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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Quilt-Cam 12/4/2013

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Hey everyone! 

It feels like forever since we’ve had a Quit-Cam ---last week flew by so quickly, and this one is going just as fast so I’m happy we've got a little window of opportunity to do some sewing in the basement studio tonight.

I love the photos you send in!  This is Becky sewing away on her little hand crank – see the crossed ankles?  You can’t be THIS relaxed with a treadle or an electric machine ((known to those who love people-powered machines as a “Machine with a Tail!”))

I love the caption she sent with the photo…she writes:
Hi Bon,
Becky from E. Washington here. You know me...I'm always looking for an unusual way to use my antique sewing machines. Here I am with my Singer 28K hand crank working on some "Turkey Tracks" piecing while watching you using your hand crank back last October on Quiltcam. Hubby and I were also watch college football at the same time. Look who got the big screen TV...LOL!! ;-)
Hahahaha!!  What a crack up!
 
It’s been a while, but I’m back to working on my Cheddar Sampler.  The sashings are all done and de-papered.
 
I’ve got these to go:
 
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33 done.  39 to go for a total of 72 needed!
 
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The Easy Square Junior is my favorite ruler for squaring up these puppies!
See that 1/4” dashed line all the way around the ruler?
 
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Place the dashed line on the stitching line on the outside edge of the unit.
 
I don’t print my units with seam allowance added…I like just the finished size line, and then I cut 1/4” outside of that line by putting the dashed 1/4” line of the ruler on the line on the unit – and trim up two sides.  Rotate the unit, place the lines on the remaining two sides and trim – remove paper!

Theses cornerstones finis at 2".  You will find the free pdf for printing the foundations under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog.
 
Lisa and I had this discussion while up at the cabin this week while she was working on paper piecing.  We all work differently for different reasons, but as for me, as soon as I am done with this unit and it is trimmed off, the paper comes off right away, and then it is no different sewing it into the quilt than it would be if I had been “regular” piecing.  I don’t want paper in my seam allowances, it is nasty to get out!  Piece it, trim it, de-paper it!
 
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Two units in progress, using each at the Leader/Ender for the other on a 1950s short bed mocha 301!
 
I have nicknamed this machine FRANKIE because it came to life through the combining of two non-functional broken parts machines, each providing vital parts to get this machine running!  I wrote about the clean up of Frankie HERE.  He’s well worn, but he sews SO QUIETLY!  I’m using him tonight for Quilt-Cam, so while you will see the view from the back because of the camera angle – this is what I’m seeing from the front!
 
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67 comments:

Ginny said...

Hi Bonnie! I'm working on my first medallion quilt---it has a big sunflower in the center---and using the blocks from the mystery quilt as my leader and ender blocks. Thanks for the mystery, and the quilt cam!
Ginny in Brookyn NY

Carrie's Quilt's said...

hi i just joined your blog you really inspire me to keep Quilting and i have my own blog i would be honored if u can join mine see my Quilts as well!!!

Reese @ Quilty Reese said...

Does anyone have any advice for watching from a Kindle Fire? I get an error and it won't let me watch her live stream but I can watch the archives.

Jan Duffy said...

Hi Bonnie. Almost done with Step 1 on Celtic. thanks to your instruction on getting my guide perfect my seams are looking much better than last year's mystery.

Jan

Rita In Missouri said...

I can't watch on my kindle tonight but can watch on my laptop.

Laurie Pardo said...

Thanks for the Mystery Quilt..still working on step one as I finish a quilt for my mom. Enjoy your trip to Germany!
Laurie in Lansing MI

Shanon Yawkey said...

Hi Bonnie, I'm working on step one of Celtic Solc. Love it! Have a wonderful time on your trip. Shanon from Ohio

Tinliz said...

I am working on a snowman/s'mores charm pack that has been aging in my stash for several years. I washed it, so now I have to square it down to 4.5". (Not fun) Watching you will make my time go faster. Wish I were going to Germany with you. My grandson is station there. Hope you and all your quilters have wonderful time. Liz

mcmelly said...

Hi Bonnie, I'm sewing on the mystery blocks! Jilly and I spent Sunday together swapping fabrics and cutting out the tri recs pieces. Your mysteries are too much fun!! Have fun in Germany and Austria and thanks for Quilt Cam Melody in Erie, PA

Vic in NH said...

