Sunday, February 19, 2012

2012 Week 7

This week found me making progress on my project in the For The Love Of Solids swap.

I was so inspired by all the beautiful creations in Jennifer's Ellison Lane Quilts Modern Mini Quilt Challenge blog hop.
Two that really stuck in my mind were Angela's Cut To Pieces mini, 
inspired by Sarah Jane fabrics and made for a swap.
Can you imagine receiving this beauty as your swap gift?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tweedledeedesigns/6894576799/
I love Annabella's Life's Rich Pattern improv piece, inspired by the quilts of Gees Bend.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/58545519@N05/6890568447/
I was so encouraged by Annabella's creation that I had to try some improv, too.
I decided this will be the backside of my FTLOS project, which is a sewing machine cover. 
Two very different styles, so my partner will actually get two gifts in one.

I did get it quilted yesterday and will be posting it later this week.
I'm contemplating two more QAL. 
I love the Granny Square QAL that Dana Old Red Barn Co has organized on Flickr.
I haven't picked fabrics for this one yet.
Lee's Freshly Pieced New York Beauty QAL has me excited to do more paper piecing.
I know I am going to make the NY Beauty in all solids using Oakshott shot cottons.
I'll be adding a few more pinks and blues to this Sunset selection.

I'm hoping to make progress on the Swoon quilt and finish my swap gifts this week.

Yesterday, Mr. R and I decided to look at my grandmother's antique sewing machine. I haven't looked at it for about 20 years. It has been under a pile of boxes in the garage. I'm going to use it as an art piece in my sewing room, once I get the room organized and begin the decorating process.
Does anyone know anything about this old machine? It's a treadle machine.
My guess is it's at least 100 years old.
We finished the weekend with a fun party with dear friends, dancing the night away.
Well, not the whole night, we were all tired and were home by 11pm.
I'm linking with Megan Canoe Ridge Creations.
and Sew Happy Geek

Sew Happy Geek

Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

10 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, you have been busy! Partying and sewing - I am SO envious! I love your solids piecing! I wish I was brave enough to attempt and succeed brilliantly, improv piecing! I love Annabella's solids mini too!

Flying Blind... said...

Loving those minis and your idea!
Try Googling the machine number - I located the Singer I found at a boot fair right down to its 1935 manufacture batch - real history xx

susan said...

I love that improv piecing of yours. It is brilliant and I would be thrilled if I was your partner in the swap.

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Loving you FTLOS piece. The little blocks look so great together!

Diane said...

I love your FTLOS projects! I will patiently wait for them to arrive on my door step. heehee. :) what a neat sewing machine too!

Annabella said...

Oooh, thanks for featuring my mini! And so happy to have inspired you to make such a lovely piece of improv. Can`t believe you have all those Oakshott shot cottons - your QAL is going to be amazing!

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, love your inspired improve, and that mini hop was amazing, wasn't it? Have fun with your projects for this week :o)

Geri Centonze said...

Bubka's sewing machine is so cool - definitely needs to be on display and not gathering dust!

Claire Jain said...

I like having one of my grandmother's sewing machines in my sewing room. Granted it's all kinds of 1980s shades of brown instead of your beautiful vintage machine. It's still nice to have around, though. Whenever I look on craigslist for sewing cabinets, tons of old machines like yours pop up in the search results. It's kind of sad. I'm glad yours gets to be an art piece!

Krista said...

neat old machine! I've got a 1960 new home. I love your solids blocks so far, that'll be a great quilt. those other minis are sure neat too!