Saturday, July 5, 2014

New Interests take over! Vintage Sewing Machines!

Yep - Blogging hasn't been at the top of my list for some time.  Then today - Epiphany! I should Blog!   Fellow Bloggers can relate I'm certain...  (giggle)

Just had to take a minute to share my latest addiction... Vintage Singer Sewing Machines!   Hope on over to our Facebook page to see our other acquisitions.  Click HERE

My First FINISHED Restoration Project!!! She's a Vintage Centennial 99 Singer Sewing Machine. I picked up the table, which just happened to have a "rusty old Singer" in it, for $10. I took the entire thing apart and cleaned\polished every single piece and put it back together. She sews like a dream!

I will NEVER be intimidated by "a little rust" ever again. I see everything in an entirely new perspective now. 
I'm 99.99999999999% certain this isn't the last you will hear about my VSM (Vintage Sewing Machine) adventure!!


Monday, February 24, 2014

What's on your Design Wall - Dexter's Quilt Part 2

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I'm really happy about the progress on Dexter's Quilt!  I've already named it "Dexter's DANimals".  :-)  My son's name is Daniel so I think it's only fitting that my Grandson gets a slew of DANimals!  :-)  This is a really fun project.  Tedious.....VERY tedious..  But I love watching it grow.  It's like playing with legos.  


One of my primary goals is to reflect our family's sense of humor in the quilt.  My son gets a kick out of that silly song "What does the fox say?"  You can see\hear it here when they were live on Jimmy Fallon.  LOL. The official video is even more nuts.  You can see that one here.   I have written all the sounds they came up with for the animals and will embroider them above each animal.   I'm also hiding a fox in each scene (Forest, Jungle, Farm & Sea).   All the silly sounds they come up with for the fox will also be in the border.   Yeah....we're an interesting bunch.   "Welcome Dexter to our CRAZY family".  :-)

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Monday, February 3, 2014

What's on your Design Wall? - Dexter's Quilt Part 1

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I'm getting really excited diving into what I'm calling "Dexter's Quilt".  A few weeks back I posted some fat quarters that I picked up in preparation for some of the pieces.  It's an exciting process for me because I've never worked with some of these tools!


Glue Sticks and Golf Tees!  

Betcha you didn't know those fall under "quilting notions" category did ya! Elmer's Glue goes on smooth, and it's washable, acid-free, photo-safe and non-toxic!  Golf Tees.... are, well...Golf Tees!   Smooth Smooth surface with a nice rounded tip!  And TOTALLY cheap!


So this project is made up of a kabillion pieces, all applique.  My friend Mary showed up for a QUILTING INTERVENTION when I was ready to start this project.  HAHAHA.  She quickly convinced me that my hand applique super powers would likely fizzle out relatively quickly and if I were lucky, I'd have Dexter's Quilt done by the time he's in college...   So I folded.   I am using Ricky Tims "Stable Stuff Poly" for my applique pieces.  GLUING my fabric to it and creating all of my pieces far far away from my sewing machine.  (Nice carry-along project if I must say).   


Mary ALSO convinced me to use YLI Invisible Thread and MACHINE applique my pieces. I picked the "smoke" color.


So far so good!   I have the first large block background created and am working on my applique shapes now!   I'm off on retreat with one of my BFF's on Thursday for 4 days.   Hoping to make substantial progress to share when I return!




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Saturday, January 18, 2014

What's new wit ewe?

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So you might (or might not) be wondering what I've been up to!   Holidays are always such a crazy time aren't they?  Now we've moved gracefully into January.  Here in Rochester, January is a funny month.  We go from 50 degrees to 7....in a day.  So you really can't plan much.   I'm getting ready to head out in a few weeks on a "mid-winter" retreat and I've spent the last week or so trying to pull together my current projects and ascertain which one(s) I might bring with me.

My "Affairs of the Heart" Quilt is forever ongoing.  I don't think this one is going to come with me, but I have made progress!


My "Bloomin Steps" Jewel Box Quilt has come along VERY nicely.  The top is COMPLETE and I've been working on piecing the back.  I will be hand-basting this sucka.  No reason to take this one, it needs to be loaded up on a frame to baste and I'm DEFINITELY not carting the frame out there.


My Bonnie Hunter "Easy Street" top was finished almost a year ago and I haven't touched it.  Really need to move forward with my quilting plans for this one.   Perhaps I'll bring it with me to stare at it a bit...and see if something POPS into my head.


I've been dabbling with teaching Hand Embroidery to some of my guild members.  A dear friend of mine passed away in the Fall and my Hand Embroidery drive kinda dwindled with her.   But I should really get this going again.   Sue would want that.  :-)


I went BONKERS in September & October cutting scraps for a HUGE Halloween Scrap Quilt that I want to do.   I hauled SO much to the Fall Retreat with every intention on working on this the entire time.  For the life of me, I can't even remember now what I did work on at that retreat.  OH!  The Jewel Box Quilt.  I think I overshot on the estimate of how long it would take to get done!  HAHA.  (No one ever does this right?).  That weekend was very bitter sweet regardless.