Hiya Bonnie!
Please tell us again whether it is best to cut with the line of the ruler ON or OFF the edge of the fabric? I can't remember what you said before, CRS syndrome, LOL! I'm enjoying working on Celtic Solstice, thanks so much for another fun mystery. Bon voyage to Germany, too! Vic in NH

treadle said...

Bonnie....Could you please have someone explain how to watch you live on YouTube also? I would love to be able to watch you on my t.v. Thanks...Tricia

Anonymous said...

Hi Bonnie, I'm from Maryborough, Queensland, Australia... I'm actually just watching your live cam and not doing anything... It is 12.16 pm atm here and I'm going to make lunch.. I'm going to start the Celtic Solstice Mystery at Christmas when my kids are with their Dad.. I'm really looking forward to getting started, 20 more days to go, yay... Cheryle Grundy xxxx

Cousin Jill said...

Hi Bonnie!!! So glad to catch you tonight!! Melody and I started mystery quilt on Sunday..... So far we are loving it! I'm done with step one... Melody is almost there. We had a great time swapping fabric! Hope you have a great trip!! Btw... Melody said you and I are kindred spirits.... Dang speeding tickets.... Lol

Cathie in UT said...

trimming dog ears off of clue one parts tonight. I was brave and used my new to me Singer 27-4 treadle for about 30 units. I found that I am goiing to have to practice a whole bunch to get smoother with the stitching.
Love seeing the mts at Quiltvilla as I am a Carolina girl even though I have lived here in Utah for over 36 years now. Thanks for quiltcam tonight and safe travels

Cheryl said...

Hi Bonnie, I am just finishing the piecing for step 1 of the mystery quilt. I was able to pull from my stash all the fabric needed. You are so kind to share this mystery quilt with us all. Cheryl in Columbus Ohio

Patricia McGrath said...

Enjoying quilt cam tonight, Haven't listened like for a couple of weeks. I am working on Perkioman Daydreams

HelenMarie said...

Hi Bonnie! In the past I watched you on my first kindle before you moved to utube. Then I couldn't watch you and although everyone told me there was an app for that... there wasn't. Recently I upgraded to the kindle fire HD with the Mayday help line... I contacted them and they do NOT have an app to watch utube live... boo hiss! I told them to report that to the designers... maybe one of the future versions will allow it! In the meantime I am watching on my newly acquired laptop while I cut my blues.
helenmarie in tn

HelenMarie said...

rita... kindle does not have an app for that ... boo hiss! I tried... called the mayday help button... no go

HelenMarie said...

reese... kindle does not have an app for that... I contacted their mayday help line and they do not support it.... boo hiss!

SubeeSews said...

you know you need to do the Scrap Users System. That is unique!

Liese Engel said...

I have been through several Christmas Markts in Germany many years ago. I would suggest looking for the little booths with the woodcutters who still do all their carving by hand. They always have little ornate ornaments, animals and figurines. Also looking for fabric, just remember to look for 100% Baumwoll (Cotton). Viel Spass (Lots of Fun!) and Enjoy!

Heather said...

Bonnie, I lived in Germany for 9 years. At the Christmas markets I always searched for the beautiful Nurnberg Wax Angels, nutcrackers, smokers and wooden ornaments. Also wonderful are the candle powered windmill nativities. Be sure to have a cup of Gluwein for me!

PJSQuilter said...

Hi Bonnie, watching you from Corning, NY. I'm paper piecing tonight too, working on blocks from The Farmers Wife book. Doing it in batiks from my stash. Also plan to do the mystery, still picking fabrics. Have a fun trip to Germany! Peggy in NY

RJ said...

Hi Bonnie! My favorite thing from the German Christmas Market were the crepes with Nutella (of course!) And the beautiful blown glass ornaments... They look like thin metal, but are really a metallic painted glass! Gorgeous!! Question on Celtic Solstice, for those of us without a large scrap stash, do people have a lot of success buying yardage of all one fabric for each color? I'm eager to join in, but don't have much of a stash to work with!
Rachel Joy in Northern MN, and under 20" of fresh snow!!

Millie said...

