Category Archives: Audrey

Meet Jenny

July 27th 2013
It has always been said that parents do not have favorites. Somehow the love just multiplies and there is enough to go around.  Sure, sometimes the growing up years can be a little rough and your parents don’t understand you. So you go and talk to a neighbor who doesn’t judge and asks if you are talking about the cute guy in P.E. (Never mind that the neighbor just happens to be your mom’s best friend.)

All this to say… Most of you have heard me talk about Audrey but rarely about my first sewing machine.  Today, I want to introduce you to Jenny. My daughter just named her, she’s my vintage Kenmore sewing machine. I’d call her a work horse but I don’t want to hurt her feelings. 

 

She has been around for many years but she is practically brand new! My dad bought this sewing machine in the late 1960’s for my mom when she got here from Cuba. She is an embroidery machine,

 
 these belong to her.
 
Here is the original manual in Spanish,
 

but thanks to the internet, I was able to find it in English.
 
 
Fast forward to 1989, I used  her to make a Dorothy costume without a pattern.  I have used her several times over the years and bought her some new parts in 1995 when she officially became mine.  I even got her a new cabinet after I got married. (I knew I should have gotten the white)
 
 

Today, Jenny got a new foot that will rejuvenate her! (I got it on Ebay at this shop.)
 
 
 
With this darning foot I can free motion quilt with her.  That will take some of the burden off of Audrey and they’ll both have equal play time.
 
Needless to say, Jenny, like me, came into quilting later in life. This is all new to her.  Let’s try it on for size, shall we?

Just like Cinderella!
 
 
I practiced a little to get my foot at the right angle and speed that would yield good stitching.
 
 
And when I put her foot down and put the petal to the medal, (Audrey has an automatic feature) Jenny quilted her little heart out.  Her stitches were smooth and even and with no tension problems.  Although she did get a little hot under the collar, you know,  some hot flashes, like the rest of us get who are close to her age.
 
Moral of the Story:  I spent $12.99 (instead of buying a new machine)  and was able to put more use to an oldie but goodie.  There are no favorites in this house!
 

Quilting Fatigue

July 18th 2013
Ever been so determined to finish something that you wear yourself out and almost hate the thing by the time you’re done? Guilty! (raised hand)
 
Good golly! First, I am waiting for this oh so cute Michael Miller fabric (Fishies and Swim with Us, respectively available at Fabric.com) to arrive to finally piece the back: ANTICIPATION
 
 
Second, I had already decided to quilt it in “waves” since it has an ocean theme: EAGERNESS
 
 
Third, I try a new thread, the tension is bad, the nightmare begins: FRUSTRATION
 
 
It was just a few months ago that I was agonizing in the same exact spot over the same exact thing: Déjà vu
 
 
 
 

By mid afternoon, my daughter says “If you like quilting so much, why are you cursing?!” : Numerous mutterings of exasperation
(I am not a sailor)
 
 
The job is almost complete, only binding left to do by hand, but I have to rest for a day or two after all that tension (no pun intended!)  This quilt needs a Time Out!

 

 
Learned but not practiced lessons:
1. Start and Stop times for quilting
2. Sit in the right chair from the get go
3. It’s not the quilting, or the thread after all.
 
Poor Audrey (my machine) is too little for such a big job and I can’t maneuver the quilt properly, it’s not her fault!
 
 
Breathe in, breathe out. I like quilting, I enjoy quilting.  My back stitches are even, my smaller projects are a joy. Audrey pieces and sews perfectly! Note to self: When business improves, get another machine for quilting!

So tell me, have you ever had quilting fatigue?

 

Summer Quilting Plans

May 18th 2013
Summer is just around the corner and I have been planning several mid and large scale quilts to do in the next three months, YAY!!  First, I have two pending table toppers/runners that are themed for Hanukkah and Christmas respectively, from these fabrics and a charm pack. 
 

 
 

 I also am going to start my first twin quilt for my daughter who’s ten years old.

She preferred these Holly Holderman Dolly Dresses 2 and 3 (?) over a more “big girl” feel I thought the Vintage Modern 2012 BOM would offer.

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Check out Debbie’s Dolly Dresses Quilt here. I can’t wait to design my own! I’m going to use some 1930s prints and who knows what else I may throw in the mix, stay tuned!

 

 
I am also trying to figure out how many HashTag blocks I would need for a king quilt from this great Craftsy Class  by Camillie Roskelley called Pre-Cuts Made Simple. Every fabric collection the students have used with this pattern looks great, it’s so fun and easy! Really, it is! 
 
It just dawned on me, however, that my Audrey is too little for quilting such big jobs!!  BUMMER!!
 
 
 I mean sure, all the little table toppers
 
 
  and runners and other small scale projects
 
  
have been super easy to quilt.
 
 
 The baby quilts have been somewhat of a challenge,
 
 
but I am afraid that with such a shallow “throat” space, (scroll up to Audrey’s picture) 
 
 
there is no way I will be able,
 
 
even meandering,
 
 
 
 to quilt such large scale quilts on this small machine. (Only because they wouldn’t fit, not because she can’t do the job!) Buying another machine is not an option either.  The closest professional quilter I have heard of, near these parts, is 2 hours away!! 
  
