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Thursday, September 19, 2013

I hate what happens when I know what I'm doing....................



Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
— Mother Teresa

So I am working on a hanging/quilt for my Grandson.......many years ago I got a set of 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments and began a little game we all play on Christmas Eve......I hand out the ornaments, which are inside individual boxes so nobody knows which day of Christmas they will have until they open the box.  After everyone opens their box, we play the 12 days of Christmas CD and sing along.  When the song comes to the day you are holding you sing that part and hold up your ornament.......we all laugh and have a great time with it.  My Grandson loves playing this game and always asks when we are going to sing the 12 days song so I decided to make him a little quilt of his own with the 12 days...........



I finished embroidering all 12 patterns today and began making the quilt sandwiches.  I am making a mock cathedral window quilt.........here is what I have so far.............





I sandwiched blocks 1&2 and then decided to skip ahead to block 12 and quickly put the label on the back of that block.   I was on a roll and since "I know what I'm doing" because I have been sewing for years........I sewed it together in a snap and then flipped it inside out.


                                           ......and Voila!  
 
 
The Label is inside!!!!  Really??

                               eeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhh!!!!!!!

 
 
Spent a little "quality"  time with the seam ripper and now we are back in business..................and time for bed........will tackle it again tomorrow...............
 
 
 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sewing Museum!


"Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost."
Robert H. Schuller




Hello Friends!  My friend, Beth, over at Love, Laugh, Quilt is having a Sewing Museum Linky Party this week and here are my entries into the show!

I will start by showing you some of my equipment and first up is my very first sewing machine.........some of you have seen it before....(and actually, it is in slide show on my header)...my old Rockford which I have had since I was a teenager...(and it still works great!) ...it is housed in a cabinet my son, Jeremy, found at a garage sale when he was 12 years old.  Jeremy hid the cabinet in the garage while he refinished it and then gave it to me for my birthday "way back when".....




next up is my Singer treadle....not really sure what the model# is....maybe someone can help me out?  This is a sewing machine I inherited from my MIL....it needs some cleaning and oiling to get it back to sewing condition....but isn't it a beauty? 



  
Right now I have a "tabletop" of sorts on it so that I can still get use of the cabinet with my "modern" Singer.............



And now some notions, and "etcetera" items.............

Here is a gorgeous vintage sewing box (also from my MIL) I noticed an identical box on Beth's page, only hers is in blue..........


..........some vintage 50's Singer sewing machine attachments....I believe these include a gathering stitch, blind stitch, and other decorative  stitch attachments.....sewing machine oil can and tomato pin cushion (complete with sawdust!)....

 vintage 50's Singer Button hole attachment.........................



 .......some wooden spools in an old Atlas canning jar and some other old bottles.....a few thimbles.......some are aluminum, some are brass, stainless steel.......even plastic..........the sewing scissors are stamped "Singer"....a pair of Griffon Pinking Shears........the other pinking shears are just stamped with the word, "Japan"

.more wooden spools........................


................some miscellaneous vintage buttons and needles.............look at those price tags!



...............and, of course, we all know that those quilt blocks are never right until they are ironed and pressed! I actually have some old memories of my grandmother ironing with one of these......she would place it on the wood burning stove to get hot first........



.................and speaking about wood burning stoves...........I know this is not really a sewing item but I would love to show you the Montgomery Ward wood burning stove that belonged to my Grandmother............ I cooked with it for about 2 years while living in Grandma's old house before it was sold.  Luckily my father took the stove out before he sold the house and now the stove sits in my sister's kitchen in New Mexico............

I hope you have enjoyed my little part of Beth's Sewing Museum...........I hope you will hop over to her blog and check out all the other links.......thanks, Beth, for putting this together!

Click HERE to go to Beth's Sewing Museum!