I see your sign Welcome to Mt Airy,, My brother lives there, it is a sweet town!@

Anonymous said...

watching from 70 degree Florida tonight. I'm not working on anything I just got off 12 hr shift at work but watched old quiltcams yesterday and sewed for hours doing 8" crumb blocks. No sewing again until Friday after another 12 hour day. Have a good trip

Kim said...

When you did clue one did you square up your 3.5 inch squares?

I am enjoying both sewing with you and listening to you.....yes you must talk or else it would not be any fun to just watch you.....plus I do love to hear what others have to say and how you kindly encourage us all. safe travels.......look for hand carved ornaments, toys and nicknacks.....love them handmade things I have bought from all over the world.

Happy Sewing

teresa hatten said...

If I were watching Alex and didn't really know much about you I would like to learn about your scrap saver method and your quilting "green" by using repurposed fabric and scraps. That's what first attracted me to your style. The idea that you can create something of beauty without having to buy expensive yardage.

Andee said...

So happy to be sewing along with you tonight Bonnie! I am working on Rock Candy table toppers for Christmas gifts--am all caught up with the mystery! :) Wish you could have been at our party! You missed a good time girl!

kalamityk said...

Hi Bonnie! Kathi from Gainesville, Virginia here. Working on Celtic Solstice Myster with my cheddar bowtie l/e. I, too am behind - my six year old had surgery yesterday to pin her broken arm yesterday. I was a wreck, but she literally is bouncing around the house in her pink cast. So, what was I worried about?! I have so much to sew that tonight this is Quilt Cram!

Mark Mulder said...

Alex Anderson just released her Scrap Quilts Book so you and your scrap quilts would be a good tie in to that. Also the comment you just made about Quilts made from gently used clothes make Quilts that are quilts to cuddle with. I may not explain it well but I am so impressed with the scrap quilts made from clothes so it would be fun to work that in. I would also work in the Mystery and the number of participants throughout the world involved. I am very excited for you to be asked to be on the QS

lourixe said...

It is 3:40 a.m. here, but I really wanted to see a quilt cam LIVE. I am so thrilled with all yout challenges! All 92 orange and 70 of the 92 neutrals done for the Mistery Quilt. It is so cold now I decided to experiment handquilting a sampler while waiting for your show. Monica from West Spain.

Andee said...

I think explaining your scrap system is something alot of folks don't know about...I followed your advice in how to set things up and I can't believe how much easier it is to go scrappy now that so much of my stuff is sorted by size and color. Honestly, I would tune in to listen to you talk about your grocery list Bonnie..so much to be learned from you about life and attitude and kindness, nevermind quilting! :) PS Did you get my email about our kick off party, I sent pictures! :)

Amelia Godissart said...

hi bonnie, wish i could stay on here longer tonight but alas i have a doctor appt @ 830 am... have a safe and wonderful journey ... anticipating the tales upon your return!!!

Cherry said...

Hi Bonnie,
Celtic Solstice is my first ever Bonnie Mystery Quilt! Loving it so far. I was so excited, I had all 188 Tri Rec Units done on Sunday. Can't wait for Friday's installment. have fun in Germany!
Cherry in Northwest suburb of Chicago

Heather said...

Hi again...I left a suggestion above re Christmas Market shopping. I'm finally all moved in in our new home in IL and have neglected my duties as Photo Mistress on the yahoo Group during my move, sorry. But...I thought for those without blogs, you may want to mention our not so little anymore group for sharing mystery photos?!?

Shirley said...

Take bubble wrap with you to wrap up your precious purchases. Love your patterns.
Quilt guild president is bugging me to do a presentation on your scrap saver system. I'm telling her no. Can they not read? Shirley in Oklahoma

Teri Reymann said...

Thank you for you! I love your livecam! I'm still trying to get through all my scraps to find appropriate fabrics for my Celtic Solstice! I'll be one of those catcher uppers!! Btw, Pioneer, CA is more than likely California! It is way up in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Lots of snow and very cold! Teri from the bay area of California where it is also having a bout of freezing temps!

Farm Quilter said...

Becky's hand-crank looks familiar...didn't we see that in a combine that was GPS guided? Harvesting wheat and sewing up a storm at the same time! That was the best advertisement for a hand-crank machine!! Have a blast in Germany :) Susan the Farm Quilter

Roberta said...