This would be as easy as grabbing the tote that's all prepped to sew.   Yep.... I think I'll take this one along.


And ..... A NEW project...  We'll just call this "Dexter's Quilt".  :-)  I will be blessed with my FIRST Grandbaby somewhere around March 29th.  It took FOREVER to finally settle on what his quilt would be.  But I got it!!!  :-)   I'll just give you a peek at the few fabrics I picked up earlier today.  :-)


THAT one - is DEFINITELY going.  :-)  In fact, I think I'm going to stop blogging and get it started!  :-)

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Black Friday Crazies

I don't know about you, but around Western NY people are a little nutty on Black Friday.  I for one....am one of those crazies.  :-)   It's not about electronics, that sought after toy, or Walmart or anything like that.  It's the most glorious day of the year where QUILTERS can stock up!!  Bet ya didn't think that there was anything to do the day after Thanksgiving but hunker down and sew....  SO Wrong.

I am at the door of Joann Fabric & Craft Store 30 minutes before they open at 6 am.  The goodies that are there for the taking are awesome!

 Joann's Black Friday ad for 2013

Even if you were planning on doing nothing but plopping on the couch rubbing your giant turkey belly, I encourage you to take a look at what they are planning while half the country is camping out in front of Walmart & Best Buy and likely leaving empty handed!


My shopping List:

First and Foremost HAVE THE COUPONS!!- there is a coupon you need  25% off your TOTAL PURCHASE (including Sale Items) coupon.   You MUST have this coupon in your greedy little paws from the flyer. It either arrives to your door via snail Mail, is available in the 11/27 or 11/28 newspaper.  OR....You can use them right from your Smart Phone!  Joann's has an app that displays ALL available coupons! You can get it from the app store HERE


1. Fiskars cutting stuff - 60% off!   + the 25% total purchase coupon...makes that stuff 85% off!!


2. Fat Quarters are 99 cents!   + the 25% total purchase coupon
3. Buy one get one Free on Thread - + the 25% total purchase coupon
4. DMC Floss - 3 for 99 cents - + the 25% total purchase coupon
5. Muslin - 50% off! - + the 25% total purchase coupon
6. 40 % all Batting and Pillow Forms!! - + the 25% total purchase coupon
7. Doorbuster - 75% off of all Flannel!!!   (the 25% total purchase coupon does NOT apply to doorbuster items)

Now....I just need the winning lottery numbers so I can REALLY get Crazy!!!  :-)

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

November Embroidery Club


Stitching on paper cards!
The holidays are fast approaching and our lives get a little jumbled sometimes.  Join me for an afternoon of simple pleasure and stitch a card or two!
Class will be held at Amelia's Fabric and Yarn Shoppe on Tuesday, November 19 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. You must register for the class so call (585-392-1198) today to sign up!

Here’s what you need to bring to class:
·         Embroidery machine and unit with cords
·         Design loaded in your machine or on a flash (USB) stick
·          5 x 7 embroidery hoop
·         Threads  for the design
·         Bobbin loaded with embroidery weight thread
·         A metalic needle in the machine if using metallic threads in your design
·         Small sharp scissors
Here’s what I will provide:
·         Embroidery needle for the project
·         the stabilizers
·          temporary adhesive
·          cards and envelopes
·         and lining papers!  SUCH A DEAL!

The designs I chose for this month come from a familiar vendor and can be downloaded right away. There are several suitable packs or single designs to choose from.  Just follow the link below for a great selection.
Hope to see you in class at Amelia's Fabric and Yarn Shoppe for some fun and frolic.
Keep that machine humming,

Vicki

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Seamly Stitching" - Part 3


Seamly Stitching - Part 3 

Welcome to Hand Embroidery 101 - The Embroidery Sampler!!!

Once a month, on the second Tuesday, I will be posting Hand Embroidery Stitches in a 12-part series for my local Quilt Guild.  We're just regular people with the desire to bring the skill into our personal repertoire!  A dozen or so of us decided that we all wanted to learn the basics of Hand Embroidery so I volunteered to "Lead the Pack" so to speak.  :-)  Here comes Part 3 with more stitches.

CHAIN STITCH, SATIN STITCH & LONG AND SHORT FILL VARIATION

If you are just starting with this series, previous parts can be found on the “Quilting Revolution Blog”– with clickable video link tutorials (compliments of Mary Corbet) here:

NOTE – It’s important to me to give credit where credit is due.  There are several places that have become a necessary and appreciated resource through this learning process.  I link and reference them often. 
Author Joan Waldman.  A book I picked up at Joann’s with a coupon!  
400+ Embroidery Stitches for Quilts & More (Love to Quilt Series)

1)  Chain Stitch - A decorative sewing stitch in which loops are connected like the links of a chain.

