Friday, May 9, 2014

Busy Week!

It was a busy week for me.  Monday was my little guild (Wego Quiltin') meeting.  Phyllis taught us how to make scissor keepers. 

medium and large scissor keepers
I made the larger, green scissor keeper (Phyllis had already stitched the scissor embroidery on the plastic), and, Phyllis had a medium sized scissor keeper for anyone who wanted one.  Sew pretty!  Thanks Phyllis!

On Tuesday, Quilts of Valor had our regular, monthly sew-in at Prairie Shop Quilts in Batavia.  A few of us left early so that we could work with some 6th graders, and teach them how to make a quilt top for veterans.  This link shows some great pictures of both events (sorry, I forgot to get my camera out). There is a picture of me, in the next to last row of pictures, on the left, working with 2 boys and 2 of my machines.  The bottom picture shows the completed quilt top the kids made.  We had 12 kids (3 girls, 9 boys). 

On Thursday, at my regular Thursday sew-in at Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe, I machine quilted Erika's graduation quilt.

Erika's quilt top, before quilting
I didn't get a picture of the quilting yet.  I still need to bury all the strings and make the binding. 

Earlier in the week, a lady from my other quilt guild contacted me.  She was given a New Home sewing machine in a cabinet, and, would I like it, and, if I didn't want it for myself, would I find it a new home?  Ok.  I figured if it was in a cabinet, it was an electric machine.  NOPE!  When I arrived, a lovely TREADLE was sitting in the garage, waiting for me.

New Home A treadle

Look at this lovely cabinet!
front of treadle cabinet

this part 'hides' when the treadle is open

lovely drawers (and tiny flaw in front of cabinet)

side of drawers
I think this treadle cabinet is in wonderful shape.  The patent date for the cabinet is 1890, so, the treadle is 'younger' than that, but, I don't know how much younger. 

On Saturday morning, I have my beginning quilting class.  I haven't shown you any pictures from that class yet.  Here are some taken the past few weeks.

Kelly and Kathy squaring up blocks

Kathy's blocks

Kelly's blocks
Lynn stitching blocks on my 301A
Lynn's blocks
Joann machine quilting
Joann's almost finished baby quilt (just needs the binding stitched down)
Joann has sewn before, but, the other ladies had not.  Kathy's mother bought her a machine for Christmas, after Kathy told her about the class.  Kelly and Lynn are using my machines.

After this week, it's a good thing I have extra machines.  5 of my machines got used this week, not including me stitching at home (different machine, then, too). 

Oh yea, I stopped at a thrift store (big surprise there) before picking up the New Home sewing machine.  I found a vintage, hand quilted Granny Square quilt.

Vintage Granny Square quilt

can you find the 'Oops' block???

check out the cornerstones and sashing

1960's & 70's fabrics, helps to date this quilt

backing of Granny Square quilt
I still haven't had time to clean up the Singer 401A I got last weekend.  I spent this morning cleaning the New Home treadle instead.  I still have to put a treadle belt on the machine, and see if it stitches. 

Only 2 sew-ins, another quilt guild meeting, and beginning quilting next week.  I'm tired already!

Happy Mother's Day!


  1. Love, love, LOVE your new treadle! Absolutely gorgeous! You have definitely been busy but at least you are getting lots done. Hope you have a wonderful mother's day! :)

  2. Busy, busy, but it all looks fun. That treadle is beautiful!

  3. The New Home is a wonderful treadle. Love the decorative wood details. Let us know how it sews. I note the 301. I recently purchased one at an estate sale, but have not yet sewn with it.

  4. What a beautiful cabinet!!! It looks like it's in good shape too :)
    How nice of you to teach a sewing class! I can't think of a better way to start your weekend. Are you the only teacher?

  5. I'm wondering where you get all your energy! You had me tired out just reading about all you are doing. (You must be lots younger than me.)
    Like the above commenters - love the New Home. How elegant. Sewing and exercise all in one.
    Take it easy - Happy Mom's Day.

  6. The treadle and cabinet are beautiful!!! Have fun playing with her!


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