The Start Up

In my last post I talked about  starting up with the 'Heartstrings' group again and making quilts for the homeless in Utica and sick children.  Since that post several weeks ago I have been super busy getting everything in place to start making.  I thought I would take you on a little tour of the start up.
In anticipation of having others help me accomplish my goal, I have to organize and sort the ,material to make kits.  Each kit will make one quilt.  I found the last round this worked very well.

After two weeks of cutting I have a start on the "strings" foundation blocks and center strings

I sort by color family, this makes it very easy for me to create color coordinated kits

Yesterday I picked up another 50 yards to cut into 2" strips know as Strings.
Today I washed, tomorrow I cut.

In several  generous donations of fabrics and blankets I have a stash of battings and backs.  The blankets will be used for batting.They get stored in large tubs, I will wash them when I am ready to use them 

I also use vintage machines for this project.  The initial sewing of blocks does not require a heavy duty machine, but the quilting and binding does.  Hopefully I will have an industrial soon but for now here is my set up:

A dual drive kenmore for the piecing, quiet, nice and smooth.  This machine was given to me by Lenora, she also donated a ton of fabrics!

A tank of a singer with a potted motor, 15-91 for free motion quilting

For stitch in the ditch quilting and Pfaff 1222 SE with it's IDT - a walking foot.

and even a machine to attach the binding - this old kenmore will sew through just about anything .

And a machine for a helper - a sweet little singer - this came with the 50 yards of fabric.

I love vintage machines, all of these were purchased second hand and cost under $100.00 together.  It helps that I can clean and repair to get them in tip top shape.
I have a beautiful Janome machine that I reserve for garment sewing.  I am sure it can handle anything I put under the foot, but because it is computerized and newish I tend to baby it, I want it to last into the vintage state! 

Tomorrow I have Lenora coming over to learn how to do one of these quilts and if she isn't camera shy I'll post a few picture of our progress!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!
Ginny M


Wow Ginny, you never do things by halves - what an assortment of machines and fabric!! I love your heart that reaches out to others so much, in the imitation of Christ

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