Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Dream Come True! My Singer Class 66 Treadle Machine!

Look what followed me home! She was a little bit tight. Had to do some cleaning and a good bit of oil.Now she's so quiet, and purrs like a kitten. The wife sold her husband's aunt's Treadle. The grandmother was the original owner, and was a descendant of Anne Boleyn's family line. One of Anne's siblings as a matter of fact! The machine was brought here to Texas from North Carolina. It is model number G081660. She was born April 8,1924 in Elizabeth,New Jersey. Don't you love it when your machine has a history! She's in pretty good shape. The decals are amazing. i'm in love!

The cabinet is in amazing shape. I don't plan to refinish it. It just needs some polish. I got her a new belt and have start sewing 2 inch 9 patches on her. A most simple design to help me get used to treadling. It's a bit tricky, but I'm getting the hang of it.I may take her later to a repair shop for a good tuneup if I can find someone that can work on antique machines. If anyone knows someone in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, give me a hollar!

PS- I almost forgot! I have named her Anne! (Given her history, I think it's perfect!) She's a nice cousin to Bessie, my featherweight!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What's been under my needle lately?

 What's been under my needle lately? As an avid Bonnie Hunter fan, I've been participating in her Allietare Mystery Quilt. Bonnie is so generous to do this every year and her designs never disappoint! I started this quilt Thanksgiving week when she releases the first clue and finished piecing the last week of January.( If only I didn't have to go to work!)
For those of you not familiar with Bonnie, check out her blog at . She is an amazing teacher, author, and designer. My biggest dream is to be able to go on one of her teaching cruises. Quilting and a cruise...I think it would be heaven!

There are lots of pieces in a Bonnie Hunter quilt! I was so excited that I had the required fabric in my stash. I opted for the scrappy version. In my Easy Street Mystery Quilt by Bonnie, I purchased batiks. This time I used what I had.

This year I learned a new technique for headless geese. They were most time consuming. All the colors were scrappy except for a grey constant. I chose a grey with a white pattern. It was almost a mistake. It almost faded into my neutrals. Next time I'll be more careful.

Look at my happy blocks! I always love it when you start assembling the blocks!  There was 50 blocks in this year's MQ. I love the colors this year too!

This is the corner section. The blocks are pieced together on the diagonal.

Isn't it pretty! I love the stars! As I was laying this out, I noticed that the star blocks would make a gorgeous quilt and the square blocks would too. I may be doing this at some point!

Alletare on my little twin bed. I still have to attach the borders.

I think the borders really tie it all together! Bonnie put a scalloped edge on hers. I'm still toying with the idea, but will probably not. I like straight borders.

Forgive the picture. The sun was behind the quilt. And it was windy and cold. My daughter and 2 grandkids are trying to hold it straight enough for me to get a pic! I'm proud of this quilt and love how it turned out! Thanks Bonnie Hunter! Your mystery quilt along is most generous and makes me happy!