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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Jan 20th Quilt-Cam Afternoon!

Someone tells me how my studio gets SO messed up while I am away?  It couldn’t possibly be that I came through her like a whirl wind and messed it all up before leaving, could I?  Whatever it is ---I am just not one of those who puts things back immediately upon using something.  I’m a piler.  I have a pile for this, and a pile for that – and believe me, they are fairly organized piles, but to anyone else walking in here – they’d wonder how I get ANYTHING done.

I was cutting for about 3 different projects at the table side of the quilting machine where I do my cutting.  Pretty soon I couldn’t see the surface and I had to stop and clean it all up again before I could continue.  And that is ALL I have gotten done today so far.

I should have accomplished about twice as much --- but wonder of wonders, I FOUND the missing string geese, and decided that the string blocks I finished the other night needed to be trimmed and cut to size so I could spend TODAY putting the wing triangles on.

Has it been that long since I worked on these that I forgot where I was?! YES!

Back LAST YEAR in December, I believe it was our last Quilt-Cam of the year ---I went as far as I could to get the right hand wing triangles sewn onto the center string geese, and I said when I run out of bobbin thread, or run out of cut wing triangles – it would be time to stop for the day.  The bobbin thread ran out and that was that!

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I’ve got my new “Best Built” machine up and running.  This thing, even when placed flat on the desk top – still likes to shimmy and shake at high speeds!  It might not be level, but I don’t have the time to deal with it right now…we will just do the best we can!

He still needs a name ----someone said that “Shimmy Jimmy” just might do the trick, and I think they may be right!

Shimmy Jimmy is a 1950s Class 15 machine, made in Japan.  I love these really weird brand machines – SO FUN!


Want to come join me?  Bring a project!  I’m turning on the cam in the studio for a while!

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!

74 comments:

  1. Working on cutting out fabric for another "Jared Takes a Wife".... this time using film industry print fabric, red, grey, and black for Beth. I love this pattern!!! Thanks for sharing Bonnie!

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  2. My husband needed plastic boxes for train stuff. The new ones are different, so I am taking the new one and doing some sorting as I fill the new one. Good Quilt Camtoject.
    Marcia in northern Ohio.

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  3. Bonnie! I got my bottom in gear and am sewing on a Emdeko with you today! I came across her in an estate sale last summer. I saw a cabinet with sewing related stuff under it and looked inside and this machine was there! I asked what the price was and they said 10.00$ too much? I immediately called hubby and had him rush to pick us up! All is here , every cam, tool, foot pedal , etc. I sat her in my sons room and haven't taken time to look further at her. I realized with your passion for these old machines I was wasting time and needed to taken advantage of her! She is a jewel! Not a spot on her! I have oiled her but she didn't look as if she needed it.. She sounds so sweet. Glad I have your 1/4 ruler to set the seam width. We will be purring with you. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    Rondi

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  4. My 8th child just moved out so I'm turning his room into my sewing room! Finally out of the dining area (tiny house). I'm folding fabric and organizing and trying to make space for all my machines. Today's Quiltcam will keep me motivated. Thank you Bonnie!

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    1. I was in the middle of getting a sewing room when my son came back. Took years til I tried again.

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  5. Hi Bonnie!! Welcome back. Excited to share..I now have 4 vintage Singers! 2-66s, 1-9k and 1-99. In the process of prettying up the treadle cabinet.. waiting for the drawers. I sent a pic to the gmail addy.

    AJ

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  6. Bonnie, I've looked at your machines on your blog, but wanted to know, do you keep them boxed up at home, or are they out on display?

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  7. Woohoo!! Just finished the 'body' of Easy Street. Need to add the borders, but have not decided on the final border. Ready to start cutting fabric to work on a green quilt. Did get the book that I requested for Christmas - String Fling! My DD came through again. Looking forward to the new mystery in Quiltmaker.

    Pam in freezing Iowa

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  8. Working on scrappy trip blocks. Quilt cam is great motivation.

    Martha in texas

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  9. How do you have your thread set-up? I struggle with those big spools, but you seem to have it figured out.

    Lucy~

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  10. Hi Bonnie! I got a new Accuquilt Go for my b-day last week and have pulled out a BUNCH of scraps to cut into usable shapes. Thanks for keeping me company on quilt cam!

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  11. Shimmy shimmy coco pop!
    (Too bad the machine isn't brown....Coco would be a great name.)