I should be sewing on celtic solstice but someone posted this darling little EPP wreath on a pin cushion this morning so I'm making one of those. Thanks for giving me a break with something lovely and small.
Hugs
Roberta in upstate NY

Terri said...

Hi Bonnie you must eat a Shnee-ballen it's sort of a pastry ball with sugar and hazelnut and chocolate . Also need to buy a decorated gingerbread. Not hard as it looks. Yummy! As for what to buy- wish I had bought an authentic nut cracker. My fav German ornaments are blown glass. Especially a beautiful bird with feather tail

Scrappyendings said...

Hit the jackpot last weekend. Went to our local thrift store to gaze at the Singer 503A in cabinet that was $40. But a girl has only so much room for cabinets. I love the cabinet & the machine worked. It is missing the front slide plate & doesn't have any accessories. Well, as I stood gazing once more at the machine while hubby looked outside the store, the machine was marked down to $20. Still I had to think about it. The manager came over & asked if I wanted to buy the machine. I said I was thinking about it. Well, he said that he would hate to see me pay the $20 as he was just marking it down to $20. Bonnie, I HAD to buy it at that price. I will find somewhere to squeeze it in the house. The cabinet is too nice to get rid of. Thought you would appreciate this buy. Amy in Glenwood, Utah.

Nonnie said...

Watching you frim bed, doing some handwork. No sewinf machind for a while. Tripped over cat nov 9th and fractured my right femur. Have a rod the length of the bone. Really want to use thr cuttung table. Btw went to heidelburg christkind market abd brought back a wax angel as a tree topper. Eat lots of leibkuchen!

Mary Ellen said...

Gluehwein (spelled in German with no "e" and an umlaut - two dots - over the "u") is hot mulled wine sold at the outdoor Christmas markets. The wine is served in smallish mugs with the year and sity printed on the mug. They make wonderful souvenirs. By the way, you don't have to drink the wine - you can just buy the little mugs. I found this out after trying to get a set of mugs and getting more than a little tipsy drinking all the wine to get the cups.

The "smokers" are my all time favorites. They are carved and painted wooden figures that have a hollowed out space to hold an incense cone. But a bunch of packets of the incense cones because they are darned hard to find stateside.

Kaethe (again an unlaut goes over the "a" and the first "e" is omitted in German) Wohlfart has saved the traditional German craft of carved and painted figures. Her items are all made in Germany and she has updated the craft by adding other holidays in addition to the traditional Christmas items - there are figures for St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, figures for the top of wedding cakes, etc. As someone mentioned, they are pricey, but considering how much handwork is involved, I think they are worth it. As quilters we know the value of handmade, don't we?

Becky said...

No sewing tonight, the kids requested that I put up the "big" tree so I'm assembling and putting lights on the tree while listening to Quiltcam.

Heather said...

Ok, last comment and I'll leave room for others, LOL...are the blocks you are setting the blocks that were originally for the farmers (accountants) wife quilt or have you completed that one?

cindy pugh said...

HI Bonnie! I just want to THANK YOU for Celtic Solstice!! I'm about 1/3 done with step one. Have a Great trip! Thabks again, Cindy from Reading Pennsylvania.

jeri said...

tee hee hee shift does happen. Thankyou for all you do for us out here In the wide world of quilting. Loving the CS process and all the buzz here in the community. Finished step one except for the trimming. Machine quilting a present for my Guild Christmas gift. Have a great trip!

Doris Goins said...

Love the machine you are sewing on tonight! I grew up learning on a 301 exactly like this one. What memories of all those 4-H projects!

Bev @ kwiltpharm said...

Found a bunch of HST's that needed to be sized (thought I had used most of them up with Crystilline Stars blocks) So I am probably never going to get the split 9 patches finished-the HST's keep reproducing and I have to keep cutting 2-1/2" squares. Oh, well, the piles kind of keep a record of what pillow cases my daughter is cutting for ConnKerr Cancer! She cut 7 the other day-we will sew them up for the next sew-in. But, it is also helping taking down some of my stash and hopefully some child will feel better because of us!

Cindy said...

