Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Less Struggling...

Ok, I'm back on track thanks to Cindi last night. Apparently, there is a nice EYELET in my sweater now. Well, not exactly nice, but you know what I mean. I will have to do a repair job when I go to block the sweater. But that won't be until I'm done (har har). I'm hoping it disappears before I get to that point.

Needless to say, I'm sitting next to Cindi on the plane.

Her daughter, Brianna, is going with us. She's the nearly 17 year old. A very mature nearly 17 year old. Cindi said that Brianna is having a tough time trying to decide WHICH knitting project to bring. I told Cindi to tell Brianna not to bring anything. I will keep her busy all on my lonesome!!

And the other gal, Thelma, is going to be doing the exact same project I am doing. Too bad it's not the same color yard or I'd accidently mix up our projects, no? :)

Oh, and I heard from the pattern company last night about their mistake in the pattern. The gal sounded so sweet in her email. How is that possible? I think I sound like a horse in my emails to others. But I digress...She said that there are NO ERRORS in that pattern. That's it's exactly right. Now, I'm a beginner but I know it's wrong. And Cindi says it's wrong. We can't both be wrong, can we? I forwarded her email to Cindi. She's the final word.

We'll we're off tomorrow. I can hardly wait. I'm working today and it's going to be so BUSY I won't have time to think about knitting.

Take care!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Still Struggling...

Ok...one of the gals came by the house yesterday and told me to frog it. But she said to do it one stitch at a time. Like unknitting. It's called tink'ing. Tink is knit spelled backwards. (I am learning so much so quickly!)

So, I tinked yesterday afternoon. Took it out just back to the error and started again. When I had finished the row, I counted my stitches. 116. Great, right? Wrong. It's suppose to be 114. ARRGGHH.

So, I knitted/purled to where the extra two stitches were and knitted two together. No one will know but you and I. The error won't be seen as this piece is the back and I'm starting at the bottom and it's going to hang at my high hip. If anyone sees it...I have permission to smack them, right?

So...I'm knitting and purling along and all of a sudden, I see another funny stitch. Not funny ha-ha, funny strange. Great! I set it aside and do something else. Like call my psychiatrist. (KIDDING)

Tonight I am going to take it to Cindi and she will get me started again.

Rhonda told me that I'm doing an intermediate project and I am a self-declared beginner. So, I mentioned this to Cindi. She said yes, it's intermediate, but that I can do it. (Pray for me, Rhonda!)

You know...if others weren't taking THEIR knitting along and I would not have the undivided attention of three other experienced knitters on this trip....I would not be doing this.

...I think I can...I think I can...I think I can...

Sunday, October 4, 2009


I'm heading to Houston on Wednesday for the Houston Int'l Quilt Market. There are four of us ladies going...and we range in age from nearly 17 to 75! I am so looking forward to getting away, even though it may turn into a working vacation. Because we'll be buying goodies for the quilt shop.

Anyway, the ladies have all stated that they're taking their knitting along. Well, I hate being left out AND since all three of them are experts at knitting, this is actually the perfect time for me to start a project and take it along. I mean, I'll have three expert teachers at my beck and call. What could be better, you ask? Take a look at the project I've started. Here is a mistake already and the plane hasn't left the ground yet.

None of these ladies is available to me today, so I've been scouring the internet and found some really great knitting sites. After all that research, I believe the best course of action is to frog it. (knitting term meaning 'rip it'. I did not make that up!)

Below is another shot of the mistake. I don't know what happened. But it will need to be redone.

Here is the pattern I'm making with the yarn, too. It's merino wool, cashmere and silk. Sweet, no?

Like I said earlier, I am not an experienced knitter. But I was forced to email the company because this pattern is printed WRONG. It's a simple basket weave pattern. Knit 4, purl 4, etc. After 4 rows, you purl a row and then knit a row (on the right side of the sweater, it will look like two rows of purling). Then you have to look at what you did below and if you did 4 knits, then you have to do 4 purls. Hence the basketweave pattern. But what I gave you above is not the pattern that's printed in the book. I nicely pointed this out to the company and asked them to send me a corrected pattern, but I have yet to hear from them.
So, I'm heading in to my sewing room and will carefully FROG this out. The counting is difficult. After I've done my two rows of straight purl/knit, I have to begin counting to 4 again making sure that I'm doing the opposite pattern I've done below those two rows. The problem begins when I start my 2nd row of the pattern. I can't tell what my first row was. It's mildly frustrating. Good thing this is the lower back of the sweater. But still, I want it to be right.
I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dave's Quilt Part 3

Ten down, twenty to go. They are not too boring to do, but require alot of cutting.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Spiral Bonding

Weird title,huh?

