31 July 2014

Dutch blocks...

Many moons ago, I started making Dutch inspired blocks, with the intention of making a quit for my Grandma and Grandad. Unfortunately, my Grandad passed away a few years ago, and I lost interest. While cleaning up, I found them again and decided to make a couple more blocks and turn it into a wall hanging. With the addition of the embroidery, it would be too risky to use as a proper quilt...

Slight problem, though... I couldn't find the rest of the background fabric I had used, so I bought as close a match as I could find and made 2 more blocks - the clog and the tulip. My original clog blocks went on the scrap heap, as the colours were just plain wrong.

Anyhow, after some math (I hate math!!) I worked out how to economise with the limited fabric I had. Seems to have worked ok, so far! Not enough for binding, though, but I think I could use a blue to frame it? Will have to check Spotlight tomorrow...

27 July 2014

Pinky done!!

I finished the pink bow tie quilt. Yay for me!! ;)

This one is show quality, so I will save it for Canning in November. Fully machine made, quilted in the ditch, binding turned to the front and topstitched close to the edge. Finished size 86cm x 68cm - doll quilt size.....

The back is a printed check, which is awful. The print is wonky, so even though it's cut on the grain it looks crooked. It is so soft, though, and I don't think it's gonna matter in this instance....

23 July 2014

More bow ties!

Since the blue bow tie quilt was so quick and easy, I thought I would do another one - in pink this time! Also did all the centres the same, just to see how it goes.

Just laid them out for a quick look, and so far, I like it! I will definitely trim these before I stitch them though. Last time I was out a bit and it ended up a bit longer on one side - I don't think the baby it's going to is going to care... ;)

I have used a combination of quilting cotton, checks and flannelette. All are cotton, just different weights, so we'll have to see how that turns out. Will reposition the blocks until I'm happy, but it's going to work out nicely.

11 July 2014

A new machine!!

I was given another mini machine - with its box and instructions!! I am stoked!

The box is a bit beat up, but isn't she a beauty? Inside, the machine itself is a variation of the Panoramic shown on the cover. It's a plain white version with the same model number as the Panoramic I already have that looks EXACTLY like the cover! What are the odds??

Also in the box is the instruction book and a fold out brochure. It's AWESOME! So very 50's/60's! Its hard to date these because there is no dates on the book, box or machines. Will need to Google to find some more info....

Inside the instruction book is all the how to's, plus some simple items to make. 

It also includes all the details for loading the bobbin, using the winder and threading the needle. All the info I never knew about! This is quite the important document.

The foldout brochure is in French, but appears to be promoting a doll - or maybe the clothes? I don't speak French... Again Google could be my friend on this one. ;)

The biggest differences I notice between my gold Panoramic and the white one is the presser foot. The gold one is all metal, but the other is plastic. I also compared it to my orange edition, and it, too, has the plastic foot. Interesting, yes?? Apart from that, they are identical. (Gold in the middle, orange to the left and white on the right)

Final point of note, the spool holder on the orange looks like an attachment. It simply has a screw that goes in where the single spool holder sits. 

So, each one is slightly different. The gold one is most complete, since it has it's winding handle, but each has its own personality. I can't part with any of them! :)