Let’s Twist To The 60’s – September 30, 2013 and my day .. Welcome!!

stbs-lavalamp-frontstbs-lavalamp-backHi ya and Welcome,

Thank you so much for dropping by on your trip around the different blogs participating today.

First, let me say I’m not happy about how my project turned out, but I decided to post it, because it has a story, and a learning experience I think we can all relate to.

I don’t have many memories of the 60’s having been born in 1960. My earliest memories are actually in the 70s at this stage in my life. I jumped at the chance to join this blog hop

because there is one part of the ’60s that are special to me.

They live in my marriage actually. I was married in 1984 to a wonderful man who likes many of you has definitely put up with all my weird tendencies in life. When I moved in with him, he had this lamp. I thought it was weird, but it was cool in the blobs it did when heated up. It wasn’t very pretty, but then lava lamps aren’t pretty in design, but pretty in the way they display when lighted. This is why I chose to do a lava lamp. According to Wikipedia, it was invented in 1962.

This lava lamp block is not pretty, I’m not happy with the workmanship, and I can actually do better than this, but it’s my lack of experience in doing applique for the last 14 or so years. This block was drawn by me in Electric Quilt from my memory of the one we owned. I created a hotpad with it because in my mind I was thinking, lava lamps are heat-related, and hot pads are heat-related, so with that in mind, I created my first hotpad, on the first applique design I’ve made via the stabilizer method in 14 years. Insulate was used in the middle of the hotpad in case I get desperate and need to use this for the oven.

I have never used the sewing machine I’m currently using for any kind of sewing or quilting, it’s mainly been used for machine embroidery, so I never took the time until this blog hop to actually learn the machine. Suffice it to say, I will be doing that over the next week or so because I’m not going to be showing shoddy workmanship again.

I can say without a doubt, that I love my Viking designer 1, but, I really appreciate my Bernina far more today, just because of the features that make it so easy for quilters to work. If you have a Bernina, you know what I mean.. If you use the knee lift, for instance, I sooooooooooooooooooo miss that, and it was really funny to realize I kept moving my knee to lift that presser foot. Of course, not even a handle is on the designer 1 for lifting the presser foot, it’s all by buttons, so it will take some getting use to, but I purchased this machine because I wanted to update my machine. I wish I’d realized then how much of a difference that Bernina versus Viking was going to make for me. If I had my 1260, I could have whipped this baby right out, not had the problems I encountered machine wise. Granted, the applique might still be a bit shoddy as I need to get back to doing it actively again, but, at least the machine work would have been great. The thing is, I know Viking makes a great machine, so I’m going to take my time over the next week or so and learn this machine.

I hope you will come back to see how I’m doing as I will post pictures and perhaps offer a free block or so.

Please know, I really can quilt, I really do know how to sew and I know how to do applique. Practice makes perfect and while I’ll never be perfect, at least I’ll be lots better than today.

You can see a list of all the other participants here.

See ya soon,



81 thoughts on “Let’s Twist To The 60’s – September 30, 2013 and my day .. Welcome!!

    1. ooooh cool Robin. I had no problem in knowing it was a lava lamp and my hubby recognized it to as a lava lamp. It’s just the execution of the applique that went wirey for me. πŸ™‚

  1. Lava lamp … brilliant idea! Take the time to sit down and learn everything you can about your new sewing machine. I have a Viking #1 which I purchased in the 90’s and it’s still going strong. I LOVE my Viking.

  2. I like it. A lava lamp on a hot pad, it’s a very clever idea. Machines make a difference, & every new machine means learning certain things all over again. It’s still a fun little hot pad

    1. Aimee, thank you for your lovely reply. Part of the problem with my designer 1 is that it had been in storage for about 3 years. I didn’t have any light bulbs either. While I thought I had extra bulbs to replace a bulb that went out, I couldn’t find them. (They have now been ordered) So I think that is part of the problem in how it all works, While I’d setup a lamp to be by the machine, it just couldn’t let me see well enough where I needed to see at. I’ve ordered the bulbs and one of those sewing machine lamps that you attach to the machine now as well as my eyes are no longer what they use to be either. As we all know with machine work, good lighting is essential. πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments and for stopping by today.

