RSC 16 week 49

PIECE WORK

This week has been nothing but piecing.  One project, the En Provence mystery quilt for Bonnie Hunter, has been ridiculously slow going.  I was waiting for my friend to cut the strips I needed.  Even going at half size for the project it still was a huge amount of 4-patches.  Today, Friday, my grand total was about a dozen 4-patch blocks.  Here is the big layout!

On the other hand, I did have a big piecing finish.  A while back I posted a pic of this Color Spot pattern done with Just Type FQs by Patty Young for Michael Miller.  Now I’ve decided to call it the Nerdy quilt because it is nothing but nonsense typing.  This was the end of September, seven blocks.

Here is my stack of 120 blocks, total for a twin size quilt.

I don’t know when I will get it pieced together.  It will have to wait it’s turn.
Me anwhile today my Huskystar machine left for a luxurious spa treatment.  Fortunately, my quilter friend in our building loaned me this vintage machine, which she was given for free last week, an extra for her.  Since it was crowding out her dining area, it came to stay with me for a while.  It is a 1961 Kenmore.  Coincidentally, my first machine was a 1964 Kenmore.  Guess that makes me vintage also.
For you sewing machine lovers, here it is,  a Tri-Span 88, model 88, automatic zig-zag with cams to insert for decorative stitches.

As you see, it has a cabinet and has a knee lever control behind the door.  And here it is in all it’s shiny metal glory, looking very mid century modern.

So now the challenge is to try it out, just piecing for now.  I’m eager to get going on an endless amount of block piecing, if it cooperates.  UPDATE:  My daughter came over and got the machine working fine.  Now I can do some more finishing work and piece some of those En Provence blocks that I have been cutting, and cutting and cutting.  
Have a good week everyone. 
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