Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Quilt for Pop Pop

We're home! The trip went very well, we all had a blast, and I even managed to do a little sewing. I made a little skirt and appliqued shirt for my cousin's daughter's first birthday. I made it on my Mom's machine she uses for scrapbooking! It's a basic little Kenmore but I actually really liked it! If I ever have need for a small traveling machine, I'll be keeping it in mind.
The big project was that Sweden quilt I was making for my Pop Pop. I finished the binding and I am so glad I'm over that "first time" hurdle. It wasn't really as bad as I had built it up to be, and I finished it in a couple of nights. I think Pop Pop is really happy with it. I had it ready just in time for him to return from a visit to Sweden.

I didn't do a lot of quilting on it, and I like the look- If you click on the picture you can see where I quilted, they are basically straight lines horizontally and vertically just inside the yellow stripes and on the edges and middles of the white parts. It's all Kona cotton, and the back is a blue and yellow stripe.

In other news, I picked up (another) vintage sewing machine at a garage sale today! It's super cool, a Universal Zig Zag, and with a little sprucing up I think it will be a great machine. It came with a few extra feet, it's in a table, it has its original instruction manual as well as the cutest little hand drawn threading instructions. It needs a new belt for sure, and a good oiling and cleaning, but get this... It was FIVE DOLLARS! A bargain, I'd say! Once I get her cleaned up I'll post some pictures.

I came home with a to-sew list a mile long, so hopefully I'll have lots to share in the coming weeks. Hope you're having a lovely summer (or winter for my Southern Hemisphere friends!)


  1. Don't you just love thrifty finds!! I got my Kenmore ZigZag machine for free off of a group called Freecycle and just had to get it tuned up and the tension knob replaced ALL for $100. I bet your Pop Pop will enjoy that quilt for a LONG time:) It turned out really great, just think "one of a kind" too.

  2. The quilt looks awesome, Leigh! Lucky Pop Pop. :)

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