09 February 2010

What's On My Plate

Finally, back to my blog. When I began this, I hoped I would be disciplined and post on a regular basis. Well, so much for good intentions. But, I did have good intentions to create a workspace in the basement and though not really complete, it's comfortable and in use nearly every day, if only for a short time. I still want to empty a couple bookcases down there and shelve all my quilt books and supplies. The wonderful thing about this space is silence. The only sound I can hear is the furnace behind the wall. No tv. No radio. I do have a mini travel dvd player that is rarely used but keeps me from feeling deprived.

The pieces on the plate are for an English Medallion quilt. The pattern is by Bettina Havig. So far the directions are precise and everything is going well. Knock on wood! I actually feel like a real quilter since I moved into this space. My work table from the second hand store cost only $20. The top was a little worn but that didn't bother me and I just applied a couple of coats of varnish and painted the legs. It's big enough for my old portable sewing machine which boasts the names of New Home and Janome. Must be New Home sold to Janome? I haven't checked that out. The only reason I chose that one is my hubby's grandmother had a New Home treadle which I have down there, and intend to get cleaned and running, in the cutting area. I forgot to mention I have an eight foot banquet table elevated with pvc pipe in an adjacent room. Lucky me! No bending over to cut. The other machine, the one pictured here, is a birthday present to myself a couple of years ago. It's a dandy little white Singer Featherweight. I swear when I switched to this machine my sewing improved dramatically. When I feed the little pieces under the presser foot they slide right in and through. No more thread tangling and pulling the fabric down and out of sight. It's so nice to have both machines always on the same table. Always ready to sew. Always ready to sew with a friend. :)

~~the 2nd photo is supposed to be here but haven't figured that out :(

The second photo is my batting covered wall. This tip I learned from a local gal who taught me to use the rotary cutter and mat and gave me the confidence that I can make quilts. Just like the old Colorforms plastic dolls, the quilt blocks stick to the batting and it makes a huge difference watching the quilt come together. Even the large center assemblage is just clinging without any pins.

It's snowy and cold here tonight. We are so blessed to be warm and safe.
Thanks for visiting.


dragon said...

very cool cathy.
Someday I may have to invest in a new machine. Mine does that 'thread tangling and pulling the fabric down and out of sight' thing too.
I have a Viking (Husqvarna) that I bought primarily for mending jeans (it was supposed to be heavy duty enough for that), but the kids are grown now and I've begun quilting.
I have problems with it keeping thread tension properly and when I quilted my first quilt, (using two colors of thread since my backing is cream but the quilt top is halloween colors so I used black thread for the top)the top thread shows quite often in the backing, no matter how many times I adjusted the tension (breaking thread often as well). sigh.
I also would REALLY like to be able to attach a stich width guide like my mom's old machine had, so I could get a truly accurate 1/4 inch seam. Does you Singer have that?
I'm fortunate to have a quilt guild here, we meet each month and have "sew till you drop" nights as well. I have one coming up on Friday in fact!

Hanne said...

Can I come and sew with you Cathy ? :-)
I hope to see you in Shipshewana in spring. According to my blog counter - 1 month and 4 weeks until I leave home now.

el poquito said...

Lost and then found your blog url. You should let Grace know it again and post it in the cabin. Maybe you missed her request when she lost them all. But glad I found you through your photo - just took me a minute. Doh.


How can I not think of my mom with your quilt patches and Hanne's comment of Shipshewana?

Shipshewana.... What a great sound and great name.

Okay, I've got homework for you - where does that name/word come from. That one's gotta have a story to tell.

Consider yourself commisioned!

Do it for my mama. Too bad I didn't know you when she passed. I passed on many bags of pieces of materials of all kinds - for many years she also worked in a fabric shop - you can imagine the stash she had!

Shipshewana.... she calls you.