Thursday, May 17, 2012

Free applique block for today - Owl!

Here's my second pattern for free download! I've got a few more of these cute owls up my sleeve too, so keep watching for more.

Enjoy, and of course, send pictures!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Want to make your own turtle blocks?

EDIT: I have moved this block to my store on Craftsy. It's now available for purchase HERE for $2.

This is a block I designed for a quilt I'm making for my friend's niece.

If you like this one, check out my Monkeying Around pattern, available HERE in book form, or HERE electronically. Also, check out my mystery quilt patterns, Stepping Stones and Starry-Eyed Surprise. And of course, keep checking back here for more free block patterns, like this one.
Enjoy, and send me pictures! :)

Linking  up to these crafty parties!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Gearing up for some quilting!

Recently, I bought a used Gammill long arm. And when I say used, I mean VERY used. It's a VERY old machine, so old that the serial number is 3 letters and 3 numbers. I've discovered it was sold in the mid-80's and was one of the first ones they ever built. And the lady that sold it to me told me that at one time, it was used to quilt a bedspread for Neil Armstrong. There's no paperwork to prove that, and it didn't affect the price, so I take that with a grain of salt.

So, the table has been in the garage for a while, waiting for space in the house big enough (14' is tough to find!). And this weekend, I found it, and we got it in. Yesterday I was home for the day and got the rollers put on and the machine up on the carriage, and am almost ready to go! I'll be reloading the green and purple geometric I've been trying to finish for a few years now. I got about a quarter of the way through on my old setup before I ran out of throat space and was almost flattening out points where the machine wouldn't reach anymore!

There's a couple minor things that need to be fixed on the table, but my husband's a handy guy and said he can fix it right up. As soon as that's done, I'll be ready to roll! We also found an add-on stitch regulator from The Grace Company that he is 99% sure he can make work. If so, I'd have a fully stitch regulated machine and a 14' table for a fraction of the price of a new one. This is very exciting!