I am sitting here with my triangles for clue one just plugging away. My points are purple instead of blue going on to reddish/orange and blacks as my neutral. I am so excited to get this one going. And I must tell you that eventhough I've used the TriRex rulers before, no one has ever explained or shown how to use them better than you! So from the mountains of Washington state a great big THANK YOU for your wonderful tutorials and all that you do for us. You go above and beyond. Looking forward to the next clue. Oh, have a wonderful trip and safe travels to all of you.

DBrez said...

Hi Bonnie. Loving the mystery because I excel at mindless repetition! In Germany look for beautiful carved and painted wax wall hangings that look like wood. I have 3 little hearts that are still beautiful after 30 years! Light and small to tuck in your bag. Safe travels. We'll miss you! -- Donna in Harwich MA.

Myrna said...

I hope your niece is injured too badly. Maybe we should all wear hiking boots while using a rotary cutter to avoid accidents. :-)

Farm Quilter said...

Oh, your England trip sounds like a blast!! I did that trip this year with 4 of my quilting buddies from Florida - I live in Washington. The Birmingham Quilt show is AMAZING! We got to stay with 2 quilters in Tealby for 10 days and they showed us the best time - we didn't want to leave!!

Karen said...

Hi Bonnie, I really enjoy watching your quilt cam. I'm not sewing tonight but have two quilts to finish with binding this weekend and will try to watch the archives..

Carol GrahnJohnson said...

Didn't get to watch quilt cam with you tonight, although I enjoy it as I usually learn something new. will watch the re run tomorrow.

Tammy said...

Thanks for having Quilt Cam. I'm viewing it a little later on YouTube. You are going to have a wonderful time in Germany. I've been there a few times. My son was in the Army stationed there; subsequently married a German girl about 18 months ago; they have now moved to the U.S. But on my visits, I felt so welcome; the German people are very friendly. It's a great time to go during the holidays. The Christmas Markets are one of a kind! Safe travels to you! Tammy in Washington State

Helen Tulip said...

Your comment tonight about using using fabric from gently used and washed fabrics making quilts that don’t feel too good to use, love and make memories,could be one of the things you could use on Quilt show.
Those people who ask “what is Quilt Cam?”, tell them it is a world wide quilting bee. When we get together for a bee, we do just as much talking as quilting, but at the end, we have done more quilting with our friends, and had more fun, than housework!, Helen

NancyinSTL said...

just testing

Ingrid said...

I'm so glad your QuiltCam's are archived on youtube. Yesterday I watched (listened) while I was stitching the blue triangles on the orange and white. You told me exactly what I needed to hear. Lift the presserfoot! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Ingrid, the Netherlands.

virginia Boudwin said...

Hi Bonnie, Just saw your Quilt Cam and loved it! I hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip to Germany.

LizD4400 said...

You sure are a pleasure to watch! You make me feel like you're an old friend and we're just chatting while sewing! Excellent work! Did you put "FrankenSinger" together yourself? You sure are amazing!

Diane said...

Bonnie, I taught Home Economics to Middle School students for 12 years. I started with a classroom of 28 machines, mostly 501s. I learned over time if a machine started running slowly to simply plug in a new foot pedal. Apparently the brushes or contacts wear out or burn out over time. Imagine having six different operators for nearly eight hours a day and you would be worn out too. So, try plugging in a new foot pedal and see if it will stitch faster. Is so, you have a simple solution.

E Michelin said...

I like it that you use an ordinary iron rather than those Rolls that mos of us can't/won't afford

E Michelin said...

WOW! What glorious quilts. I have never seen patterns like those. I would live to own this book. Her work is fabulous. I have a copy of her first scrap quilt book.

Jean C. said...

So glad your niece will be alright; that is the pits!!! I was cutting 2.5 inch strips from scraps and it was late at night. Ahem, I had to wake my DH up from bed to take me into the emergency room to get stitches! The ER dr. just shook his head and stitched me up. The up side was he gave me the clamp, scissors and basic tools (that they would have tossed into the garbage) to take home if I wanted! You bet!!! I jumped on them... great for those tough seams when you are hand quilting to pull thru... Now I have a scar on my left index finger top.... cause I rotaryed right over the top of it! Lesson learned! Slow down.

krisgray said...

Wow! SO excited you will be on TQS - about time!! Definitely talk about the scrap savers system, leaders/enders, annual mystery quilt and quilt cam. What other teacher/designer sews with everyone?! That's why we love you!