Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guess What Followed Me Home?

What a glorious trip I had last week. I visited my mom out of province, enjoyed a golf game with her and lots of movie and "we" time, and found a treasure in the local Singer shop that followed me home. Meet my new 50-year old baby, a 1964 Singer 221K Featherweight.

It was made in Great Britain, has the original carrying case and manual, has a new belt and pedal, and has been completely serviced by the Singer QS. I have been googling FWs all weekend long and read a great review of this model at Cheeky Cognoscenti's blog HERE. I had also been checking prices online and was thrilled to see a FWat a price that was affordable for me, reconditioned and ready to go. I shared my news with Kaaren at The Painted Quilt and she directed me to a site that specializes in FWs HERE. I think there is a 1/4" attachment calling my name!

The straight stitch on the FW is perfect and I have already wound the bobbin and threaded the machine with no problems at all. Because the FW is so tiny, about 9.5" x 13", I have set it up in one of the spare bedrooms to use with my smaller projects. I found an inexpensive portable table at the local department store with adjustable heights which works really well. It will be the perfect machine to use once I finish appliqueing my orange peels and am ready to start sewing the little blocks together. 

I had been looking for a white FW for the last few years but hadn't been ready to make the commitment. When I saw this on Friday, I swear it had my name on it!

Why do I need to set up my FW in the spare room? Because my Country Homecoming quilt is ready to machine applique so my sewing corner in the basement will be filled with stars, berries, and vines. The fusible web did the trick and everything is set and waiting for me. We are having beautiful hot summer days this week so the colour in the picture I took yesterday is a little washed out. I'll take another picture when it is a finish. I used homespuns and flannels throughout...what a cosy quilt it will be!

Thanks so much for coming by. I know how busy everyone is so when you take some time out of your day to visit me, I truly appreciate it.

It's a great day for quilting!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This Quilt Appeals to Me

I have always had an "orange peel" quilt on my bucket list, so when I saw "Summer Leaf" on the cover of Fons and Porters' May/June edition of Quilty magazine, I knew this was the inspiration I needed for a new start. 

As you might have guessed by now, I love making scrappy quilts, so off I went to my stash to find some bright fabrics in blues, pinks, and yellows. I used the template of the peel from the magazine and then sewed my peels, right sides together, to fusible interfacing. I cut a little slit into the interfacing, turned the peels right side out and ended up with a bunch of pretty peels!  

Designer Victoria Shackle has provided a template for a pieced peel, but I have issues with sewing curves so this method worked for me. I cut out the background blocks using a variety of whites and fused the peels in place.

A hot iron and a little steam did the trick!

I plan to use my trusty machine to applique the peels in place and will use a bright green for my stems. I'll continue working on this project in between others, so it may be next summer before you see my version of "Summer Leaf". I love it when I fall in love with a quilt and just have to make it!

I have started to see "Summer Leaf" popping up around blogland. Polly at Aunt Polly's Porch made an absolutely gorgeous version and used an even faster way to make it. It is adorable! On her blog, she demonstrates how she made it and uses her expert free motion quilting to finish it off. See her version HERE

While I was working on my peels, I decided to make a few small design boards that I have seen Lori use at her blog, Bee In My Bonnet. I made a few 10" boards, have a 10" x 15" one in the works, and plan to make a few more in a 14" size to use when making 12.5" blocks. Tutorials for the design boards are HERE.

We had a very successful show at the annual "Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale". We wrapped up Friday after a great week, welcoming visitors and buyers from around the world. Thanks to all who visited and enjoyed the quilts. Next year will be our 10th annual, so plans are already underway to make it even more special. Maybe we'll see you there!

It's a great day for quilting!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Quilt Show at the Causeway

Before I bundled up my quilts to take to the 9th annual Quilt Show and Sale at St. David's Church in Port Hastings, Nova Scotia, I hung them on the clothesline for a few pics. As you can see, I have a little bit of everything, from small to large, from traditional to modern.

Pumpkins and baby quilts, from earth tones to bright colors.

A scrappy pinwheel made primarily from Collection for a Cause layer cakes.

And of course my favorite, from Quilts by Darlene's QAL, Darlene's Mystery quilt, which I have renamed "Mystery Solved". It is a pretty heavy quilt so I am surprised I managed to get a picture of it blowing in the wind. What must the neighbours think when they see me out there waiting to snap that windy picture! 

Some quilters keep track of how many hours it took to make a quilt. Mystery Solved took a lot, but I am so happy with the result. Thanks, Darlene, for your inspiration. Darlene is a fellow Nova Scotian who has opened her own quilt shop in Digby called A Needle Pulling Thread. It is almost a day's drive from here, but well worth the drive!

Our show started yesterday with a very successful first day. You can read more about the show HERE. Three bed sized quilts have already left us, on the way to their new homes. Here are a few pics I snapped before the show opened...

My Country Charmer quilt is at the front of the church, on a pew to the right, with the other display quilts. People are so impressed by the customized quilting that was done by my wonderful blog friend and quilt designer Lynn from Sew'n Wild Oaks. We see mostly edge to edge machine quilting here, so it is a special treat to see a quilt with such stunning customized quilting. You can revisit Country Charmer's quilt story HERE.

In addition to all the bed quilts in the church, the church hall in the back is filled to the rafters with smaller quilted and hand crafted items. You can tell we had a long snowy winter because our quilters stayed inside and sewed, sewed, and sewed!

If you live in the area, please drop by and say hello. Our hours are from 10-4 every day through to August 14. I'll be waiting!

It's a great day for quilting!