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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Did You Sew Much?

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Yesterday dawned into a blustery scene of snow blowing sideways.

Big flakes, just coming on down.

It didn’t last long, but it was enough to make me as giddy as a school girl, making plans to stay inside and sew all day while the weather did whatever its agenda entailed.

Soon, big flakes turned to small ones, then just to little ice crystals coming down, and then all together it stopped.

By afternoon what white frosting our world had was gone, and I was so glad I got this photo.

The first Snow Day Sew Day of this winter for me.


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Top assembly by treadle!

The top was already sewn into rows, with the rows still joined by chaining threads (See my Webbing to Top article under the Tips & Techniques tab at the top of the blog) and all I needed to do was join the rows to each other.  I chose to do so by treadle!

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Singer 15-210

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Indian Star Decals!

From Needlebar.org
The 'Indian Star' occurs as a bed decal on Singer machines which were intended for sale on the Indian sub-continent. The eight-pointed star has the name 'Singer' on each point in a different Indian language.
 
The languages represented moving clockwise from 1 o'clock are:
Onya, Singhalese, Gujarati, Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam (or Tamil), Urd

My machine was manufactured on September 30th, 1941. It says made in the USA, and was found here in NC, no evidence of it having been sold on the Indian continent.

A sign of the 40s – black hand wheel instead of chrome.  You’ll find this on featherweights too, that the chrome handwheels of the pre-WWII era change to black as chromium was used in war efforts.

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It’s a center!

But it looks unfinished.  It just needs something –

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Piano Key Borders going on!

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Oh, so much better!

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Photo taken from the top of the stairs!

I fit one more top finish into 2016.  Boy, didn’t that feel good?

Today we are off to Virginia to take a second look at the one property we really liked.  We hare having a pizza bake to celebrate our New Year’s eve – tomorrow it will be here.  Are you ready?

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Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Vintage hexagon quilt shared by @photokevin74 .

Just as our quilts will live on long after we will, how we treat orhers lives on as our legacy by those who felt the ripples of our actions. Remember, it's all about the ripples - they go on and on!

Have a Happy Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!


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70 comments:

TheEclecticAbuela said...

Great border!

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Caroline Allmond said...

Congratulations! I'm finishing two flannel quilt tops for my grands. I have to have them to the best quilter ever - Bob Provencher - before January 9th. Love you bunches!

Brenda Wall said...

Wow!! That border just enhanced that quilt so much, although it was great as it was. You have such a talent for a vision for your quilts. Now here is another one I want to do!! LOL
Best wishes on your search for a new get-a-way and place to create.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Judy in Michigan said...

Happy New Year Bonnie and family!! I love your new quilt and am surprised at the design that emerged from the blocks I saw last week. The borders are perfect!! Good luck on your property search.

Diana Breed said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! I loved the quilt when I first saw it and the border is fantastic!

Podunk Pretties said...

Happy new year! What a great way to finish off 2016. Stunning to say the least!

Neller said...

Happy New Year Bonnie! Your quilt top looks great and I especially like the border! I plan to get clue number 6 done today. I'm happy to get to use some of the greens

Loris said...

Your new quilt looks fantastic! The border adds amazing interest.
And your plans for the day sound fun. Happy New Year!

kathy johns said...

I think you nailed the "Wow"! Happy New Year!

Dawn Thrift said...

Wow! I can't believe how much you accomplish! You are amazing.

Synthia said...

LOVE the piano key border!! Perfect!

Fran in Mississippi said...

I just knew the border you added would be spectacular...love the border and the quilt! Looking forward to seeing your "new cabin in the mountains" whenever you find the perfect fit. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Kristin said...

Holy cow!!!! Where did that piano key border come from? You put that together so quickly! I really liked it without the border. But I absolutely love it now!

Bettie Sue Goolsby-Doyle said...

Happy New Year to you and yours.
Bettie Sue in TN

Mavis Reynolds said...

The quilt is gorgeous! Fingers crossed re your hunt for Quiltvilla 2.0 and happy new year!!! πŸŽ‰

Genee' Davis said...

Love you 2016 finish! I also love reading histories or origns of our vintage machines!
I'm so excited for you and your cabin adventures! Fingers crossed! Now THAT would be a great beginning of 2017 for your family! 😍❤ Happy New Year! ❤

Carrie Lee said...

