Sorry to have been away for so long, I have been feeling very unwell the last few weeks. I am going to see the Dr again on Monday to see if we can find out why.
I have not been very productive but since the last posting I did finish a few things.
Here is a purple leather wall quilt. https://www.etsy.com/listing/535506776/quilt-music-art-quilt?ref=shop_home_active_1
and new large bag https://www.etsy.com/listing/548941881/quilted-tote?ref=listing-shop-header-3
here is the finished butterfly quilt (it sold)
working on testing some pencils to make quilt blocks…..more about that soon
I have had many butterflies in my garden the last few weeks and I took some photos a few days ago….which will serve as quilt inspiration at some point soon.
I bought a Singer 31-15 quite a while back and it is finally in good working order
Here is a video of some free motion work on it .
I went to see the physical therapist and I have some exercises for my shoulders to do for my shoulders…..and the therapist wants to see me two times a week for 3 weeks to try to get it worked out. the arthritis on my hands and knees is a different story but one thing at a time ….and forward progress.
Don’t be afraid of change, change can be a beautiful thing said the butterfly.
The coneflowers are blooming away in the garden.
It inspired me to start this quilt.
I worked on it a little more
I have a lot of background quilting to go and I want to do a bit more painting.
I worked on the sewing machine top….here is the before
Not perfect to be sure but I hope I look that good when I am 130.
Now I can clean up a bit and re-organize to find a good place to put it ….it sews beautifully so I do plan to use it .
I finished the Tree Quilt (actually this one is a study for the larger tree quilt)
I decided to offer it for sale https://www.etsy.com/listing/546834507/blue-moon-art-quilt?ref=shop_home_active_1
The top for the Singer VS2 arrived. It needs a lot for work! but it is going to be great.
I will post some more pictures as I work on cleaning it up.
I am working on a leather briefcase/messenger bag on one of my Singer 15’s
And I did a video
I am going to see a physical therapist on Wednesday…..hopefully I can get the kinks worked out of my shoulders and elbows and knees. I had x-rays of my hands and they showed degeneration many of the joints in the fingers, thumbs and wrists ….will see what they can do about that if anything.
I’ll keep you posted. Fortunately none of this is bothered by machine quilting so I have plenty to keep my busy! I have a few hand quilting projects in progress forever now that I really want to finish so hopefully soon.
I am working on multiple projects at once. I guess my attention span is getting shorter 🙂
here is one that will be a wall hanging
Here is one for a tote bag
I did a video of how this machines is working for Free Motion Quilting.
I couldn’t help but take a few more pictures of my favorite lilies.
I can’t remember if I posted about the American Quilters Society fall Paducah show. Two of my quilts were accepted
Since I started collecting sewing machines I have wanted a Wilcox and Gibbs chain stitch machine. Around the new year my quilting friend Teddy Pruett was working on making room in her studio and had one to sell, which I was happy to buy!
Next I started looking for a treadle base for it, and I found one a few months ago…..and the last part was the wooden top which I found this week.
I got the three parts put together and made a video of how it works.
I also took a bunch of garden pictures this morning…and here they are (click pictures to enlarge)
I am in the middle of a few quilts right now so back to work.
I got the old Singer running…..
and I found some pictures of one from an old auction record
That helped to know what I needed to look for in the top and base.
I found a top that is in very bad shape but it is the same as this pictures above so I ordered it and will work on restoring it.
I also found a few bases but have not decided if I want to buy one ( the top will fit on one of my existing bases)
anyway this 18 dollar machine has the potential of being very expensive!
here is a longer video I did
I will post some more pictures when I get it all cleaned up and put together….
I did try some Free Motion quilting on it and it works great!
I worked some more on the Blue tree quilt. I took a break from quilting to start on the painting. I am using acrylic paint and water……I am not worried about a fabric medium since this is a wall hanging and will not need to stand up to washings.
I have a lot of painting to go and a lot of quilting. This is the small practice version (30″ x 45″)
the bigger one is 60″ square and I will start that soon.
Here is a tour of the garden today (click pictures to enlarge)
I got the old singer stitching beautifully! I will show you that next time.
I went antique shopping today and even though I really didn’t plan on another sewing machine project I came home with one.
This was made in 1887 and it really is not in the best shape, but for 18 dollars I had to save it.
At some point in its life someone decided to re paint it ……you can see all the black paint on things that should not be painted.
The paint didn’t stick so well to the decals so a lot of it rubbed off, but the decals really are pretty much destroyed and trying to get the paint off without further damage is not easy. I have done some work on it.
I think I have it in working order (I need to put in a needle and give it a test) but it still needs a lot of cleaning. I am thinking about doing a total refinish since it is in such bad shape. That would include striping and repainting and new decals. I have not done that before because I usually thing it is better to embrace the age. What do you think?
I did some of the quilting on the tree but needed to take a break to rest my hands.
I’ll get back to that soon
I decided to do a practice tree before I do the full sized version. This one is bout 30″ x 60″. I want to see how the thread looks with the fabric and how the details show. I am just getting started using black thread
I will post some pictures as soon as I get a bit more done.
I got the binding finished on this little leather wall quilt. (18″ x 25″)
It is too hot an humid today to work in the garden but it sure needs to have some weeds pulled!
Teddy doesn’t want to learn how 😦