Sunday, September 29, 2013

Weekend in the Sweat shop

One of my college roommates once told me that it sounded like I had my very own sweat shop operating in my room.  She was getting her doctorate in cultural anthropology and had been to the far reaches of the world, so she may very well have heard the humming of sewing machines in a sweat shop somewhere.

Anyway. The sewing machine has been running hard this weekend.  The crumb quilt is in the process of being quilted with many, many straight-ish lines.  I'm over half way done with quilting but won't get a chance to work on it again until later in the week.

One the design wall is a sweet little girly scrap quilt.  Last night I put away and organized all the scraps that had accumulated in my cach-all scrap basket and decided that I needed to do something with some of those scraps post-haste.  There are over (150) 3.5" squares in this quilt, but it made a pitifully small dent in my scrap piles.  Oh well, just have to make more quilts!  I am looking forward to layering this one and trying out some FMQ on it.

This is after the repair, I don't have a before picture

Finally I did some repair work.  I know we all love to quilt, but when someone else asks you to sew on a button or hem a pair of pants, you do it, because you know how much they'll appreciate it.  Today my dad asked me to repair his ferret's beloved squeaky monkey. As you can see, the monkey has been loved to pieces and his stuffing was coming out and getting stuck in the ferret's teeth.

I decided not to reattach the arm that was completely severed because the hole in the body was so gaping.  The other arm was hanging by a thread so I repaired it and secured it tightly.  I'm afraid the next time the monkey starts to hemorrhage fluff I may not be able to salvage him.  Most of the major seams are starting to go.  But for now, he's been stabilized and back in the cage with one happy ferret :)  Sewing: making the world a better place!

Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.


  1. I completely understand your sentiment about sewing for others. I recently had a friend ask me to sew a zipper back on his scuba gear roller bag. His reasoning was I have a sewing machine. LOL Needless to say, I sent him home with some liqui-stitch! I used to have two ferrets! They are so hilarious and fun!

  2. Gosh, your sewing machine must be smokin'! Lovely quilts! That was sweet of you to fix the ferret's favorite toy.