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Step Away from the Machine

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Sometimes you have to step away from the machine. Last weekend, I was happily quilting along with what I thought was my fixed vintage Singer. Not . Step away and begin again. I angry seam ripped out all of my work and went back to my Brother. Well not quite angry, more like irritated.  I had to take a week hiatus from the craft room. Seemingly, all things had conspired against me at once. Back to my Brother manual, rethreading, restarting is sometimes what it takes being machine challenged. I did find out that I can't free motion quilt with my repaired machine. I am not sure if I messed it up so much now it can't switch to that mode. It will be straight line quilting for me for awhile. That is how this Country Fall Cubicle Cover was finished. It would also look good in a country kitchen. The majority of the piecework was done by mystery quilter. I too send my unwanted, half finished projects to the Great Thrift Shop Beyond.  It is all good. Backing to Country Fall

Son's quilt finished

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Two months behind schedule - son's quilt is finished, it is king-sized plus! I first began the project here . While I did the piecing and binding, a long armer Jennifer Strauser at  dizzyquilter  did the quilting. My task was to avoid using floral prints at my son's request and to use as many scraps as possible. I have come up with my own unique pieced element - the Shooting Gallery Border. One of my happy mistakes. I have learned so much in the 3+ years I have been quilting. When I began I learned to piece the blocks (somewhat) and called that quilting (when it really was just piecing).  I have learned about large scale and small scale fabrics - ruining a lovely large scale cat print fabric in the process but salvaged it to survive in another creation.  I have learned more about sewing machines, how to clean and maintain them, the different processes involved with each machine and now what to look for. My recent purchase of a vintage Singer is now up and running. I

Patriotic quilt finished

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I had hoped to finish this patriotic quilt prior to Labor Day and I am right on schedule. This project began in January putting-together-preassembled . What delights me about this one is the top and binding are entirely of thrifted fabric from one lot, the backing purchased retail. I suspect mystery quilter made the strips for this quilt in a jelly roll race. Son's quilt is finishing up to be a close second. It is a king-sized quilt. I've got two sides left to bind. Caregiver's Day was 1/2 off at hospice thrift with enough batting to finish a cubicle cover fall project. I will highlight it when I'm done. an entire bag of extra loft batting and * sings the word * Vintage fabric. This lump of loveliness is all usable fabric. The "gingham" labeled in the picture with tag is yardage cut in 1964. I qualified as a caregiver because the Mr. had a medical procedure and I was home for the day. Uninterrupted hours of hand stitching result in getting things

Sing a Song of Singer

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Putting together the pieces of a $1 bag of premade squares and two borders from mystery quilter produced this layout. In my first layout, I put the four patch dark brown pieces together as the centers in the square but it didn't have the same playful feeling of this combination. These two small chicken print remnants will become appliques or perhaps corner pieces. I did the fabric pulled fabric from my stash to add to the fabric that came with the pieces. After skittering around with buying the wrong manual and parts for my vintage Singer, I discovered I have not joined the Featherweight club after all. The machine that I have is a 15-91, otherwise known as the Farmer's Wife machine. My skooling on the care and feeding of the Singer continues. I am a big fan of YouTube and found a comprehensive cleaning tutorial  here . In addition to the oil I had already purchased, I bought lubricant for the motor and grease for the gears. I had hoped to post a video showing the ma

I have succumbed to the Singer featherweight's song

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I had been watching a Singer featherweight on a certain online auction site but when I saw the bidding top $300, I knew I has out of the game. For some reason, I just knew there was a Singer featherweight for sale at hospice thrift. She was calling to me. It was half off day, so priced at $100, she was mine for $50. I had already purchased machine oil after bringing home my Brother machine. Featherweight was oiled following a chart Oiling_and_Lubrication_Points_for_the_Singer_Featherweight .  I've got her pegged as a 1951 221 edition (experts, help me out here). She is missing the bobbin casing and bobbin. Most likely she is in for a trip to sewing machine repair to supply any missing parts. I cannot wait to sew with this vintage machine. I was watching one of my favorite classic movies, The Rainmaker from 1956, with Katharine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster, filmed in black and white but since colorized. I saw a detail in the movie that only a quilter would notice. Katherine'

It's my Blogiversary

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And I'll post if I want to. Six years strong and still going on. I really enjoy this platform. I am never at a loss for posts with my fiber art interests, college attending tendencies, living rural and working urban smack in the center of Sacramento. Never mind that four thrift shops are within walking distance from where I work and five are on my route up in the Sierra foothills. A little backstory to those new in my audience. This began as a thrifting blog. I then rebranded ( don't you just love that word? ) as a fashion blogger modeling thrifted fashion. I met other fashion bloggers in person and online that I still follow to this day. Many have moved over to Instagram and have abandoned their blogs. I rebranded yet again a couple of years ago and stopped modeling thrifted fashion and purchased Sally Stand In, a vintage dress form just my size. I love her, she has taken up permanent residence in my sewing room. That rebranding also included taking up an interest in

Dress collage pattern

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My newest OMG I want to make this piece of fabric artistry is the Dress Collage Pattern by Laura Heine featured at myquiltingloft.com. Found her during the monthly FabHopShop. Fabric and a skirt and fashion all in one. My life is complete. I adore that newsprint background but I might opt to do the fabric skirt pieces rounded rather than square. Speaking of patterns, Maddie over at badassquilterssociety.com had a recent post about content theft, quilting patterns in particular. I guess some groups take a pattern, strip off the creator's signature and then circulate. Boy, that's a tough one, I know I can draw pretty much whatever I see so I never buy patterns. I've only done one paper pieced quilt, the pattern was free and I ended up winging it anyway. Freezer paper+Tami=frustration. I cracked the Top 15 of local Sacramento bloggers at http://sacramento.cityvoter.com/best/local-blogger/local-flavor/sacramento hoping to make the Top 10 next year. When I am not thrif