Dick Wightman's Bulletin Board



A long time ago I came up with a nice arrow block pattern. I made up a quilt with it as a shoot prize but never made one for myself until now. I'm real pleased with how it came out.


Back Yard Range

Obviously a composite picture, but it works. in the left corner is a double foam block with (currently) a bear target. Pavers in the lawn mark 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 yards. Pic is taken from 25. In the right corner is another double foam block with the turkey. Shooting at the turkey from the pavers gives a constantly changing angle and odd distances. Two shots from each paver is a "round", five rounds is a "set" or 50 shots. I try to do two sets a day if the weather is decent. For variety, I still have Herman, the foam javelina I made to practice for my hunt back in 2008 and I stick him in odd places behind bushes and shoot him from anywhere.


Union Special 61400

Don't know much about this one yet. It will be delivered here this week. It appears to be a fairly typical clothing machine from the 60's or so, probably comparable to my Pfaff 134. From the picture, I can't really tell if it has a reverse, doesn't appear to. I don't have room for another table, so I'm hoping the base is industrial standard and will drop into the Pfaff's stand. I'm way too used to servo motors now to mess with an old clutch motor. In any event, I have never had my hands on a Union Special, so this will be fun to play with.


Stairway to Spring Quilt Finished

Finally, after a month and a half's work, Stairway to Spring is truly finished. This is the largest quilt I've done in about 10 years or so. This is the quilt I had actually finished as a smaller work ban my wife liked it enough to ask that I expand it to over queen size. I did that by adding extra borders and the side panels. I'm overall very pleased with it. The only problem that's bothersome is that it shrank from the quilting and washing more than anticipated. The width ended up OK, maybe an inch shy of target, but the length came up nearly 5" short. This will be alright because we had planned on a good bit of tuck in over the pillows at the top. As finished, it drapes perfectly all around and the top just comes up to the headboard with no tucking. That can be lived with. Washing brought on the expected puckering for a nice appearance. Special thanks to Rachelle Howard on Treadle On for suggesting the diagonal treatment of the quilting on the three adjacent borders. That worked very well to lock up a large area that didn't have adequate piecing seams to lock it up.








2015 Pacific Northwest TOGA

Yes! There will be a NW TOGA this year. After the near miss last year, where we ended up putting one together late and in a matter of weeks, I decided that this year had to be better. I have been in touch with Mary Rust, who has done the Portland TOGA in the past and she is not in the position to do that this year, so I want to make this one especially enticing.

The 2015 event will be a TWO day TOGA on August 14 - 15, in Seattle. I will arrange for a good indoor venue (probably a church facility) that will provide some real sewing space as well as a place to show off our machines. (This in contrast to the "hold it in Dick's driveway and pray for no rain" concept 8^) I want to have either a separate activity room or sufficient space to have a special project or class in addition to the usual show and tell and shmoozing. Right now I am thinking in terms of doing something I did at several TOGA's in the past, a demo of appliqué and then the making of appliqué butterfly blocks and a group project of assembling of them into a quilt top to go in the raffle. ( http://dickwightman.com/bulletinboard/bulletinboard.htm )

We have an excellent local quilt shop, The Quilting Loft, nearby, which will make a nice place to visit on a break from activities or to satisfy your fabric addictions.

There will be places within striking distance to get lunch, and once numbers are known, I'll see about arranging a group restaurant dinner for Saturday night.

I am sending a briefer announcement with the basics to Helen for inclusion in the Events Calendar. It's clearly early enough that there is plenty of planning/scheduling time. I would ask that those who think they might come please let me know so I can begin to get at least an idea of potential attendance and begin scoping out appropriate space.

Further details will be announced as they develop.

Dick Wightman
(Captain Dick)

Email to: rwightman@mindspring.com

Butterfly Quilt Project Proposed for the 2015 NW TOGA

This quilt was made at a TOGA some years ago. Participants in the project brought background and wing fabrics and made the blocks on hand cranks, using templates I provided. The blocks were then assembled into the quilt top on treadles. The entire project was accomplished during the TOGA and the quilt was put in the raffle.





Rectangle Island Quilt







Star of Treadleonia Quilt



Floating Blocks or Shadow Quilt



Mockery is a Rokkaku kite I built nearly 20 years ago. It was very large, 12 1/2' x 7 1/2'. I found that I was no longer able to handle a kite that size, so cut the skin down to 6' x 5'. Here is a pic of the kite aloft.

This shot was telephotoed in from about 200'. The grey sky is almost like a studio backdrop!

Current Sewing and Light Woodworking Shop


Sewing Side 1

Here you see a Brother industrial needle feed machine which is specifically for handling slick kite material and for the quilting phase of making quilts. The work table/feedout is 3' x 5' and consists of 1/4" masonite over 3/4" plywood. All nylon cutting is done on the masonite by heat knife. When the masonite gets too marked up, probably about after a year, I'll unbolt it and turn it around. After both sides are gone, simply replace the masonite. I think I'm going to be able to put my 12 drawer rack of treadle drawers between the dresser and the treadle by nudging the dresser over to the left a bit.


Sewing Side 2

As you can see from the previous pic, this spot held a nice treadle. However, since my ankle/foot will no longer stand up to steady treadling, I decided to improve the overall sewing situation by locating one of my favorite big machines here after upgrading it substantiall. The machine is a 1970's Pfaff 134 straight stitch industrial. I found it in a chicken coop (!) roughly 20 years ago and used it for many years in an industrial treadle. I bought it a new stand and a DC servo motor and it is one of the smoothest sewing machines I've ever used... great for quilt piecing.

Three early vintage Singer 28 hand cranks are on top of dresser, which contains tons of sewing and quilting patterns and supplies.



Tool Side 1 - Drill Press and Tool Storage Area (Corner of incredibly messy workbench will not be shown in full :^)


Tool Side 2 - Roll around work table, table saw and lathe. Note: there is an alcove directly opposite this, behind the big Brother sewing machine, where a bandsaw and belt sander are hiding out. A drum sander and jig saw are stashed in the furnace room, so I still have a lot of woodworking capability.




Direct comments/questions to Captain Dick: rwightman@mindspring.com



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