  3. The hotpad doesn’t look too bad and the lava lamp idea was, in fact, a great idea. My hubby and I had one and it was such fun to watch. Maybe you should check into a newer model of the Viking machines – they are a joy to sew on and have lots of bells and whistles.

    1. I don’t really want a newer model machine LJ, I believe if nothing else I’ll go back to a Bernina for quilting eventually, because if you don’t know how great that knee-lift is, you won’t miss it. But when you do know how awesome it is and it’s no longer there, it is like losing a pet, you miss it πŸ™‚ The knee-lift ability alone on any machine is worth having by itself. They just make especially working with applique alot easier. The viking doesn’t even have a handle for lifting the presser foot, it’s all by button and it’s my guess that all newer model vikings have stayed that way, I wouldn’t buy another viking machine for that reason alone. Please understand tho, I think the Viking is a great machine, and I have no intention of giving mine up. πŸ™‚

  4. I am sorry that you were having such trouble, Marian but you didn’t want to wind up on “that” list. I think we all can learn from what was giving you problems, in that cautionary tale.

    The block is neat and a good idea. You may not know that lynbrown.com is doing a 60’s lava lamp/love bean project in serial fashion right now. At first I thought that perhaps that is how you did your block. Maybe she has another way to piece them since applique was not being very friendly??


    1. Hi Linda,

      It’s more of the fact that I hadn’t done applique in quite a few years, so one forgets all the little things you need to know to do them. While I had reviewed some videos and blog lessons on applique, I just couldn’t get the stitch out in the area between the lamp and the first bottom to now show the interfacing I used. I believe it’s more because of the turning effect with those corners that caused the problem. I just need to practice that a bit more.

      I didn’t know about the lynbrown.com site, but it is very nice, I’ll definitely check it out more today. Thank you for the heads up.

  5. What a cute idea! I’ve never seen lava lamps in action, but I have heard of them and seen them. Being born in 69 I have only memories of things others have spoken of; I was there, but only just by the skin of my teeth πŸ˜‰ Great project!

  6. I love love your lava lamp – I too was born in 1960 – I think your project is great. I love that you made it into a hot pad! That was a great idea.
    I am a new follower through bloglovin πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing your project with us today!
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

  7. I don’t see anything wrong with your hot pad–a lava lamp was perfect for this hop. Machines make such a great difference. I love my Janome with all of its buttons, and knee lift–it makes sewing so much more fun!

    1. Thanks for the awesome comment Kathy. I definitely agree that the knee lift is so great to use, I really miss it. I could setup my Brother machine I guess to use. It also has a knee lift, but I really want to try and work with the Viking since I spent more for it and really should take the time to learn it. πŸ™‚

  8. Oh, how I remember them. I had to laugh about 15 years ago, when my boys bought them and thought they were the coolest things they had ever seen. I didn’t want to burst their bubble and tell em they were throw backs from the 60’s! LOL!

  9. Your lava lamp hot pad is really kinda cool. LOL. You were very creative to put a lava lamp on a hot pad. Don’t put yourself down. This is very unique, very different. And it does so represent the 60’s. I say JOB WELL DONE. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I think you did a wonderful job. And I really liked your post. I think we all have made a few(?) mistakes in our sewing. That is how we learn and improve. So don’t be so hard on yourself. i really like your project. Have a great day!

  11. I love the Lava lamps and remember them well.
    I liked your hot pad what a cool idea, we quilters
    Are just so critical of our own work. The fact that you joined in on the hop should be applauded.

  12. I have a pile of ideas that didn’t turn out quite right. If everything went perfect every time, how would we grow? Thanks for sharing your lava lamp hot pad. I love it. I think you are being too hard on yourself.
    I love your art!