Well, I got this pattern, ruler and great fabric and decided to take a break from Dave's quilt and sew up these spiral table runner thingys.

Here is one all done. This is the varigated thread I'm going to stipple it with tomorrow (cause we're off to the car races tonight).

And here is a large shot of it all done. I'm making two of them. One in these teal colors and the other in purple Asian fabrics. Now, normally, I dislike Asian fabric, but in this case I am making an exception.

Oh, the bonding part. I've had my Singer 222 since March and I haven't sewed much with it because it's seems stiff and not smooth at all. Husband said it's because it's in such pristine condition, that it isn't "broken in yet". So, I decided to remedy that.

I took it out the other day and oiled/lubed all the right spots and set it up next to my Bernina. I'm sewing with it to break it in and it actually is alot smoother than I remember. Here is the other colorway fabric I'm using for that spiral thing.

This tablerunner look simple, but actually they are not for the faint of heart. You need a long 10 degree ruler and then you've got to cut all these wedge shapes. Now I'm right handed, so the right hand side of the ruler and the top are easy. But trying to cut the left side of the ruler is not fun.
I guess after two of these, I'll be better at it.

Another shot of "Pete" (named for the man I bought him from). Now to just keep him out and sew with him often to loosen him up is just the trick I need.
Hope you are all having a great weekend. Our summer weather is holding on. Right now, 6:20pm, it's 90 degrees. Take care.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Dave's Quilt Part 2

First block done. I've bagged the flying geese ruler Cindi gave me. (She doesn't read my blog, so I think I'm pretty safe). I'll tell her why I didn't like it in person.

I used my "Square in a Square" ruler instead. This block has SIX flying geese in it.

If you double click and see it's a little wonky, don't worry. It will be sewn straight into a quilt top and won't look wonky there. Thankfully.

Twenty-nine more to go...oh boy FUN.

I also am wondering about doing all those half-square triangles for the sashing. I may come up with something else.

Cousin Dave's Quilt, Part 1

I know, I know...it's been ages since I blogged last. That's only because I've been working on some quilts for a friend's QUILT BOOK that she is writing and I can't show you here what I'm doing. But how lucky am I to get to sew the book's samples!!

But, in the meantime, one of my favorite cousins contacted me and wanted me to make him a quilt. He had one made by our grandmother and was describing it to me at our yearly family reunion. I never got one, but he and several of my cousins did. (I was on the younger end of the crowd and only 6 when she died). From what I gather, her quilt was probably 4 inch squares all sewn together and tied with yarn. Nice and sentimental, but boring.

So, I sent Cousin Dave a TON of quilt photos to see what he wanted. He chose the one above. Hopefully, not for it's name.

Next, I determined I had all this fabric in my stash. YEAH! The only problem is is that this quilt is only 36 x 42 inches and won't cover Cousin Dave by much. The blocks are only 9 inches square. So, I asked my quilt shop owner, Cindi, to redo the math. She can do this so easily it's sickening. Anyway, she redid the block so they're 12 inches square and even graciously gave me a flying geese ruler to use. Sweet!

So, Cousin Dave....the above photo is the beginning of your quilt. Double click on any photo you see in my blog to make it larger. (Sorry, it's a bit blurry when you enlarge it) It's a long weekend and I'm starting today. I finished up TWO quilt tops yesterday for the quilt book, so now I'm sewing for myself...er...for you.
I actually can't wait to get started...so I'm off and running. Take care everyone.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bindings and Batiks

Well, I took Friday off from work to do some serious sewing without DH around the house. In the process, I discovered how really wonderful my 1941 Singer 201-2 sewing machine is for attaching binding to quilts. Remember, you can double click on the picture to enlarge it.