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  12. Hi Bonnie, Tami from Colorado here. I guess I'm going to have to go reboot my computer. I can hear you just fine, but there's just a big black spot where you usually are.

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  13. Just a thought about machines that are a little juttery...i put my featherweight on a piece of shelf liner....the kind that looks kind of like woven rubber. It acts as a good stabilizer for the machine.

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  14. Just a thought about machines that are a little juttery...i put my featherweight on a piece of shelf liner....the kind that looks kind of like woven rubber. It acts as a good stabilizer for the machine.

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  15. Bonnie watching Indiana basketball, you and sewing. If you would commentate the ballgame and give us quilting tips at the same time,it would be a perfect day!

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  16. I think I need that machine. In my sewing room I have one of those chrome & Formica tables with 6 chairs.

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  17. Working on Easy Street Still.... It hasn't been easy for me. Working on my Alexandria, 1955 featherweight.... She is also known as the tramp, bc she has a tramp stamp on her back, w Alexandria on it! My BD is the 25th, so happy BD!

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  18. Am I bad…. In church yesterday I was watching people going up to communion when I started looking at the men well not them really but what they were wearing and thinking that’s some nice fabric for a quilt. It was such a sunny beautiful day yesterday Am I bad…. In church yesterday I was watching people going up to communion when I started looking at the men well not them really but what they were wearing and thinking that’s some nice fabric for a quilt. It was such a sunny beautiful day yesterday

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  19. With the 100 Blocks Vol #1 reprint that just came out - I didn't see a block by you - which 100 Blocks Magazines do you have blocks in?

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  20. Thread on a cone is meant to come off the TOP, while the thread on a spool comes off the side. The twist is different.

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  21. Making mini moths for my moth in the window border whilst tunes in, with bow tie leaders and enders on the side!

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  22. I am watching quilt cam and working on some pineapple blocks. Since I had a few blocks made and have decided it's time to get the rest made and get this quilt out of the UFO pile.
    Sue
    Upstate NY

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  23. Olá!Não tenho feito nada de costura a máquina ultimamente,pena...Passei para te desejar um lindo e bem comemorado dia de Aniversário,que Deus te abençoe.E como amanhã é o Dia Internacional do Abraço...sinta-se abraçada.beijoGRANDE.

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  24. First time for me at Quilt Cam. Lovely! //Annika in Sweden

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  25. I agree with checking your feet when you change machines. I stitched a whole section of a table runner in college and another section at home. They are nowhere near the same and can't be joined together so I've got to remake the college section at home and think of a use for the other panel. Maybe a journal cover?? Happy to see you back on quiltcam. Leigh in Wales uk

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  26. Hi Bonnie, I realized I was supposed to say something that I was lucky with. I am really lucky that my husband supports my addiction of fabric! I also live in a small community that has lots of quilters and have lots of friends always ready to shop, sew, or do show and tell with! I love your old machines, I have three featheweights that I've accumulated, two, I just succummed to greediness! They were both ebay purchases, one, the case is in terrible shape, but the machine sews like a dream! I took a featherweight maintenance class using my first one, then as I accumulated the others, I was able to do maintenance and cleaning on them, they really are easy to take care of, and I agree, there is nothing like sewing on a metal machine!

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  27. I love how your project is looking! You constantly add to my "someday" list.
    I am working on a backing for an old UFO. I didn't have enough of my chosen fabric so dug into my shirt stash and found 3 that are perfect, to piece into a back with my original planned fabric!

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  28. Watching/listening to you. Good company while I take down my Christmas decorations.

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  29. Hi Bonnie, I got a machine that is much like the ones made in Japan but it was made in Indoniesa, spelling wrong , sorry. have you seen any made from there.? It runs wonderful and the prettiest powder blue.DH got my treadle finished and i got it running. so fun to use. and I love the sound. thanks for encouraging to do this.

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  30. Hi Bonnie! What a fun way to spend Sunday aFternoon! I am working on Easy Street - the longest corner to corner row. With any luck, that will be done today. Need to do some ripping and remove the two four patches running in the wrong direction. Ugh! Can't wait to get my next issue of Quiltmaker!!! I see another Bonnie quilt in the near future. Here's wishing you a wonderful BD!!!!

    Tracey

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  31. Did you make your pressing board?
    ~June in AZ

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  32. Got your "Leader & Ender" book in the mail just after you left. Thanks for the seam guide. How to you put it on you machine bed?? Hmm, couldn't figure it out.

