Thursday, October 1, 2015

More Baby Sewing...

I've been doing more baby sewing using my Featherweight.

The breast pads and washcloths are from the previous sewing session, but I made more.  I am experimenting with baby washcloths - 2 sides of flannel, OR one side flannel/one side terrycloth.  The burp cloths are one side flannel and one side terrycloth.


about a yard of flannel
about a yard of terrycloth
various colors of thread on old bobbins

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New sewing for babies...

Making more breast pads and some washcloths.

The breast pads are 3 layers of flannel and one layer of fleece.  The fleece faces out when in use. 

The washcloths are 2 ply - flannel and terrycloth, then topstitched.  I alternated machines by sewing with my Kenmore 19000 and the Singer Featherweight.


Multiple bobbins of various threads
About a yard of flannel
About a 1/2 yard of terrycloth

I've actually been sewing...just not posting!

Mostly clothing repairs as needed  - hemming up pants, repairing assorted items, a small amount of altered clothing (I don't know how to do much, but I can take in some things), repairing some quilts, and so on.

Oh, and my parents happened to be at an auction and got me this. I have coveted one since I first began quilting 25 or so years ago. For those of you who do not know, this is the holy grail of quilters...


Her group of machines was commissioned to be created on August 19, 1947 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she weighs 11 pounds, is 11 inches long, has all 6 of her original feet, her original manual and obviously, her original can of oil (39 cents!). Plus her carrying case and a bunch of extra goodies that go with her.Needless to say, I am thrilled.

I also made a couple more kitchen sets like the one pictured in the December 2014 post. 

I've been making a few other things, too.  I have nieces who are expecting babies, so I made breast pads because they will be breastfeeding, and burp cloths. 

Breast pads

A stack of burp cloths made on my new Featherweight!

I will be making more things for the babies, too.  



Several spools of thread
About 2 yards of various leftover flannels & yardsale receiving blankets. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

More Christmas gifts...

The red kitchen set for one of my kids. 

Triangle potholders, dishmat, potato bag, microwave cozies, hot mat, 9 patch potholders, and prairie point towels.


1 yard polka dot fabric
1 yard striped fabric
assorted small pieces of batting seamed together

Friday, November 14, 2014

Another old project...

I first started this project about 10 years ago. It got buried in a storage box, too.  It's a pattern, still available, from this company.

Everything was done except the decorative elements, quilting and binding.  

I used silver conchos on the belt, the necklace has real beads, and the basket's decorative braids have silver beads at the ends. 

I free-motion quilted the sky and the sand dunes, outlined quilted the cacti and woman. Did some crosshatch on the lowest cactus, too. The borders are stitched in the ditch. 

I didn't want to quilt the skirt or top - I washed the quilt so it'd wrinkle a bit, giving the skirt fabric authentic folds. 


All the fabrics used were scraps I had laying around, except the gray borders. 

The backing fabric was given to me by a neighbor many years ago. 

Used several bobbins of different colored threads for the quilting.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Old Project, finally finished...

Back when I first started getting serious about learning to quilt, I took a class to learn to make this specific quilt.  That was about 20 years ago. The quilt is from a Trudi Hughes quilt book.

Although I finished taking the class, I never finished the quilt because there were several flaws in my sewing, and it made the quilt wonky. It was also supposed to have an additional border to make it twin-size. The additional border was to be made up of 9 patches that matched the center of the hearts (so that's what that extra fabric was for!!).  

I had hand-quilted the entire middle when I discovered that it was supposed to have this extra border and that the back was all crooked. Being an inexperienced quilter at the time, I had no idea what to do, so I put it away to finish later.  

We then moved a couple times and the quilt ended up in storage.  The extra fabric for it ended up in different boxes. At one point, due to mice getting into our stored stuff, several boxes were thrown away due to the nasty mess they made. The extra fabric was part of that garbage. So now I had a to finish the quilt.  So I took the easy way out.  I put it back in a box and forgot it. 

Well, in my current quest to finish everything on my project list...this one came up. I decided to just finish it as is.  The entire center is hand-quilted around the hearts, the blocks and the first border. So, bind it, and stitch down the outer borders and call 'er done!  

As you can see by the sides, I ate up some of the blue flowered border by folding the wonky back over the front to make the border. 

It took me about half an hour to finish this quilt of Damocles that has been hanging over my head for 20 years!  LOL


1 quilt - DONE!