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Thursday, October 23, 2008

1930s quilt kits

Today DD gave me a treasure -- a 1930s catalog by John C. Michael Co., Chicago, Illinois. The 51 page booklet describes pre-cut quilt patches for various popular quilt patterns of that era. Item No. 28 is a Grandmother's Flower Garden. I quote..."It is composed of appximatelly 3600 hexagon patches which make 72 different blocks of flowered prints and plain color with a row ofwhite around each colored center and dividing patches and border of green......the finished quilt top measures 68x90, straight at the top and bottom and the scalloped edges on the sides..." And, Quilters, get this! The total price is $5.00 post paid. If that seems a little steep, the quilter could buddy up with friends to combine orders for a 10 percent discount on all orders of $10 or over shipped aa one time to one address. (Click on the photo for a larger view.)

The back of the booklet features a photo of John C. Michael and his seven sons. The fellow had a sense of humor...the page is entitled "Seven (sons) Straight: And Not a Quilter."

Neither John C. nor his sons were quilters but I'll bet a ton of quilts were produced from their "cut-to-size quilt patches".



Another new gizmo

At least it's new to me.

Has anyone else found the Omnigrid Invisigrip? I bought a sheet of it while we were at the quilt shop in Orangeville. You cut the cling about 1/4" smaller than your ruler and apply it to the back. Stops the slipping that always seems to happen to me when using those smaller rulers. Trimming a 2-1/2" HST square is now a breeze, as the little tiny ruler stays right in place. Works waaaay better than those little sandpaper dots.


You'll Love Using a SewSlip

Trust me, ladies, you will love using a SewSlip II (the one with the rectangular hole) and you won't regret the expense of buying this Teflon sheet with the sticky back. (It's sticky like one of those Post-it notes.) It's rather like having a patent-leather surface on your sewing bed ... it almost feels greasy, but it isn't, and it makes your free motion work easier because the quilt sandwich positively slithers over the surface. Here's my old Cecil Faye (Singer 201-2) in her fancy cabinet my DH built all ready to go with the SewSlip in place. Changing a bobbin is a bit more complicated but I do not grumble at all because I love my SewSlip.

Judy in Ohio (who has no affiliation with the company other than being a happy customer.)


JOLEEN. I just checked in to see what's up and it cost me $25! I've been meaning to get one of those sew slip gizmos and I just ordered it. Every morning I log on to see how the old 401k is doing and every day its market value is down, a bit at a time. Then I check the credit card balances and they go up so without even weighing myself I've already ruined my day. Now I have a new toy coming as well as the two beginning embroidery books which have finally been shipped by Amazon.

G'day ladies

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Just read the comments from a previous post

and the sewslip mentioned sounds like it would really be great. I haven't had a chance to do much MQ lately but do have some projects that will soon need my attention. I might have to check the website - I think it was www.sewslip.com. At Grace's I was telling Jean that I considered this site as my quilt guild for lots of years - I have learned so much about products, patterns, techniques, etc., from what others have tried. So, I'm off to check out yet another new item... Joleen in MN