Sewing Machine Mat

Here is a picture of the sewing machine mat with the thread catcher attached with a loop and a button.

I wrote a tutorial.  Click on the PDF file below.

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If you make this mat, I’d love to see pictures of it!

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Happy Quilting
Gail

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July 24 ’17 Report

IMG_0938Not a lot to report.  No fabric shopping.  I did finish the large sewing machine mat.  I have a smaller one in progress.  Using almost the same fabrics.  Am thinking about using purple instead of yellow for the binding.

I have also made a small thread catcher to go on it.  I’ll show a picture when it’s completed. The large mat used 2 yards of fabric.

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:      2 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  93.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    49.8 yards  

 

UFO tally

No change in my UFO tally.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0

39 UFO’s left to complete

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Happy Quilting
Gail

Sewing Machine Mat

I love having a sewing machine mat under my featherweight.  I needed one for under my “big” machine when I go to retreats … I also needed a project to highlight binding by machine – so I put the two together and voila!  Here it is:

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Link-ups

To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:

Happy Quilting
Gail

My first blog award!!!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award, 2017 by Kathleen who blogs here.

If you take a wander through Kathleen’s blog, you will find many interesting things.  She did a maple-leaf QAL that is absolutely gorgeous!  There is a neat trick to hemming long seams (using a manila folder)  Believe it or not, her first quilt was made totally by hand and took her 15 years to complete.  She has come a long way in her quilting skills!

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You can find the official rules of the Liebster Award Here.   If you read through the rules, you’ll find that I did not follow them to the letter.  It was difficult to find other quilting bloggers that have less than 200 followers.  And I wanted to pass on the award to someone who’s blog I enjoy!

One of the official rules for this blog is to answer some questions.  Here goes:

  1.  What is my favourite blog?  Quiltville’s Quips and Snips … you can find it HERE.  This is Bonnie Hunter’s blog.  The queen of scrappy quilts!  I love her mystery quilts that she offers every fall.  I have been following her blog for almost a decade.  She certainly is an encouragement to scrappy quilters around the world.
  2. If you could meet one Quilt Personality, who would it be?  Well, I have already met Bonnie Hunter and was enthralled to take a workshop with her.  Next on my list would likely be Eleanor Burns.  Her sense of humour is an absolute riot!
  3. What is my preference when quilting?  It varies.  I love sewing with my quilting buddies!  I love silence! and I love listening to audio books.
  4. Do I have a favourite snack while quilting?  Nope … don’t want to get food on my quilts.
  5. Do I look for quilts while watching a movie? Of course!
  6. What comes first when you make a quilt:  buying stash then look for a pattern or buy the pattern first and then the fabric?  I have enough stash to last for years and years – most of my patterns are either self-designed or in a Bonnie Hunter book or free on the internet …
  7. What is your favorite quilt/sewn project/craft? My favourite quilt is usually the one I’m currently sewing on.  My current favourite is on my last blog post. (Click HERE).
  8. Hand Quilt or Machine Quilt?  When I first started quilting (in the 80’s) I hand quilted.  When I re-started quilting in 2005, I started machine quilting.  Most of my machine quilting is done on my Janome 8900.
  9. Favorite Color?  Blue!
  10. Favorite Quilting/Crafting Item? My feather weight sewing machine!  It (or an antique hand crank) travels with me and I do most of my piecing on them.
  11. Do you work on one project or many?  This is a silly question … will all of my UFO’s isn’t it obvious that I work on many projects at the same time?
So I now nominate Judy Hansen at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.
You may have visited her blog if you go to the blogs I link up to.  Judy very kindly took over the “Design Wall Mondays” and provides opportunities for bloggers to post links to their own blogs.  It’s a fantastic way to see what others are working on!
Judy also provides a look into her quilty life. From antique inspired quilts to others that look a little on the modern side.  Enjoy your wander through her blog!

Happy Quilting
Gail

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July 17 Update

A finish!

Quilt #14 of Grandma’s fabrics is done!  And I LOVE it!  It has a flannel back and is oh, so cosy!  If it hadn’t been made for “C”,  I’d be keeping it.  But it was made for “C” and it will be in the mail to her very shortly!Quilt 14

Here’s a close-up of the quilting of one of the centre blocks:quilt-14-1.jpg

 

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:      10 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  91.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    47.8 yards  

UFO tally

I started the year with 47 UFO’s.  Quilt #14 was not a UFO, so my UFO count does not change.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0

39 UFO’s left to complete

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Gail

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It’s getting there

The top is finished, borders are added and the quilting has started.  I decided to do feather wreaths in the negative space.  I’m liking it – a LOT.  And since I love doing feathers – it’s a lot of fun to quilt!  I still have most of the outside partial wreaths to do and the small segments that you can see in the bottom corner and upper right.  Hopefully it will get done this weekend!img_0904.jpg

Link-ups

To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:

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Gail

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My Update

Thank you to all who commented on Sarah’s quilt.  She wrote, “super excited about everyones reaction! I will send pictures of my other quilts and hopefully new ones that i will make.”  You can see here quilt HERE.

Design Wall

This is Quilt #14 made from my Grandma’s fabrics.  I need to add a few borders and quilt it.  It’s an “Uneven 9 Patch.”  I know that I was getting really low on Grandma’s fabrics, but when I did my clean-up, I found this piece of yardage that I had been given years and years ago.  I know that it’s a true vintage fabric, not from just when I received it, but because it is only 35″ wide!

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A Feline Finish

This quilt showcases “cats”.  I started it earlier this year.  It will soon be on it’s way to an aunt that LOVES cats and needs some quilty love.

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Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:      9 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  81.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    37.8 yards  

UFO tally

I started the year with 47 UFO’s.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0

39 UFO’s left to complete

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Happy Quilting
Gail

 

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Sarah’s finish

I have been away in Alberta at a wonderful wedding and have not finished any quilts in the past few weeks.  (And yes, the bride & groom loved their quilt! See the quilt HERE)
However, my sister sent me this picture of a quilt made by a 16 year old friend, Sarah.  I am totally impressed with the colour choices that she used for the sashing and border!

Here’s what Sarah has to say:
Yes I made this quilt last year in the quilting 4-H project. The inspiration I had for this quilt was when our family would go down to the Kitchner area to visit relatives, I would always see tons of Mennonites and they have always fasinated me. I brought the quilt this year to the 4-H Regional Fair in Thorhild and won first place which I was really happy about. I also brought it to the Westlock quilters guild show last year. 
I would love for you to put it on your blog! I hope that it will motivate people of my generation to take up the hobby of quilting, a skill that has been slowly dying in the past few decades.
So Sarah – here’s your first quilt on my blog. I’m looking forward to featuring more of your quilts!  To my readers: Let me know when you show this quilt to other people of Sarah’s generation and I will pass it on to her.
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Link-ups

To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:

Happy Quilting
Gail

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