Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Simply Charming!

I called a friend last week and she said she was making a bag with charm squares. We are supposed to be doing a trunk show of bags, purses, and cases for our CTA group sometime this year. Not to be without my version, I googled charm bag and found some pictures for inspiration. Here is one:

Then, I sorted some 4 inch charm squares that I have had from a fabric swatch club I joined in the late '80's as a results of my first visit to the famous quilt shop in Sisters, OR. The only squares that sort of coordinated in any way were the country red, white, and blue fabrics. There were enough to do half square
triangles that I made up into six 6 1/2" scrappy pinwheel blocks. With a few more scraps of fabric left from a project in a quilted jacket class I took in the spring of 1980 at Patchwork Peddlers in Portland, OR, I had enough fabric to complete my project.

The results is a small quilted tote embellished with buttons and yo-yo's made with the new Clover yo-yo maker (60 mm. size). Not exactly in 'now' colors but with denim, it would be casual country. ;)

Minnie had the honors of piecing the pinwheels but my Pfaff 7570 finished up the quilting and sewing. I just didn't think I could quilt and crank at the same time even if I only did in- the-ditch quilting. ;)

Note: A free tutorial for this tote has been added to the Tutorial section on the side bar.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Minnie's First Project

Minnie and I were going to make Birthday TOGA blocks for our first project but we took off on some scraps that turned into Tissue Pack Covers. They are quick and easy but very professional looking with a lining that looks like binding on the outside. I even decided to see how the Singer Zigzagger attachment worked for finishing the two end seams. It wasn't worth the effort to put it on. I decided a pinked seam finish was adequate for the project.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Conversion Complete!

Minnie, the Sweet 99, I rescued from the rain is now a handcrank sewing machine. She is in a beautiful oak base made by my son-in-law. The base is higher than recommended by the plans at Treadle On but my desk is lower than normal so it really is perfect to sew on with no stress to the arms and shoulders.

Parts for the conversion came from Cindy Peters and the instructions for converting to a handcrank are at Treadle On. The instructions show how to make an adjustment to the bobbin winder so it will work perfectly with the handcrank. Notice, I retained the light on the 99 by cutting the cord at the connection to the motor and adding a plug. I want to re-wire the light with a longer black cord but that is in the future. The rings that hold the light together are a bit tricky and they require special pliers to reposition.

I intend to make the next set of blocks for the Birthday TOGA exchange on Minnie. I purchased a foot at JoAnn's that promised a scant 1/4" seam allowance and a fit for my standard snap-on ankle. The foot snapped on but the first test I did was to watch it feed fabric without guiding it. The fabric didn't want to feed straight. At first I thought the feed dogs needed aligning or the presser foot bar was askew. Before I tinkered, I tested the standard Singer straight stitch foot. The fabric traveled in a straight line. It is the design of the foot that causes the fabric to go in a curved path.

I won't give up on the foot if it produces a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Stand by for test results. :)

Monday, February 4, 2008

I dare you to ask me to mend! ;)

I need to have this on a 'frig magnet:

"Asking a quilter to mend is like asking
Michelangelo to paint your garage."

Do you think they would sell?