Contactless Drop Offs

For the handful of quilters I still quilt for, I will begin doing contactless drop offs. Here is how it will go. I have a hanging rack on my porch. Contact me to let me know you want to drop off your quilt. Download the intake form, complete and attach to your quilt. Quilts should be put on a hanger. The large dry cleaner hangers work great. I have some if you need one. I will watch for your quilt to arrive and move it into a safe location where it will stay for 3 days but will be added that day to my quilt rotation. If you have questions about the quilting please call me.

I will do the same in reverse for pick up. You will be doing the measuring so if you need a 120 measuring tape I have a couple here I can give you. I’m sorry for what seems a bit anti social but we are being very careful still because of Mikes kidney condition. If you would like I can mask up and come pick up from your car. Just let me know. The charity quilt challenge from March I will still honor. for designs.

Below is how to prepare your quilt and back for drop off:

  1. Tops and backs must be well pressed and come on a hanger, squared up (no extra untrimmed fabric in the corners, square it up so I know how to align it) You help me save time and I will help you save money.
  2. Quilt backs should be ready to load with no more or less than 4-6″ wider on each side (no way oversized or Minky backs) please cut the backs to the size they should be so I can just load them. Mark the quilt top and backing top with a safety pin. ** if your backing has a vertical seam, I will be loading it sideways so please choose a non directional design because the design will run across the quilt sideways.
  3. Choose a thread color by description and/or attach a piece for me to match.
  4. Measure them with accuracy across the center width and length (not at the borders) and write it on the order form.
  5. Call, email or text an appointment and I will watch for your quilt drop off or pickup.
  6. Take a photo of your charity quilt being delivered to its donation point and send it to me when finished. I like to post these. 🙂
  7. Porch drop off is for all quilts, not just Charity but the price concession is only for Charity quilts. (See Charity post for designs and details
  8. Text or email me and I can send you an order form to print off and fill in or you can use your own and I can contact you with the details.

Hopefully this will go very well and while I will miss seeing you, will save you some time from your busy day.

Stay safe and hope to hear from you soon.

The Red Eye

I’ve had my eye out for another treadle machine. About 15 years ago I gave my grandmothers away to a good home and now wish I still had it. I’ve added more space to my studio so I wouldn’t be taking up space like it was before. What’s one more machine right? I can add a little motion to my sewing too.

I started looking and joined the Singer Treadle Group on Facebook. I scrolled down about 5 posts and there it was, a really nice Red Eye for sale and by luck it was not far from my home. What the luck.

I messaged the seller and went to his workshop to pick it up the next day. As a quilter I’m used to people wanting a tour of my work space so it was fun to see another artists work space. The sellers name is Mike Riley, and he has a pretty cool studio!! He takes vintage “dead” sewing machines and crafts them into pieces of art. I got to see them first hand and was not disappointed.

Here is a pic of a cannon he made from an old Singer machine

He must have had 40+ Singer’s and other machine heads stored in one wall area. It was pretty exciting to know they will be transformed into something very cool and interesting. He also had a huge supply of parts for old vintage machines. If there’s a part you need I’m pretty sure he has it.

He also uses old musical instruments to create sculptures.

Bi-plane (trombone slide wings)

Here is a link so you can check out some of his work.


Here is the name of the FB group if you own any Vintage Treadle Machines they post a lot of nice photos there. The Group is “Singer Treadle Sewing Machines and Variants”.

Now I’m on the look out for a nice treadle cabinet. I do want a Singer one, I have one I’m watching but am waiting on some better photos to see condition. I am up for some work on it but I don’t know how to replace veneer. Contact me if you know of one locally thats in good shape.