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    deng, you guys are so good. i still have to make my first one, ha ha ha. right now i am still in the process of cleaning and oiling and rehab my old sewing machines.

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    I made my first project on my new to me Singer 27-4 treadle and I learned a lot on how to sew with the treadle.
    I enjoyed seeing you Sharon using the method of treadling that is supposed to make smoother stitching...my biggest problem is my less than smooth treadling.

    This is a simple table runner and the buttons I used were found in the drawers when I bought the machine and cabinet at an auction!
    Now I am doing parts of the Bonnie Hunter Celtic Solstice mystery to get more practice. I have found that doing a strip is easy enough but the starting and stopping makes it more challenging but eventually it will come easier.
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    Very nice work. Glad you like to treadle it is relaxing to me but the stopping is what gets me sometimes. Have fun with your machine. But, beware you can't own just one treadle. Ask me how I know.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Cathie, Nice job! Treadling gets easier the more you do it. The stopping and starting can be controlled by the hand-wheel. Just use your right hand to start the hand-wheel in motion and stop by placing your hand on the hand-wheel. After lots of treadling you will find that you will be able to sometimes start and stop with just using your feet. I'm looking forward to seeing your Celtic Solstice project.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Very nice, Cathie. I've been thinking of making a Christmas table runner but haven't done it yet. Maybe I should try it on the treadle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Very nice work. Glad you like to treadle it is relaxing to me but the stopping is what gets me sometimes. Have fun with your machine. But, beware you can't own just one treadle. Ask me how I know.
    LOL well...this is actually the second treadle I own. The first I kind of forgot about as the cabinet was all painted black and I relegated it to the basement TV room as a table. Now that I am getting into these older machines DH is cleaning it up and has plans to strip the cabinet for me although I am not sure where it will fit! LOL
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    Jean,
    Your kimono quilt is beautiful!!
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Very nice work. Glad you like to treadle it is relaxing to me but the stopping is what gets me sometimes. Have fun with your machine. But, beware you can't own just one treadle. Ask me how I know.
    Trish,
    When you need to stop treadling, put your hand on the wheel; when you want to start the machine give is push in the right direction and make sure you keep your feet on the treadle. I've been using treadle machines since 2007, it takes practice to get smooth treadling and nice stitches too.
    I ran my first treadle (Singer 201k) for a week without any thread or even a needle & presser foot up. I just practiced getting the machine to go in the correct direction. Once I was able to do that, then I put the needle in the machine and threaded it up. I did lots of strip piecing with my 201k and made lots of 9 patch blocks. I make lots of charity quilts.
    I've fallen in love with the White Rotary that a friend of a friend gifted me with. Sometime in the distant past it was changed from treadle to electric. I found a lovely cabinet for it and its now a treadle again.
    Sharon in Texas
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    Well, it's getting close to Christmas and the end of the year so this will be the last quilt made with vintage machines that I'll post in 2013. My daughter wanted a Christmas wall-hanging and I wanted to make one with angels.... just couldn't find something that popped out and said "perfect". So, I did this Santa instead. I saw a picture and had to grid it and blow up the size to work. And, yes, there is quite a bit of applique. But all the machine stitching is done on my vintage machines...... the 1947 Singer 221 did all the straight stitching and the 1949 Singer 15-91 (that I just got last week and haven't posted yet) did all the FMQ. I have to get a label made and sew it on and then, it's off to the post office to get it on it's way to my daughter so far away. I didn't tell her what I was making.... just not an angel.... so I hope she likes it. Happy Holidays, everyone.
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    Nanna, I love it and I am sure your daughter will too. Merry Christmas to you also.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Jean what a nice Christmas quilt. Anyone would love this one.
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    Jean,

    That quilt is too cute! I like your quilting. The white area looks like snowballs.
    And a Merry Christmas to you too!

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    Very cool....sleek Santa...love the contemporary style...and what's more, completed on a vintage machine. Love it.

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    Jean~so impressed with your lovely quilt and especially the FMQ on it! You need to do a Youtube so that I can learn!

