Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Second Project On New Serger

I had so much fun making a new sweatshirt for Douglas that I had to try something else.  Today, I made a zippered bag I'm going to use for my toiletries when going on trips.  It should pack nicely in the side bags on my motorcycle!

After cutting my fabrics, I made the pull tabs.  I serged a long thread chain, folded the pull tab fabric over the chain, then serged the seam, making sure the chain wasn't stitched.  Then I pulled the chain to turn the tab right sides out.

All turned right sides out and pressed.  Next step was to cut in half.

I pressed fusible fleece to the wrong side of the main fabric.  Then I stitched the main fabric and lining fabric pieces to the zipper, leaving the ends of the zipper out a ways from the edge of the fabric.  Those ends will later get cut off.

I got the zipper all in to my satisfaction after only two tries and one rip out.  Oh well - that's how I learn!

Next, I pinned the edges together.  I cut off the zipper that was extending past the edge before I serged.

Edges all serged.

Next, I squared the corners by marking, pinning, and serging.

Tucking in the thread chains.

Thread chains all tucked in.  I was fairly happy with the way the seams looked.  They're getting easier as I stitch more.  Funny how that works....haha ;)

Bag turned right sides out and all done!

Yup - I like it!

Monday, March 20, 2017

I Finally Got A Serger - After 49 Years of Sewing

I've been thinking lately about doing garment sewing again.  With all the wonderful knit fabrics out now, I want to try some of them.  However, almost all of my machines are vintage and straight stitch only.  I have a newer Brother that has quite a few decorative and utility stitches, but nothing really suited to sewing knits.  So, I decided I needed to get a serger.  Since I've sewn for 49 years without one, I knew this would be quite a challenge and learning curve for me.

I decided on a Brother 1034D since those looked to be pretty basic for a serger.  I got it last week and have been watching lots of videos on how to operate one of the little buggers.  After information overload, I thought I would give it the hands on try.

My Brother 1034D.

Sewing some test pieces to check stitching.

The stitches don't look bad, so it's time to start the project.

Oh man...what happened to the stitches??

Well duh - they turn out so much better with the presser foot DOWN!

Stitching, stitching....

All done except for weaving in the thread chains.  Some of the seams don't look very good (those are the ones done with the presser foot up), but most turned out pretty good.
Now to weave in the thread chains using a yarn needle.

This leaves a nice finish to the seams.

Aw Mom......

It's a shame how I mistreat my pooch....haha.  He hates wearing clothes, but he needed a nice, warm sweatshirt.  He acts like he can't walk with it on.  I think it fits okay, but I do need to do some tweeking with how the sleeves fit.  It pulls a bit through the chest area.  Please ignore the thread chains sticking out.  This picture was before I wove them in.

All in all, I'm pleased with how my first serger project turned out.  Now, on to lots more stuff!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Colors of Spool Pin Doilies

I got a bunch of new colors of crochet thread and have been busy making more spool pin doilies out of it.  I have 9 new colors.  There is Burgundy, Multi-Oranges, Multi-Greens, Lime Green, Multi-Yellows, Multi-Pink Camo, Aqua, Multi-Passionata, and Multi-Blues.

This brings the total colors available to 40 to choose from!  I have them for sale in my Carter Creek Quilts Etsy shop.

Here are 3 of the new ones on a machine.  This one is Burgundy.
 This is the Multi-Oranges.
 This is the Multi-Pink Camo.

I think I just have too much fun making this cute little doilies.  I have them on all of my machines too.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Making Old Sewing Machines Live Again

I love working on old sewing machines.  I love the mechanics of them and how they will almost always come back to life after a bit of tweeking and lubrication.  They fascinate me.  

A couple of years ago, an acquaintance gave me several of her old machines because she was moving and didn't want to try to take them with her.  Well, that got me hooked on my latest passion of vintage sewing machines.  Most of them didn't work when I got them.  Two in particular were in very bad shape.  She had found them on an outside junk pile.  Who knows how long the poor things had been sitting there in the elements.

A few weeks ago, I finally got to those two old White machines.  I cleaned, oiled, greased, polished, and loved on them.  Guess what - they both are in working condition again!  I donated them to a local quilt shop so they could have a good, forever home.

The oldest of the two was a 1908 White Family Rotary treadle machine.  She was completely frozen up when I started on her.  I couldn't get her to budge.  Well, after doing my stuff to her, she absolutely sings now.  What a thrill it was for me to get her running again.

These are the "before" and "after" pictures of the 1908.   

The other machine is a 1929 White Rotary.  This one has an electric motor, but is set up as a treadle.  I didn't run the motor because of the condition of the wiring, but if it were up to me, I would remove the motor and use the machine as a treadle.  This one wasn't completely frozen, but she didn't turn over very well.  Again, after I was done, she runs so smoothly.

Here are the "before" and "after" pictures of the 1929.


Friday, March 10, 2017

My View Today

I've finally gotten some time this afternoon to sew again.  I've really been needing this sew time to help clear my head and just relax.  It's my time away from the world.  I'm sure you all know exactly what I mean!

Anyway, I did the Underground Shop Hop some of the local quilt shops put on.  It goes through Saturday, March 11th, but I managed to get to all the shops before the last day.  Imagine that...haha!  I got a quilt block kit and instructions from each shop.  It's been a fun thing to do for something different on these dark, gloomy, wet days.  It also gave me the opportunity to browse through all the great fabrics and other items are each shop.  Every once in a while I need a "fabric fix."

I spent some time today sewing a few of the blocks.  I have some left to do, but here are the ones I got done.

My view for the afternoon:

These are the six blocks I got done.  Each shop designed their own center for the blocks.

The is the one from Ladies of Liberty Mercantile in Independence.

From the Purple Frog Quilt Shop in Jefferson.  I hadn't done a folded fabric log cabin before, so this was fun to learn.

From Discover Quilting in Salem.

From The Cotton Patch in Keizer.

From Grandma's Attic in Dallas.

From Bolts to Blocks in Albany.  The circles are raw edged, so when the quilt is washed, the edges will fray.

I'm looking forward to finishing the other two blocks tomorrow.  Then I need to figure out how I am going to arrange them in a quilt top.  Hmmm.....

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Another Block Accepted - Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 15

Well, I am excited!  I have had another block I designed accepted to be in Quiltmaker Magazine's 100 Blocks.  It will be in Volume 15.  I can't tell you anything about the block yet, but here's a preview:
The magazine will be on sale May 2, 2017.  There will be a blog tour May 1-5, 2017, which I will be part of.  Blog tours are lots of fun so be sure to check back.

I will be posting updates here on my blog and on my Carter Creek Quilts Facebook page.   The link to Quiltmaker Magazine's Facebook page is:  https://www.facebook.com/QuiltmakerMag/
The link to Quiltmaker Magazine's web site is:  http://www.quiltmaker.com/index.html
The link to Quiltmaker Magazine's blog, Quilty Pleasures, is:  http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

Just for fun, here is my block from Volume 3, Summer 2011:

The block I designed in Volume 5, Summer 2012:

 The block I designed in Volume 6, Winter 2012:

And the block I designed in Volume 10, Winter 2014:

This has been such a great opportunity for me.  Thank you Quiltmaker Magazine!