Well for sure I am going to do "garlic knots" for my brother for Christmas 2017! It will be a controlled quilt not scrappy. It fits his personality more. Cant wait to start it. But for today I will do Clue 6 first. This is my third year quilting and doing your mystery quilt and I have to say that your directions ROCK! I try to follow patterns from quilt magazine's and other books and I will honestly say hands down your directions are the best and easiest to understand. Happy New Year Bonnie!

Laura said...

Bonnie, your creativity never ceases to amaze me!! The border is PERFECT for that top! Happy New Year to you and Dave!

mangozz said...

That piano key border is awesome! I really love this quilt! I am wondering how many quilts you actually made this year and how it compares to other years. Would love to know the answer. Thanks Bonnie.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love that quilt and the keyboard border just really makes it sing!! Do you have a pattern for this quilt or did you just make it up this month and not have it written down?

Cathy said...

WOW!!!! Love the quilt! You totally amaze me! I love to watch you at work, thanks for sharing each of the steps as you designed along the way. You end up with this amazing quilt from your simple blocks. You are entertaining! ♥️

grammajudyb said...

I love the Piano Key Border...I don't think I have seen it quite like this before. Spectacular!!

Myrna said...

Congratulations on a great finish to your quilt top and Good Luck with your second look at the cabin. When I saw the cabin photos I thought, "This looks like it could be the one."

Happy New Year,
Myrna in KY

Jo said...

Add that quilt to my to do list!!

darlynn said...

Another winner Bonnie! Love this one and the snow. Northern IL is okay, but I miss the MN snow storms. Take care....d

Carole said...

Bonnie, your Garlic Knots look so pretty and the border really tops it off. What talent you have. Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for all you do, I have learned so much from you. Bring on tomorrow, I'm ready.

Crystal Mills said...

I've been building a ice stack of garlic knots this week, they're addictive! I love your border especially the little purple squares. It's perfect. Happy New Years and safe travels

Rp Mushrock said...

This quilt is over the top! Just fab. Wishing you and yours all of the best in the new year ahead.

Susann Chaplin said...

Happy New Year Bonnie❣️❣️❣️πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸ‘what a way to end the year! Love, love the quilt! I am going to have to make this one too!,,Have a good time today! If I could I would buy that place in VA. I love it! So homey and spacious, with a great finished basement.

Aliceart said...

Bonnie, I just love this quilt! Happy New Year! Thank you for all the enjoyment you've given me this year.

Ariane said...

I love how the border pulls it all together!! I love this scrappy goodness!!

Debra Wright said...

Fantastic finish, and that border is absolutely perfect !!!

Cissa K said...

Happy 2017 to you and your family.

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Loved meeting you while you were in Traverse City in 2016 ... looking forward to seeing you again in 2017. Happy New Year to you and your entire family. Thanks for all you give to so many quilters. Wishes for all the blessings, graces and gifts of the coming year!! Linda H

Laura said...

Love that border!

Kimberly Duncan said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!! Good health & blessings in the new year.

Julierose said...

that piano key border just makes the whole top "sing a long" Happy New Year--good luck on your hunt..hugsJulierose

KayJay said...

That border is the perfect finish to this quilt! Good luck on your cabin hunt, although, I really wish you would check out Waynesville, NC. There are some beautiful places there, and you would be close to me! :-)
Happy New Year Bonnie!!

Margaret B said...

I just tried pressing pieces while still changed together. Why didn't I try this years ago?! What a time saver. I love it.

Barbara Greer said...

Wow! That's a confetti New Years Eve finish! Love that border and the whole quilt!

Tracey Holzer said...

Wow, wow, wow! Will your Virginia property be a bed and breakfast for quilters??? LOL! I'm sure that there would be many of us readers who would come see you there.

Colleen said...

Love the quilt and the piano keys border is perfect :) That machine is gorgeous!

Good luck with the cabin search and drive safely.

Tomorrow (Sunday) we will have adult children over and we'll be having a Mexican feast. Happy New Year to all :)

Shari Z said...

What a fun and happy quilt!
Happy New Year, Bonnie!

Linda said...

What a really lovely quilt, Bonnie. Very bright and jolly, very scrappy, very 'YOU'! Happy New Year to you and all your family. Just seen in the New Year in Singapore (now 1.30am here) so we are already in 2017. Where did last year go????

March Beall said...

Woo Hoo Bonnie I love how you did the sashing and the border. I love the border it really sets it off.

Nann said...

What a beauty! This is a candidate to be patterned for your next book. (There will be a next book, won't there?)

Quiltsower said...

