Almost done……..

This latest project, although small in size, has taken more time than any other I have done……but has given me the most pleasure! I am still intrigued by the whole “micro-stippling” technique and how the resulting texture is so well defined! I have said it before: I am hooked!! On to the borders……….

I am, also, including the inspiration for my “Treadlemusic” name. It is a treadle sewing machine I received from my grandmother. It is a circa. 1918 vintage and has worked great over the years. I did purchase a new belt for it some time ago but never installed it as my boys, their kids and, I’m sure, the g. grand would/will sit by the treadle and push it with their hands and listen to the ‘whirring’–fascinated!! I haven’t used it in years. All the attachments and manual are intact, also! It is a treasure for me! The name of my blog comes from this and the fact that I am a classically trained pianist, but, when I thought about the name further, I realized that these machines created such a soothing “music” when used that the name held value on many levels!!

Now I really must go quilt!! Have a wonderful day……..

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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31 Responses to Almost done……..

  1. What skill, what talent, what an incredible work of art. This quilt is absolutely lovely as is the treadle sewing machine and the story that accompanies it.

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  3. Becky says:

    Holy cow- that’s beautiful!! I’m impressed- micro-stippling drove me nuts. 🙂

    • treadlemusic says:

      That was my first thought, also, til I really got into it. I am, generally, not into super tedious tasks (although there are those that would argue that cuz I used to do bridal gown alterations which required re-beading extensive portions of the dress….and I loved doing that!), so was quite surprised at my liking it so much!!!! Thanks so much for dropping by!!! and the kind words of encouragement! Hugs, Doreen

  4. Inspirational! Such a beautiful quilt – and seemingly done so quickly too. Wonderful.

    • treadlemusic says:

      It’s interesting. I looked back at my first post of that quilt and, you’re right, it did go quite quickly…..Amazes even me. At the risk of being so redundant you all are going to hate it, but I so enjoyed the whole project I could start another one (probably with a different motif/same technique). Lately I have been accused of kinda “tipping over the edge”….maybe?-} Your ‘visit’ means much to me….hugs, Doreen

  5. MC says:

    That’s an amazing amount of white on white microstippling. Your quilt is gorgeous!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I didn’t have the finer Isocord thread Leah recommended so used regular sewing thread and # 80/12 universal needle. It all worked beautifully! Even hubby is amazed at the amount of thread I used (2 & 1/2 large spools!!). Have a great eve and come again! Hugs, Doreen

  6. Christa says:

    Wow! I love how your incorporated the heart & feather design into your quilt. Simply amazing!

    • treadlemusic says:

      There are so many possibilities with that fabulous motif that Leah provided! I still have a few more ideas using bits and pieces of it in future projects. So many ideas/not enough energy!!!!! BUT a generous stash!! (Except for the needed hot pink binding fabric!!!) Please, come by again! Hugs, Doreen

  7. Marelize says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Your quilt looks amazing, I love it!!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Such encouraging words….thanks so much. Would do it again in a “heartbeat”!! The trapunto effect is so fascinating to me as it emerges! Please, stop again…..hugs, Doreen

  8. Just STUNNING! Fabulous job!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words and for stopping by! I am loving it as much now as when I first started it! A sure clue how hooked I am!!! Hugs, Doreen

  9. candy says:

    What can I say that hasn’t been said! It’s absolutely gorgeous!! I don’t know that I have the patience to microstipple that many blocks. But what a beautiful result! I’m anxious to see the feather borders. Did you use the sam feathers from the block?

    My mom had a treadle machine when were growing up and I can remember sewing on it. She got rid of it because, of course, it wasn’t “modern”. A few years ago, my husband bought me a treadle machine for my birthday. Beautiful cabinet! Someone had wired it for electricity. I tried to use it and got quite a shock…literally!!! Searched online and found a source for a belt. Hopefully some day, he’ll get around to unwiring the machine and installing the belt. I’d like my granddaughter to see how people used to sew. 🙂 Could really shape those calf muscles, huh!!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Treadle machines are quite common around here….there are a lot of Amish groups in this area and the needed machine belts seem to be easy to come by. This stippling “obsession” took me totally by surprise, too! When I first looked at Leah’s QAL I wondered if I would even finish that project! LOL! Now look!!! The borders are a design that I came up with that I marked the basic “spines” and did the feather plume fill in. Hope to post at the end of today. Needed enough quilting to ‘take up’ the fullness in the border fabric that resulted from such dense quilting in the center section, yet, remained fairly soft. The center really isn’t at stiff as the smaller QAL exercise. I think the lattice strips plus the fact that I used only parts of the quilting motif in each block, served to soften the feel of the quilt. On to the border quilting……later…..hugs, Doreen

