"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Quilting the Cake Quilt

I've been slowly working on the cake quilt.  So far I have quilted anything that was pink or red on the cakes.  I did not feel like changing the thread.  I hope I have enough pink thread left to quilt the sashing.  Of course Cupcake decided that she needed to help me quilt.
She can see out the window from that spot.  My Lilac tree is full of birds that the cats like to watch.
 I moved her to the top of my sewing machine case.  There is a hunter green Japanese clone in there.  The cats think it is there for them to sit on and watch "cat tv".
 At least Oreo found a "nest" in the rocking chair and had curled up there to sleep.
The thinner "tiers" on the cakes are getting scallops.  I thougt it looked kind of like frosting.

I have Thursday off, I'm hoping to get a lot more quilting done, but first I need to finish sewing my Sew Sweet Bee block, it is all cut out, just needs to be sewn together.

This weather is crazy right now, it should be in the 60's for the next couple of days.  What is the weather like in your area?


I'll be linking up for Feline Friday on Friday.
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy

Monday, January 16, 2017

A New Year Poem

A New Year Poem

A new year has begun
Time to reflect,
On all that we have done.

Did we work for the Lord,
Serving Him,
With more than we could afford?

Determine in the new year,
To give Him our best,
Showing that we care.

The Bible is our Sword,
We need to sharpen,
To know our Lord.

Make this your goal,
Every day of this year,
Give Him your whole soul.

By Missy Shay

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Vintage Quilts

I had to share these vintage quilts I saw at a friend's house.  We take turns meeting at each other's house in my homemaker's group.  I joined this summer and this was my first time at Nadine's house.  After the meeting I asked her if I could take pictures of her quilts.  She told me that her mother hand quilted all of these quilts.
I love the secondary pattern in this star quilt.  She said it was not one of her favorites.
 I love this Lone Star quilt!

 Can you see the awesome quilting on the back?  It was all done by hand!
 The classic fan quilt.  Don't these fabrics look like they are from the eighties?

 The top of the quilt is straight and the other three sides are scalloped.
 Feedsacks were used on the next two quilts.  I love this Jacob's ladder quilt.
 Sorry about the rocking chair being in the way.
 She did not the lady who made this quilt, it was a nephew's grandmother on the other side.  Nobody wanted it in his family, so he asked her if she wanted it.  She said it is at least 100 years old.  She said she did not know the name of this quilt.  I think it is a circle upon circle quilt, like mine.  What do you think?  She said the blue was hand dyed.
 Of course she has a Grandmother's Flower Garden!  I love the feedsacks in this quilt!

I asked Nadine if she had made any quilts, she said she never needed to learn ecause she had plenty of quilts from her Mom.  She did make this pillow in the homemaker's group years ago!
 This was another pillow made.  Remember those yarn pom poms we made back in the eighties?  She used the same principal to make this.
 This pillow was crocheted.
She promised to show me more quilts next time we meet at her house, that will be in August.

Don't you just love vintage quilts?

Have a blessed day!

 "And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God."
II Corinthians 5:15-20

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Feline Friday

Calico sisters curled up asleep

Oreo sound asleep

Muffin first thing in the morning

Cupcake crawled under the covers to stay warm.

Custard is enjoying the heater.

What an easy life these cats live!

Missy aka Redheaded Cat Lady

P.S. Tena, I'm sorry I have not replied to any of your messages, but you are a "no-reply blogger" and I'm not able to.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Let the Quilting Begin!

I have my quilt all set up and ready to quilt!  
I quilt on my Industrial 16 treadle who was born in 1890 and sews like a dream.

 Here is her pedal.  My stitches are not always even at first, when I free motion quilt, but it is my own fault.  I need to make sure my hands do not go faster than my feet.  As long as I have a rhythm going, my stitches are fine.  Electric machines have the same problem, there is really no difference.
 I have to use a mat when I free motion quilt.  I think I might like to find a bigger one, to cover more area.  I am not able to drop the feed dogs, at least I don't think I am able to.  Some people say you don't have to drop the feed dogs, just put the stitch length at zero, I still like my mat though.
 I need to make sure I have enough lighting, my three dollar chandelier helps with that!  My husband painted it green for me.  Green and blue are my colors for my sewing room.
 Here are my quilter's gloves for free motion quilting.  Painter's tape to tape down my mat, it won't affect the finish on my machine.  I have my screw driver to put on my darning foot.  I am able to use standard low shank feet on this machine.  I also have my tweezers for grabbing threads.
 I paid two dollars for this foot at a a hole in the wall shop in TX.
 Here she is, ready to go!
I started quilting today but I actually cut my knuckle on the needle, I got a little too close.  At least I didn't sew through the finger!

