Jones Hand

Jones Hand

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Block 36 Nearly Insane

Good Morning All
When I first looked at this block 36 with 78 pieces in it, especially the one in the 1870's Quilt, my first thoughts were Oh My Goodness. Piecing without any rhyme or reason. Decided to ingore all that, got the coloured pencils out and gave it a go. Still a bit higgley piggley but don't mind it now. Discovered Artists Tracing Paper. If you feed each sheet singularly it will go through the printer and it is so much easier to piece using this. For a start it is easy to see through and also it is so much easier to remove!!
Not cheap but what is!! Can buy it at Officeworks here as well as Art Shops.
I have a feeling that once you have tried it, your thoughts will be like mine, the expense is worth every cent :-))
Will post a picture of my hand applique soon. Just a little block and yes I am slow but I think it is all about learning patience. I am starting to enjoy it and I am slowly getting there. Won't tell you how long it took me to do the applique in the centre of the Blog Quilt. There was a sense of achievement when it was finished though. Hope to get that quilt quilted this year. Now if I say it there is a good chance it will happen ;-)
Have a good day
Lynne - We have a lovely Autumn day outside and I am so glad as I love Autumn!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ward Arm and Platform 1870's

Hi Everyone

This Ward Arm and Platform came from Tasmania. She is complete with
Original Spare parts, Storage Box, Manual and provenance. She came from the family of Pearns - The Steam Threshing Contractors who for many years ran Pearns Steam World in Tasmania.
This was one of the very first Free-Arm style machines. They converted from a free-arm to a standard flat bed machine by a very clever built-in bed that lifted and clipped around the arm.
These machines were made by Edward Ward in London in the 1870's. Ward did make a few other machines but this is the one he is most well-known for. There was two models of the Arm and Platform machine. This is the second model which had a slightly different casting and a stitch length adjuster which the other machine did not have.

The front of the box was painted and Rob has carefully sanded a lot of it off to reveal the stencilling details underneath.

She is obviously quite a bit worn but still has a wonderful sense of character.

Lynne and Rob

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Nearly Insane Block80

Hi Everyone
This is block 80. Still only 6 inches in size.
Love that Cheddar and the red
and Nancy's favourite apricot of course :-))
The Pink Squiggle makes a nice frame.
Next weeks block is a really interesting block, lots of little bits and lots of colour so stay tune :-))
Plan to get Rob to take a photo of a machine on the weekend too so you will get to see another favourite.
Bye For Now

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Side Blocks 94

Hi All
Here is block 94. Two Halves so Half goes at the top on the edge and half on the bottom.
Halfway through making block 80. It is another complicated one. Love those Stay Tune
Would you believe it is raining outside!!! First rain since December and it is so nice to hear raindrops on a Tin roof. Rob and I went for a walk in the rain last night but it was still only really a light shower then. Definately classed as raining this morning. Everything is smelling just so nice. Roll on Autumn!
Have a great Day All