I just had to have another project to get going on the Standard. Sew….. I happened to find some cute sock monkey fabric and decided to find some complimentary fabrics for a baby shower quilt. The sock monkey fabric will be the backing.
The pattern I chose is Hunters Star – the same pattern I used for the parents wedding quilt. Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, has a fantastic tutorial on YouTube for creating a Hunters Star quilt using half square triangles. Here is the link: http://youtu.be/Y7KtiLK_xJk
It all starts with 5 inch strips- some will turn into 4 patches, and some will be sewn into half square triangles.
You can see how the arrow appears when the star and 4 patch are lined up correctly.
It takes 16 half square triangles to make one star, and that has been the most time consuming part of this project.
I plan to do the quilting for this one myself, and with the deadline two weeks from now- I better get back to business on my day off!
This machine runs smoothly with a little rhythm that relaxes your mind. I had a fun time finishing this cute little owl wall hanging on my antique Standard treadle machine.
I’m calling this one “What a Hoot!”
Now, I just need to find the right foot to do the quilting by treadle- what do you think?
I’ll check the manual too
Today I played on my OLD Standard Treadle for some fun. It is amazing how nicely it works after all these years !
I have decided to do an entire quilt top on this machine and will be updating this site with my progress on it.
Today I put together 12 square in a square fussy cut owls- they are so cute peaking out aren’t they?
I’ll even try chain piecing some squares with no electricity required…
What a HOOT
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.
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.
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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While looking through items at our local monthly flea market, I came across this beauty!
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