The Alzheimer's Touch Quilt Project is an initiative of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, sponsored by Manitoba Blue Cross with funding from Manitoba Community Services Council.
All that is left to do on this touch quilt is put the label on. I used fake fur, nylon, polyester and ribbons to embellish this quilt. There is one little purple bag that has five buttons sewed inside. The solid medium brown fabric is suede. The nine patch squares are 100% cotton, the dark blocks are poly-cotton.
The binding is 100% polyester metallic wired ribbon.
The backing is 100% cotton flannel. The batting is Warm and Natural unbleached 80% cotton and 20% polyester.
There are several different free motion quilting designs in the blocks.
I hope the recipient of this quilt will enjoy following the quilting lines.
This quilt was lots of fun to quilt.
I pieced it with my Singer 15-91, then quilted most of it on my Bernina 930 Record and four blocks were quilted with my Singer 15-89 treadle. Treadling while free motion quilting takes lots of practice. I found I had a lot more control with the electric machine than with the treadle.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor.
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012. .
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece who lives in Alaska in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit my modern free-arm Singer. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to my Heidi.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.