Monthly Archives: June 2014

Scraps and Treadle


Luckily this week I found some  fabrics to finish this project at a local quilt shop.  They matched pretty closely and worked well for a small quilt made from scraps.   I had enough to complete four blocks on my new (old) treadle machine.


You can see in the brown pieces above that there are two different brown floral prints, but the match in color and pattern is so close, it is barely detectable from a distance – I hope –  I used some green solid for sashing and found a great print for the backing.  Now it is off to the long arm quilter.




The finished size will be  33″ x 33″ which would be great for a layette sized quilt, wall hanging or even a table topper set at an angle.

I’m not sure where this one will go, but will post when the quilting and binding are finished.

People Powered Quilting

I happily learned how to use the New Home Treadle sewing machine this week.  After the impulse buy at our monthly flea market/antique sale, my husband challenged me to create the next quilt on this machine – that way it won’t be so much of a dust collector – AND, I can justify the purchase by creating things!

Fortunately, there is a good deal of information on the internet about how to set up and operate treadle sewing machines.  I even found a source in the UK that has parts and accessories for this specific machine.  What a lucky find for me.  I ordered up another boat shuttle and some bobbins and I am waiting for them to arrive via post from England.  If anyone out there knows of a source for New Home supplies or accessories, please let me know.


As you can see, the stitching is just fine.  I decided to create a star block from my scrap pile.  I found the pattern for this block online.  It is apparently an old pattern called Blackford’s Beauty.


The scraps were from a charity baby quilt I made several years ago and I have ALMOST enough for 4 complete squares.  I will need to run out and try to match for a couple of pieces and for the backing.

DSCN0035[1]The colors are so pretty together.  I have completed one full block and will finish the rest (hopefully) today especially if we have another rainy day like yesterday.

DSCN0037[1]The finished block is larger than the pattern directions.  I trimmed up the finished block and will just match the next blocks to this one for size.  I am using the presser foot as a guide for the seam allowance and it is clearly less that 1/4 inch.  I’m not too worried about the seams getting loose though, the stitching is very accurate and  the stitches are very close together.  I wonder if this quilt will last as long as the machine has so far?  What do you think?

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