What is your favorite quilting tool?


Psalms 8:6
"Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:"

Monday, January 9, 2017

Design Walls and Basting!

I have been  wanting a design wall for a long time!  I bought a foam board that is 1 1/2 inches thick and eight foot by four foot.  At first I was going to put it in front of my closet doors but then decided to put it on the wall instead.  It stays as long as my treadle is pushed up against it, we put double sided wall tabs on it, but I am going to have to pull the treadle out when I start quilting.  Since it is foam, nails won't work, any suggestions on how to hang it?  It does not go to the floor because I wanted to make two boards and the vent is there.
 I have not hung this one yet, it has all of the "extra" blocks from the Sew Sweet Bee.  I often make two blocks, and then send the best one and keep the other one.

 I spray "basted" the batting on the foam board.  I wanted to use flannel, but I had this cheap batting that is super thin, so I used it.
I taped the back with duct tape to make sure it stays on.
 I finally got my cake quilt basted!  I spent the whole day Thursday in my pajamas and worked on my quilt!  I sewed the back together and got it basted.  I wanted to wait at least a day before I quilted it, giving the glue time to dry.  I hate basting, but do prefer spray basting over pin basting. I always have wrinkles when I pin baste.  I do the backing, let it dry, and then I do the front.  If there is a wrinkle,I would rather have it on the back, so I always do the back first.
 Here are my tools. I use knee pads, painter's tape to hold down whatever is on the bottom, and spray glue.  I use Krylon glue, since I can get it at Walmart.  I might try something new when this runs out.  Any suggestions?
 Please ignore my pj's (remember I spent the whole day in my pj's, to sew), I wear knee pads when I baste, to protect my knees.  This was a great idea from my stepmother.  Can you see all the lint from the glue on them?
Question:  I was told to serge around the quilt before I quilt it.  This was from a professional, I always start quilting from the center out, to avoid wrinkles.  What do you think?


BTW - This morning in Bible class with my student, we were talking about not being lazy and finding things to keep yourself busy and out of trouble.  I told her that hobbies are good for that and quilting keeps me busy so that I am not tempted to be lazy and gossip.  I also have my church activities, Homemaker's group, Quilt Guild, Ladies Bible Study.  All of these things keep me busy.

"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."  Ecclesiastes 9:10

Friday, January 6, 2017

Freezing Feline Friday

It is cold here.  My heat is not working right now, so we are doing the best we can to stay warm.  
We do have space heaters, so we are not totally without heat.
Tiger and Oreo curled up in cat beds on Chris's desk.
 Cupcake and Muffin curled up together by the radiator heater in the office.
 We got this new blanket and put it on the chest at the end of the bed.  It is super soft and cuddly. Tiger has decided that it is his new bed, gives us more room on the bed since he is the biggest cat we have.
Stay warm!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sewing Room Cleanup!

On Instagram, you can find me as the Redheaded_Cat_Lady there, they are having a craft room clean up challenge.  I decided to join in. It took me over two hours to get my room back in order.
Pictured from left to right:  Singer 16 industrial treadle, Singer 66 hand crank with lotus decals, blue Japanese clone that needs work.

To the left is my featherweight in a featherweight table, my Janome is on my cutting table(in the white case), and under the window is another Japanese clone, it is hunter green, but in the case so you can't see it.
This corner has my serger, which needs a better table.  I'm looking for a shorter table that will fit in that spot.
Of course there is a cat in the room!
Here are the before pictures of my messy room, just trying to keep it real.

I still need to vacuum and get shelves for my closet.  I'm afraid I will make a mess tomorrow when I try to find fabric in my closet.  Most of it is in tubs.

I also cleaned my desk in my classroom!
Of course I have a sewing spot, even though I do not have much time to sew.  It is ready when she takes a test and I have time on my hands!  This is my Singer 99 hand crank sewing machine.
Have you been doing any cleaning for the new year?  Okay, maybe I have a bit of a sewing machine obsession!

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

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