I am delighted to have completed all 12 monthly challenge pieces in their respective months. Perhaps, I will tackle the bonus tutorials in 2013. When I signed up for this challenge, I had no idea how quickly my quilting skills would improve. I feel so privileged to have learned so much from our excellent teachers and the other participants. Here is the recap:
It is hard to believe how quickly this year has passed. December's teacher is Patsy Thompson. Her tutorial, complete with utube video is most excellent! Patsy provides clear instructions and wonderful illustrations. Her quilts are awesome! Without further preamble...drum roll please....
My quilt is finished and I learned so much from all the wonderful teachers, as well as the other participants.
I started drawing the feathers, paying close attention to the take off and kissing zones.
I marked my quilt border, exactly as Pasty instructed.
The only flexible rulers available locally were 18 inches long. My attempt to join them together did not work because the rulers are not flexible enough on the ends. I did order a 40 inch ruler on-line which should arrive before the end of the month.
The markings were made with a Sewline ceramic pencil.
The take off zone.
The kissing zone.
I used Marathon trilobal 100% polyester embroidery thread, with a Schmetz 90/14 embroidery needle.
The thread colours were bright to make the border really stand out.
Thank you so very much Darlene for hosting the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge. I really appreciate all your hard work to organize this wonderful learning opportunity for your cyber quilting friends. Thanks tons to all the fantastic teachers who provided the tutorials.
I'm delighted to have completed all twelve monthly challenges in their respective months. What comes next? Perhaps in 2013, I'll complete the bonus tutorials.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
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 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.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
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 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
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.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
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 a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
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.