Category Archives: Antique Sewing Machines

Easy Hunter’s Star

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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.

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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

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It all starts with 5 inch strips- some will turn into 4 patches, and some will be sewn into half square triangles.

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You can see how the arrow appears when the star  and 4 patch are lined up correctly.

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It takes 16 half square triangles to make one star, and that has been the most time consuming part of this project.

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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!

Never under estimate the power of an “older” machine

imageThis 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.

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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?

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I’ll check the manual too

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Treadle Fun

Today I played on my OLD Standard Treadle for some fun.  It is amazing how nicely it works after all these years !

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I have decided to do an entire quilt top on this machine and will be updating this site with my progress on it.

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Today I put together 12 square in a square fussy cut owls- they are so cute peaking out aren’t they?

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I’ll even try chain piecing some squares with no electricity required…

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What a HOOT

 

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.

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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.

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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?

Send me your comments!