Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dec 20th–Quilt-Cam!

This is Laura V’s silly cat!

She says “Just another way to let me know this is his table with all the fabrics!”

Gotta love our furry friends and quilting comapnions, don’t we?

How many of you are celebrating the fact that soon the nights will start getting longer?

Quilt-Cam has done one good thing for me --- it’s kept me on a more “regular” schedule instead of making me feel like pajama time is 2 hours past dark, and bed not long after that.  My days and my nights do not feel SO short sheeted!

This afternoon I was feeling adventurous --- there is a machine in this house that has been hiding in a cabinet up in the guest room ---more decoration than anything.  I mean, am I REALLY going to go sew at a cabinet in the guest room when I have a great studio space in the basement? Not likely.  It was more decoration than anything.

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Gracie in her 1940s Nursery Cabinet!

Gracie is a 1941 Singer 99k with a godzilla or crinkle finish.  She was dry as a bone, but a little cleaning and oiling and a new belt proved to be just what she needed.  I brought her down here, set her in a machine box and gave her a test run.

Let’s just say that if Dottie Freckles sings soprano like a sweet angel……..Gracie is somewhere hanging in low contralto!  Pushing tenor!  But she’s functional and I’m playing with her tonight.

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Gracie—Cabinet Free!

I’ve kitted up a few Jubilee blocks.  I need to get caught up on those ----and that’s my goal with the time I have left before I leave for Texas on the 29th.  I want these ALL CAUGHT UP!

SO – this is what I’m sewing on tonight.  How about you?


Do you have a project that is dragging?  Get it out – come sew with me!

You can leave a comment in the comment section below, or leave one in the guest book by clicking the blue guest book button in the left hand side bar, While I can't answer them all ---I do pick randomly and try to answer questions and comments as I sew!

55 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

Could have used a treadle machine today. The power was out most of the day due to high winds. So, no cutting, no reading in the gloom, no ironing, no computer surfing. I cut and kitted up some blocks for quiltcam. Ready to go!

Linda Wallin said...

Bonnie, nights start getting shorter tomorrow.

Margaret said...

Hi Bonnie,

Checking in from Central Alberta tonight...you're looking great in light of your experience this week! :-) Still working on my Final Assessment Piece embellishment...but Clue 4 blocks are finished...and yes, my stuff gets thready too. It's very dry here, so there's lots of static cling, which may be partially responsible, eh?

joyce g said...

Bonnie, would you really wear a helmet cam??? That is going way beyoind the call of duty! !!! But love the idea!

Kaye Littles said...

Love the quiltcam

Sandra B said...

Hi from hot and sunny Queensland, Australia! You look great after your 'thing'. The quilt behind you is beautiful.

crazy quilter said...

Ooh good to see you sewing on your 99k I have been sewing on mine today too I think mine is not quite as low as your but she sews like dream. Every now and then I have tension problems but I patiently work with, her until she is humming again . Love the 99k ( mine is shiny black ) keep on sewing feed is great and the sound Is too

Mary said...

Hi Bonnie, Mary in Ontario, Canada. Taking a break from re-arranging my sewing room, to fit in my new-to-me 1958 Necchi. Finishing up sewing the turquoise geese to white/black geese.

Sandra Henderson said...

Dallas loves your 9 Patch blocks and the cheddar color. So glad you are on tonight.

shelleyjwilliams said...

What is the set-up you are using for your ironing station? It looks so handy to be able to sew and not move. Also how many are participating in easy street? I think there are many more of us out here who do not have a blog. Any idea?

Nanette said...

Hi Bonnie, Nanette from Florida, they said a cold front is coming in, but I still have the ceiling fans going.

We should do a PJ quilt cam night, where all of us are in our PJ's, one heck of a Pajama party WORLD WIDE. Not talking about Victoria Secret pj's tshirt and knit pants pj's, lol.

Can you explain how I can watch on the Kindle Fire where I don't get ads, they always come up for me at the wrong times.

nhlady said...

Greetings from New Hampshire! Having a great time watching live.

Happy Holidays!

Patsy

Cousin Jill said...

Hi Bonnie! Sewing frantically on a quilt for a christmas present. So glad of your leader ender processes....I'm using easy street as my leader enders and it's so helping me to keep up on each step! Awesome news about your son! Nothing better feeling proud of a child and their accomplishments!!

I say your "show" should be on before Amish Mafia.....lol

Anita said...

I am on Christmas vacation in the US now, and have brought my Easy Street project with me to work on during the Holidays. I wish you a great Christmas!

QuiltAcademy2012 said...

Hi Bonnie, I am cleaning/oiling a newly adopted Singer 237 (1968-1972). I purchased her from a local thrift store for $25. Decided to name her Suzie-Q after the song on Creedence Clearwater Revival's debut album that same year. She really walks and talks f-i-n-e!

