Then I went on vacation for just over two weeks. The only thing I sewed was a pair of royal blue and white lace garters for Véronique's wedding attire. We flew to Ontario to visit our daugher and son-in-law. Then we traveled by car to Québec to attend Véronique and Scott's wedding. I finally got back to the July fmq challenge on July 18. Instead of making a practice block first (which I always do) I quilted the tiles directly on to my fmq sample quilt! Big mistake as I forgot how to do it. What was I thinking? Oooops!
I used a different fill designs in every panel.
Rainbow 100% polyester variegated thread and a Schmetz 80/12 universal needle.
There are two mistakes in this small 8 by 8 inch block.
The pink and purple blocks are the quilt top.
The unbleached white cotton is the back side.
It is much easier to see my mistakes on the back side. The tile piece that looks a little like a hockey stick is not joined to another tile.
The second mistake is on the tile above the heart-shaped leaf filler. I'm undecided about whether or not to rip them out and quilt it again. There is approximately two square inches of very tiny stitches to rip out on both tile and filler designs.
I really like the way the unique filler designs turned out. The round pebbles, vertical lines and the other designs give this block a lovely texture. It is wonderful to run your hands over.
After I did my quilt block, I made an 11 by 15 inch practice block to quilt the tile technique again.
This time I used the same filler design in all the tiles and varied the tile shapes. The top is 100% off-white cotton sheeting.
The back side is 100% cotton pink flannelette.
Readers, when you are learning a new technique, do you always make a practice block?
Would you rip out the mistakes to fix the sample quilt or leave it alone?
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.