This quilt was a lot of fun to make. I found the pattern in a magazine. They had done two quilts, one in all green batiks and one in all orange batiks. I thought, hmmm...I've got a lot of those blue batiks in my stash. This is the result. I will make more of this style of quilt. I may even try using up scraps to make it look really wild!

And here is my baby with that blue batik quilt. I'm attaching the binding and I can't describe how smoothly and quietly that machine hums along. And having it inserted in it's cabinet with the extension to the left makes all the difference in the world.

Here is a wider shot of that machine and quilt. Really fun. If any of you are "bitten" by the vintage Singer bug (Debbie), I heartily recommend a Singer 201-2. It has the potted motor which means no belts. Totally gear driven. I will be leaving this machine in my will, as it is going to certainly outlast me.

Here is my machine with my second batik quilt that needed binding. This pattern is called Stash Box Quilt. Very fun, again, except using different colored squares. This quilt would look great in any fabric. I just like the batiks. And think about it using a lighter colored sashing instead of the black. Very cool. Also, double click on this photo and get a good look at that 1/4 inch foot. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best one on the market. None of my narrow-feed-dog-Singers mind it at all. (Note to self: buy another one in slant style)

A larger shot of that quilt on my machine. What a joy.

Some ask me why I quilt so much. Easy answer: my job is extremely stressful and this is my "release".

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Treadle Trouble

Lookie what I got today. DH got this at a yard sale near Spokane. He surprised me with it when he got home.

It's a 1937 Singer 15-88 treadle sewing machine.

Because it's a class 15 treadle, it has REVERSE! Yippee.

As you can see the cabinet it not in great shape. I may swap this machine out for my class 66 treadle cabinet. Then sell the 66.

I will have to wait until I sew with it. It spins freely right now, but does need cleaning. The decals are in great shape, though.

Now to go find that eBay seller and get another belt. Debbie...these things are addicting AND multiplying!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Machines Everywhere!

The herd so far. I think it's fifteen and counting.

Above is my 1927 Singer model 66 treadle.

And here is my "second" sewing room. All three machines with cabinets put in there. It's a very small space but much appreciated. From left to right and forefront is my 1941 Singer 201-2, my 1961 Singer 500A (Rocketeer) and the 1927 Singer 66 treadle (shown above).

Old faithful, my Bernina 150QE. Totally faithful. But one day she will die and I doubt I'll replace her with another computerized machine. I'm simply having too much fun with these mechanical Singers that I can fix myself. So long Bernina dealer (and tons of money), hello DIY!

Another machine I reach for time and time again, my 1951ish Singer 301A. It's almost always on the table next to the Bernina.

This baby is the newest to the herd. A 1922 Singer 99K. No big deal, right? They made millions of them, right? But wait! This one is special. She's one in 8,000 made in 1922 that's made out of aluminum. I haven't done all the research yet, so I don't know how many aluminum 99's are out there. But I have a hunch 1922 was the only year. Just don't quote me on that yet. I haven't cleaned her up. This is how she came with a nice bentwood case with the Singer decal on the lid. Her base needs a little gluing, but so what? She's as light as a feather. Can't wait to dig in and rewire her. She's def. going to need it.

And last...the ensemble. From left to right, my 1961 Singer 222 (freearm), Whitey the 1964 Singer 221 featherweight, the 1954 Singer featherweight I inherited from my mother and a centennial featherweight I am fixing to sell.
I know. That's no where near the fifteen I listed at the beginning. But it's a herd. And they all have a good home and are all being used.

I posted this because Debbie recently acquired a great 1916 Singer 66 treadle (the Red Eye) and we've been emailing each other about care/cleaning. It's gotten me totally excited about my machines again. Not that I never was excited about the herd, but you know what I mean. Keep an eye on her blog for updates on how she's coming along with that machine. Phew, was her machine a mess! Keep cleaning, Debbie, and enjoy!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


I finally got into my blog backpage and did some managing that was long overdue. While doing so, I discovered I had a follower. And I discovered I could add my follower to my sidebar.

Charisma. Isn't she the cutest! I know I'm not popular and I know I just have a very small circle of friends, it's true. And I know Jesus loves me. But come on. It's great to know I have ONE follower!

She's my best girlfriend. Charisma~you're the greatest. Happy Mother's Day to you. :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Happy Easter everyone! And what a special Easter this is, too.

