Free Motion Quilting on a Vintage Singer 201-2

free-motion quilt fit

The main reason why I wanted to buy a vintage sewing machine was so that I could quilt my quilts at home and not have to send them out to a quilter.  Not that I am opposed to that, I just don’t have it in the budget.  So after shopping around and realizing that a larger sewing machine (by that I mean larger arm space or harp space for a quilt to fit, I’ll show you) was not going to happen… for a very long time, I tried to think about plan B.  In my research I discovered that the vintage machines can do free-motion, they are easy to find, workhorse machines and a fraction of the price.  I used some birthday money from my Dad and Stepmom to buy a machine on Ebay and bought a $40 sewing desk on Craigslist.

I have had some frustrating moments with this machine.  In my frugality, I bought a machine that had not been cleaned or serviced, it just worked.  So when I got it, it was quite dirty and in need of some tlc.  This process has been annoying at times, but overall I feel like I really know my machine.  I won’t fill you in on all the gory details besides a few tips on how I got the free motion working well.  I can save that for a different post if anyone is interested, but the machine is working perfectly… exactly what I wanted and I’m pretty excited about that.

Here are my settings for free-motion

Tension: just over 1

Make sure bobbin tension is correct, my machine likes it tight.  (I fiddled with this forever and it got my stitch looking great once it was right)

Aurifil thread (see photo for specs)

Feed dogs up (I don’t know why, but my machine goes haywire when you drop the dogs and it doesn’t make much difference in moving the fabric around.)

Now here is the real kicker.  All the hours of fussing with my machine to get a nice stitch is worth it to have this…

See that cute little jadeite dish that holds my safety pins?  I mean – the difference is pretty obvious.

I’m about 1/3 done with quilting this quilt.  Can’t wait to show you when it’s finished!!

Goin’ Gold Cancer Ribbon video

Gold Ribbon cancer awareness

Hey Everyone!  Happy Monday, we are all very happy that Daddy made it home yesterday after a 3 week long work trip to Japan.  We are soaking up some much needed family time and preparing for Little Kid E’s 4th birthday tomorrow.  We are having a little party for him next weekend, but still want to make tomorrow fun and special.

I wanted to share with you all a project I have been working on.  I was approached by some cancer Mom’s who have a campaign called Goin’ Gold and asked me to do a video with a gold theme to give some visual demonstration that the Gold ribbon=Childhood Cancer Awareness.  Please check it out and support this great cause!

How to make a baby quilt video series

baby quilt

I wanted to point out my How to Make a Baby Quilt series.  If you hover over “quilt” you will see “how to make a baby quilt.”  It takes you to a page with a series of videos I did with FaveQuilts going through all the steps to make a small baby quilt using 1 charm pack.

Here is the finished quilt.



This quilt measures 26.5 x30…

Uses 1 charm pack of Hello Luscious by Moda

Kona in Straw or Khaki for binding and backing (my color card is on its way, so I’ll be able to tell you soon!)

Batting is flannel

This is a great visual resource if you are a beginner or like to see how other quilters do the steps.  I cover nesting seams, machine quilting, basting and binding so its a nice basic series.  I do not cover cutting since I used a charm pack, but I may do one in the future.

So head on over to this page and check it out!

Here’s a fun shot of my little guy holding the quilt on the beach.

Blue Wave Quilt

Blue Wave quilt fence photo front

This is a lovely quilt.  One of my favorites.  Blue Wave Quilt.

40 x 55

Kona solids and Clifford Be Big Inspiration Words in White

Warm and White Batting

Quilted with Aurifil White and Gutterman Blue thread by me

If you want to see more photos and information about how I made this quilt, see the previous process post here.



July and August Craftsy Blocks

craftsy block july double star

Hey Everybody! The past few days, I have been trying to get caught up on my Craftsy blocks! I also got the swoon basted and the top to the dresden challenge completed, so there will be lots of fun sewing posts this week.

These first 2 blocks were from July, and they were 2 different types of Dresden plates.  I have to say, I’m not too big a fan of the applique.  Machine applique is much faster but doesn’t look as nice.  These turned out ok, I wasn’t feeling these as much.

These were the August blocks.  Stars.  These turned out super cute, I always love me some Heather Bailey fabric.

It was fun to pull out all the blocks and see how it will look all together

June Favorites

striped dress

American Rag dress from Macy’s.  Target shoes.

Target Dress and Flats

Nordstrom Maxi Dress

Check out my June Favorites video on YouTube here!

Here are my Craftsy June blocks of the month!  Happy Friday!

The whimsical Tula Pink central fabric is divine

I think this is an unexpected print to use which makes it a bit more interesting.