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".


Debbie Cook said...

Now you just STOP it, would you!! LOL! That machine is gorgeous. It looks almost brand new. The quilts, of course, are beautiful too. I think my fav is the brights with the black borders. I like the contrast.

I'm still trying to work out in my head a new sewing room arrangement so I can bring the treadle in to join the pack ... and be near the iron. I've got the side-clamping bar on it now and am ready to try out some attachments.

meredithp said...

Poor Debbie, being called out like that :-) What brand/source is your 1/4" foot? Why do you particularly like that one?

Your quilts are beautiful. Like collecting vintage machines, I'm trying to *never* start quilting. Just what I need: another whole "genre" of fabric to stash.

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Rhoto said...

Beautiful blue quilt, Donna ;)
Soft hug,
Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

catspec said...

The quilt and the machines - BEAUTIFUL! your color sense is so good. :)