Friday, May 25, 2012

Sewing Room Clean Up

I am so pleased to have finished quilting the Double Wedding Ring quilt.


It came out better than I expected and I just have to finish hand sewing the binding to the back (I will show the finished results when it is all finished).

I machine quilted 3 quilts in the past two weeks and so today was the day to clean and put my sewing room back in order (I have a set up that involves an old countertop cut to fit my machine for quilting large quilts).
I waited for a sale of free shipping to buy batting, but didn't enjoy having quilt tops waiting for quilting and then quilting three at once (Hamels is having another free shipping week - until May 30th for Canadian and US orders, so I will order some batting in advance for some projects I have lined up).


I cleaned my sewing machine and wanted to pass on a wonderful tip I recently read about on the internet (sorry can't remember where) - they suggested using a pipe cleaner for the hard to reach areas of the sewing machine. It works wonderfully and got into all kinds of spots I have never been able to clean.

Some one recently asked to see some close up pictures of my sewing area (click on the pictures to make them bigger), so here goes -


I have lots of old kitchen things on the wall. The collection started with a few things that we found in the first house we bought and then people started giving me things. Most of them come from my aunt (from my grandmother's house - my mother remembers using the cake tins on the left, the rolling pin was also my grandmother's). The printers drawers on the right hold thread (my degree hangs under them  - it was either here or the laundry room!). I am lucky to have a big, old (heavy) drafting table as my cutting table.


This sampler (about 10" x 15") was made by my grandmother (Gracia Bergeron 1893-1976) when she was young, in boarding school (St Grégoire, Quebec), around 1910.


Incredibly tiny quilting stitches, buttonholes,


mending stitches,


and patching along with the embroidery.


This picture is of my grandmother on the left when she was a teenager, along with her sister and their mother (also about 1910).


The clothes on the wall are also from my grandmother.


The christening gown and cape are on the right.


The gown is so tiny. I don't know how old it is, but my grandmother's first child was born in 1918. The silk ribbon is all fractured on the gown.


My aunt gave me this mohair coat and hat to make teddy bears, but I couldn't cut it up.


This picture shows my grandmother holding one of my aunts wearing the coat and hat, about 1929, along with my grandfather and some of my mother's oldest siblings, plus a cousin. My mother is the youngest of 11 (9 survived to adulthood), her father died a few months before she was born.

Tomorrow I am volunteering at a quilt show - always very enjoyable!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

8 comments:

Monika Kinner-Whalen / My Sweet Prairie said...

WOW - all those fabulous photos! You are so lucky!! And the cloth... What a treasure.

YAY - done the DWR! woohoo!

Have fun at the show.
~Monika

Anne said...

I love to see other people's sewing areas and yours is particularly fascinating, Joanne. It was even more fascinating when I clicked to make the photos larger!

And the history behind all your pieces on the walls is really interesting. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow - love the sampler and old pictures and clothing. Don't you just love having those pieces of your family history!

Joan said...

Loved the tour...Hope you had fun at the quilt show :) Looking forw2ard to seeing the quilt.... and its still only May !!

Sheila said...

Very interesting photos , love that you have combined some kitchen utensils with sewing , looks wonderful and cosy. Nice also to own all those treasures of your grandmothers. Your quilt is gorgeous!

Terri said...

Thank you for the tour! Love the pictures of the "olden days" and thank you for not cutting up the artifacts. So many people cut up their inheritances. What about the next generation who would have loved to see them?
Hugs!

Deanna said...

What a wonderful space you have! Thank you for sharing it.

Ruth said...

I enjoyed the pictures of your sewing room, especially all your antique treasures! It's wonderful to have some family heirlooms from the past. I have a few and do treasure them.