"I like the way you walk, I like the way you talk, Susie Q!"

Cat said...

Bonnie, have you been losing weight? You're looking thin to me. I'm envious!

bunbear said...

Hi Bonnie. I am sewing buttons on to a Christmas tree wall hanging to look like ornaments tonight while watching quiltcam. Christmas is sneaking up on me fast!

donnamarie said...

Hi from Burlington, Ontario. I'm enjoying Quiltcam while sewing some Oklahoma Backroads blocks. I'd like to get started on Easy Street but I'm still waiting for my online fabric purchase to arrive. Hurry up Canada Post! Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013.

Deb said...

Hi Bonnie,

I just had to let you know that I scored a "Rocketeer" yesterday for $20, it works well and everything is there! Merry Christmas to me!

Sandra B said...

ha ha ha - your Quiltcam Intermission chair backing is hilarious! Made me laugh out loud.

Tazzie said...

Hi there Bonnie hon, love your Quiltcam! Just thought you may like to mention to your buddies that we're 13 hours in over here in Aus, and no sign of the apocalypse just yet!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Sandra B said...

Does it matter if the chopped up seam guide card covers the feed dogs?

Stephanie said...

My family was so looking forward to seeing your husband- but he hid behind the computer!!!

Mary Ellen said...

BTW, I was curious about Duck Dynasty, so I taped and watched it. OMG, I was on the floor. So funny. My hubby had to come and see what I was laughing about. You know the dialect is thick when there are subtitles on the screen to interpret the language. My favorite line: "Beavers are like women. They don't like their butts to be in the mud." (Must be read with a thick Louisiana accent.)

Cousin Jill said...

Lol it went to an ad just as you read my comnent

Lynda said...

Hi Bonnie - I'm enjoying Quiltcam! I have trouble going over bulky seams when I'm piecing. My machine seems to veer off to one side. Do you have any helpful hints? Thanks!

Terri in BC said...

You had me scared for a minute - I thought you were going to have us may HST tht finished at 1" for Easy Street. I working on getting caught up tonight - just have the 3 1/2" blocks to cut.

queenopearls said...

Happiest Holidays!
I'm really enjoying your blog, tips, video ... the whole shootin match. :) Thanks for being here and sharing.
~ Christina in Cleveland

Jainy said...

You should try songza Bonnie. It's akin to Pandora but no commercials. It's an app and online, too.

Stacey said...

Hi Bonnie, it's Stacey in Raleigh. I am working on my grandmother's flower garden hexie quilt. I am not making much progress while watching you on quilt cam. I don't want to miss anything that you do and my poor eyes are having a hard time going back and forth from my hexies to my iPad.

I think I'll just put the hexagons away and just watch you.

Happy quilting

Jane said...

I have my grandmothers New Home Treadle machine and have been motivated to open it up and get her moving....she runs beautifully with great tension. Problem is that the front slide plate is missing and haven't been able to find a replacement. Still looking, thanks for your encouragement.

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

Hi Bonnie
Tonight I am sewing along on a 1950s Wizard Automatic zig zag machine that I just bought last night. It's Turquoise with a red logo and dial with ivory trim. It looks like a 1950s hot rod and after giving it tons of oil it purrs. It is in near mint condition, has a ton of presser feet that are still wrapped in Brother Imperial of Japan marked paper, and has its original sales hang tag. It was marketed by Western Auto but built by Brother.
I have been using Groove Shark instead of Pandora and like it a lot. Thanks for Quiltcam. I love it!

Bev said...

Whoever wrote the article for Quiltmakers magazine about you sure must know you. They sounded like they were talking about a dear friend who was a lot of fun to know. Very accurate! Just finished giving my little grandson's quilt a clip job and got all the threads off from the machine quilting-now to just finish the binding and it can be wrapped! Older grandson came over today and was working on doing a family tree. So, his tree went from 3 generations to six while I sewed blocks for Texas Tumbleweed-I refuse to let that be a UFO! So, we both made some progress.

Allison said...

I'm sewing a new curtain for our caravan - we head off tomorrow for the beach for Christmas. I'm taking Easy Street - of course - and a couple of smaller quick projects. Sewing on the beach is really cool.
Allison in Australia.

Eccles said...

I was watching the Royal Variety Performance, it finished & now I can watch/listen to you. I've been struggling with my seam allowance & you gave me a light bulb moment. I've attached Loren's (Necchi) seam allowance guide to my fw. WAHOO!! - it works. WAHOO!! lol. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to you all & congrats to Jason as well. (Carol in sunny Melbourne, Oz)

Ione Shaw said...

