My sewing machine is home again!


My domestic sewing machine has finally made its way home again.  A blown fuse was the culprit so it wasn’t too bad, although I did miss it while it was gone.

Do you remember the quilt that got away?  I thought that I had taken a photo of it but didn’t.  Well, I did have that quilt in my house and I did manage to get a photo for you.

Linda's Strippy Quilt

Linda’s Strippy Quilt

Here is Linda’s finished quilt.  She mentioned that she has done one of these for each of her children.  Can you believe that?  All those strips pieced together so precisely and kept so nice and straight too.  Again, the borders were square and flat.  That definitely makes my job easier. I SID  (stitched in the ditch) around all the strips and quilted a freehand design  in the border and sashing areas.

Carol also made a “modern quilt” for an upcoming charity fundraiser.  She had seen the pattern somewhere but didn’t have the chance to buy the pattern.  So, she designed the pattern herself and made the quilt!  Talented or what!?

Carol's "modern" quilt

Carol’s “modern” quilt

Because the quilt had a “modern” feel to it, Carol wanted some “modern” quilting.  So, I SID (stitched in the ditch) around all the strips and “pebbled”  around all the sashing and border pieces.

Pebbling on Carol's quilt

Pebbling on Carol’s quilt

All those  pebbles look pretty cool.

Pebbles  up close and personal

Pebbles up close and personal


As promised, I have 2 more small art quilts for you.  At this rate, I will have to finish those other 26.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Several of the leaves were created using Sulky’s Water Soluble stabilizer.  First, I drew a leaf pattern on the clear stabilizer and then stitched it to death with thread.  After all the leaf shape had been outlined with thread, I had to fill in the entire remaining area with thread.  If I remember correctly, the 2 yellow leaves, on the right and left sides, in the middle of the quilt, were created this way.  The other leaves were cut out and stitched on with a straight stitch around the entire leaf.  Dissolving the 2 leaves were interesting.  The stablizer dissolved but there was some gunk in the sink afterwards but it cleaned up ok.

Pumpkin quilt

Pumpkin quilt

This sad looking pumpkin was created using NeoColor Water Pastel Crayons.  Try saying that 10 times fast!

Before I used the crayons, this entire piece of fabric was white.  It truly was.

If you like to color, this is the project for you.  All you have to do, is color the entire piece of fabric into whatever design or pattern you like.

I ironed my fabric to a piece of freezer paper so that it would be somewhat stablized while I was cloring it.   Then I drew a pumpkin on the fabric, with an orange crayon.  After the leaves and sky were colored in, water was spritzed onto the fabric and allowed to dry.  I tried to quilt lines onto the pumpkin but it turned out looking more like  an onion than a pumpkin.

I fused 2 layers of green fabric for the leaves and then cut them out.  A piece of twine is used for the vine.  Voila!  My pumpkin is complete.

And on that note, I will give you a glimpse of what quilt is hanging around awaiting my finishing touches.

 Applique Quilt

Applique Quilt

Isn’t this one  a beauty?  Applique quilts are “my one weakness.”  Can you guess who said that quote or what series this came from?

I will let you know the answer next week and I will show you my completed art quilt for that upcoming competition I mentioned before.

Until next week,

Happy sewing.


9 thoughts on “My sewing machine is home again!

    • ruthq2013 says:

      Hi Marjorie,
      Try drawing your pebbles on paper first. And remember to practice, practice, practice. You will get better, I promise. I am doing this with feathers-trying to prefect them so that they look good too.


  1. Dolores says:

    Love that applique quilt. Can you not make your pumpkin more orange by using pencil crayon, if you don’t like the colour that it is now? You wouldn’t need much – just highlights.

    • ruthq2013 says:

      Hi Delores,
      Yes, the applique quilt is amazing. The pumpkin could be colored more orange too. I thought that the quilting lines made it look more like an onion than a pumpkin.


  2. Lorna says:

    Hi Ruth , beautiful quilts, great work. I know your sister Sharon in Bonnyville, AB. I work with her. She has some great sewing ideas as well. Lorna

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