Saturday, August 16, 2014

Checking back in again..... My SIL left yesterday, and as I promised, my sewing machine was put to use and was humming along for much of her visit.
Patti found out the week before her visit that she was going to be a grandmother (again) and a great Aunt (again) and wanted to get a start on some baby quilts.  Here's Patti beginning to piece the baby quilt.  She found some cute monkey fabric and thought it would be pretty cute.  She's a beginning quilter and not very confident of her skills, but she truly does a great job.  We chose an easy pattern that will also be used for the other quilts she wants to make.
Here's her finished baby quilt.  Patti did everything herself with me just barking directions at her.  She takes her time and is very accurate with everything that she does.  Her quilt is completely finished except for the hand sewing on the back of the binding.  She'll be able to finish it easily at home.
She also brought along a jelly roll that she purchased on a previous visit.  I thought a jelly roll race quilt would be fast an easy..... it was.  She only finished the top but was pleased with the quick results.

We had to have a little retail therapy while she was here so we visited a few quilt shops.  This is the fabric that I picked up for myself.  It looks like a lot, but several of the pieces were half price remnants of only 6" or so.

And here is my treasure!  I found this child's sewing machine at a little antique store that is just down the street from me.  I saw it a few weeks ago and resisted it.  When Patti and I went back to browse around, it was reduced by $5 and had to be mine!  It was a really great deal.  The little machine was probably made in 1957 and is in super shape.  Even the little plastic instruction disc is still attached.  I gave it a few drops of oil, and she's cranking quietly and smoothly. 

We actually did quite a few things besides sewing while Patti was visiting.  I didn't want her to feel chained to the sewing machine, even with her deadline to get the baby quilt finished, so we went on some kind of adventure every day.
  (Miss you, Patti!)
Now I've got to get myself moving and get my See You in September blog hop under control, as well as the Sister Swap that I joined.  My blog hop day is September 4th, coming right up.  I've only got a few weeks to get everything done, but I think I can.... I think I can....


  1. So glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time with your SIL! Her two quilts are wonderful. You new stash pieces look like so much fun. I'm collecting LV pieces too. That little red machine is a hoot.

  2. Looks like the 2 of you had a great time and she made some very cute quilts.....I found some toy sewing machines at an antique store the other day, but I thought they were too I resisted. Yours is beautiful and made in the year I was born.

  3. Such fun stuff you've been up to! I love anything with a monkey on it...cute, cute, cute! I wish I could find such cool things at the antique store around here. Love that sewing machine!