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  33. Working on 1" strips for a house quilt class this coming weekend. It's great to have company to listen to ! Love quilt cam!, Deb

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  34. Oh my gosh, live tv! What fun to watch you on quilt cam as I am sewing. I got a question..... I loved seeing the photo of Joyce's star quilt on the blog.any chance of you clarifying the size specs on a 4 in star for those of us (me) that want to undertake another challenge?

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  35. Hi Bonnie~ so great to be back with you on quilt cam. Checking in late from Central Alberta because you start at noon Mountain Time, and I got stuck waiting for a train on the way home from church!

    Am almost finished my Easy Street Block "B"s, but no computer in my sewing room so I'm here in the living room with my embroidery sampler to listen along. I'm definitely hooked on Quilt Cam since I began to tune in last fall! Thanks for all you do.

    Margaret in Mirror, Alberta

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  36. Welcome back! I so enjoy quilt cam! I am a fairly new quilter and learn a lot every time! I'm working on Diamond in a Square string quilt. I'm sitting here listenng and ripping paper off the back of the strings. The perfect thing to do while waching/listening to you!

    Kim in Michigan

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  37. Hey Bonnie...working on piecing and pressing quilt backs while listening in. Only ten more blocks to go on Easy Street but had to step back and finish a few (Including Orca Bay which is off the long armer!)

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  38. Hey Bonnie I just love to hear your radio. It remind me one time in Barnes& noble I caught my self singing "take me home, to the place I belong, West Virginia" well I'm French and far from Virginia!
    Bon anniversaire de Paris under 2 inch snow

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  39. Hi Bonnie! I am a new quilter and you are my absolute hero! So, so inspiring and I learn so much from you! Who paints your machines for you? I have a ugly 301 that I would love to get painted.

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  40. Hi Bonnie, Looking forward to seeing you in April in PA. I've been thinking about a Singer 301. I've collected 5 Featherweights over the years and have heard that the 301's have a fantastic stitch. Do you still feel safe about ordering online after your last disappointment? You're right about the colors!

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  41. Enjoying Quilt Cam, as usual. I, too, am working on string geese - need just under 300 for a queen size. I'm thinking of calling it Geese in the melon patch, since the colors remind me of cantelope and honeydew melons. I have pink yardage for a watermelon back. Susan Jost in New Jersey

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  42. Of course you can stay at here at the house! I have three new antique quilts to show you (busy December!) Let me know your plans!

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  43. I was so bummed out to have missed you when you were in Prescott this past week. Even more so when I found out that you were going to give me a hug from my good friend Lynn Provencher. I'm working on Playing with Jacks and it's been a ot of fun. Hope to see you some other time and could you give a shout out to my friend Deanna...it's her birthday today. Happy birthday to you as well!

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  44. Wow, it's quiltcam time. Almost missed it. I was updating my blog with pictures of Easy Street. After publishing I looked at the blogs I followed and saw QUILTCAM! Here I am. Good to have you back Bonnie!

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  45. Watching the nfl playoffs and listening to you with my headphones so I don't disturb the guys ;-)

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  46. IWelcome home and Happy Birthday! I think you should name that shimming machine "Elvis" He was the King of shimmy!

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  47. One of my old machines shimmied all over the place and would make a rattling racket when I sewed too fast. I put a towel under it and that quieted it down and cushioned the shimmy. Kind of miss those old friends from yesteryear-may have to see if I can find one as a replacement!

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  48. Hi Bonnie, I am a new quilter (although I have been sewing for many years) and just discovered your blog. I am finishing my first quilt today, one I made for Quilts for Kids! Because I am a newbie, I do not have any scraps, and you will laugh at me, but I am so excited to make your scrappy Irish chain quilt that I BOUGHT some scraps online! You are so inspirational, and thanks for your blog and for Quilt-Cam!


    Barbara in Michigan

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  49. Bonnie, can a beginner quilter do the mystery quilt that is in Quiltmaker magazine?? Margie, Central Pa.

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  50. Hi, Bonnie. I was wondering how you make sure you have a quarter-inch seam when you use so many different machines. What do you put on the bed to make sure you are accurate?

    Thanks! Enjoy quilt cam and your comments.

