Greetings from a Sunny mild South Texas Day! FINALLY! What a winter we have had and those in the North East have really suffered. Maybe stable Spring weather will arrive by April and stay with us for awhile. Of course Spring time brings out the “let’s get with the Spring Cleaning Program”…… OK – done enough of that! Darryl is still with us and on Good Friday – 3 April – Hubby Clay will have surgery to fuse 2 herniated discs that are pressing on his spinal cord in his neck. He will be fine. ME? I am back up and running at 100% (well maybe a little pain every now and then) but I am walking my 2 miles each day plus more and cleaning the house – so I consider my Radio Frequency treatments, new braces, and correcting the 1/2” difference between my right and left leg a resounding success! Nurse Nanny will be up and running for the recovery time for Clay.
Then we have wonderful Daylight Savings Time (DST) – something that I have deep negative feelings for. I am trying to adjust, but it still takes me about a week or so before I do. I wish Texas would opt out of it. I have a friend who loves it but then she still teaches so I do not blame her for not wanting to come home in the dark! I just want to stay on Mother Nature’s time-table. When we go to Sierra Vista AZ for the winter, we stay on Texas time so the body clock doesn’t become confused. It is a hoot because we go by 2 clocks since Arizona does not do DST. If we arrive in October – we go to bed at 8PM and get up at 4AM – according to our body clocks and Clay can talk to his Ham Radio guys – Texas Time! Then in November we are only 1 hour ahead of Arizona and we get to go to bed at 9PM and get up at 5AM AZ time. Funny Funny Funny – what nuts we are sometimes.
OK – here we go on quilting projects. I have moved things around in the main room of my Studio to make room for a 1950’s Singer 401a sewing machine – yup – figured if Uncle Sam needs some money, I wanted to spend some. I have been monitoring the Vintage machines for sale on Ebay, but yesterday I stumbled on to Etsy and found a great Pristine Singer 401a machine and after 6 hours of debating I bit the bullet and purchased it. I blame this acquisition on Bonnie Hunter. I began following her Blog for the last month and one day she showed an extension table for my Singer Featherweight. That started me on this journey. I purchased the Sew Steady Table from Furniss Sewing (www.sew4ever.com). It is an 18″ x 18″ made to fit perfectly with the Featherweight 221. I spoke with Mitch about the Singer 301a and the 401a. He told me that the 401a was a workhorse and one of the great Singers. So based on this discussion and the information obtained from the Internet – I was sold! Here is a picture of the machine – I am going to call her Bonnie Brown….
Bonnie Brown – Singer 1950’s 401a Slant Stitch with Decorative Stitches
I also have a 2003 Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 and have been using it for the last 2 years. Today I decided that I had ignored my Husqvarna Sapphire long enough and give the Designer a rest. Of the two, I really love my Designer 1. The Sapphire is a little more noisy than the D1 but still a very good machine with built-in stitches.
Husqvarna Viking Sapphire
Of course, I cannot forget my 1952 221 Featherweight. This one has been in the closet for 3 years and when I set it up this morning it is purring like a kitty cat (it will be the only purring around here since our ex-cat gave me cat scratch fever in 2013 and I almost died – on a pet diet – NONE)
My 221 Featherweight with the new 18 x 18 table extension
OK – enough of this. I have been able to work on my projects since the last posting. Here are some blocks that I have ready for my Happy Scrappy. I made some 6 inch blocks and will put them together (maybe) and make 12″ blocks for the 12 x 56 inch side borders I need to have to finish the quilt (not going for a large one this time), or I may spread them out as 6 inch blocks.
Log Cabin Blocks
More of the Same for Happy Scrappy
My Favorite – Card Deck Blocks
More 6 inch Blocks for Happy Scrappy
Here is another block I am working on for my Happy Scrappy. I started making 6 inch blocks from Jane Austin and ended up putting the block on point and I think that they will be the 12″ blocks in the outer block border.
6 Inch Block for Happy Scrappy
12 Inch Block for Happy Scrappy
I finally have finished my last 2 blocks for Threads of Memory. I am not sure that I like the green one – but if it looks good after I decide on my setting it may still be around – otherwise I will re-do it!
Block 11. St Charles Star for Louisa Alexander
Block 12 – Rochester Star for Amy Post and Harriet Jacobs
I have also started another project in the evenings and when I could not “motivate”. The blocks are from a pattern called, “Stars over Texas”. The Designer is Diana Pelton from Wisteria Quilting Designs 2005. There are 12 Blocks all embroidery depicting landmarks in Texas. After 3 years of this project sitting and ready to be worked on, I have finished 2 blocks. The Texas Block needs the “X’s” to make it look like barbed wire! This is an easy and fun project. I used Moda Primitive background fabric and Presensia Embroidery Variegated Brown, Gold, Beige thread. I really like how it is turning out. I will design a different setting than the pattern. But I still give the Designer all the credit for the pattern!
Block 1 – Texas
The Alamo – San Antonio, Texas
Oh – you ask about my Dear Jane project? I will be starting this month’s blocks this week-end. Dear Jane is my challenge project and we know how challenges go… Have great week and enjoy quilting.