Does this newest quilt top have a name. I'd like the pattern.

carole hill said...

I love doing garlic knots, and love the border on it. I haven't decided how to set mine yet as I still need to make more blocks. Good luck on your search, and hope the cabin you like is THE ONE. Happy New Year to you and your family and Sadie and your kitty!

rebecca said...

Beautiful. Good luck on your visit to Virginia 😊

Linda P in IL said...

Dear Bonnie, I've been following you for years. It's no wonder you have such a large following. You are loved the world around. Not only for being a wonderful quilter/teacher. But because you share so much more. I feel like we are good friends and you have brought so much to my life.. even though you wouldn't know me if we were face to face..lol... I'm sure there are many more just like me (yep, we all look alike, haha)
I'm wishing you and your family a wonderful, healthy new year. Thank you for everything!!

Joni said...

Oh Bonnie! You did it again. My Bonnie Hunter bucket list is getting larger! I think 2017 is going to be all Bonnie - All The Time! I love your garlic knots and the border is perfection. I absolutely love sewing on snow days with the brilliant light reflection to sew by. Have fun searching for Quiltvilla version 2.0! Happy New Year!

Judy said...

Bonnie, love the quilt. Do you have a system for laying out and sewing the sashing?

Judy said...

Bonnie, love the quilt. Do you have a system for laying out and sewing the sashing?

Bente Antonsen said...

This is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your quilting prosess. 2017 is going to be a busy Bonnie year and I will love it all the time.

quiltingbean said...

I am really missing the search function for the blog. Is that something you did away with or is it a blogspot thing?
Thanks for all you do.

abelian said...

I'm loving the quotes you use at the end of each post. Today's is especially good, but I like even more what you said about the ripples of our actions. I've been looking for a word for the year - maybe "ripples" is it!

hiho said...

search function for the blog

Gramma Kitty said...

I am loving the completed garlic knots quilt. Will instructions for the whole quilt including sashing and piano borders be published? You are amazing Bonnie!!! Thanks and Happy New Year!

Craft Mad said...

Hi Bonnie. I hope you will eventually publish this Garlic Knot & piano key quilt , as a pattern or in a book. It is stunning.
Congratulations on another winner!

silva kazandjian said...

Thank you Bonnie for an amazing year, from your tutorials, free patterns, beautiful designs,and most of all the Alaskan Cruise. My dream came true. You thought me almost everything i know about quilting,thank you so much, you give us a lot, may GOD give you ten times more. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Sue Fyfe said...

Bonnie, Happy New Year for you and all your family. I hope that the coming year will be full of pleasant comments, peace and understanding of all you give and all you do. From this side of the border, I want to tell you how much you have enriched my life not only in quilting but in the privilege of living everyday.

I do have a request for you regarding the piano key border if I could be so bold as to ask. How do you make yours.. It looks so awesome with the quilt you just webbed and sewed. I notice those different fabrics in the keys and the dark ends but for the life of me I can't figure out how you construct it. Maybe it is just the holiday hangover from the go-go-go or perhaps I need more sleep LOL.

Once again, thank you for all you give, do and figure out.

Abigail Dolinger said...

The Garluc Knots quilt is scrappily awesome! I echo the encouraging and thankful comments above. Wishing you and yours God's blessings in the new year.

Sue Faithfull said...

Hi Bonnie I have a Singer with the same decals as yours. Mine is a hand crank and made in May 1917. I knew bout being made for export to India. I bought it here in Australia but unfortunately do not know its travel history. I love using it, it sews beautifully.

Chris said...

Awesome border! When did you ever have time to make it?

Alleyne Hardaker said...

Love the border! Do you have a tutorial for it?

Ruth-Anne Hayes said...

I love the phrase "Snow Day Sew Day!" I wish we had more of those in Kennesaw, GA. I have to settle for the "Rainy Day Play Day" program. It works! ♡

Karen M said...

New header--En Provence? Clever girl, I love both quilts. Snowing here (OR)so I think I'll make soup and sew. Happy New Year. See you in September (isn't that a song?).

Donna Endresen said...

Congratulations on another great top finished! I Love Garlic knots, sand the piano keys really sets it off!

Good luck on the cabin hunt and on a Great 2017!

Donna
Kasilof, AK

QuilterBee said...

I love this quilt you made! I hope it ends up in a book or pattern!

Pam said...

I love the Garlic Knot quilt! I am working on the reveal steps of En Provence! Another gorgeous Mystery Quilt!!