Sunday, August 11, 2019

It's Maintenance Day!

After finishing the tiny quilt, I decided it was time to oil up Fanny and get her ready for some more serious sewing...We do have a busy schedule afterall.

Opening the Gibb hook to check for threads
What's on our schedule?  Well, another tiny quilt in gorgeous blues...Another memory quilt, perhaps two if there's enough fabric left, Block of the Month...and a Rebecca Page Pattern with my name on it!  Can I do it all this month?  Is that a trick question?  LOL.  No, I can't....not with my two year old!

The memory quilts will take much longer than just this month...but I can try my hardest! I always try to get my client quilts done as fast as possible - but as perfect as possible.  If it's not perfect, I rip it out and fix it.  This takes time.



Found the thread behind the hook assembly! Look at that grime!  

So before all of this gets started, I take a couple days to oil and check Fanny for routine maintenance and care.  Why does it take a couple of days?  Because I have a two year old, so everything takes longer in my new mom world.  She will literally climb into my lap while I'm working or sewing just to see what I'm doing.  She's very inquisitive!

I'll work on getting a picture...it's quite humorous when she does this! 



I think she's secretly learning how to quilt and will surprise me one day on my birthday or maybe Christmas...My stepdaughter was already sewing jelly roll strips together at my daughter's current age...so I'm sure the bug will hit soon.  If not, I'm in for quite a shock.





I take the first day to uncover parts and oil according to the manual and let her rest until the next when I can put Fanny back together.

Hook Assembly soaking to break up the grime

A great source I have found is 


They have great tutorials available for FREE to help those who may be timid to try to care for such a machine.  I was at like that at first...I watched videos over and over again before I would attempt to do it.

You can even email them questions about your Featherweight.


I have also found several Featherweight groups on Facebook that proven helpful too!


Thankfully, I have a neighbor who is more of a "Featherweight Fanatic" than I and she has always come to my aid when I needed it. It seems like that is every couple of months!



Don't be hesitant to ask for help when you are working on your sewing machines.  You may not have a Featherweight, but you love your machine...and I have found that finding others who have the same passion and love for the same machine you do - will help you and fuel your passion even more.

Found the culprit!  Behind the hook assembly!

When was the last time you checked on your machine(s)?

Take time today and clear the lint, oil it up, and grease the gears, if need be.  Your machine will thank you!

























Happy Quilting!  (& Sewing!)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Block of the Month - We're Churning Out Blocks!

This month is going to be an easy CHURNDASH quilt block.  This is a very common block among traditional sampler quilts.  So I think we should have one...Have you made one before?  I can honestly say that I have not...until NOW!




After reviewing the block, I can't believe it's taken me so long to make one!

I reviewed quite a bit of sampler quilts and traditional quilt blocks for this quilt top.  This block looks great with any 2 color combination or 3 or even 4 colors!  I just love it.  In fact, next month's BOM at my local quilt guild will be this churndash block in black and white fabric combinations with a touch of red....

Let's Talk Numbers!  

I'm using my trusty AccuQuilt fabric cutter!  I did have someone tell me that the measurements I gave for those who didn't have an AccuQuilt were not working...so I double-checked and like Santa, I checked it twice.  Here's what I noticed...Using finished measurements and adding the seam allowance does not always work.

For this block, I'm using 3 dies from the 8" Cube.

Die 1 is a Square that measures 4.5". I did measure this die and it does measure 4.5" square.


Die 8 are  Rectangles that measure 2.5" x 4.5". This measurement is accurate to use without the AccuQuilt.


Die 3 is a Half Square Triangle from a 4" Finished Square. However, when I measure this block, I measure 4 13/16" across the tape measure.  See this picture?
















After laying out your pieces, which, by the way, how fast was that to cut out so few pieces! Remember to press your seams after each step!  Press to the darker fabric tone/color.

Step 1: Layout your pieces!



It looks huge!  Unsewn it measured 14".  After sewing it all together, she meets the 12.5" block size that we need for our BOM Sampler Quilt Top!












Step 2: Sew the Half Square Triangles into Squares.

You will have a total of 4 squares when finished for each corner.  

















Step 3: Sew the Rectangles Together!


You will have 4 blocks like this picture.  

















Step 4: Sew Across Each Row!


Be sure to press your seams flat.













Step 5: Sew the Rows Together!











This picture shows the top and middle row sewn together.





















Pressing your seams is very important in this block.

Also you will want to pay attention to which direction they are going as you match seams sewing the rows together.  If they are both in the same direction, you may want to press one seam the other way to have a flatter seam.

Sewing this whole block happened in less than 10 minutes.  I probably could have had it done faster without the kids interrupting.  In fact, I know I could have had it sewn in about 5 minutes without interruptions.

This is a great beginner block and it is just an awesome addition to our Sampler Quilt!  I hope you do think so!

I'm in love with how it is coming together.  I laid out the blocks we've made this year and I think it's going to be amazing!  I'm really enjoying this and hope you are too!

Happy Quilting!