A Nautical Quilt Top and New Bag Progress

Nautical Quilt Top, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Nautical quilt top! As I mentioned in my last post, this is a pattern by Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew. There are lots of sizing options, but this is for a child and I chose the crib quilt. Thanks for all your suggestions on backing fabric! I ended up ordering some adorable whales from the Message in a Bottle collection, recommended by Kimber. Hopefully it arrives in the next couple of days and I can get basting!

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I’ve also started making the Cargo Duffle pattern by Anna of Noodlehead. I was looking at the pattern and planning my fabrics, when my daughter sat down next to me. After about 30 seconds, I was roped into making a second duffle. Then my son notices what’s going on. Yep, a third duffle. So I hope you like this bag, because you will probably be seeing a few of them come together on the blog!

Cargo Duffle pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am using a print called Bare Nopal in Gloom from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan as my feature fabric, Essex linen in natural for my solid, and a print called Raspberry Jam from Basic Grey‘s PB&J collection for my pockets. I have a few zippers coming in the mail in the next few days, so once that arrives I will be able to finish up the first duffle. Can’t wait to share more soon!

Nautical Quilt Blocks

Nautical Quilt in Progress, Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We are now on the 5th day of school…and my 1st grader is home with a fever. Poor guy! Secretly, I have missed him a lot during the transition back, so I don’t mind the extra cuddles. (And he seems to be brightening up too!)

I was pretty productive in those first few days of school though. I bought Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s Nautical quilt pattern. I was looking for a quilt design with Nautical flags and was very excited to see she had one in her shop. She always has great directions and this pattern is no exception. I breezed through making 50 blocks in 3 days while catching up on some tv.

Nautical Quilt in Progress, Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am using the same color scheme as the cover quilt. I noticed I didn’t have a lot of blues in that shade, so I’ll be on the hunt to work on my stash in that area. Anyone have suggestions for the backing? Once I get these blocks together, I will have two quilts to baste! I see some quilting in my future. :)

Back to School and August Bee Blocks

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The kids are officially back in school. I promise my blog isn’t going to turn into only pictures of my children, but we did stitch up our August Not Your Mama’s Bee quilt blocks in the days before going back. The last two months, I’ve found it a bit challenging to help both kids make their blocks at the same time. I still do the ironing and rotary cutting…and my son needs a bit of help with the machine. So this time we worked on two different days.

This month we made blocks for Angela’s daughter. She requested simple blocks of 16 squares, cut 4″ x 4″, and featuring Heather Ross prints and other fabrics that were pink, blue, yellow and purple.

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I mentioned before that my daughter is getting pretty self sufficient on my BERNINA 440QE. You can see her set up in the above photo. The only thing she needs is a couple books under the foot pedal! We did our sewing on a Saturday morning, and it was pretty wonderful. I sewed next to her, finishing up my Picnic Point quilt top. She made her block. I think this was the first time we sewed side-by-side like this. It was such a great memory.

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My son had fun picking fabrics (as usual) but was less interested when it came to waiting for mommy to cut the fabrics and iron the seams. :)

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I learned this month that sewing a long straight seam is harder for beginners than several short seams. It was a lesson in patience (and seam ripping) when we tried to have a consistent seam allowance the entire way down the block.

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We also ditched him sitting in my lap, and I had him stand at the machine and push the foot pedal while I stood behind him and helped guide his hands. Still getting the hang of it!

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I’m now enjoying a bit of quiet while they are gone for the day…and my mind is full of ideas as to how to spend the next nine months until another summer vacation!

A “New” Friend Joins the Party ~ Singer Featherweight 221

Singer Featherweight 221 : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have a bit of a confession. A “new” friend came to live with me last week. Meet Betty Bee. She is a Singer Featherweight 221, born in 1950. Sharing her this week is sort of timely, as yesterday was the anniversary of Isaac Singer’s patent of the sewing machine.

A few weeks ago, during my weekend in Wisconsin, I spent some time eyeing Jeni and Holly’s featherweights. Such great machines, and wow, just amazing that something with that many moving parts 60, 70, even 80 years old can still work perfectly!

Singer Featherweight 221 : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I decided that a Singer Featherweight would be a perfect travel sewing machine…and even a “kitchen table” sewing machine. My house is tall and narrow, so my sewing studio is up on a third floor. I love the idea of having a permanent, lightweight machine that I can stitch on in the kitchen when the kids are home, and then store away on a book shelf when not in use. I know a lot of these machines are listed on eBay, so I started there. I was pretty overwhelmed and honestly, I am not an eBay person. Just tell me the price and end the games! :) But after looking over listings and finding one that appeared to be in good shape, I did some bidding and actually won! Meet Betty Bee – named by my 8 year old daughter.

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Betty Bee had one owner before me, and previously lived very nearby in Wisconsin. In fact, so close that she took less than 24 hours to arrive at my house. The original owner’s name was on a piece of paper in the case (that also included the name of her former employer), so I Googled her and was able to print out a little history to store with the machine.

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She is in great condition. As with any machine, learning to thread it and get started can be a process. (Yes, it took me some time to realize I had the needle in wrong!)

I joined a Singer Featherweight 221/222 group on Facebook, which has awesome information in the Files area related to the machine. I also followed some online videos to help me clean her, switch the bulb to an LED, and replace the felt drip pad. (I bought the bulb, felt and a couple other maintenance items at April 1930’s Featherweight Specialty Shop.) She came with the original manual so I used that to make sure she was oiled and lubed in all the right spots.

Singer Featherweight 221 : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Besides apparently being addicted to sewing machines, I also have a weakness for Lululemon. I managed to get a bag there that fits Betty Bee and some supplies perfectly.

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Here it is, next to the original case.

Singer Featherweight 221 : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am sure you will see more glimpses of Betty Bee popping up here and there. She came with a bunch of presser feet, some look more like torture devices. But I’m guessing I will mostly piece with her.

Singer Featherweight 221 : Fresh Lemons Quilts

She will be much cared for and used in her new home, and my daughter has already claimed her for once I die. Ha! A long, long time from now. 😉