Saturday, March 22, 2014

My first Scrap Squad post



My post about my first quilt made for Scrap Squad 2014 is up on Quiltmaker magazine’s blog.  You can check it out here.

It has been great fun working with the Scrap Squad group and it is exciting to see the great variety of interpretations of the quilt we start with!  We are all hard at work on our second project now and those results will start appearing soon.

Quilty Pleasures blog is a busy one and often has several posts a week. Be sure to check it often!  One way of finding all the Scrap Squad posts is to use the search bar at the top of the blog. 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Shiny black sewing machine

Look at this little darling!
hand crank machine 1
Machine is about 7 inches high.  It is very heavy!
My sister was recently given this hand crank machine.  Her friend Ruth received it about 1930 and has loved it and used it carefully. 

We would love to know more about it.  Some searching on the web has turned up pictures. Machines similar to this were made in Germany by a company called Muller.  This size is classed as “miniature” or “toy”, although its owner tells us she did a lot of sewing on it.   

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Preemie Mystery 2014



The final steps of the mystery quilt are up!  See the link under PAGES top right corner of the blog.

I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of what you’ve done!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Brick by Brick


Carlisle bricks

This picture of a brick wall has been in my Inspiration File for some time.  I love the “checkerboard” arrangement of the bricks.  A recent challenge with friends gave me an opportunity to build my own brick wall quilt based on the picture. 

fabric embellished

I began with a piece of red upholstery fabric.  I fused on some bits of batik fabrics, stitched on some gold mesh and added brown netting.  Then I couched various yarns in place on top of that.





I cut this piece of fabric up into squares and rectangles to make the bricks in my wall.  I was delighted to see that each piece was its own little composition.  I stitched them together with “grout” and added more bricks in the “grout” fabric.  Then I quilted it.  I tried to pack down the plain bricks to put them into the background as the collaged bits are the main part of the design.

Embellished bricks

The piece is about 14” by 27”.


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

More Scrap Squad

Scrap Squad time again.  My post is still a few weeks away, but it is exciting to see what the rest of the group has done.

Check out Nadia's butterflies!