Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lyon's Farm Fun Weekend

I spent the weekend at the Kendall County Lyon's Farm Fall Festival in Yorkville, Illinois.  I took one treadle and 3 hand crank machines, along with one of my quilt frames, to show hand quilting. 

my booth space, as much room as I wanted, woohoo!

some hand quilting on my Hinterberg frame

1896 Singer 15 treadle

more of my booth area

New Home converted to a hand crank and some toy machines

1921 Singer 66 HC & 1959 Singer Spartan HC

some of my quilts displayed
I got lots of sewing done this weekend while showing off my machines.  It was so much fun chatting with people.  On Friday afternoon, after hubby and I set up the booth, I stopped at a few yard sales in the area.  I found a cute doily that was stained on one end.  I had fun turning that doily into a mug rug on Saturday.  Marcia at Crafty Sewing & Quilting showed how she turned an old hankie into a mug rug last week.  Well, I took her idea, and totally changed it up.  Marcia cut the edge of her hankie off, but, I really wanted the cute, crocheted edge left on my doily, so, I made my mug rug differently.

sewing strips to the hankie on my Spartan  hand crank

machine quilting my mug rug on my hand crank
I sewed my mug rug on my Spartan hand crank, including the machine quilting.  I only quilted in straight lines, so, it was easy to machine quilt.  I've never done well at free motion quilting on a machine, even though I've taken several classes.  Oh well, I know how to hand quilt very well, even if I'm REALLY SLOW at completing projects.  On Sunday morning, I attached the binding to the mug rug, and hand stitched it to the back.  Here is the finished mug rug.

completed mug rug

back of mug rug
Since I didn't know I was going to make this until late Friday night, I didn't take the correct thread to quilt it with on Saturday.  I had to quilt it with cream colored thread instead of orange or gold thread.  I think it turned out quite well.  I've never made a mug rug before this one.  This was a really quick finish for me, especially since I was chatting with people all day on Saturday about quilting and my machines instead of sewing on this. 

I also finished my block for the Wego Quiltin' October block lotto for Monday night.  We had to make a block with a neutral background, in fall colors with a pumpkin somewhere on the block.  and the block had to be 12.5" square, unfinished.  I think I did it all.  This block was paper pieced.  I'm having fun with paper piecing.

Wego Quiltin' October lotto block
The fabrics for both the mug rug and the block are leftovers from a quilt I made for my niece several years ago.  I've also used the same fabric for a table runner.  I tend to purchase WAY MORE fabric than I'll need for a project, just in case. 

I'll try to take pictures of everyone else's blocks for the block lotto and post them next week.  I doubt I'll win the blocks, but, at least I'll get the pictures.

We're going on a shop hop on Thursday.  There are 7 shops on this hop.  I'll try to remember to take some pictures.

Hope your weekend was as much fun as mine was.  Let me know what you did this weekend.


  1. Very nice display and love your mug rug.

  2. How wonderful to have that much room. I admire the amount of work you did to get everything there and set up. Wow! And such pretty quilts.

  3. What an awesome booth you had. It was beautiful. I love your finished projects.

  4. Shop hopping sounds fun!! Your booth looks great, and your mug rug turned out so adorable. Love that you left the edging on! xo

  5. I loved your 'space'....even a vintage ironing board! You have inspired me to turn my Spartan into a hand crank...and to learn to quilt beginning with a mug rug. That turned out beautifully!! :)

  6. How fun! I've wanted to demo at a place or event like that--but we've had none around here.
    There used to be a lady who sold linens, pillowcases, at the Kane Cty. Flea Market. (She may still sell there.) I also wanted to go buy pillow cases from her. Oh, the things I miss living way out here in the middle of nowhere!

  7. We have a Lyon's Family Farm in Taft, TN -- it's an agritainment farm in the fall -- they do a big pumpkin, fall festivities thing. I got really excited when I saw the words Lyon's Farm until I saw yours was in Illinois! LOL! Looks like you had a marvelous time!! :)


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