Friday, May 29

Ironing

Like many, I hate ironing. I do manage to iron fabrics and pressing a quiltblock, but doing clothes is a different story.
On the other hand: I love vintage irons :) and I have collected a few from thriftstores-and markets.

I own several flat irons. I use them as paperweights and to keep a large piece of fabric on the table when cutting.
 
One that can be filled with hot coal..
 
A very early electric one. Info on the internet: very, VERY dangerous....LOL
 
A later electric one. When I can find the right plug, I will try this one!
And today my latest find was delivered: a gas iron. it has burners on the inside. And no, I will not try to light this one although it seems in almost perfect condition.

Best thing about it is, that it is called : the Rhythm. How cool is that!!!
 Space is very limited in my sewingroom (and for that matter, in my house too), so I have no room for elaborate display. A tiny bookcase will have to do. Still, I enjoy them when sewing :)
Next stop is a visit to the Washing and Ironing museum that apparently is in my own village! I cannot find the info about vintage irons that I want on the web, so the museum might shed some light about how old my irons are

35 years apart..

 Different time, different style of photography, but yet so alike.
Me in 1980....
 
Quilting DD in 2015                                                                                                                                
She surprised me with her picture at Mother's day.

Sunday, May 10

My face...

 This contains , what i call, my face. It is usually not flipped over (except early mornings) but we'll do with this picture.
I put it on every morning and take it of before going to bed.
Although I really love the polkadots. this bag has a flaw: it has no extra internal nor external pockets,
which means an extra 5 minutes every morning (and I am NOT a morning person) looking for a eyeshadow brush. I have lots, but they are scattered around somewhere. the one that's in the bag, hides.
So, after some Pinterest and some ME, I came up with this:


 Not that i actually use all the brushes, but if i want to, i have them at hand.
 Especially for Dianne: this label is, well, a band aid of sorts.
I sewed too close to the edge and things started to fray. I was too far in the process to rip it all apart and strat over, so: a label/bandaid.
See. my seams do go wrong haha!!!
 This afternoon, my offspring came by for mother's day, so i provided lunch
 The sign, Quilting DD gave me, was exactly what i needed:) to complete my little "buffet'
Happy Mother's day!

Monday, May 4

Track and trace

  I ordered something small online and the seller provided a track and trace option. I LOVE track and trace!! This time the messages kept on coming :) 
So far I got this!                                                                                             


Date Location Event
                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Apr 27, 2015 3:11pm NETHERLANDS Customs Clearance
  • Apr 27, 2015 3:10pm NETHERLANDS Processed Through Sort Facility
  • Apr 25, 2015 8:52pm Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS Departed
  • Apr 25, 2015 5:35pm Zurich, SWITZERLAND Departed
  • Apr 24, 2015 7:40pm Miami, UNITED STATES Departed
  • Apr 24, 2015 3:11pm Miami, UNITED STATES Arrived
  • Apr 24, 2015 1:25pm ISC MIAMI FL (USPS), US Processed Through Sort Facility
  • Apr 24, 2015 1:45am MIAMI, FL 33112, US Departed USPS Facility
  • Apr 23, 2015 8:12am ISC MIAMI FL (USPS), US Arrived at Sort Facility
  • Apr 23, 2015 8:11am MIAMI, FL 33112, US Arrived at USPS Facility
  • Apr 21, 2015 4:54am RALEIGH, NC 27676, US Departed USPS Facility
  • Apr 20, 2015 10:10pm RALEIGH, NC 27676, US Arrived at USPS Origin Facility
  • Apr 20, 2015 9:32pm RALEIGH, NC 27606, US Arrived at USPS Origin Facility
  • Apr 20, 2015 8:17pm CARY, NC 27518, US Accepted at USPS Origin Sort Facility
 
Does anyone wonder why one has to pay shipping fees?
All these people/facilities for $4....
(must say though that Dutch customs sure take their time....)

