quilts, treadle sewing machines, crochet, watercolor, dogs, & other fun stuff

New Year, Old UFOs!

I’ve been trying to finish up a couple of old UFO quilting projects, lately.  There are so many other new projects I’d like to start, but the backlog of UFOs was weighing on my conscience.  I’ll feel better with some of the old WIPs wrapped up and scratched of that mental list.   – – – […]

Welcoming the Juki into the Fold

There’s a new sewing machine in the house!  And this time it’s an actual new machine, not a “new” vintage machine.   I bought my “old” computerized sewing machine– a Brother Designio DZ2400– during a Black Friday sale in 2014.  It’s been a good machine, and it’s still going pretty strong.  So much so that I’m […]

Progress on the Crumbs and Words Quilt

No, still not finished, but making progress.  Every bit counts!   This isn’t quite where I left it: But it’s close!   Let’s back up a bit… Last time, I’d just finished putting the top and bottom padding/margins on the individual words.  After that, I put in the spacers between the words.  (I think it was something […]

Welcome, Singer 15!

There’s a new old sewing machine in the house.   That is, a new-to-me vintage sewing machine.   It’s been here in the house for a while, actually, but what with one thing and another, I haven’t gotten around to writing about it until now.   Okay!  Confession:  I actually wrote most of this blog post back in […]

Diamond Painting (FO and a New One)

I finished a larger-than-usual (for me) diamond painting, since last time.  There wasn’t much left to do, after I filled in most of it while Donald was travelling in July.  (He went to a figure-painting show in the Netherlands, then visited his family in Sweden.)  I needed a break from it, so set it aside.  […]

Sea Glass, String HSTs, and Magnifier

I’m back, and it hasn’t even been a month since the last entry!  😁 Nothing new is finished, but I have a few photos to share. First up, here are the string blocks waiting to become HSTs.  I’ve made sure to use a wide strip in the center, since that’s where they’ll be cut in […]

Words and Strings

As mentioned in the last entry, I’ve reached the point in the crumb quilt where I needed to jump in and start piecing letters and words.  The first few words’-worth 😜 of letters went pretty well, I think.  Then I thumped over a speed bump and slowed right down.   It might have been that those […]

The Minnesota Comes to Alabama

Warning! 😉 This is a particularly long blog post.  It’s essentially everything I know and want to remember about a new-to-me sewing machine, so it probably has a lot more information than anyone else (except possibly a budding fan of vintage sewing machines) would ever want or need.  Tl;dr version:  I bought a treadle sewing machine […]

A Tale of Two Tapes

While trimming down a batch of string squares (not many more to sew!), it occurred to me that I could share a couple of tape-related tips here on the blog.  (Something to fill in the gap until I get around to taking a few photos for the next project-related post.) These aren’t ground-breaking, cutting-edge ideas […]

Craft Room Chit Chat

I have finished objects to share, but they are mostly doilies that still need blocking and photographing.  Soon, I hope. Meanwhile, just to get back in the groove of uploading photos and blogging, there are some random craft-related photos I’ve yet to share. – – – – – – – The first topic is related […]