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  51. Hi Bonnie,
    A very happy birthday to you on Wednesday. I have all the blocks done for Easy Street and I am working on putting them together. Thanks for the great pattern.
    Question -- on an average day how many hours do you do you put in sewing? Just wondering.

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  52. I don't know if Elvis wore powder blue, but didn't he sing about "Blue Suede Shoes"? ;-)

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  53. Treadling is not as easy as it looks! Working on crumbs preparing for March issue of QM. I just LOVE quiltcam. A Sunday sewing with friends...

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  54. I ordered Quiltmaker magazine today ! Excited about the new mystery. No guild that I can attend as I work during the day so I appreciate having our little "Bonnies guild" and all that you do.

    Jan in ocala, Florida

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  55. Name your machine Maybelline after their shimmering eyeshadows!

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  56. gift the boat anchor to your repair man!

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  57. Hi Bonnie,
    Just finished the top a way overdue quilt top for my sister while watching quilt cam... now snipping the threads. Thank you for your tips about sticking a seam guide to the machine, it made this top come together like a dream even though everything in pretty much in the bias.

    Happy almost birthday !!

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  58. Hi Bonnie, Welcome home. It is good to see you on Quilt Cam. When you are chain piecing blocks together do you seperate the rows in order to press them properly? Looking forward to meeting you in June in Ireland. Thanks, from Ann in Cork, Ireland

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  60. Hi Bonnie-

    Happy Birthday Early! My youngest son Jacob and you share the same birthday. He will be turning 7 years old.

    Quick question, how small of a piece to you save for your crumb bucket before too many scraps is enough? I am afraid to throw out pieces and don't want to be on Fabric Horders. LOL

    Thank you,
    Michelle from Triangle Virginia

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  61. Hi Bonnie, happy to be watching you on quilt cam today, from sunny cold Saskatchewan, it is -24 celsius with the wind chill it feels like -35, I'm working on a rag quilt today, cause I need to clear it out of my sewing room. I loved the story about your Dad, and your teaching trip, wish I could come to one of your classes someday, thank-you for taking your time to do quit cam for us.
    Gwen

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  62. Hi Bonnie, happy early birthday! I finished Kord's quilt so I am back on Easy Street. I a really enjoying it.

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  63. PS: I found an American Beauty for $22.50 yesterday!I didn't buy it, no belt no rbber ring on the bobbin winder, not enough room in the car

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  64. Morning from Sunny Queensland! I just got back from my morning walk in time to catch the end of Quiltcam. Your crazy geese are coming along very nicely. I'm doing some 3" finished string blocks with my 1" strips - I have two full drawers to use up which will keep me out of trouble for a while. Thank you for Easy Street - I loved it. I haven't quilted them yet but they WILL get done because I love the pattern and colours so much.

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  65. Hi Bonnie, To sick to sew but living vicariously by watching quilt cam.

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  66. Today I will be working on some hand quilting.

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  67. Hello Bonnie. I am trying to get cracking on some UFOs. I have a whole load of half square triangles which are red and lights and sewn together in groups of 5. Any idea which of your mystery quilts this might have been?.....

    Nik, in very snowy England

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  68. Bonnie, I'm glad I caught you on quiltcam today. I just had to see how your new Japanese machine was working as I just got mine up and running. It also is a three footed beast (and yes they are about 40 lbs.), but I ended up making a small cabinet/table in order to make it behave. I think they were really made to sit in a table as mine no longer rocks and we were just stitching away while listening to you.

    Kelly in Colorado

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  69. Well dang I missed quilt cam. But we were privileged to get to pay our respects for a beloved member of our community. Quilting time comes just after nap time..

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  70. Need to find my sewing "mojo"! It up and left me. I had time today but no ambition. Watched a movie on TV instead. Oh well. As for the mess in the sewing room.....I clean up the sewing room so I can find what I need to pack for a retreat. It really looks pretty good when I leave. Then I come back!!:( I unpack and make the infamous stacks you referred to and proceed to work around them for ages. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who makes stacks. Maybe you can come to my house one day and help find the quilt top I've lost.

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  71. Dang, I missed it again. One of these days I'll be home and free when you're on quilt cam. Sorry I missed the fun.

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  72. Question........It says "you might also like....." and it gives older quilt cams. But when I click on one, it says "Off Air". will it let me see an older issue if she is not on quilt cam? I have never seen one, and will try back when she is on so I can see one. Thank you if anyone can make sense of this for me.

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