Friday, 14 November 2014

Patches and Pinwheels Quilt

 Way back in February of this year I decided I wanted a vintage sewing machine so I bought one from Ebay.
Its an old Jones, 1929 and is called The Royal Ruby.




Isn't she lovely?  After some initial problems with the tension, my clever husband got it sewing beautifully.  I find it very relaxing cranking that handle.


Of course I had to make a quilt on it..........


I was very kindly given a lot of batik scraps which I couldn't wait to use.   Where do you go when you want to make a scrappy quilt ?   Bonnie Hunter's website of course, www.quiltville.com
She has lots of free patterns and Bonnie is the Queen of scrap quilts.

This one is Patches and Pinwheels.

I used scrappy neutrals as a contrast to the batiks.


Here I am playing around with borders.


I made a stack of batik string blocks but decided not to use them.
So, onto the frame now......

I had a bit of a break from sewing over the summer so this was my first quilt on the frame for around 3 months.  For anyone who doesn't know, my set up is a Janome 1600P on a queen sized Gracie frame.


Borders.....



It was quite a slog finishing this one with all the small feathers but I got there in the end.




Now it is waiting to be trimmed and bound.

I'll be doing Bonnie's Grand Illusion mystery quilt this year but I am doing it half the size.  I don't often make other quilters designs but I love the way Bonnie constructs a quilt and she is a master piecer. If you'd like to improve your piecing skills, then do a Bonnie quilt.  She makes it easy and fun!  I'll be posting here regularly and joining in with Bonnie's linky parties.
I'm working on a couple of cushions just now and will get them finished before the start date.  Might even get Luna's quilt finished!!


This just happens to be another Bonnie design - Blue Ridge Beauty from her Adventures with Leaders and Enders book.
Off to sew for the day now.
Have a great weekend. See you next time
Rhianon.

9 comments:

Marly said...

Your patches and pinwheels quilt is beautiful. The feather quilting is spectacular and the low volume quilting of the patches is so puffy. What sort of wadding do you use?

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

Vintage machines are so special and so is your incredible scrap quilt. I am so into the jewel colors! Also your quilting is amazing--You are a Jack of All Trades!

Doreen Auger said...

Such a grand use of the scraps!!! Creating a jewel of a quilt!!!! Totally agree about Bonnie Hunter's skills!!!!!

liniecat said...

Rubys a treasure and great that she runs well enough to assist you make a quilt! Always a bonus that, shes classy to look at and useful too! lol So lovely to know shes survived her years and is still a reliable sewing machine.
Love the quilt you made too, its cheerful and you've quilted it beautifully and its scraps! Brilliant! : )

What Comes Next? said...

what a beautiful machine - so nice to have a handy husband around! The quilt is stunning - I love how you've quilted it, those feathers are gorgeous!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Love your machine and scrappy quilts are the best. A lot of us seem to have the Bonnie Hunter Scrappy quilt bug. I too am looking forward to Grande Illusion.

Michele said...

I really like your quilt and the vintage machine is just fabulous.

California Fiber artist and composer said...

I learnt to sew on an old factory Jones as a pre-teen. You are so lucky to find that beauty. If only I had know then what I know now......

Mouse said...

Hello, Rhianon -- I just found your blog while searching for information about this Jones model. You have a very beautiful machine and the items you make with it are just as beautiful. Thank you for your blog.

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