I’ll have to research that a little more…
The good news is I am nowhere near the stage of quilting any of these since I am just going to start the blocks next month. Still, it’s something to think about for the future since I have been bit by the Quilting Bug.
 
On another note, I have been going overboard browsing the Happy Go Lucky fabric at Fatquartershop.com that has just become available by the yard.  These are four of my favorites.
 
       
 
 Of course, I am wanting to purchase more than I should, even though I got a gift card. Realistically, these projects will most likely be miniature kitchen or tabletop versions so honestly, I really won’t need so much extra fabric for backing or backgrounds.  But…
 

Maybe I could just make many small things. No?
 
 

Summer Quilting Plans

May 18th 2013
Summer is just around the corner and I have been planning several mid and large scale quilts to do in the next three months, YAY!!  First, I have two pending table toppers/runners that are themed for Hanukkah and Christmas respectively, from these fabrics and a charm pack. 
 

 
 

 I also am going to start my first twin quilt for my daughter who’s ten years old.

She preferred these Holly Holderman Dolly Dresses 2 and 3 (?) over a more “big girl” feel I thought the Vintage Modern 2012 BOM would offer.

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<div>I better finish this one fast then, before she no longer likes these dresses!</div>
<p> </p></div>
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Check out Debbie’s Dolly Dresses Quilt here. I can’t wait to design my own! I’m going to use some 1930s prints and who knows what else I may throw in the mix, stay tuned!

 

 
I am also trying to figure out how many HashTag blocks I would need for a king quilt from this great Craftsy Class  by Camillie Roskelley called Pre-Cuts Made Simple. Every fabric collection the students have used with this pattern looks great, it’s so fun and easy! Really, it is! 
 
It just dawned on me, however, that my Audrey is too little for quilting such big jobs!!  BUMMER!!
 
 
 I mean sure, all the little table toppers
 
 
  and runners and other small scale projects
 
  
have been super easy to quilt.
 
 
 The baby quilts have been somewhat of a challenge,
 
 
but I am afraid that with such a shallow “throat” space, (scroll up to Audrey’s picture) 
 
 
there is no way I will be able,
 
 
even meandering,
 
 
 
 to quilt such large scale quilts on this small machine. (Only because they wouldn’t fit, not because she can’t do the job!) Buying another machine is not an option either.  The closest professional quilter I have heard of, near these parts, is 2 hours away!! 
  
I’ll have to research that a little more…
The good news is I am nowhere near the stage of quilting any of these since I am just going to start the blocks next month. Still, it’s something to think about for the future since I have been bit by the Quilting Bug.
 
On another note, I have been going overboard browsing the Happy Go Lucky fabric at Fatquartershop.com that has just become available by the yard.  These are four of my favorites.
 
       
 
 Of course, I am wanting to purchase more than I should, even though I got a gift card. Realistically, these projects will most likely be miniature kitchen or tabletop versions so honestly, I really won’t need so much extra fabric for backing or backgrounds.  But…
 

Maybe I could just make many small things. No?
 
 

Something for Audrey

January 23rd 2013
Meet Audrey, she is my Babylock (For the Love of Sewing) sewing machine.  She just turned three years old!  So to celebrate, I thought I would make her something to wear. Every girl needs a new outfit.
 
 
This black one does not become her, wouldn’t  you agree?
 
 
 
So Camille has this great pattern called Just Swell for a cover that would fit her nicely you can get it over at  Thimble Blossoms.  And since I just happened to have lots of her fabulous fabric…  I am using a Charm pack of each Ruby  and some yardage from her Vintage Modern collection (Hurry up, I think this one is running out!) and Bella Charms pack in white.
 
For some reason I always make my own patterns when I make something. But following patterns are a great way to have some discipline and try new techniques. I challenged myself to complete this in one day and follow the pattern exactly. So here goes!
 

 
 
The white are Bella precut charm squares, how convenient!

 

 
These are the patterns I selected for the cool zig zag design for the front.

 

 
From these 2.5 inch squares I made half square triangles, just as the pattern stated.
 
 
Draw a line corner to corner and sew 1/4 inch on either side, then cut, that was easy!

 

 
Clean up the corners…..
 
 
And voila!! It’s like magic to me, how simple squares make such cool designs. I have so much to learn…. I can’t wait! : D

 

 
Normally, nice young ladies don’t show their underwear, but here it is. I wonder if all quilters’ quilts have an ugly underside?
 
 
Here it is laid out, unfinished on the sofa.
 
 
 
OK. I promised I wouldn’t cheat and would follow the pattern exactly. But I did not want to waste beautiful fabric on the inside! So I used some pre-quilted stuff I had from when Wal-Mart closed their fabric section. I got it for $1.50 and who’s to know?
 
 
 
And Audrey is delighted with her new outfit!

 

 
That was fun and I felt so accomplished, not to mention I finally got to use some of the yummy fabric I have been collecting. 
 
And for those of you who are waiting for projects… I am learning new techniques to apply to yours so don’t worry. There is a method to my madness.