  13. Hi Marian
    I have a Viking 6020 that I bought in the 70’s when I started teaching and it’s still going strong. I love mechanical machines for their power as I have a later model electronic one that’s a lighter weight but just cannot do those heavy duty jeans when needed. I still have a lava lamp that was my daughter’s – the cats are mesmorized by it when it’s on. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Rosemary, that’s part of the reason I also bought the Viking. I’d purchased a used one back in the 80’s when I first started quilting. It was amazing to see the difference in how my sewing and quilting changed just by using that viking machine. I’d been using a 60’s singer before that which just didn’t have the capability anymore to do proper sewing. Funny since those old singers are suppose to be amazing machine, but I think it must have just been worn out. πŸ™‚ I agree to, the newer machines are great for today’s embroidery, but the mechanical machine is often overlooked because it’s not the top of the line. Once I’m back in the states and if my Bernina isn’t working I will most likely just purchase a mechanical machine again for quilting as I do believe they are probably far easier for just our quilting needs. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. You are so lucky to have found one, I know if I ever see one again I to would snap it up. It would be fun to watch two of them together making the blobs.

  14. I love your lavalamphotpad! What a great idea, sew 60’s! Thanks for your thoughts and sharing your experiance with us, it’s a great lesson to be happy with what you have of dive in to the deep with something new! How 60’s is that! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I think your Lava lamp is perfect. I love the idea of putting it on a hot pad. Very clever. And I know what you mean about a Bernina, I love to quilt on mine.

    1. Hi Leah, thanks for stopping by. It’s funny how that goes, while I wish I’d had the for thought to bring my Bernina here, I am very grateful that I do at least have a sewing machine to stitch on. πŸ™‚ I was just at your blog… I love all your projects, they are really awesome.

  16. I applaud your idea and even your execution. Is it perfect? No, but you let us see it anyway and that speaks volumes about your character. I know you will learn your new machine and you will do beautiful work with it. Thank you so much for sharing this with us today. A great story to remind us all to be humble and share what we love to do, even when it doesn’t turn out the way we’d like.

    1. Well I have to admit Charlotte, it wasn’t easy. I was pretty depressed about it, but then I thought, heck, we all have bad days, and it really will only get better, and I loved the theme of this blog hop and I’m not one to just not come thru, so I decided to just let it ride. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your lovely comments.

  17. OK.. when I browsered back I found it near the title of your post. These truncated post can play tricks on you. lol

    Your first try at applique is a whole lot better than mine was. I had a lava lamp when I was growing up. I actually bought my granddaughter one last year for Christmas. I think they are fun.

    1. Is the truncated post because I use the “more” (in other words “Continue Reading” link) Thearica? I like to use the “more so that more posts will show on the front page versus seeing all one post on the front page. If that’s the reason tho I’ll definitely change that thinking.

    1. hmm, I am seeing it Thearica, but I will check the other browsers I have installed and see if it’s not showing up there. I had checked Firefox and Chrome when I wrote the post, but will check other browsers to. Thank you for letting me know. πŸ™‚

  18. It looks fine! AppliquΓ© with round shapes is very hard….. I know. It took me a long (LOOOOOOOONG) time to get anything else then square or triangle circles! It is a fun idea, especially as a hot pad!
    Did you know the lavalamps have been making come backs? They were very popular in the 90’s and made a little come back around 2005! It’s just a matter of time before they become hot again! Thanks for posting.

    1. Hi Heleen, what a beautiful name. I did know they had made a comeback in the 90’s, but I didn’t know about 2005 or so. We still have that lava lamp from those first days, but it is in storage in San Diego with all our other stuff. This blog hop theme only reminded me of how much I missed it. Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comment.

  19. Marian, your’re lava lamp brought back memories ! I loved to fall asleep watching the different shapes it made…mine was blue. I think you did a fine job!

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