perfect!
It needs quite a bit of love and I will tackle it little by little and see how much I can restore of it's beauty without removing the lovely patina of age.
This looks to be an original oil can or at least close to it. I understand that antique machine collectors covet these old cans and pay top dollar for them, so I feel lucky to have this one.

The belt is rather worn so I will replace that, but everything else is in good condition especially considering it's antiquity and later lack of love!
The tin of attachments and instruction book are intact, quite a miracle I think. This would have been added much later, nothing similar appears to have been available at the time of manufacture.
They are all in good order, no rust or damage I can see
A couple of examples from the attachment instructions
 These are so quaint!
So I am excited to have my elderly lady here I hope I remember how to wind the bobbin and thread her up, it has been a long time!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Hot Off The Long Arm!

My long forgotten Grand Illusion is quilted, still need to bind this week.
 E toE feathers in the body of the quilt and separate borders. No design will show much on these busy scrappy quilts so an all over works best, but I like to make separate borders.
 As I quilted I pulled out all those annoying little threads that seem to appear in the seams they often do not release in the wash.
 Some years ago my friend Loretta gave me one of these………..perhaps I am a bit of a "nit picker" when to comes to quilting?
As a joke? But it works and it lives on my tool tray because I use it!
My backing was a little short so I had to insert a few inches in either direction.
I like it!
I forgot to attach the label before I quilted so I had to stick it in when I remembered right at the end of the quilting and unfortunately it is not straight!
 But it's almost done and in a few days I can cross it off the list!
The little Aspen wall quilt is in it's new home and the new owners sent me this picture. They said they had been looking for art to hang in this spot and had rejected everything they tried until now!
I love it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


This quilt has languished since my April visit to Texas, and I think I will quilt it as is, I tried adding a piano key border of the fabrics in the quilt and I hated it!
Adding the white border satisfies me, sort of floating the blocks, but I haven't yet decided on a quilting design.
I made a little cover for one of my new chairs, just didn't like the feel of the chair seat without any fabric over it. There's one layer of a very thick poly batting in the middle enough for a smidgeon of padding.
These "I Can Quilt It" panels have been aging and it was a good use for them. The chair is more comfy and it took them out of stash and into something useful! I have more of this fabric that needs to be used so I will probably make another seat cover for the second chair.
Above the additional Aussie Aboriginal fabrics I found at One World Fabrics, the purple/pink second from the left is called "Grandmother's Journey". I am a grandmother and I am called Grandmother and I have had many journey's beginning with the first big one from Australia, so I had to have it! The gold one on the far right is called "Women's Business" so  you know I had to have that one too, LOL!
Next up on the long arm, my own "Grand Illusion" quilt.
The next Bonnie Hunter mystery will begin Thanksgiving weekend and I plan to substitute different colors from Bonnie's for a change.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Grand Illusion

This is Angela's Grand Illusion
I love this quilt, the colors are actually prettier than the photo,  it doesn't do them justice.
 Typical scrappy Bonnie Hunter quilt, it's so much fun to quilt I recognize many of the prints, might have some of them in my own Grand Illusion.
 Quilted with Edge to Edge feathers in the body of the quilt and separate borders.
Which reminds me, I thought before I quilted it I would check my GI to see if I wanted to do the same quilting- imagine my horror to find it still folded up in the cupboard - unquilted, completely forgotten out of sight out of mind!!
Before I know it we will be planning Bonnie's next mystery so I had better get this quilted and bound!