To update you on my friend, Janet, from my previous post...there is much to celebrate. God has been so good to her and so faithful to us who have been praying.

Yesterday, the doctors warmed her up to regular body temperature.
Today, they removed her from the ventilator. She is breathing on her own!

They removed the sedation and she was able to talk. She recognized and knew everyone who was there to see her in the hospital and she could recall birthdates when asked!!!

PHEW!!! Thank you Jesus. Janet is over a HUGE hurdle and on the road to recovery. And thank you to those who prayed with me. I appreciate it.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Prayer Request

I don't normally do this sort of thing on my blog, but rules were meant to be broken.

This morning I received word that my closest girlfriend from my office went into full cardiac arrest last night. Blessedly, her two teenage daughters called 911 and were able to begin CPR on her until the ambulance arrived. She was airlifted to a Spokane hospital and is there in ICU.

The doctors are keeping her body temperature at 93 degrees until they can assess the damage. The latest update (3pm today) is that she opened her eyes, recognized her husband, and teared up at the sight of him. GREAT NEWS!

So, this is for all your pray-ers out there. Her name is Janet and we are praying for Jesus' healing touch on her body and for peace of mind for her family. After all, He is the Great Physician. Currently, Janet is on two church prayer chains in our area.

Also, the doctors are going to begin warming her up tomorrow. Maybe this Easter we'll see a real resurrection.

Thank you and Happy Easter.
Janet--I love you.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Yesterday I was at my local quilt shop and saw this pattern. I *had* to have it. My g/f working there asked how much I would charge her for making her this wallet. I said I would only charge her the cost of the pattern. After all, I *had* to have it, remember?

So, I walked out with the pattern to preread it and get ready to sew one up for her. She's still deciding on her fabric, but she had picked some great MOD fabric out. We'll see what she finally comes up with. If you're using only one fabric for the whole thing, it takes 3/4 yard and four zippers.

So, I went home and sewed this one up for myself out of some batiks I had in my stash.

It was a learning experience and I'm really glad I had an opportunity to sew it up for me before I worked on g/f's good fabric. Below is a shot of it loaded with my stuff.

It has two zippered pockets on the outside and one zippered pocket on the inside and all those places for holding your plastic and a open flap inside for money. Plus, the black thingy you see on the left is fold over elastic used to hold a pen in place. (It was all I had in the way of elastic). Oh, and that zipper is hand stitched in. Argh. But I didn't see a way to sew it in with machine. That is, until I looked closer and got to the second one below.

So, in my last post, you saw the cute purse I made for another g/f. Well...here is HER wallet made from the same fabric as her purse. I have to add bling and the hot iron is heating while I'm typing this. I hope she likes it. We're having lunch on Tuesday. I'll find out then. Be listening about noonish PDT for a really loud squeal. That will be Charisma.

Here is her's open. Hers went much faster and nicer than mine did. So, now I'm all prepared for g/f #1's good fabric. This zipper is stitched in. I hand basted it in and then stitched in the ditch from the topside. Then I hand picked the ends in and covered them with a fabric tab. It does finish the zipper ends nicely.

I haven't been feeling well this weekend. Sore and scratchy throat. We're going to be down a gal in the office this week, too, because of Spring break so I can't get sick. Pray.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Latest Projects

Last weekend a good friend told me about a lady who had called her wanting a "black Singer" machine cleaned and tension adjusted. My friend thought of me for this job and gave me the lady's contact information. I phoned her up and went to her home and picked up her Singer 221 Featherweight. I gave it a thorough cleaning! I believe it was covered in nicotine gunk. Anyway, in the course of my cleaning, I took the foot controller apart because two of the rubber base mounts were broken.

This is what I found inside the foot controller! You might not be able to tell from the picture, but the tip of this feather is the prettiest shade of light blue. She must have owned a parakeet at one time, huh?

And I was enabled by another great friend to buy the buttonholer you see attached to my 222k. This is a special buttonholer that was only marketed in the UK and Australia. So, I bought this one from the UK a few weeks ago and cleaned it up and tried it out. It makes great buttonholes and WITHOUT the cams. You simply dial the size you want. Besides the nice buttonholes, it simply looks great on my featherweight.