  10. witchylin says:

    Doreen, the quilt is so beautiful. It will be a real treasure for your family. Now if I could aspire to something as lovely. I am still struggling with a plain quilt. LOL. One day!!!!
    My Grandmother had a Singer like yours. I wasn’t in this country when she died so it went to a lady who really wanted it and loved it.

    • treadlemusic says:

      For now, this micro-stippling ‘thing’ is almost an obsession!! I really like it but must move on to my next quilt that is ready (sandwiched) for quilting (not micro-stippling!). Will finish the borders today and get it bound and washed. I would love to see the project(s) you are working on! I am sure they are lovely. The one thing (for me the most “major” thing) that has come out of the exercise/QAL with Leah Day is I have such a better ‘feel’ for what my machine will do and my control is so much better. It is definitely “second nature” for me now! I still marvel at that!!! The treadle has brought back memories for many I am hearing from. These treasures need to be loved and their history shared with a generation that knows only “techy” stuff!!!!! Thanks for stopping by for a visit…..have a great day, Hugs, Doreen

      • witchylin says:

        The quilt I am doing at the moment is pictured on Oh Sew Tempting’s blog. I have made some quillows, I finished then quite some time ago. There is also a picture quilt of lighthouses that I began years ago and now and then get it out and do a little bit. I’ll send you some pictures if you contact me on my email. Nowhere near as fantastic as your work, but I will keep practicing. I made the witch doll on my avatar. I have done quite a few of them.

  11. WOW!! Doreen this is gorgeous. I thought it was going to take you forever but it has been amazingly fast! The design is so delicate and I love the popping trellis 🙂 So much to look at….thanks for sharing. Avis x

    • treadlemusic says:

      The borders will go much faster. Marked 1 of the borders and finished it. Marked a “ribbon” that is the “spine” of the feathers that I am doing (just freehand) as ‘fill’. The pattern seems to be taking up the needed fabric so that the border will lay flat. Thanks for the kind words… fascination with the technique continues….. Hugs, Doreen

  12. karen says:

    love the sewing machine – the quilt – wow, what a great amount of work you have in it. When there is so much quilting in a quilt is it stiff? I always wonder when I see one like this.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Hey! So glad you stopped! When I was working on it I was aware of some stiffness, but I’m working on the borders, now, and it’s not too bad. I will be putting it on a table, I think, so we’ll see. The challenge of doing the border dense enough to draw in the fabric equal to/close to the center portion. I’ve done most of one side and it seems to be laying flat so we’ll see how the other 3 sides work out. I’m doing some feathers (to pick up some of the design from the center). I used the marker to lay out the “ribbon”-like motif then I am adding free-hand feathers surrounding it. Stay tuned……..

  13. Jeanne says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous. I am awed by the amount of work you have invested in this! Nice to know you have a treadle – I wondered! They are such neat machines. Can’t wait to see the borders on your quilt! -Jeanne

    • treadlemusic says:

      Jeanne, So glad you stopped by…still overcast/dreary here, but not raining, or very warm! Great for quilting! Am off to think about the borders. I used every scrap of white thread I had…..amazing amount of thread in this! Am still very excited about the technique!! Onward……hugs, Doreen

  14. Sybil says:

    OMG – that is absolutely breathtaking, Doreen! Now see…..this is why I struggle…..there are so many traditional patterns that I love and want to try – I’m not sure I have time to pursue being an ‘art’ quilter. I want to do one like this…..just gorgeous.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you so much for your awesome comment! I am so flattered (I can’t tell you!). When I started this I wondered how I would feel towards the technique/pattern when I got down to the last block/triangle……would I be so tired of doing it that I would rush through it just to get it done!?! But I didn’t!! In fact, the whole time I was doing that last one I was thinking to myself “I still love this”! Guess this is a side of me even I didn’t know existed!!!! Now, what to do in the border….haven’t decided, but it will have to be fairly evenly/densely quilted or it will have some rippling issues. Ahhhh….the challenge continues! Hugs, Doreen

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