Monthly Archives: February 2013

New Toys = Progress

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With winter dragging on it is a great time to hunker down and get some quilting done.  Especially those darn WIP’s that seem to be continually piling up!  So that is what I have been doing.  And, the job has certainly been a lot easier thanks to my newly acquired quilt frame and Pfaff machine.  It took me a good long time to get the frame put together, hook up the stitch regulator and get the whole system operating correctly – but once I did, boy what a breeze to get a queen size quilt finished off!

Up and running!

Up and running!

I don’t have a true longarm machine – more of a mid-sized throat- so I can’t really move very far vertically over the surface, which is a bit limiting, but for my purposes this set up makes me very, very happy!!!  This quilt for Ansley’s bedroom in the new house is now finished  – except for the binding- and I am hoping to knock that out over the next day or two.  Tierney is ready to load on her first quilt this afternoon and test out the new machine as well so I am going to have to go and get my mess picked up and get the Ole Pfaff oiled up!

I have also been making some progress on a new quilt. Liberty Fields, from the Material Obession book by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Feilke.  I wish I had the Liberty Fields fabric, but sadly I don’t – so I am making it in a gray and yellow palette of fabrics that I have been collecting for a long time.  I think it is going to look nice and soft when it is all put together.

A few Ohio Stars and lots more cutting to come

A few Ohio Stars and lots more cutting to come

I am also getting ready to start teaching the 11 yr. old daughter of an acquaintance how to sew.  She is interested in fashion design so her mother, who doesn’t know the first thing about sewing, has agreed to pay me for lessons!  Finally, a little money coming in the door!!! (not much, admittedly, but it might at least pay for a little fabric and thread now and then)

And finally, we are starting to gear up for the spring season at the farm.  I have started some of my transplants.  Tomatoes, peppers, basil, broccoli, and cauliflower are under the lights so far.  I have a couple more trays of veggies I want to get going this week and DoubleP wants to do a few trays of flowers.  Won’t be long now ’til we are out digging in the dirt and the quilting will have to get put away for awhile.  Looking forward to getting outside again tho – so can’t complain too much!

Transplants are started!

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Another finish for Friday!

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I am so excited to have another finish for 2013.  The Scrappy Trip-along. It isn’t all that big – I have to admit that I got a little tired of making these blocks, but I do like the way the quilt turned out. And it is a great little piece to keep on the back of the couch in my bedroom so I can curl up under it and watch the final episode of this seasons Downton Abbey.

A scrappy trip-along

A scrappy trip-along

See what I mean!

See what I mean!

I quilted diagonals in both directions through the squares and then did small dense loops in the borders.  The binding is a fun colorful stripe that I picked up this last week on the Quilt Shop Hop.  I found it in the discount section at the second store – with a 50% markdown!  Yea!!

The Shop Hop was lots of fun – Although I didn’t win any of the prizes (Alas – I was really looking forward to the 200 fat quarters!) but my sister came in from Iowa and she and my mother enjoyed a couple of afternoons touring around the western suburbs of Chicago.  And of course we bought lots of fabric.  Here is some of what I picked up

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But best of all – I got a new toy!  One of the shops had a number of rebuilt sewing machines – some very old antiques and some fairly new models – and my wonderful husband allowed me to purchase one of these beauties !  A Pfaff GrandQuilter – with a frame and stitch regulator!!

My new toy!!

My new toy!!

It is about four years old and was a great deal.  I used it on the borders of the scrappy trip-along quilt and it was sooooo much easier to use than my Janome.  I haven’t gotten the frame or stitch regulator yet but they should be arriving any day now.  There will be LOTS of quilting going on when they arrive!!  My daughter has two finished tops, I have one with another one its way and my sister has a at least a dozen!  Guess you know where you’ll find me for the next couple of weeks… 

BRRRRRRRRRR…….

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Really SO cold here today.  I was sitting at my machine piecing some blocks with two pairs of socks on and my feet were still cold.  This being with my thermostat saying it is 71 degrees in the house!  My kitchen is freezing!  Being on the north side of the house and full of nearly floor to ceiling windows is not a good combo on a day when the high is in the single digits!  The stone floor and fireplace don’t help either….

So glad that I went out yesterday to take my first ever quilt top to the longarm quilters!  I blogged about this quilt back in March of last year – Googely Eyes. I am excited to finally be getting it finished.  Don’t know why I waited so long.  Guess other projects kept jumping the line!

 

Got all of the seeds ordered and on their way for the garden this spring and dug some compost out of our backyard composter to stick them in.  Now just need to get the grow lights set up and our veggies will be  on their way.  Looking into building a small greenhouse out of recycled windows for next season.  The guy that built our house for us is currently working on a remodel for a guy who manages all window replacements for the local HomeDepot so hopefully we can use him as a source and get the windows for nothing.  FUN!