Monday, September 10, 2012

John Deere Baby Quilt


This quilt comes with a story.  I am from the city (Salt Lake City, UT) and my wife is from what I would call the country (Kanab, UT). I have never really fit in with my in laws.  They have always thought of me as a city boy and being a Computer Pprogrammer they just never got me.  When I decided back in January that I wanted to make a quilt for every one in the family Tanya and I went shopping you can read about that here.  Any way we ended up with a pile of John Deere material to make my Father in Law and Brother in law quilts.  You can follow those links to see the 2 quilts we made.  

To me my father and brother in law are more comfortable on their John Deere equipment then they are talking to me, so the quilt is a fitting tribute to them.  This little baby rag quilt is all of the left over pieces of those other 2 rag quilts.  The other day when I was making all of the pieced tops, Tanya put this quilt together and it is washed and put it up for sell https://www.etsy.com/listing/109051939/john-deere-rag-quilt-37x47-inches on our Etsy store.


As you can see, we had far too many of the green and not enough of the others.  This quilt has the full top and bottom row green and then every other block green with random yellow, tan, or brown block in between. 


As a last thought for the day, I managed to get some thread stuck in the well for lack of a proper name the up and down arm on my machine (any one know its real name). So I took some time and pulled apart my machine and figured I had to take a picture of it gutted.

Since I am still new and a novice at machine maintenance.  What do you do and how often do you do it to keep your machine running well?  I well killed my first machine. Now that I am on my 2nd one (yes less then a year and one died) What would you consider proper care and feeding for your sewing machine?




8 comments:

Gene Black said...

That thingy is the "thread take up lever" ---the little arm with a hole in it that bobs up and down.

I clean the race very well as often as I remember..other than that -a trip to the shop for yearly maintenance (if I remember it)

Nita said...

Love learning technical names for parts of my sewing machine. :) Maintaing my machine? I'm supposed to maintain it? Actually, with this machine I brush out the bobbin area every time I change the bobbin. I've been told every other time works, but I'd forget. I also take it to the shop for service once a year, when I'm going to be out of town, after all I don't want to be without my machine. I trust them to oil it and such. This machine is important to me, so I try to take care of it. Previous machines, not so much. :)

LynCC said...

Hey, it looks great with the all-green top and bottom rows. :D Pretty much like Nita, I brush out my undercarriage area regularly - every two or three bobbins, and then take my machine in for an annual happiness appointment.

a maidenhair fern said...

Oh I love rag quilts! This is really cute. Great idea with this fabric.

Connie said...

Wonderful quilt, if your machine uses oil be sure and oil it after 8 hours of use and of course clean the bobbin area frequently. What beautiful blocks! I can't wait to see it when you put them all together! Thanks for sharing.
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Jill said...

Lovely quilt with great fabric! As far as my sewing machine goes - I try to blow the fluff and dust out of it when I remember and touch wood it's still going!!!


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AmieAnn said...

This is sooo sweet .. love all the ragging around the edges.. as far as the care and maintenance of my sewing machine(s) I leave that up to the hubby as he is the mechanically inclined one!
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Thearica said...

Love your JD quilt! I have never made a rag quilt yet but I think they are pretty snazzy!

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