Sunday, September 25, 2011
I've been quilting on the new White Rotary machine. It is a stiff learning curve. I am having that humbling feeling of being a beginner- AGAIN. I am doing pretty well on free motion quilting on the electric machines. Not great or show worthy. but very respectable and getting better all the time. On the treadle, it is a whole different rythym. Definetly slower, but I think that if I want to do really nice quilting this is going to be the way I do it. It sews at the same speed I think- where as the electric sews much faster!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I have put a treadle belt on it, and it runs really smooth and quiet. It took a few (hundred) tries to get the treadle belt on. First I made a mistake punching the hole- it went off center and tore the edge of the leather belt. Then, I unwittingly (witlessly) threaded the belt in the incorrect path, so it looked as though it were many inches too short. i was puzzled by this, because I measured against the old, broken belt, but I thought maybe a piece was missing. I dorked around for a while, trying to figure out how I was going to lengthen the belt I had already cut. I settled for using silk thread to sew the cut belt back together. Silk has a pretty high tensile strength, so I hoped it would last until i could order a new belt and have it arrive.After putting the staple in, again, to connect the ends of the belt, i found that the belt was getting caught in the flywheel. I lay on the floor, turning the flywheel by hand, until I realized that the belt was going through the wrong path. I threaded it correctly and discovered...that the belt had been cut to the right length, and so I needed to cut off my silk thread repair. Then it worked just fine. At the length I had originally cut it, a full hour before.I'll try sewing on it tomorrow. Tonight, it might make my head explode.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
Doll bodies always look preposterous. Something about the little detached bodies and arms makes me both giggle and cringe. But, all dolls go through this stage.
Forgot to show you the painted garters, also copied from feet of the period.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Here's the string top I've been working on lately. I used paper towels as a foundation, so I will have to wash it before I give it away, to make sure it doesn't lumpify.
Here's Foxie, in black and white to see the contrast of the different strings. I'm trying to look at quilts in both color and black and white, to get a better handle on contrast.
I was planning to give this quilt to my teenage nephew, who wants a quilt. But, this block had my teen son a little worried- see Peter Rabbit in the lower left block? My thought is that it does not matter, but I thought I'd ask the blogosphere what it thinks? I have time to consider, while I quilt it.