Monday, June 24, 2019

2019 Missouri TOGA

The Missouri TOGA (Treadle On Gathering & Academy) was this past weekend.  It was a 3 day event.  I only got to attend one day (Saturday) this time.  I didn't think I was going to get to attend at all until I found out that I didn't have to work last Friday.  Hubby offered to go with me, to help drive, so that he could go hiking and camping in the Ozarks while I attend the TOGA.  Woohoo!  (More info on last year's TOGA is here).

The first day of the TOGA, the attendee's had a Quilt & Antique Shop Hop.  They visited 3 different quilt shops in the area, and a couple of antique shops.  The quilt shops knew that they were coming, and presented everyone with goodie bags when they arrived.  One shop even had a demo for the attendee's.  How nice!

Friday and Saturday are the days when everyone sets up vintage sewing machines.  There are demo's, a sewing machine hospital, raffle quilt, raffle table, food, games and show-n-tell during these two days. 

On Saturday, we had show-n-tell early.  I took my String Star quilt and my Crazy Quilt to show off (sorry, I couldn't take pictures of my quilts).   I did get photos of the other show-n-tell items.







her first quilt

On Friday there was a demo on how to make chicken pin cushions.  Both of these girls had made several chicken pin cushions before the TOGA was done.





There were three demo's on Saturday.  Gina taught the Scrappy Mountain Majesties block.


Another lady taught how to make coasters (I didn't get photos since I was at a quilt shop during that time), and I taught several different ways to make Flying Geese.

There were two rounds of Left-Right-Center played.  On Friday, they played for fat quarters, and on Saturday we played for 2 1/2" strips. 
getting ready to play Left-Right-Center

The great thing about TOGA's, besides the lovely vintage sewing machines, is everyone helps everyone else. We had people helping each other with sewing projects and also with repairing sewing machines.




you can just see the raffle quilt on the left edge of the photo




I didn't get a photo of the raffle quilt (sorry, a bit of it is in a photo above) but I did get a photo of the raffle tables.  By raffle time, there were many more items added to the tables.


I only took a few photos of vintage machines this time. 




There were at least 43 people who attended the TOGA (not sure if everyone signed in or not). 

We are already preparing for next year's Missouri TOGA.  I can't wait!



Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Few Finishes

My sewing machine has been running HOT!  After designing and cutting out the fabric for the 3 baby quilts, I have sewn all three tops together into flimsy's. 



This is what the background fabric looks like up close.  It's hard to see in the photos above.
background fabric (confetti)

I used up almost 4 bobbins, and I don't have much thread left on this spool.  I seem to be using up several spools of thread lately.
3 empty bobbins and an almost empty spool of thread

If anyone is interested, I have all the cutting instructions for these quilts.  They finish at 40" x 60".

I've been hand stitching, too.  Here is the latest Vintage Miniature Sewing Machine embroidery.  I finished this one on Monday.
block #7

I'm almost finished with block #8.  These are going fast.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Quilt Show and Cutting out Quilts

Today was the Parade for Prairie Fest in Oswego, Illinois.  Hubby is in the parade each year with his barbershop chorus.  I go with him and check out the quilt show before the parade. 

I didn't take many photos this year.  This is a small quilt show, held in a former one room schoolhouse.

This quilt was the first one I saw as I walked in the door.  The sign said that her 92 year old mother needed a sewing project, so they each stitched half the blocks. 
States quilt

up close of one of the blocks

The Quilter's Dozen, who have this show are a group of hand quilters.  They make a raffle quilt each year.  This is this year's raffle quilt.
this year's raffle quilt

Here are some of the other quilts.




This next one isn't finished.  The quilt maker died in 1923, before she finished the quilt.



I liked how this next quilt was made, with the panel in the center, then the blocks using the same panel on the sides.



This next quilt, the maker made one for a raffle quilt, then liked it so much that she made another one for herself.  I like the buttons on the border (2nd photo).



Here are a few more quilts.






They had a special display of quilts made by a legally blind lady.  Her son contacted the Quilter's Dozen and donated some of her partial quilts.  They asked him to put some of her quilts in the show. 
Laura May Howse Dow McDuffee







This last quilt was made for an Eagle Scout.  This isn't the first time this lady has made a quilt for an Eagle Scout. 


I didn't get a photo of the float trailer, since I was riding on it.  I did get a photo of the guy on stilts walking behind us.  I've shown this same guy before, when he walked in front of us a few years ago.
guy on stilts, and one of the barbershoppers on our float

On Saturday, I designed a baby quilt.  I drew it up in 3 different colorways, since I need to make 3 different baby quilts.  Two of the babies are due in August, and one is due in September. 
all three baby quilts

These will be larger baby quilts (40 x 60).  Yesterday and today, I cut all three quilts out.
3 quilt kits, cut out

Now to get stitching on these.  One of these (the blue one) will be for our grandson, due in August.