Monday, April 13, 2015

Oh, That Midnight Flight!

Just how many pieces does it take to make ONE Midnight Flight block?


There are 22 pieces in each block quarter…which means we have a lot of fun breaking the workshop down into easy units and just stockpile them until we have enough variety to start putting things together.

I absolutely love how easy simple units can combine to make a design that looks extremely complicated, but isn't!

Patchwork is a puzzle of the BEST KIND, isn't it?

We had a great day meeting at the Volunteer Fire Department community building in Sykesville, MD with the Four County Quilters.  What a fabulous venue!

And while the gals were sewing, I also had some time to visit and play…

Here’s something I don’t get to see very often….


Just a featherweight, you say?  Look closer!


It’s a black side!  1945!

I’ve written about blackside featherweights before.  Durring the WWII era, chromium was designated for the war effort and they used a gun-metal bluing type process on the parts that were normally chrome to give them a shiney black appearance.  You can see it here on the face plate, the screw that holds the face plate in place, the presser foot even!  Also….the presser foot lifter lever ---these babies are really rare and were only made in two runs that have been documented.


More info!  Sweet!

I love these little bits of history.

We also had some giggles….


Me & Amy!

Now Amy was especially excited.  She doesn’t get solo road trips that often.  She lives in New Jersey, and is the mama of 1 year old twin girls.  Remember what it was like to have little toddlers?  And how you craved grown-up girlfriend time??  Amy drove from New Jersey yesterday morning while her hubby lovingly stayed home with the girls knowing that Happy Wife means Happy Life Life!

When Amy pulled into the parking lot of the large community building she saw a long stretch limo parked there.

She thought it was MINE – that I was arriving by limo to teach this class! LOL!!!  What a hoot!  

The upside of a limo?? Imagine all of the quilty stuff it could haul in comfort!

No, I drive a Shamu, and that is enough limo for me.  But boy did we giggle and have the best time.


Half of the room working so diligently!


Uhoh, the teacher is watching!!


Line ‘em up, girls!


Squeeze it in!


Hey, let me in here too!


Awesome day!!

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Midnight Flight, Sykesville, MD 2015

Last night was perfect for some string blocks:


SVU marathon and simple stringing along.

This morning I’m heading out to New Jersey – lecture in Chatham tonight!  Luckily and happily the sun is shining and it should be a lovely spring drive.

Thank you, Maryland for the wonderful welcome and the fabulous time in your midst!  You know how to treat this traveling girl right ---

Have an awesome Monday, everyone!

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  1. I should have gone to Sykesville from Indiana - my cousin lives there and I would have had free lodging!! I love the Midnight flight block

  2. I saw the midnight flight block in quiltmaker awhile ago and tagged it as something I would like to do. Now after seeing all these combos...it is a definite!!

  3. YEP 88 x 30 Blocks is how big my Midnight Flight is. I am so happy that you had a fun time with the Maryland group. That young MOM has a Keeper for a Hubby! Hope she gets some SEW time during naps. Love all the color combos. The blue and gray - so subtle.

  4. Which of your books is Midnight Flight in?

  5. I would love to have taken a class of yours at the Vermont Quilt Festival but it sold out very quickly. You are rather popular. Someday, I hope.

  6. What book is this pattern in. I really like this quilt.

  7. I found Midnight Flight in Bonnie's More Adventures in Leaders and Enders. 88 pieces per block, uh, maybe I will rethink doing that one ;-D

  8. I enjoyed the info about the 1940's singer.


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