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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Almost finished!

I am almost finished with my nephew's baby quilt, he was born July 21!  I just followed the directions on the pattern and this quilt is huge for a baby, especially since I still have the borders to put on!  I sewed up the borders yesterday, but did not take a picture yet.  My goal for this month is to get this thing quilted!  I've been working on it since I think May?
 My hand crank that I use for small piecing is a Redhead 66 or Redeye, depending on who you ask, but since I'm a redhead I'll call her a redhead!  Did you know the feet on this machine, and probably some other vintage feet, are a 1/4 inch on the left side?
 As you can see, I normally put a piece of tape on the right side to mark my 1/4 inch seam, but when doing a HST, the tape is covered, so the left side of the foot is a perfect guide!
 It is perfect for sewing my half square triangles since I don't have 1/4 inch foot for her since she is a back clamper.  I really would like some feet for her, so if anyone has any, maybe we can work out a deal!
 Have you ever heard of Marshall's Dry Good store in Batesville, AR?  My friends at the quilt retreat in Greenville, TX told me about it.  We stopped on our way home from visiting my stepmom in AR.  I got a lot of fabric to build my stash.  The orange and blue was $1 a yard!  The rest $2.99 a yd.  Of course I had to get the penguins and the cute houses with cats.

 These batiks were $2.99 a yard!  Except the yellow at top was $1.  The dollar fabric has some defects in them, but are perfect for quilting!  I got 1/2 a yard of each but the bottom I got a whole yard.
 I also got some great neutrals!  My stash is sorely lacking in that department.  The white on white and the alphabet were $1, then I got two tans, a brown and a grey (even though it looks blue in the picture)
 Can you see the alphabet on it?
My last three were more "expensive", $3.99 for the peanuts and $4.99 for the carrots and Brussels sprouts.  They are for a jar block exchange I am participating in later this year.  I've been wanting to make one so when a group I'm a part (treadleon.net) of said they wanted to do one I jumped in!
I'm going to have fun using this material this year, I'll have to stop there the next time I drive to my step mom's again!

Do you have a goal to finish this month?

Missy A Lovely Year of Finishes


GardenOfDaisies said...

That quilt is so cute! And what fun fabrics you found! I tape the bed of my sewing machine, too, with 1/4 inch masking tape. Helps me sew those little seams.

Heidi said...

I have noticed the vintage machines have that narrow foot. I wish I had one for my machine. It says it has a 1/4" foot but it measures 3/8". I have used tape and found a wide foot with a line that just happens to be 1/4". It is helping to improve my piecing, thank goodness.

I love the sailboat quilt. Very cute. The colors are great too.

Congratulations on the fabric find!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

The sailboat quilt is lovely. Great prices for your fabric finds. Hey even first quality has flaws at times.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Great fabric finds! My sewing machine foot is clear until you get to the very edges. If I line everything up on the metal edging (inside) I have a perfect 1/4 inch.

donna said...

Your baby quilt is so cute. Love the sail boats and pinwheels together. Looks like you had fun fabric shopping.
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Happy New Year.

Denise :) said...

Gosh, Missy, your red, white and blue baby quilt for your nephew is just darling!! I love the pattern for this and the borders/sashing really set off the sails!! :)

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

The sailboat hilt is the cutest thing ever!!!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I just love your nephew's quilt, both the sailing boats and the colours.

Connie said...

What a precious quilt Missy and since it is a little bigger, it will be used much longer! I use painters tape on my machine as well. Great buys on alll the fabrics! Thanks for sharing.
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{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

Good luck with your quilting this month. I love the colors--they complement that pattern perfectly.

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