Friday, June 24, 2016

Treadling Barefoot

Last Friday, I went to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts for the annual rummage sale.  As you can see, it was a beautiful day.
I lined up with the other ladies (they were all ladies at first), and when the doors opened at 10:00, we all hurried in to look for treasure.
Here's what I found!  All the fabric, etc. sold at the sale is donated by people who don't want it anymore.  Buyers get the fabric, and the museum gets the cash.  Win, win, win.
My split personality must be obvious from this photo.  I've got a big pile of 1800s reproductions next to a big pile of brights.  There is some flannel here, too, and Christmas prints.  Hey, I love everything.
My "finish" this week is a top made from a panel that had been donated to our quilt group.  See the border on the left side?  There was one just like it on the right.  I cut it off before I took this picture.
Now I've added those side borders to the top and bottom, to make this quilt rectangular instead of square.
This panel has been around for awhile!  Thankfully, Christmas doesn't go out of style.

Joan L., one of the ladies in charge of charity quilts in our group, had packaged this panel with some red Christmas print intended to be used for the backing.  I used it for borders, so I'll have to look for another backing.  There might be some fabric around here somewhere.
Look what's on the original border--a little black hand crank sewing machine.  Now that says Merry Christmas to me.
There's another one on the center of the panel, with a big red bow.
It was fun to sew along, making this top, with my bare feet on the cast iron treadle.  It's really summer now.  In the winter I need my socks for treadling, or sneakers and socks on very cold days.  But in summer, the cool metal feels good on a hot day.
I got the binding on the Farewell to Downton Abbey quilt.  I went with a solid red, to bring out the reds in the prints.
Here's the label!  I bought a panel of Downton Abbey labels a couple of years ago.  The others are more generic, but I like this one with the drawing of Highclere castle.

Another one of my favorite things about summer is picking strawberries.  I did that this morning, and got them cleaned as soon as I got home.  Now I need to make jam, and strawberry sherbet, and freeze some to eat in the winter.  There's a quilt that needs some work, but it will have to wait.

I wish you all the joys of the season this week.

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.










8 comments:

  1. Your blog is lovely. I just recently went strawberry picking with my girls. Strawberry sherbet? Must be delicious. You should post a recipe. :)

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    1. Hi, Jen. Here's a link to the strawberry sherbet recipe I use:
      http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2012/06/strawberry-sherbet/
      She's got pictures at each step, but it's really very easy. There's a link to a printable too.

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  2. I'll be checking out that sherbet recipe! We might head over to Strawberry Festival and the Quilt Museum tomorrow, but I'll buy berries at our favorite place here, in Slinger. Looks like you had a productive rummage salet visit! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks! Have fun at Strawberry Festival!

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  3. I'll be checking out that sherbet recipe! We might head over to Strawberry Festival and the Quilt Museum tomorrow, but I'll buy berries at our favorite place here, in Slinger. Looks like you had a productive rummage salet visit! Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. I'm with you on the barefoot treadling!
    CD in Oklahoma

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    1. Hey, Ol Poop! Love the photo with the industrial(?) machine.

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    2. One of my two Singer 29K70 treadle patcher machines. I enjoy using eight different treadle machines, both industrial and household. I like people-powered machines!
      CD in Oklahoma

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