Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
My sewing machine collection keeps growing. Yikes! Saw an old Kenmore for sale in my local area and decided I would go see it. It was bought in 1988 but it didn't look like it had been used much at all. It was very clean and had lots of accessories. I couldn't pass it up when the owner told me she was selling it for $40. Had to adjust the tension and stitch length and after greasing it and oiling it was running very smooth. It also makes beautiful buttonholes.
|The electronic part of Janome machine|
|Top guts of the machine.See how clean it is.|
|In there is where we had to get to fix the reverse button. Had to put all the different screws in marked baggies.|
|Nice compartment for feet. Not too crazy how to the thread sits though. Have to get used to it.|
Friday, April 27, 2018
Finally, finally, finished restoring my mom's quilt. I can now put it away and wait for winter to use it again. It's a thick warm quilt and will be the only quilt needed. Most of the stitches are uneven in length and by no means tiny. I just went over my mom's quilting and she wasn't going to take the time to make tiny stitches. She wasn't patient enough. Love my mama!
|handsewn backing to binding|
Monday, April 02, 2018
Antique swivel piano stools, I love them! And I don't even play the piano. Ha! I had been wanting one for a long time and I thought about buying one through eBay but all the ones I was interested in were too expansive or the shipping was just outrageous. Thursday I was bored and decided to go to thrift stores in my local area just for the heck of it not even thinking about piano stools. The first place I went to didn't have anything worth spending money on. The second place I went to is in my area about a mile away and I actually was hoping I would find a rosary since I collect them but instead to my complete shock, I saw an antique piano stool. I swear my eyes almost popped out of my head. I checked it out and set on it and then asked about the prize. Lucky for me the price was perfect at $50.00 since the ones I had seen so far on eBay were like I said too expansive.The ones in good condition are over $200 and the ones in bad shape are between $60 and $100. I was going to think about it and I was walking out the store I figured the chances of me finding another one at that price in my area were pretty low so I turned back around and said "The heck with it I'm getting it" and just bought it. I still can't believe my luck. I'm actually going to use it as a quilting stool for when I hand quilt using my floor quilting frame. I always use a rolling chair but it's so cumbersome and big and although the stool doesn't have casters it has a swivel seat so I'm pretty happy with that.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
My birthday is coming up and when my hubby asked what I would like I told him all I really wanted was to add to my sewing machine collection. I'm sure he didn't understand why but he just said OK.
I had been wanting a sewing machine attached to a table with drawers for a long time and when I would see one online and I would inquire about it they would already be sold. This time I saw one on a FB garage sale and I immediately said I was interested. This past Saturday husband and I drove 45 minutes away to see it at a resale shop and I made sure we got there before they opened. I saw it and fell in love with it. It's a Singer 403A built in 1958 and it's all metal inside and out/ It has a zig zag stitch plus it comes with 10 other different very nice stitches. I never use fancy stitches really. it doesn't even have a scratch on it and neither does the table. Not a scratch nor water marks from glasses. Oh, yes it even came with a sewing stool. I already reupholstered it and looks great. The machine is sewing beautifully after I oiled it, greased it, and put a new needle in it. This metal machines should last for many many more years as long as I oil them on a regular basis. There was still lot's of old thread spools and a very old heart pin cushion with lot's of needles on it. Kept the needles and thread but threw out the old dirty pin cushion. I got such a good deal.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Lately, I've been buying a lot of patterns on line from some really nice women from FB sewing groups. I've also hit some resale shops and have found some new clothing patterns for 50 cents. I even found the Kaffee Fassett Romance quilt book for 75 cents. I thought I was dreaming when I saw it. LOL! Heck I even found some beautiful brand new fabric for at least two blouses along with the thread. I like going on Fridays because the linens including fabric is 50% off. I only buy from a thrift store who donates all their money to a women's shelter.
First and second pictures are some patterns I bought from a sewing group. I don't think these weren't that cheap since I paid $6 a piece but I really liked them especially the large doll block quilt pattern. I also love me a strip quilt and the 12 block quilt reminds me of Sunbonnet Sue but in a primitive style.
The cottage quilt pattern I bought cause I've never made a house quilt before and my plan is to make several houses in the colors of the houses my husband and I lived as a children. One of the books I just bought today. It's full of scrap quilt patterns and the older looking book I bought at half price books and that one has lot's of strip pieced patterns. I've got to use up all the scraps I have. Believe me I have tons of scraps! The pattern in the middle is a large angel wall hanging pattern. That pattern was lost for a couple of years and I had already given up on it until I found it cleaning out my fabric cutting table drawer. I've got rulers and scissors and lot's of other quilting stuff in it and the pattern was under all the rulers and cutting matts. I'll have to hand applique that to the front of a quilt top.
Monday, February 12, 2018
I bought this top from a girl I use to work with. We were talking quilts one time and she said she had an old top that her aunt had made a long time ago but that she herself wasn't into quilts so I told her I would buy it. I made her $30 and I think it was worth every penny. I'll be quilting this beauty some time this summer. The blocks are 16 inches and they have embroidered shoes. I love it. I think it's from the 50's.
|New Backing With Some Basting|
|Quilting after restoring|
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
I finished the kitty quilt for one of the twins. I love ❤ how it turned out. I was going to make the binding from the same sock monkey 🐒 fabric I used for the backing but Joannes was out of that fabric. Big bummer! I did manage to fine some frog 🐸 fabric with the same colors as the sock monkey 🐒 backing though. I wasn't too sure if frogs fabric would look good but its not bad at all. It actually looks really cute. This is the first time I machine sew the binding. Saved myself about a day. Woohoo!
Monday, December 07, 2015
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Thursday, November 05, 2015
I haven't done much quilting due to my son and his wife having twins 16 months ago. It was all about the twins after they were born so all my hobbies pretty much went out the window. We were all living in the same town so I was spending a lot of time with my grandbabies. Due to my son's job they moved to California 5 months ago so I am slowly getting back to my quilting, painting,drawing and crocheting. My son and his family will be visiting us the end of Dec. so I'm going to try and make them each a crib size quilt. I'm aiming for bug theme quilts. I would appreciate any suggestions.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Finally, making more Sunbonnet Sue blocks. Been working on this UFO for about 4 years now and I will not start another new project until this one is finished . The lighting was very bad which makes the white block look like it has yellow edges.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I managed to make a quillow for my DIL. I had been saving that cat fabric for something special and it's what I used since she loves cats. I just machine quilted around each cat. My arm was hurting quite a bit the next day ,but I have to use it to make it strong again. She's so happy to have a quillow.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Wow, this post is way overdue! The reason I stopped posting was due to the preparation of my son's wedding which took place in June of this past year. Anyway, my family and I drove to New York and I enjoyed every minute of that trip. I prefer driving rather than flying because I get to see different parts of this beautiful country of ours. Here is the lovely couple. I have three sons so you can imagine how happy I am to finally have a daughter. We get along great and luckily for me they are moving to Texas and will be living 20 minutes away from us.
I decided to try crocheting thinking it would be good hand exercise. I learned how and managed to make a bunch of baby hats and booties. Just what I needed another hobby. I have to say crocheting is excellent hand and . I decided finger exercise. I'm just so grateful and thank God this didn't happen right before the wedding.Some of my crocheting.