Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Teapot Tuesday, Oops! Wednesday and fun at Lyons Farm

Cloisonné Teapots & Bell
Elias Howe sewing machine at Lyons Farm
 Oops!  I'm a day late.  I was shopping and cooking yesterday (and today) for the Wednesday night supper at church.  6 homemade lasagna's, 4 desserts, and various other goodies.  I still have to layer the lasagna's after I finish this post.

The small teapot on the right was a gift from my mother in law several years ago.  I have a great mother in law.  The bell in the center was from my mother in laws mothers bell collection.  Nanny (my hubby's grandmother) also quilted.  We have some of her quilts.  I can't remember where I got the teapot on the left.  I'm sure I'll remember as soon as I finish this post.  I've started adding notes to some of my teapots to help me remember when, and from whom, I got some of my teapots.
Elias Howe sewing machine at Lyons Farm

bobbin winder on Elias Howe machine
I visited Lyon Farms this weekend for their Fall Fun weekend.   In the 'Oswego house' I found this great treadle sewing machine.  The paper on the machine says it was an Elias Howe machine.  Elias Howe held the pattens on the sewing machine.  You can read all about him here.

Since I have never seen one of his machines before, I was interested in seeing the placement of the bobbin winder.  I've never seen a bobbin winder on the treadle irons before.  Interesting.

In the same house at Lyons Farm, was this bassinet with this Yo-yo quilt in it.  I thought all the ladies who are making yo-yo's in blogland would like to see this quilt.  There were two bassinet's like this at Lyons Farm.  A very interesting design. 

There are lots of buildings at Lyons Farm.  One is the old general store.  I enjoyed looking at the notions wall (picture below). 
Baby Yo-yo quilt

vintage sewing notions in General Store at Lyons Farm
 I also visited the school house, depot, and other buildings.  In one of the buildings, hand quilters from Oswego's 'Quilters Dozen' group were working on an embroidered quilt.  In the same building was a collection of Elephants that were donated by former Sen. Hastert's secretary.  My mother collects elephants, and I just had to have a picture of this elephant telephone.  Wouldn't it be fun to use this phone?  It even has a rotary dial.  I always wanted a 'princess' style phone.
Elephant telephone at Lyons Farm

I also talked with one of the workers at Lyons Farm about having a treadle and hand crank demo in the future.  Like I really need something else to add to my schedule. 


  1. Fascinating to see a Howe machine, thanks for posting the pic. I doubt I will ever see one in the wild!

  2. Loved seeing the Howe....and that phone! I want one of each.

  3. That looks like a fun trip! Lots of cool things to see.. and love the tea pots as always. :)

  4. What an interesting day you had ... and that phone! Not my cup of tea :)

  5. Gee, I wish I lived close to Lyon's Farm, I would love to visit. Thanks for the pictures and telling us about it. You must have had a great day!!


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