InchieSee Viewer Tool @ DWQ

Sunday Stash and InchieSee Playtime

Last week I made a quick trip to my LQS to pick up my Pfaff 1475 with its brand new motherboard. Ouch on that. The machine is probably nearing 20 years old and it’s been packed up in the original box for about five years. When I took it out a few weeks back hoping to use it when my Bernina needed repairs, the Pfaff was DoA on the sewing table. It was NOT a great week to try to sew anything! 😦

Despite being essentially a backup machine these days, I decided I should go ahead and repair it now since it’s a really wonderful machine (one of the older Pfaff machines that was made in Germany before Husqvarna Viking bought Pfaff out and moved production to cheaper areas), and if I didn’t have it repaired now it wasn’t likely to get done at all as the parts for it are no longer manufactured. And who knows? One of my girls might eventually decide to sew and need a machine… maybe… okay I’m reaching here I know!

While I was at the LQS, I did the mad dash through the fabric in hopes to pick up some more of that yummy Kate Spain fabric that I ran short on, and maybe a couple of bluesy aquas to go with it. DD#2 was busy in her piano lesson for only an hour, so time was short! My friend Dawn had already come to my rescue with identifying the fabric AND sending me her scraps from her quilt backing for my longer borders since the LQS had no more on the bolt (thanks Dawn!!), but it’s such wonderful fabric I figured another fat quarter of it would be fun to have. I scooped up the very last fat quarter in the store, plus some awesome blenders to go with it:

Stash additions @ DWQ

Left to right: Luscious tone-on-tones by Julia Cairns for Quilting Treasures in yellow (the yellow doesn’t really go that well with the Kate Spain print, but I always need yellows!), green and blue, another sweet tone-on-tone from Quilting Treasures in aqua, lovely batik in teal–no idea what manufacturer and of course, that sought after Kate Spain Terrain print. I was headed for the door and then this fabric reached out and grabbed my arm and said “Buy me! Buy me NOW!”

Blank Quilting Patt #6625

I hadn’t planned on shopping for Inchie fabrics in particular so I didn’t have my InchieSee Viewer Tool with me, but sometimes you just KNOW that a fabric will make awesome Inchies and this was one of those times. I had a little play with it this morning:

InchieSee Viewer Tool @ DWQ

That’s the back of the InchieSee Viewer Tool, for use with lighter fabrics. The opening in the middle is 1″ square, so you can move the tool around on the fabric to see samples of what Inchies cut from a particular fabric will look like. The front of the tool is white, for use with darker fabrics.

This fabric by Blank Quilting is absolutely perfect fabric for Inchies! Lots of different elements and colors, not too much plain background space, and plenty of movement. Watch this:

When I cut this up into 1″ squares, they’ll all be completely different! Add a few embellishments like beads, embroidery, Swarovski hot fix crystals, and mini pompoms and they’ll be spectacular. I’ll have to design a new Inchie Quilt for this fabric for sure! 😀 This is the type of thing that happened when I made my very first set of Inchies that turned into this quilt:

Inchie Art Gallery by Nadine Ruggles

Every Inchie was completely different after cutting the fabric up! More about this quilt here, and if you’re wondering what this Inchie craze of mine is really all about, you can check out the book (it has its own website!), or see posts with Inchies and Inchie Quilts right here!

I’m off to spend the rest of the day creating and playing with fabric but before I go, a couple of reminders:

InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler SetYou can get your own InchieSee Viewer Tool in a set with the InchieDo Ruler (makes cutting those small Inchies a cinch!) at the DreamWeaver’s Quilts Studio at Etsy. Sign up for the mailing list to be the first to know about special sales too! (Psssst: There might be a special sale going on right now, just sayin’.) AND you’ll get a copy of my pattern for the Feature It! Wall Quilt or Tablerunner when you sign up! Remember that you have to confirm that you want to receive the newsletter–if you signed up before but didn’t actually confirm, you won’t receive it!

Memory Lane Monday @ DreamWeaver's QuiltsComing tomorrow: Memory Lane Monday! I’ll be posting the inaugural edition of Memory Lane Monday tonight just after midnight. Read the introductory post, and then get ready to add your Memory Lane Monday post to the link up tomorrow! Let’s show those older projects some love! 🙂

Last but not least, I’m linking up today with Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, Anything Goes Mondays (hosted by Val’s Quilting Studio this week) and Sew Darn Crafty at Sew Many Ways! Visit these link ups for more fabric frenzy and crafty goodness!

Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio Anything Goes Mondays Sew Darn Crafty @ Sew Many Ways

8 thoughts on “Sunday Stash and InchieSee Playtime

    1. Hiya Lindsey! Yep, the InchieSee Viewer Tool and the InchieDo Ruler make it even easier to make Inchies. And I realized the other day after I wrote this post that I loved that fabric so much, I already had a chunk in another colorway when I bought that piece! Fabric Frenzy indeed. 🙂

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  1. I see that you mention your Pfaff is 20 years old. My Janome is about 18 years old and I thought it should be no problem to last that long, but others think it is really old and time for a new machine. They are also starting to no longer manufacture the parts for my machine, so this most recent visit to the ‘spa’ may be the last major repair. How long do you think a machine should last?

    Love that fabric you picked for your inchies!

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    1. Hi Jaye! I think it depends on many things, even the make and model of the machine. Some models are just better than others–with Pfaff machines for example, I’d bet on the machines that were built in Germany before Pfaff was bought out by Viking Husqvarna in the late 90s to outlast the newer model Pfaff machines any day. I’ve owned both, and the older machines were just that much better, in my opinion.

      If you take care of it and have it serviced regularly and repaired as soon as there is any sort of an issue, I’d think most good machines should definitely last 20 years or more. Look at the older Singer Featherweight machines that are still around! My mom’s old Riccar that I learned to sew on in… um… 1979 is still ticking as far as I know, and she’d had it for a while already when I started using it. My mom still has the Pfaff 955 mechanical that I bought around 1990 and it’s still going strong.

      Granted, the old Featherweights and machines like that Riccar are solid metal and all mechanical unlike these plastic jobs with sensitive and very specific computer parts we have these days, so there is that to take into account. The parts are the real issue for these “newer” machines I think. I know that the next major thing that goes wrong with my Pfaff will be its ticket to sewing machine heaven, because the parts will simply not be easily obtainable, if they are available at all. And then… well, let’s just not think of it! 🙂

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