Lots of random things all tied themselves together transpiring as yesterday. First I would like to share the photo for which this post is named. We have kittens again. Two that are spry and jumping around and full of life and troubles (troubles for us). The other 5 kittens are just beginning to start playing with each other and are not quite there to have full run of the house, keeping to one room.
The kitten pictured here is a quiet kitten. From birth till now, its personality is very like-able for a cat. It likes people. It likes sleeping with me. It currently likes attention and just hanging around people.
This cat fell asleep on my daughters bed. She was playing with her Tinkertoys and decided to use them as props while I snapped the photo. Fun, funny, and clever that little girl is. She amazed me when she called me to see this spectacle.
Glad the toys are actually being played with and put to good use! Such randomness, better than any random a computer algorithm could ever compute.
I also managed to get my Vintage Domestic 69 up and running. I am very impressed with its speed and ease of use.
I have before and after photos of the clean up of the machine (the wood is still in the same state).
Ok…so the before and after photos pretty much look the same. The grime is gone. It is nice to feel its cold cast iron surface with the old paint and the chips and imperfections with it’s age. I will eventually play around with this and turn it into a quilting machine. The feed dogs do not drop on this. Perhaps there is a way to remove the feed dogs all together. In the mean time I will be sewing the projects on this machine that are too heavy duty for the feather weight. The Memory Craft 9000 will probably go into retirement, only coming out to make an embroidered label for the quilts I give away. Out with the old, in with the older. Doesn’t this machine look wise? What kind of name will I come up with for this one? Hmmmmm, still thinking about that one.
I did decide to start on making a rug late yesterday. I have seen these rugs on the internet, and refuse to purchased a pattern. Using a jelly roll of your choice, and batting strips cut 2 1/2 inch wide, you too can make a rug.
Doesn’t this look yummy? This is a huge 50 piece jelly roll. All colors in this roll are different. None are too white to put into a rug that will reside on the floor to get dirty. Perfect earth tones, that will match the dirt it catches.
First you join your ends of fabric together, sewing end to end, making one very long strip of 2 1/2 inch fabric. Next using batting, place batting on the wrong side of the fabric. Finding the center of the 2 1/2 inch strip fold ends in to the center over batting. Then fold ends in again to hide the raw edges. Stitch for the long run of this fabric strip.
This is a perfect opportunity to utilize your batting scraps. I took the pile of batting scraps I had and I was amazed how many strips I had very quickly.
I am not usually a connoisseur of Bentarex fabrics. I was pleasantly surprised with the rich colors and beautiful bulky feel of the fabric.
And here is the strip folded in twice on itself stitched down with the Vintage Domestic with not a skipped stitch or hiccup. This looks like fat, flat cording. This machine likes this heavy duty project.
My plan is to work on this all day today, and definately have it done within the week. The process of pinning and folding, is time consuming. Once I get all of the batting stitched, I will then move to my newer Vintage Domestic sewing machine for the zig zag of putting the rug together.
I have met my goals for this long weekend. I look forward to the randomness of the week ahead. Have a great week and thanks for reading my blog!