Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Treadle

Everyone knows I love antique and vintage sewing machines and recently a friend gave me this White treadle cabinet.  It did not have a machine in it but I'm sure I will find one !   There is quilte alot of interest in collectiing old machines and cabinets these days which I am extremely grateful to see. This cabinet although it's in need of minor repairs is in great condition and  dates circa 1900.   The white company was founded by Thomas White in 1876 Cleveland Ohio.  Next to Singer, perhaps the largest and best known of the US sewing machine companies.   White owned their own forests and operated their own cabinet factories, rather than contracting them out. They were noted for having the highest quality cabinets. Read more at Treadleon.net  So for now my lovely cabinet makes a great display for these Fabrics Neutral Territory by Audrey Wright (RJR Fabrics) --- so much prettier in real life then pictures show, I just love the black tans & whites and there's an accent of a very pretty blue that just brings it all together.

Always Quilting,

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Vintage Spools

Many years ago I made a sewing machine cover for my darling vintage singer using these little spool blocks.  The time has come to make a new one as this one is certainly "well loved" over the years.
Very easy to make and I just use leftover scraps of assorted dark/med and light prints from my basket,

For each block you need 2)  1" x 3 1/4"  retangles
                                         2) 1" x 2" retangles
                                          1) 2" x 2" square
                                           4) 1" squares
Sew the 1" x 2" retangles to either side of the 2"x 2" square, press toward the center
then take the 1" squares and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and place them on either end of the 1" x 3 1/4" retangle,  You will sew on that line you drew but be careful of your placement here, On the left side you want to be sewing from lower left to top right and on the right side lower right to top left, ( hopefully I didn't say that wrong !)
Repeat for the other 1" x 3 1/4"  retangle exactly the same way.
Press out and trim the extra off
and stitch to the top of the previous unit you just made and do the same thing on the bottom of the unit, and there you have a spool !  Fun to make , next week I will show how to these by hand with a different technique and that is totally portable and wee bit smaller in size !

Always, Quilting,