Showing posts from April, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 15

Ok everyone - get ready for the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 15 Blog Tour!  It starts May 1 and goes through May 5, 2017.  I have a block that I designed in the magazine and my tour day will be Tuesday, May 2.  Be sure to stop by for highlights of my block.  There will be lots of giveaways throughout the blog tour.  Don't miss out!

Got Ribbons at Mid-Valley Quilt Guild's 2017 Show

Wow!  I entered two of my quilts in the 2017 Mid-Valley Quilt Guild's show this year and both got ribbons!  I am beyond thrilled :)

The quilt that got a Blue ribbon is my Boots 'n' Broncs.  It got a first place in the Child/Juvenile Quilts category.  It's one that I designed and made from my pattern that I sell in my shop - Carter Creek Quilts.  I am also selling the quilt there.

I did the free-motion quilting on my Janome Memory Craft 6500.  Here are a couple pictures of the quilt at the show:

My other quilt that was judged is my Bug Trails quilt.  It got a Red ribbon (second place) in the Mixed Techniques - Small Quilts category.  It also got a Special Award from Finally Together Quilt Shop for Best Mixed Techniques.  Thank you Finally Together!

This was a fun quilt to do.  I made it for a quilt challenge by the Santiam Scrappers Quilt Guild in 2015.  The center block is based on Mickey Depre's designs.  The rest of the quilt I designed myself.  I did t…

More Vintage Sewing Machines

Oh yeah, I am a vintage sewing machine junkie for sure!  Last week, I bought three more of the old beauties - I just couldn't help myself!  The difference this time is that these three are actually in nice working order and not from someone's junk pile.  While I do love doing rescues, once in a very great while I have to get one (or, in this case, three!) that's already cleaned up and working.  A very nice gentleman had a bunch of beautiful old machines he was selling.  He said that after his wife passed away a few years ago, he has gradually lost interest in the old machines.  I do understand that when you lose your life partner, many things just don't mean the same.

Well, anyway, he had lots of machines, but I just don't have room for treadles, so had to walk by those.  But, he just happened to have some very nice table models that caught my eye.  Most of his machines were "special."  In other words, not your everyday Singers and Whites, but not ones yo…

Piecing Today - Queen Sized Quilt Top

I finally got some time to go to my "Outhouse" to start piecing a queen sized quilt top I've had fabric for sitting around for a long time.  I got out my Singer 301A to work on this project.  I love these little machines for straight stitching.  In my opinion, they out stitch any of the others I've used.  Don't get me wrong, I love all my vintage machines (Singer 221, 401A, 404, & 27), but the 301As overall perform the best for me.

Chain stitching the Half-Square Triangle Squares.

I never get tired of my view over the machine.  We had a beautiful day.

The center lines have all been scant 1/4" stitched and cut to form 2 piles of 50 HST squares each.  The left pile I will press the seams towards the darker fabric, the right pile I will press the seams towards the lighter fabric.  Why press the seams in different directions for half of the HST squares?  Once I begin stitching the squares together into rows, the seams will "nest" together because o…