Monday, April 27

Art

 C and I sewed a miniquilt the other day and purely by coicendence I managed to press each and every seam in the right direction so I could fan every seam intersection! Now this is what I call pure art...
and no, it is NOT crooked in front, it's just the picture, trust me....
 We both chose a different layout
Mine ofcourse, is the one without the pink :)
Only thing left to do is to figure out how on earth I managed this!

Sunday, April 19

Smoke coming out of the machines!


This weekend I had a sewing spree and I made Sven ánd both of the Featherweights work for their money. Baking DD had some requests for starters.
She makes her tea with fresh leaves instead of teabags and uses a French press.
 
 
She needed a cosy. I immedeately showed her pictures of fancy cozy wraps but no...she had her heart set on a simple one.
So....after some measuring and a sample of ugly fabric...
Now, I can do a better pic that that. It looks like a silly hat this way! A bit more effort here please!
 
Ahhhh, much better!
 
Another request was a new shoppingbag. Her fav one was really worn out.
I duplicated that one but..more fancy if I say so myself
 Ikea plastic "fabric" on the outside, gingham inside and shoulder-as well as hand handles, just as Baking DD wanted.

 Next up some bags the Feathers needed to make for themselves. I do NOT trust the case's handles nor latches. After some research online I came across a picture of a bag looking like this:
( I do want to give credit, but cannot find the picture again..)
The bag stays on, latches are free so there's no need to take it of since the case can be opened easily. Extra benefit is that the case itself is protected too, from bumping (me with the hoover e.g. LOL)
The bags are lined with leftover batting and more not that pretty fabric.
I can carry the Feather on my shoulder, ánd in my hand; handles are long ánd short enough. Room for book too :)
Each Feather sewed it's own bag ofcourse...
Sewed some mini quilts/blocks too, but I'll save that for another time!
Time to give the machines some rest (I think I heard Sven panting) and to watch the Moto GP (Go Valentino Rossi!!)

Edit: found the "founder of the bag". You can find her blogpost here .

Tuesday, April 14

Hitting the road!

Last sunday C, Quilting DD and I, set the alarms and we headed off to a quiltshow/market. It has been a while since the three of us went on a trip, so we were looking forward to it! The show was in DD 's vicinity so C and I picked her up on the way.
First thing we did was check out the coffee and applepie stall and then we went for the quilts.
Let them speak for themselves!










 We really liked the next one. In particular how this quilter used a light patterned fabric for the setting triangles so it kind of flowed to the busy border. The fabrics were all French Provence.Very nice!
On the way back to the car, I saw pavement spools :) DD said it was hobby deformation.
 
Did we have a nice day? Sure we had!!

Monday, April 6

Singer featherweight sleeve tutorial

A few days off and not that great weather makes one productive. I wanted to sew a protective sleeve for the sewingbed of the featherweight. Searched the internet for a tutorial, measurments etc. but found zip. So I had to tackle that myself and while doing so, i thought other featherweight owners might want to sew a similar item...tadaa a tutorial by yours truly!
Here's how I did it :First I wrapped the Feather in dressmaking paper, top and bottom

Then I pulled out a piece of really ugly fabric to make a prototype

I came up with this pattern eventually. I can't make pdf files, so you have to draw your own, with the measurements written on the pattern.


Cut three: one outer fabric, one inner and add 1/4 " seamallowance and one fusible fleece without the seamallowance. The pattern is without seams!!

 Iron the fleece on the outer fabric.
Flip one side up and sew this side

 Box the corner a tiny bit, 1/4 " is quite enough
 Repeat to the othe side and sew the inner fabric the same way. You'll get two sleeves. Slide them inside eachother, right sites together and sew all around, leaving a gap on the upper side for turning.
 align the seams!

Turn, topstitch and you're done!
 
 
 My sleeve has one longer flap and that's not just for protection

 You can slide it under your machine to use it as a threadcatcher, or to put your gear in, while sewing.
 I added some velcro so I can use it with my machine mat . The mat can be used with Sven too and since Sven is a lot heavier and bigger, I can't put the threadcather underneath him, hence the velcro...
 Questions? Something not explained clear enough? Feel free to ask :)
Meanwhile I'm very pleased with my sleeve (and myself i might add haha)