    Here are my Sample Stitches for "Chain Stitch":



2) Satin Stitch - a satin stitch or damask stitch is a series of flat stitches that are used to completely cover a section of the background fabric.


 Here are my Sample Stitches for "Satin Stitch":





I encourage you to “Play” with your stitches as you learn them.   I don’t provide a pattern or an outline to follow because I encourage free-form play either on a Stack N Slash Quilt destined to be a crazy quilt or a Band sampler as described in the first post in this series.


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Seamly Stitching" - Part 2

Seamly Stitching - Part 2 


Welcome to Hand Embroidery 101 - The Embroidery Sampler!!!

Once a month, on the second Tuesday, I will be posting Hand Embroidery Stitches in a 12-part series for my local Quilt Guild.  We're just regular people with the desire to bring the skill into our personal repertoire!  A dozen or so of us decided that we all wanted to learn the basics of Hand Embroidery so I volunteered to "Lead the Pack" so to speak.  :-)  Here comes Part 2 with 3 more stitches.

BLANKET STITCH, FRENCH KNOTS & LAZY DAISY

If you are just starting with this series, Part 1 can be found by following the below link.


1) Blanket Stitch - basic sewing stitch in which widely spaced, interlocking loops are formed, used as a decorative finish for edges.

Here are my Sample Stitches for "Blanket Stitch":
  


 2) French Knots - (in embroidery) a stitch in which the thread is wound around the needle, which is then passed back through the fabric at almost the same point to form a small dot.

Here are my Sample Stitches for "French Knots":

  

 3) Lazy Daisy - an embroidery stitch formed by an elongated loop held down at the free end by a small stitch. Often used as a flower petal.

Here are my Sample Stitches for "Lazy Daisy":


Monday, October 7, 2013

What's on YOUR Design Wall?

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As for my Design Wall - another "Affairs of the Heart" Block is complete.   I really enjoyed this one. Reverse applique comes out VERY cool.


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Monday, September 16, 2013

Whatcha Workin On?

Fashionably late for "Design Wall Monday".... but I'm ok with that.  :-)


Finally added the embroidery detail to my latest AOTH (Affairs of the Heart) Block.  I have another one almost done too, but I'll save that photo for next week.  :-)

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Seamly Stitching" - Part 1

Welcome to Hand Embroidery 101 - The Embroidery Sampler !!!

Once a month, on the second Tuesday, I will be posting Hand Embroidery Stitches in a 12 part series for my local Quilt Guild. We're just regular people with the desire to bring the skill into our personal repertoire!  A dozen or so of us decided that we all wanted to learn the basics of Hand Embroidery so I volunteered to "Lead the pack" so to speak. :-) Here we go!

Every month, there will be 3 stitches, a multitude of links and resources, in digestible chunks for those that want to participate.  I am by NO means an expert.  But I will be. :-)  What I AM good at, is when I get an itch to do\learn something, I can find and organize valuable information relatively well. And when I teach - I focus particularly on mistakes and gotchas so others can learn from them.  So join in!   Comment, send me pictures, send me links, whatever tickles your fancy!

There is a new magazine that recently premiered called STITCH-IT-TODAY.  In issue #2 (on newsstands now) there is an inspiring article entitled - THE EMBROIDERY SAMPLER.   We start our meeting tonight reading this aloud to get a feel for how samplers came to be...

"The original Sampler was a sampling of stitches.  The word sampler (example) is derived from the Latin word exemplum, which means "an example to be followed".
Today, embroidery samplers are often viewed as stitched art created for decoration, but their use originally began as a method of recording information...."

 
Seamly Stitching - Part 1 

There are 2 Project Options for learning & recording your stitches:
   "Band Samplers" or a Stack & Slash Quilt
(here's a video tutorial on how to make a basic one Stack & Slash Quilt Demo)


http://pintangle.com/sampler-faq/
Materials Needed: (many items are available at Joann's and you can use coupons!)
  Aida cloth - 11-count or 14-count
  Linen
  Various Embroidery Needles for various size threads (See chart below for sizes)
  DMC Embroidery Floss
  DMC Perle Cotton Thread
  Embroidery Hoop or Frame.


1) Running (Straight) Stitch - a stitch that resembles a line when complete.
 
Also known as:
Running stitch; Gathering stitch; Seaming; Tacking; Pad stitch; Darning; Prick/pin stitch; Tramming
Here are my Sample Stitches for "Straight\Running Stitch":
 
 

2) Back Stitch - a stitch that resembles a continuous line when complete.

Here are my Sample Stitches for "Back Stitch":
 
 

3) Stem Stitch - an embroidery stitch forming a continuous line of long, overlapped stitches, typically used to represent narrow stems.

Here are my Sample Stitches for "Stem Stitch":

 

Extra Resources:
Hand Work Inspiration Pinterest Page