And at my quilting club meeting last Wednesday night, I won the drawing for the cutest pink fat quarter set. Since they're really not my colors, I immediately thought of a girlfriend and how they are perfect colors for her. So, if she's reading my blog (which I think she does), then she already knows what she's getting for her birthday in August. If she IS reading this and wants it sooner than August, she'll have to tell me and I could be persuaded to get it to her before then.

I added bling, as you can see, to the purse. My g/f is all about pink and bling. Notice the fabric covered button. That was a first for me, too.

And here is the whole purse.

Well, I promised to blog more often and so far it's not happening, is it? Oh well. Life simply gets in the way. But these are a few of my latest projects.

Oh, and my post wouldn't be complete without (again-because I already called her) wishing my beautiful daughter, Adrian, a Happy 23rd Birthday. Love you Adrian!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Toys

WOW, I have recently acquired some great toys, huh?

Meet Whitey! Well, what else am I going to call her???
She is a 1964 white Singer Featherweight and boy is she ever smooth to sew with.
She's not without her blemishes, but I think it just adds to her character. What a sweet machine! (double click on the photos to enlarge)

And this one! This 1961 Singer 222K is a recent purchase from a friend in Canada. I haven't officially named him yet, but I'm thinking Pete (from the previous owner). What do you think?

Yesterday, I was sewing with Pete for the first time. I had cream colored cotton thread in the needle and the same thread in the bobbin. I was sewing two small cream colored blocks together and when I finished the seam, I cut the threads and checked the bobbin stitching. Lo and Behold...there was a royal blue thread in with my cream stitching. Now how did that happen?

So, Pete got the "spa" treatment. I had to remove his bobbin case assembly completely to get out the other threads that were stuck behind it. Once that was done, he got a complete oiling/lubing and now he's humming right along nicely.

Whitey came with a nice, clean, odor-free case and 3 extra bobbins and a bobbin case. Her foot pedal is hardwired into the machine. And it's not one of those Singer button foot controllers either. It's one of the wider clamshells that came with the Touch and Sew's.

Pete came with all his attachments in a red vinyl case, the manual, the embroidery hoop for the 222K, and a Greist buttonholer. His carrying case is also in great shape and has the red plastic tray attached to the side.
Both are great investments besides being totally fun to sew with. They join my inherited 1954 Singer featherweight, a 1961 Singer 301A, a 1961 Singer 500A (rocketeer) in a desk, a 1947 (pristine) Singer 15-91 and a Bernina 150QE.

Question: Am I done collecting antique Singers? I don't think so, but don't tell my husband!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

WOW! I've been nominated for this award. I'm speechless...well, not totally! Eyelets in the Seams awarded this to me. How utterly sweet of her and what a TOTAL shock! And I admit to feeling somewhat shamefaced. You see, I had forgotten that she HAD a blog and therefore, there was no link on my blog to hers. Situation resolved. Thank you, Michele. I promise to blog more often, too! ;)

So - Here are the rules of the award (copied from my presenter's blog) ~ 1. Copy the award to your site - 2. Link to the person from whom you received the award - 3. Nominate 7 (gulp...seven??? Are you sure???) other bloggers - 4. Link to those on your blog - 5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominated. In no particular order I present this award to:

1. Made by Amanda because she inspires me.
2. Our Family because she's my best girlfriend.
3. Gooch and Sophie. Now I've got to tell you about this blog. I found this link on Debbie Cook's site, Stitches and Seams. These two boston terriers photograph so funny, it makes my sides hurt. I've spent many an hour laughing at these two dogs. Hysterical!! Check out their Halloween photos if you don't believe me.
4. After the Dress . I love her Friday feedback. Lots of times I respond and she always acknowledges it the following Thursday. Cool!
5. Rhoto's Rag. What can I say? A good friend with a huge heart.
6. Wooly in Washington because we collect the same thing: Sheep! Except hers have to be fed.
7. Phew...can't believe I made it this far. I mean, I have some "famous" bloggers on my list and I doubt they would be interested in an award from me...but here goes. Number 7 is Quiltville. My alltime favorite blog to read. I love her scrap quilts. What inspiration and I've made several from her patterns that she freely gives on her site.

Thanks again, Michele!!