    Been piecing on my Singer 27 a bit and practicing the starting and stopping while adding sashing to some blocks. I still have to remind myself to stop with my hand on the wheel instead of on the treadle but it's happening more and more!
    I also have my boxes of "free quilt" parts that I use for sew on and sew off pieces...I think some call them a bonus quilt because you make it as you work on different projects. This one is called Best Friends
    here's a link to an example

    http://quiltwithus.connectingthreads...best-friends-5

    I am doing it with bunches of 1.5 inch squares, 1.5 x2.5 inch rectangles and 4.5 inch squares...I really need more dark-darks as I seem to have tons of meds in my stash or brights...
    It will probably take me years but that's OK as it is all scraps from myself and others
    Cathie in Ut
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    Cathie, The Best Friends quilt will be well worth all the work and an excellent way to use up scraps. The one shown in the link is a very handsome quilt.

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    Is the pattern available for the Best Friends quilt?
    Sweet Caroline

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    Jean,
    Your Santa quilt is beautiful, so is the quilting.

    Cathie,
    You can find more wonderful free scrap quilt patterns at : www.quiltville.com This is Bonnie Hunter's website, she makes most of her quilts with vintage electric and treadle machines. The pieces you call sew on/offs , she calls them leaders and enders and eventually she makes wonderful quilts from them. I piece log cabin quilt blocks like that.

    My latest quilt top is a Spiderweb/String Star that was pieced on a Singer 301 electric and 2 of my treadles; a 1914 Singer 115 and a 1917 White Rotary.
    Sharon in Texas

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    Thanks everyone for your kind, encouraging comments. I find myself using my vintage machines more and more. I just need to try using more different ones rather than using the same ones although the 15-91 is going to be the FMQ go-to machine forever.

    I do like that Best Friends quilt that you are working on, Cathie. I would like to know where a pattern is as well. I keep building a bigger scraps pile that I don't get rid of.... I keep thinking I will make a scraps quilt but don't have time to do one. Then, I think maybe I'll give them to someone else but I haven't done that either. The bags get bigger and more full.

    Sharon, did you post your Spiderweb quilt? I must have missed it or just forgot (old brains do that pretty often, you know). It sounds really cute.
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    I did an Internet search this AM for the Best Friends quilt pattern. I found it here. http://www.trudiehughes.com/patterns.htm

    I guess I could have sat down and worked the pattern out on my own. But I opted out to just buy the pattern.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Yep that's it Caroline...a friend gave me the pattern several years ago and I do it in starts and stops! LOL

    I think if I were to start all over I would use larger pieces...those 1.5x1.5 are so small and if you aren't accurate it really shows up! I am searching for some dark-dark donations on the board a several have volunteered to send me some. Everyone is so nice here.

    Sharon- I am very familiar with Bonnie's Quiltville site...I am in the midst of sashing the Pineapple Blossom blocks right now which is one of her free patterns...she is so generous to share so much. I am also doing her mystery right now and got some leftovers to add to my dark dark pieces. Not doing that one on my treadle though I just don't feel as confidant with my seams as I do with my trusty Viking #1 but since it is 20 years old it consider it almost vintage!

    If anyone wants to know...
    There are 4 patches made from 1.5x1.5 inch squares
    Rectangles from 1.5 x2.5 inch pieces
    then the alternating blocks are 4.5x4.5 inch squares...
    I have been piecing the 4 patches forever and now I am adding rectangles to a bunch so that I can get a few blocks finished to admire all my hard work! Hee hee hee
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    I ordered and received Best Friends pattern yesterday, a PDF download. Since I have tons of 2 1/2" squares I have been accumulating for a future charm squares quilt, I am going to larger size blocks. But that will be after I make some test blocks.
    Sweet Caroline

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    That will be a good idea for the quilt...with the dark accent is is sort of like a Irish Chain plus a lot of other piecing.
    Hope you share when you get a start
    Cathie in Ut
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post

    Sharon, did you post your Spiderweb quilt? I must have missed it or just forgot (old brains do that pretty often, you know). It sounds really cute.
    I just finished the top last night. Here's a couple of photos. The top is 57x70, its for a teenager of a wounded soldier . (The 1st picture, my hubby is making sure the dog doesn't do boy dog things on the quilt top.)
    I sewed the blocks on 2 of my treadles, #1 a 1914 Singer 115 and a 1917 White Rotary & a Singer 301. The borders were sewn with a 1976 Pfaff 1222E electric. I'll probably quilt it with a Bernina 930 or the plastic wonder (2009 Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875).
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    Here's a short video of me sewing some of the blocks while I was watching the American league base ball play offs. I'm using a 1914 Singer 115 treadle.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aWI4rqBJkw
    Sharon

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    Sharon, Nicely done! I like you scrappy quilt. It reminds me more of looking through a kaleidoscope than a spiderweb.

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