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My “new” sewing machine, purchased on eBay, arrived today.  I have named her Sylvia.  She is a Singer 507, and she was made in 1975.  She is very similar to the sewing machine I had in America before I moved to England.

Sylvia came with a nicely-done instruction manual, which someone scanned from an original and printed on a colour printer, then spiral-bound.  She also has a genuine Singer foot pedal and a new re-wired electric plug.  My little daughter and I sewed on her all afternoon, and she works great.

Here are some photos, because I just have to show her off!  She’s so beautiful…

Happy Sewing!

Singer 507 Sylvia

Singer 507 accessories

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The fabrics for my Bears in the Art Museum quilt top are all from stash, but I didn’t have a nice backing, so I just had to buy some fabric this week.   My husband helped me choose this fabric.  It feels very soft and luxurious, and I think it will look pretty.  It’s called “Imprints,” designed for the Balson Hercules Group.

bears-backing-fabric

I also started working on Judy Laquidara’s new stash project.  She is doing her quilt in bright colours, but she said we could use any colours we like.  Mine is going to be all blue and yellow.  I’ve been dreaming of ways to use my collection of blues and yellows together, and this pattern will be perfect.  I have finished 16 Flying Geese blocks already.  Judy recommended Patti Anderson’s method for No-Waste Flying Geese, and I think it is brilliant and so easy to do.

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Since it’s time for the Weekly Stash Report, I’ve also been thinking about ways of reporting stash usage.  I’ve changed my mind again about how and when to count fabric used.  I think Judy Laquidara’s method is really the most sensible for me (actually counting it when I use it — otherwise I will forget), so I am going to count my Bears fabric in this week’s stash report.  That will bring my totals for Week 16 to:

  • Bought         6 yds
  • Used            8.5 yds
  • YTD Bought    16.75 yds
  • YTD Used        76 yds

Happy Sewing!

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My Bears in the Farmhouse quilt top, now renamed “Bears in the Art Museum,” is finished!

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This project was part of Judy Laquidara‘s Quilt Along.  Finished quilt tops by other participants can be viewed here.  Judy said about 300 participants started the project, and more than 150 carried on through the final step.

Thank you, Judy, for this beautiful pattern.  I’ve learned some new techniques and a more efficient method of assembling a quilt top.  This is also the most technically perfect quilt top I’ve ever made — and I had to unpick a few seams and redo them to make sure of that!  😉

It was really good fun, too.   🙂

Happy Sewing!

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I’m making progress on my Bears in the Farmhouse quilt from Judy Laquidara’s Quilt Along.  The half-square borders are on all the way around, and I have started on the second orange border.

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I’m obsessed with this quilt.  I want to work on it all the hours there are, but you know how families are…..they are always wanting to eat, and to wear clean clothes.  😉  Bless ’em.

While I’ve been working on these borders, I’ve been thinking about how I want to quilt this top.  I’ve seen a pattern that I like in Charlene C. Frable’s book, Quilt as Desired, and I’ve been practicing.  quilt-as-desired1However, my focus fabric is a bit busy, so a plain meandering pattern might be better.  We’ll see.  I’ll be doing the quilting on my domestic sewing machine, a Janome 6500 P.  I’ve also decided to call my quilt, “Bears in the Art Museum,” since my focus fabric is a design inspired by the work of Paul Klee.

My Stash Report for Week 14 has only changed by 1/4 yard used, which was binding on a UFO that I finished for the Stashbuster UFO Challenge.  I’m waiting until the Bears in the Farmhouse quilt is finished before I count that fabric.

  • Bought     0 yds
  • Used       1/4 yd
  • YTD Bought 10.75 yds
  • YTD Used 67.75 yds

Happy Sewing!

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I’ve finished my second UFO for the Stashbuster UFO Challenge for 2009.

It was originally planned as a wallhanging for our old house, and I started it in 2000 with blocks and scraps left over from the larger quilt featured in my homepage banner.  We don’t really have a good wall for it to hang in this house, and my husband and daughter both said they liked it better as a table topper, so…table topper it is!

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The quilting was done on my domestic sewing machine.  I drew the motif on the fabric with a white pencil using the stencil as a guide, and modified it to use only a single line of stitching instead of the double line.  I thought the double line of stitching might be too heavy for this small project.  It measures approximately 31 inches square.

Now I get to report it on the Stashbuster list as a Finish, just in time for the end of the first quarter of the year!

Happy Sewing!

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We are almost finished now.  🙂

Happy Sewing!

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The HeartStrings Quilt Project group is making Quilt As You Go (QAYG) blocks for Jan MacFadyen of Victoria, Australia, during the months of March and April.

Jan is a member of HeartStrings, and she will be finishing these blocks into quilts for Victoria, Australia Bushfire survivors.   Volunteers estimate approximately 5000 quilts will be needed for this project.  Jan has two blogs with photos and complete details on her work, including her postal address if you can send her anything to help with this project:

http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/

http://ozcomfortquilts.blogspot.com/

She also has an excellent two-part Tutorial on the method used for constructing these blocks from strips of fabric (strings) and scrap pieces of batting.

Part 1:

http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/2009/02/quilt-as-you-go-block-tutorial.html

Part 2:

http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/2009/02/finally-tutorial-part-2.html

Here are some of the QAYG blocks that I have made for Jan so far.  I’ve finished 23 blocks, and need to make 12 more to have enough for one entire quilt.  These blocks will be for men’s and teenage boys’ quilts.  My husband helped me choose the fabrics to make sure they are suitably “manly.”  😉

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Here is my Stash Report for Week 12:

  • Bought          0
  • Used               5  yds (for QAYG blocks – fronts and backs)
  • YTD Bought    10.75 yds
  • YTD Used       72.5 yds

Happy Sewing!

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Today in the United Kingdom,  it is Mother’s Day.  Traditionally known as “Mothering Sunday,” it always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, and the date and month can vary from year to year.

It is believed to have originated in the 16th Century, when people would visit their “mother church” on that particular Sunday and would then say that they had gone “a-mothering.”  Later,  it became the one day a year when domestic servants were given the day off from work to go home and visit their mothers.  They would gather wildflowers along the way to (more…)

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Here are 12 of my favourite Block of the Month sites.   Several of the patterns are PDF files and require Adobe Acrobat Reader, but that is easy to get.  Some of the sites have links for downloading the software, if you need it.

I have no affiliation with any of these groups — I just love to visit them for inspiration and to learn new techniques.

1.  Block of the Month (AZPatch)

http://www.azpatch.com/bom/index.htm

The archives go all the way back to 1999 for pieced blocks, with some paper piecing patterns as well.  Nice colour drawings, too.

2.  Citrus Belt Quilters of Redlands, California

http://www.citrusbeltquilters.org/blockmonth/blockmonth.html

They are currently featuring some cute “boy blocks” of trucks and cars.

3.  Delaware Quilts

http://www.delawarequilts.com/BOMs/index.html

Free block patterns, with full quilt patterns for sale with proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society. (more…)

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