Monday, October 21, 2013
Introducing my new quilt design Sunny Steps. I designed this quilt after I received this "Sunnyside" fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop (www.fatquartershop.com). I really like this line and everything else designed by Kate Spain for that matter. I just love the 3D stacked boxes effect that was achieved.
Posted by Sew And Tell Quilts at 7:25 AM
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I was gifted this old coffin top Standard rotary treadle sewing machine by a fellow quilt guild member. She has a pretty early 6 digit serial number so I'm guessing she is from the 1890's - 1900ish. It was in an uncleaned and somewhat neglected, but fair condition. I knew nothing about vintage treadle sewing machines and was very excited to get my hands dirty and learn all about it. I started to clean her up right away. I first removed the machine from the cabinet. It was evident right away that the decal was long gone so all there was to do was to clean off the years and years of oil and crud that covered the whole thing. It took a lot of elbow grease and there is still more that can be done. What I'm most excited about is how much better the cabinet looks after a cleaning with Murphy's Oil soap, touch up with some Old English and an application of Howard's Restor-A-Finish. We figured out how to cut and fit the belt with a little help from YouTube. I was able to figure out how to thread it and within minutes I was sewing. She works like a dream.
Here is a FREE pdf of the original Standard Rotary Manual
|Before she came home to me.|
|Coffin top before|
|Dirty bobbin case with a little Liquid Wrench|
|Distressed top before|
Here she is in action with her ruffler foot attachment.
Posted by Sew And Tell Quilts at 3:02 PM
Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Monday, September 23, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
This is the third of three memorial quilts that I did for my partner's family. This one is made using several of granny's black and white blouses and a couple of jelly roll pieces from my stash. I wish the blacks had turned out looking blacker. It needs a little more contrast to really build the box illusion. Oh well, it is what it is and I think it does give the illusion just not as strong as I would have liked. Overall, I'm very pleased, I love this red color!
Posted by Sew And Tell Quilts at 3:01 PM
Thursday, September 5, 2013
This is a quilt that I made using a couple of striped blouses that belonged to my partner's granny Jackie. She would re-strap her lawn chairs when the straps started to fray so this is an endearing way to remember her. I used Happy Zombie's free pattern I found here.
Posted by Sew And Tell Quilts at 3:14 PM