Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Don't Leave Home Without It!

Your sewing machine's foot pedal, that is. After careful packing for Vicki's and my retreat to Shipshewana two weeks ago, we arrived ready to start sewing. I usually bring a handwork project in case something happens to my machine, and this time, I didn't. After deliberating, Vicki was kind enough to drive with me to meet my husband at a halfway point. When we arrived back at our B&B, I had serious tension problems. It took lots of playing with the bobbin and needle tensions to get a stitch that wouldn't just pull out completely with a little tug test. Not wanting to risk a less than respectable stitch quality on a big project, I only worked on doll quilts. They don't get much wear :)
These fabulous indigo blocks were from Rebecca Haarer's shop. Neither one of us could pass this great print up!
This brass doll bed was added to my collection. I love the size, as it is a bit bigger, and will display most doll quilts nicely. It is in need of a little mattress, and some bed linens first though.
Blue and white makes me swoon, and this bowl that lost it's pitcher along the way also found a new home. I am using it in my sewing room to hold little blocks as they are made. It will be beautiful on the porch next summer, too. The exterior of the bowl is decorated exactly like the interior.
This claret star quilt was nearly forgotten in the linen closet. I brought it down to see if it would clash with the dining room rug, and found that it looked fabulous with it!
Here is a detail shot. The quilting is minimal, and you can see the shirting backing was brought to the front for a binding. It's great to see an old favorite again!

17 comments:

Janet O. said...

Must have been very frustrating to realize you had forgotten the pedal.
The indigo print is stunning. I wouldn't have passed that one up, either.
Love the little doll bed! What a beauty!
Is the claret quilt vintage or one you made to look vintage?

Dawn said...

What a beautiful post...well, after the start you had to your retreat. sorry about that.
Love the bowl and doll bed. The doll bed is fantastic, I'm looking forward to seeing it 'made'.
I love your quilt on the wall. So nice to live with the quilts around a home.
Thank you for sharing!

regan said...

Argh! I actually made a check-off list that I use now, so I don't forget the dang pedal again! Isn't that the worst!?! One time I forgot my scissors and pins.....I hate having to spend fabric-money on notions I already have too many of! :o(

The bowl is lovely, and that quilt is gorgeous!

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Like everything in your post!
Did you make the red start quilt or is that an antique?
I have only been to Ship. one time but hope to go back some time when I can spend a bit more time looking around.

Janet said...

Love the claret star! It looks wonderful hanging there. How frusterating to have all the time of retreat and have your machine not working well. I hope it was still fun :0) The bowl and the bed are great finds!

Barb said...

sorry to hear about your machine foot and then to have tension issues - darn!
I am over the top jealous, jealous, jealous of your new little brass doll bed. It is adorable! Your pink lemonade will be beautiful on it.
Your red star quilt looks great behind that cabinet!

Jeanne said...

Shipshewana is such a terrific place to go for a sewing retreat. Sorry you had a bad start, but glad things picked up for you. Love the little bed and your pink lemonade quilt is lovely.

Susie said...

Love the claret quilt......I would like to have those prints reproduced in the same shades.

YankeeQuilter said...

The claret quilt looks great...love stars! Can't wait to see what you do with your new little bed...

Mimi said...

I am swooning over all your pictures!

Sharon said...

Hope you managed to have fun...it looks like you came home with some lovely goodies!

Lori said...

I love the claret quilt!!

I'm glad you got your pedal- what a pain!!

Kyle said...

Glad the pedal situation was solved. How frustrating. Love the treasures you found. The doll bed is spectacular.

Cynthia@quilterbynight said...

I love the crisp simplicity of the red and white claret quilt! I am currently working on a Sawtooth Star quilt - a favorite pattern, timeless.

Susan @ Blackberry Creek said...

Love love love the claret star quilt!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Love the doll bed! Yhe Claret star quilt is a treasure.

Carolyn :)

evcampbell said...

Beautiful Quilts! I have a friend that is looking for the pattern of the Shipshe Pics quilt, the blue and white one. Is there a chance you would let me know where I could find this for her?