Thursday, December 18, 2014

Writing, writing, writing….QUILTING!

This is Sally, my Singer 328K.  She was made in 1963 in Kilbowie, Scotland – the same factory that made the 221K, or Featherweight.

She is a tank.

She feels nearly industrial and she has a mean, zig-zag, one of the few zig-zag machines that I own.

She fits in the same cabinet that the 400 and 500 series machines do….and I haven’t played with her much.  She does take decorative cams, but I haven’t had time to really play with them and find out what the stitches can do on this old girl.

But let me tell you, she is a battle axe, and you would fall in love with her from the moment that frog’s eye light bulb goes shining down onto your project!

I saved this project until this evening….I spent ALL DAY up until 7pm  writing writing writing.

We want to spend all next week up until the 27th at the cabin, and all the writing of the mystery parts for the next 3 clues needed to be ready to go before I head back up to the mountain. 

I also had to write out all the mystery steps to a quilt I’m teaching in Plano over New Year’s at Fabric Fanatics!.  A different mystery!

And though you won’t get to see it as a mystery, it will be released as a full quilt pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine in the spring, so be watching for it.  It is going to help you bust some serious stash..BIG TIME.

My class is instructed not to let the cat out of the bag until it is released in the magazine, and then they can post it wherever they want, be it facebook, twitter, flickr, instagram, blogland, whatever….but it is hush hush until then, okay class?

After I sent those files off to Lisa at Fabric Fanatics to do the printing for me, I sat down to business:


Zig Zagging batting scraps together!

I like thread holding my pieces together.  no glue on meltable interfacing or glue tape.  Thread.

I simply trim up the edges of the pieces, and zig zag them with the largest longest widest stitch my machine can muster.  I just overlap slightly, very little, and the stitching smooshes down the seam so you can’t feel it in the quilt at all.

I’d rather save the money for fabric, and this way I know the stitching is secure, the batting is not going to come apart through repeated washings, and there are no gluey chemicals in the quilt that can yellow or stain or get crunchy over time.

Heaven knows I have an abundance of thread, so this took no time at all!


Close up.  no ridges to be felt!


Three pieces made this big enough!

These were just leftovers from the last couple of quilts, including Grand Illusion!  I love to see the batting scraps go.


A bit of my stitching just getting started!

I’m using an edge to edge design called Check and Chase by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting, Australia.  I’ve used this one before and I really like it.  I’m using a light blue thread on the top, and a grey in the back because I had some pre-wounds to use up.

I’ll be working on this tonight!  My goal is to have it trimmed and binding on by the time we leave for Quilt Villa tomorrow afternoon.

Tomorrow before we go…I just need to do the high res photos for the Vermont Quilt Festival and I think I will have cleared my docket and be able to leave with a clear conscience!  Hooray!

There are just a few hours left in our Mystery Monday Link-Up for part 3!  Hurry and add your link THERE now!  And even if YOU aren’t linking…go CHECK what everyone else has linked….the array is so wonderful!

I’m ready!  Are you?

Enjoy your evening, everyone!

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  1. Thank You So much for your time, your inspiration, and your positive spirit! You've taught me so much with this Mystery, and am really looking forward to the next step in the process! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and God Bless! Lynne in MN

  2. Gorgeous machine Bonnie. Oh boy another MQ, we are so fortunate. will be watching for the magazine. Have a wonderful time at the cabin.

  3. You're a woman after my own heart. I too use up my batting left covers by zig zagging them together. Would you believe I am also in the final stages of quilting a baby quilt. Just need to finish the borders then trim and bind. There is always lots to do this time of year and I applaud you for getting so much accomplished. Besides your own projects you keep the wonderful mystery quilts coming. Can't wait to see what is in store for us tomorrow. Have to confess though this week has been so full of sewing that had to be done by this weekend that step 3 is sitting waiting for me to get it together. Next week it will happen as the crunch will be behind me. Like someone else said BREATHE. Have a good weekend and enjoy your family time.

  4. this is the same as the machine I learned to sew on, it is now in my sewing room, and I call her Marguerite after my Mom. You're right, it's a great machine!

  5. Love that baby quilt, Bonnie. I also want to thank you for the Mystery quilt and all the beautiful patterns you design for us to enjoy. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas at the cabin, and a wonderful New Year. Oh, and if you should happen to release clue 4 early, nobody will complain! Can't wait....

  6. Hi Bonnie, just wanted you to know I made your crockpot bean soup recipe for dinner, it came out delish. I didn't have a ham bone so used a couple of small ham steaks and it worked fine. Served with from scratch cornbread, yumm-o!

  7. Dear Santa, For Christmas, I would like half the energy that Bonnie Hunter has. Thank you!

  8. I am sewing my mystery quilt on my Green Viking Husqvarna Type 19 E made in Sweden. I love this machine. I bought it used when I was in high school for $115.00, so I think it is a 1950's or 1960's vintage. It is super fast and has a great stitch and I love it so much. I really hate my Bernina compared to this machine.

  9. Bonnie...I have a 328K also and it IS a tank!! The only thing I don't like is the light. Is it just me being stupid but I can't find a switch for the light!!!

  10. Anonymous2:53 AM EST

    Bonnie when you find these older machine are they in good condition or do you usually have to have a sewing machine repairman tune them up. I mostly have newer machines and see many older machines at the place I take my machine to get repaired. Mostly just stacks of them.

  11. See you in Plano...ready for the mystery! Texas has the light on for you! Merry Christmas!

  12. barbar50074@att.net5:21 PM EST

    Thank you so much for all the inspiration. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    My huband has is learning to repair mechanical machines. He likes to get the machines to running. Slowly teaching him about sewing. He says I don't get it he just wants to get the machine to work. I explained that each machine is different and the seamstress has to develop a relationship with the machine. Being a mechanical guy don't think he got it.


  13. Love your 328! she's a beauty..I want to Thank you from the bottom of my Heart for your generosity, thoughtfulness, kindness, wisdom & Loving nature..You're the Best in my Book.
    Get a good night's rest...you certainly have it coming...

    Debra in Ma.

  14. My dad could have had a hand in making that machine as he worked in that Singer factory for many years. It's a small world. Thank you for the mystery quilt and the time you put in producing this. My Grand Illusion is coming nicely.

  15. If anyone has a non-working machine like this one, I would love to get the thread take up lever. Mine was picked up wrong and it snapped. Thanks a bunch,
    Janice in TN

  16. How cool, you have a machine from my birth year. I haven't found a machine from my birth year (yet). One of these days. Merry Christmas!


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