Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Linky Tuesday

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Today is Linky Tuesday!
Panda pattern from Fat Quarter Shop
Katie from Good Golly Ginger showed us this beautiful panda pillow! The design if from Fat Quarter Shop and you can find the link for the free tutorial on Katie's post. Thanks so much for sharing and also be sure to grab a featured button.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stash Additions and Friends

Pin It I did a little shopping at Fat Quarter Shop during their birthday sale and picked up a couple of their pre-cut Jolly Bars. I always love the cute fabrics from Me & My Sister Designs......now to just decide what I'm going to make!
Bandana by Me & My Sister Designs from Fat Quarter Shop
See those wooden ladders on top of the Avalance? Guess what they are for??????? They went to Florida where they will be used to hang quilts on in my friends house.
Ladders on top of truck going to Florida
We were very lucky to be able to spend some time with our friends from Florida before they headed back home. We left for Minnesota on the day that they were arriving in the Quad Cities. My dad is to the left. Judy K is also a quilter and the ladders are hers. I used to babysit her when she was a baby!
Family and friends
One more cute photo, it was so great to see them!
Family and friends
I almost forgot to talk about the neat shop we found in Minnesota called Soderlund's Wood Mill. It was funny because we saw the wood carving and stopped.....and bought...and then I asked if we were in Stillwater.....he gave me a funny look and said no. We had taken a wrong turn, the road we needed was about 10 miles back. We were in Chisago City, MN. Thank goodness for wrong turns!
Wood Mill Woodcarvings
We had a great visit with the owner/wood carver. His work is fantastic.
wood carved Bear
This is the one that caught my eye right away. 
Painted wood carved eagle
This was another one that was neat.
wood carved eagle
We ended up buying this one, he is a little smaller and cheaper. We already have a deer called Bambi and a moose named Bullwinkle so.....our eagle will be called Eggie. Builder Bob is going to build a stand on our deck for him.
wood carved eagle we bought
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Interleave Pouch in Batiks

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Black Opal Pouch done in Interleave pattern
I decided to make a new pouch to carry in my suitcase and I used some screen print batiks from Island Batik.
Black Opal fabric group from Island Batik
I also decided to try a technique I haven't done in a while. I think the first time I ever did something like this was with a book by Ricky Tims.

Lorrie from This Thing has a great Interleave Quilt Tutorial that I used for the fabric for this little pouch. Small projects are always the best for experiments. I decided to do the easiest design first. I used fat quarters and I'll admit that I didn't pay attention to the way I laid out my huge half square triangles and my first several cuts were wrong.
Giant HSTs for the first step
I decided to cut my strips 1 1/4 inch instead of 1 inch. You can see how you add one strip from each of the half square triangles. Here directions are really good.
Cutting the fabric into strips
My piece isn't very big but it gives you an idea of the design. Using two different black fabrics didn't give me the contrast I was hoping for but it works great in the pouch.
Finished piece of fabric
My pouch is approximately 6" x 14". I also cut a 1/2 strip of the yellow and attached it to the zipper so it is easier to open. Here is how it looks on one side......
Tote made with Interleave fabric design
and here is the other side.
Tote made with Interleave fabric design
I still have some of the batiks left and I'm seeing a barn out of the red and maybe bumble bees from the yellow and blacks. So....do you like the design? Be sure and check out her tutorial!
Black Opal Pouch done in Interleave pattern
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cleaning, cleaning and cleaning

Pin It Yesterday morning I woke up and decided I wanted to set up my new 221 Featherweight Singer sewing machine in my room. Of course that meant moving things around and trying once again to squeeze out an extra inch of space.
Changing my room around again
I discretely closed my door hoping Bob and my dad would both stay asleep until I was done but......that didn't happen. They both think I am crazy as lately I have been doing this about once a month. It was time to move the bookcase back to the other side of the room.
Changing my room around again
I had a old sewing machine missing cords and lots of other stuff downstairs so we took the machine out of the cabinet to lighten it and then brought the cabinet upstairs. Someone told me that this cabinet style was used in Home-Ec classes.
3 Vintage sewing machines in my room
Finally I had everything arranged and straightened.....this will work for the next month or so. I love rearranging my room. Tomorrow I'll show you what I made with that fabric on my 15-91. I actually have three 15-91s and two of them are now set up in my room.
3 Vintage sewing machines in my room
Once that was all done it was time to clean and oil my new 221 Featherweight. Superman must have cleaned it last as every sing screw was so tight that I had to keep taking my machine down to Builder Bob in his man cave. Thank goodness this machine only weighs about 11 lbs as I think I made 5 trips!
Cleaning my 221 Featherweight sewing machine
Lint under the plate but....I've seen worse. Look at the bottom of the plate, I've never seen one like this with the two extra things on the bottom. Does anyone know why a Featherweight has them? My 15-91s don't.
Cleaning the Lint out in the 221 Featherweight
Cleaning, cleaning.......then I oiled every part that needed it and also put some lubricant on the gears. Once that was done it was time to thread the machine. Filling a bobbin worked great, I put in a new needle and only had to adjust the tension a little bit.
Lint in the 221 Featherweight
What a beautiful clean little machine and....a clean studio!
221 Featherweight sitting on a Singer school cabinet
I am including a couple of links for people who have vintage Singer sewing machines.

Singer sewing machine Serial Numbers
Sew-Classic - where I buy parts for my vintage machines - fast service and very helpful
The Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog - this site helped us remove the motor on one of my 15-91s
Singer Featherweight Facts-Myths
Vintage Sewing Machines group on FB - lots of great info

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