Saturday, April 19, 2014

Quilted runner class at the Linden Tree

Hey there Sisters,

This is a Quilt as you go style runner I taught in a class at The Linden Tree.  It is a simple design and we were able to customize it as to size so it would fit the space she had in mind for it.  If I remember correctly this is about 16" x 30"

Quilt as you go runner using Joel Dewberry fabrics.  Photo by Judy Peterson.
 We had a little fun making sure the birds were right side up and not cut in two in any of the strips.

Closeup with matching bowl. Photo by Judy Peterson.
This was a two hour class with homework and we met twice to give her time for sewing between learning the techniques.  It is always interesting for first time quilters to meet the scant 1/4 inch seam.

Thank you Judy for sending me pictures of the finished item


Monday, April 7, 2014

Singer Model 66 with Lotus decals

Model 66 with Lotus decals, commissioned March 27, 1906
Yes, I went to an estate sale this weekend.  It had a sewing machine cabinet just like the one I bought 40 years ago for my Bernina 831.  I was curious what was in it.  I went on the second day and the cabinet was gone so I never found out what was in it, but I did find this in the basement.

Faceplate in 'before' condition.
Luckily I had requested my husbands attendance and so I had someone there for heavy lifting.   Jeni's rules are go the last day and there was one more day left but I was fighting a cold and just said I will pay the (63.25) price and the heck with it. At least it was 25% off the 80.00 they were asking.

Metalwork in 'after' condition. 
Serial number H306605
From the back.  I am thinking I will remove the motor and make this a handcrank.
There is a handcrank in the future for this machine.  I think it will be nice looking although the decals in the front where the fabric slides over the metal are well worn.  The rest of the decals are very good for 108 years old.
Side mounting feet, not the back mounting ones usual for a 66
Included with the machine was a Singer cardboard box, in good condition, with a nice assortment of attachments, two packages of needles (11 and 14)  and a personal note from the original owner.

In threading bobbin run thread across (drawing)
Always cut bias tape at an angle before starting.
Always put self binding through large opening
Loosen large screw for small stitch.
Words of advice are always appreciated.