Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Step #3 of Good Fortune

The blocks this week for the Quiltville mystery were half chevrons and bonus triangles. 
I am using my vintage sewing machine collection to sew my Good Fortune blocks and decided to use my blue White machine this week. It really needed some sewing time... it was so long since I had sewn on it that I couldn't remember how to thread this poor thing!
I watched the video again to jog my memory.

Luckily everything worked well and with a little sewing machine oil, it started to sound as sweet as it was stitching. Here's a tip for folks who collect vintage sewing machines - I have a little laminated card in each of my sewing machine cases to remind me how to wind the bobbin. With each machine being so unique, some wind the bobbin clockwise and some are counter clockwise. If you have a little visual reminder with each machine you never have to guess which is which.

I am sewing half the blocks for this mystery since time is tight for me this year but I still wanted to play along. I used Bonnie's Bonus Buddy ruler and followed her instructions exactly, and my units came out to the perfect size with only very tiny bits of sliver trimming required.

I like to draw a few lines, sew a few, press a little, trim a few, and repeat until the pile of pieces magically turns into finished blocks. 

Here are all my green blocks for step #3. I used a few of my favourite plaids in these blocks. 
I'll be sad when they are used up.
It's a sickness, I know! LOL

Here are all my mystery blocks in their storage bin. It's fun to think that this is a quilt in the making right here! I don't know what it will look like, but so far so good!
Hop over to the Quiltville linky party and see all the beautiful blocks being shown. 


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

for some reason using our vintage machines to do Bonnie's mystery quilt just makes sense doesn't it - I've been using my featherweight 1953 - I don't know if I will get done with part 3 before Friday's instructions come - maybe - it is Friday for new parts? This is my first Bonnie mystery and I am enjoying it

Janet O. said...

Really good idea about the laminated card as a bobbin winding reminder. I had no trouble remembering when I only had 2 or 3 machines. But the number has climbed and I find myself stopping before using a machine I haven't used for a while, to try and recall which way that particular bobbin works.

Louise said...

It is fun to see the pile of little blocks grow, isn't it? Your colors are soft and muted, very pretty :)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I try to always leave thread in my machines, showing how they are threaded. If you need that spool, just wrap some thread around the spool pin to hold it in place.

Unknown said...

Good idea! Glad to see your Half Chevrons in the works. Gotta go press mine.

TheEclecticAbuela said...

Beautiful--and so organized! :)

Kristin said...

I love vintage blue sewing machines and finally acquired one this fall. I love your idea of having a laminated cheat sheet! Very clever. xoxox