Trimming rabbit ears on flying geese while watching. I was cursing the geese until I set up the guide this week and it works WONDERFUL!!! Snowy eve outside in Rogue River, Oregon

Stephanie Newman said...

Hi Bonnie,
I am sewing the flying geese units from Step 4 together now after having made pillowcases for part of my kid's Christmas presents from fun novelty prints earlier today. Your mystery is so nice to do, life has been far too busy for comfort lately, and your mystery quilt has kept me sane!!
I'm really enjoying it. There's something soothing about pushing fabric through a machine, isn't there?

path7401 said...

I have enjoyed all the tips and tricks you show us on Quilt Cam!!! Thanks for letting us come into your sewing room and visiting with you. FYI, the TSO was on Jimmy Fallon the other night, also called Late Night on NBC. I had to think of you when I saw the head banging. LOL It's a wonder they don't give themselves concussions or at least a headache! Love their music though.
Pat H. in KS

Pat O said...

This website for building your own base is GREAT. Lots of tips too!

http://www.treadleon.net/woodshop/buildingbases/buildingbases.html

Just joined you tonite ... late ... but I'm here!! :-)

Mary said...

Came home early from our Church Christmas party. I didn't need to sit on Santa's lap this year. I'm ready for part 5 when it goes live tomorrow. I am having fun with Easy Street.

KatDee said...

Hi Bonnie,
It's Kathleen in Charlotte, and I am so enjoying watching you on quiltcam tonight. My husband is undergoing knee replacement in the morning and I am a bit too nervous to sleep just yet. Thank you for sharing your evening sewing and keeping me company. :)

Mary said...

Mary in Canada again, the Necchi is grey, and the reason I have to move everything around is she came in a honking big cabinet,five feet long. With four drawers full of sewing stuff, most of it trash but a bunch of bobbins and a ton of thread.

Valerie said...

Got here just in time to hear you mention Roxanne needles. I've tried every other brand I've ever heard of and have bent and broken all of them. But I can quilt forever on a Roxanne needle. So nice when you find the tool that works for you, isn't it?

Maree St Clair said...

Hi Bonnie
Baking whilst Quilt Cam in on. Current count 6 gingerbread houses, cake, steamed pudding, and now on to 24 dozen shortbread..........looking forward to sewing next week. Have informed all four sons and husband that next week is all about my workroom and me!LOL
Have a wonderful Christmas Bonnie, you bring us so much joy!
Maree

Mary said...

Happy Holidays Bonnie! Glad I'm able to visit with you tonight! It's brrrr cold here in Fort Worth, Tx. Such fun to be warm inside, sewing along with you!

Vickie Blose said...

can't get your feed tonight

Ann Mary Wagner said...

HI Bonnie,

Just finished cutting the 3 1/2" squares to finish off part IV of Easy Street.
I have a new baby great nephew born this evening, Evan Joseph! What a great Christmas gift to all our family.

Janice said...

I have tried several flying geese methods the one that has been easiest and most accurate is Ricky Tims. It ends up being a dimensional goose. I've seen comments that this can be a problem when quilting as can get catch machine. Your opinion?

Carole Y. said...

Hi,
The Barrister's blocks you did tonight are from the October 8, 2012.

The second one was named SMOKEHOUSE.

Carole Y from Canada

Janice said...

Janice in TN jespilgrim@aol.com

JaneB said...

I love quilt cam. I just finished stitching the geese for part 4. Off to press & trim then start on cutting the green squares. Thanks a bunch.

Carole Y. said...

It is a good thing to know that we can put a sewing machine from a cabinet into a base box.

I bought a second hand machine, and the cabinet is too narrow for my legs; I can not sit straight in front of it and sow, I would have to sit sideways. It must have been made for teenagers!!

Thanks for the tip,
Carole Y. from Canada

colleen said...

Sorry to say I missed quilt cam tonight I am 3 hours behind so 6pm here to your 9 pm. We went out for dinner and the brake light came on my husbands 1970's truck a first for us. So we stopped bought brake fluid.... I hope we put it in the correct place... No improvement ...so ate dinner called repair place to take it in in the AM.
I got to drive home as my husband can't see very well at night we made it home but too late to see and hear quilt cam.
Could you put them up on you tube? That would be nice especially when you travel and can't web cam we could watch reruns on you tube

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Marci Girl said...

Quick question if you don't mind. In searching for information on the Singer 99K, which I just inherited from my husbands grandmother, I am trying to determine if I can use the machine for free motion quilting. I know that I will need to cover or remove the feed dogs and will need a quilter/darner/embroidery foot for it also, but do you know specifically if this machine does this function well? Have you tried it with yours? Thanks so much for any help or just a simple yes or no would be GREAT! Thanks!