WIP: Treadle Sewing Machine Table Makeover

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Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Transferring a Design from The Graphics Fairy with Carbon Paper

Tracing Graphics Fairy Design

WIP: Treadle Sewing Machine Table Makeover

WIP: Letting the Paint Cure

It’s still a work in progress, but I love it already!  I’m waiting for the paint to cure so that I can seal it and begin getting to know the treadle sewing machine.  (I’ve named her Mildred Nell, after my Grandma who used a treadle machine.)

The paint color is Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Eulalie’s Sky.  As you can see, in different lighting the color can look like a pale blue or more of a mint green.  It’s a lovely vintage shade that looks right at home with the spools of green and blue thread found in one of the drawers.  Don’t hate me for painting an antique!  For much of it’s life, this table wasn’t stored in ideal conditions.  It was a perfect candidate for paint.

The graphics are from The Graphics Fairy.  Check out her section on Transfer Methods for tips on resizing and getting your design on your surface.

I’ll share more photos once it’s done!

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WIP: Deer Baby Quilt

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Deer Quilt in Progress

Deer Quilt, Medium Tone Added, Not Yet Sewn

My current work in progress is a sweet little deer baby quilt.  I’ll post more about it when it’s finished, but I thought you might like a peek of how it looks right now.  In the last photo, the medium tone fabric isn’t yet sewn down, it’s just laying on the white.  (Oh, what a challenge that is going to be!)  There will be one more layer of darker fabric to add a little more detail and dimension.

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“What Does the Quilt Shop Do to Your Quilts?”

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Healing Quilt Top Stained Glass Look

Healing Quilt Top Side

The “Healing” quilt top is pieced and ready to be dropped at the quilt shop!  A friend of mine asked what the quilt shop does to my quilts that I can’t do at home (and my husband has asked at least five times), so just in case you’ve wondered, too … they have a long arm sewing machine, very different from what I sew on at home, that makes the quilt making process much easier.  I found these pictures licensed for creative commons use from Stephanie Vacher on Flickr.  The backing, batting and quilt top are rolled onto bars, and the machine itself moves back and forth across the quilt.

long-arm sewing machine

From this angle, you can see the big roll of batting (below) that feeds between the front and back of the quilt.

long-arm sewing machine

The machines can either be pre-programmed with a quilting design or the quilter can guide the machine by hand.  I love this colorful shot by Open Threads!

Quilting Machine

Here’s the Lava Meets Sea quilt freshly quilted and not yet cut away from the excess batting and backing.

Kim's Quilt Ready to Bind

This is so much easier than quilting at home, carefully laying out the backing, batting and top on the floor and pinning them together so they won’t shift as you jam them through your sewing machine. (More creative commons photos by Jessy Roos and athenamat.)  At this point, the weight and volume of the quilt become factors as well.  While you try to keeping sewing just where you mean the stitches to go, gravity pulls your heavy quilt off the table to the floor.   Meanwhile, the size of the quilt makes it difficult to fit through the arm of the sewing machine.  It is a great workout for your arms, but it doesn’t make for easy, relaxing sewing.

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Quilting at the Urban Qulting League

My personal policy is that anything larger than a baby quilt can go to the quilt shop.  I know many quilters who love quilting on their home machines, I’m just not one of them.  So as much as I loved piecing the Healing quilt, I’ll take it to Phyllis at my local shop, Quilts by Phyllis, for the actual quilting.

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Just Keep Stitching …

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Kaori's Hugs and Kisses Quilt Top

This weekend I finally finished Kaori’s Hugs and Kisses quilt top!  I tried to keep it “flowery” while throwing in lots of other fun prints.  And I do love sunshine through a quilt top!

Light Through Kaori's Hugs and Kisses Quilt

This morning I pulled out the new-but-vintage sheet I meant to use as backing so I could pop it in the wash before taking it to the quilt shop.  Just then I realized that the quilt is a block too wide for this sheet.  Arg!!  I really love the backing sheet, too, a sweet sky blue with white and yellow daisies.  Now to decide between shopping or using another backing I have on hand, navy blue with white circles.  Hmm.  It’s not the look I intended, but the circles and deep, calm blue might make a nice contrast to the sharp edges and riot of color on the front.

This morning I also started stitching down the petals on my big flower pillow top.  Hopefully the rough edges of the applique will ruffle up and hide my very imperfect stitches.  Because GEESH.

Stitching Pillow Petals

As with every other project, I’ll just keep stitching and see how it turns out!

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WIP: Just More Sewing

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Yeesh, what a morning!  My vacuum cleaner has given up and my email was hacked.  I also realize I haven’t shown much of my sewing progress here lately, so I thought I’d pull a few photos from Instagram to share here.  (I’m coopcrafts there if you want to be friends.  :) )  Sometimes working on a quilt takes up all my crafting time, but progress is measured slowly and it seems like I’m just showing the same thing, over and over again.  I like the process but worry that it makes for tedious posts.  Instagram makes me feel like it’s OK to share those in-the-moment bits.

Needed More Blues

Messy Process

I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends

Lava Meets Sea

Lava Meets Sea in Progress

This one is for my best friend and I can’t wait to see it finished!  I think it may be my favorite quilt yet.

OK, I think I need a bit more coffee and maybe for nothing else to break for a while.

sarahsigres

In Progress Binding Photos Make Me Happy

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Binding Baby's Quilt

In progress binding photos make me happy, probably because it means the quilt is nearly done.  I’m just loving this little quilt, and I hope it will make its future tiny owner very happy!

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WIP: An Ombre Quilt Top Finished

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Ansley's Quilt Top Finished

No time to quilt it today, but I did get the top pieced.  There will even be a similar-but-different doll quilt that carries on the ombre effect for the baby’s older sister.

Ansley's Quilt Top and Skylar's Doll Quilt Top

If only my arms were longer, you could see more!  The pink and green remind me of watermelon or roses, both of which are welcome this time of year.

Ansley's Diamonds Back Side of Quilt Top

And I always love the stained glass effect of a quilt top viewed from the back.  Even on such an overcast day, it just makes me happy.  The pattern of neatly pressed seams with the light filtering through is the reward of a job well done!  (Well, you probably have to sew to understand that one.)

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