Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Busy! Busy! Busy!

I don't have many pictures to show it, but, I've been busy. 

I received 2 pin cushions from the pin cushion exchange.  This one came from Janna in Norway.
pin cushion from Janne in Norway

I've been using this pin cushion for a special project this past week.  Sorry, I haven't taken any pictures of my special project yet. 

This is the pin cushion that I sent to Janna in Norway.  She has received it, so, I can show a picture.  Janna likes purple.
pin cushion I made for Janna in Norway

Then, on Friday, this lovely purse pin cushion arrived from Bea, the hostess of the pin cushion exchange.
pin cushion from Bea

This past weekend, I had quilt camp in Ottawa, with the Camp Tuckabatchee quilters.  I totally forgot to take any pictures, sorry.  There were 9 of us this time.  We had lots of fun, but, it was HOT, and the camp doesn't have air conditioning.  I'd stopped at a garage sale, along the way, and they had a fan for sale.  I'm so glad I bought that fan! 

While at quilt camp, I cut out Clue #2 for Kevin's Mystery Quilt Along.  I'm not making just one of these quilts, but, I'm making 2 of the scrappy version, and another one, using just 7 different fabrics, instead of the scrappy look.  That means that I have to cut out 3 different sets of clues.  That's fine when I'm not distracted, but, I've had so much going on lately, that my concentration is pretty much nil.  When you can't concentrate, then you make cutting mistakes.  Boy did I make cutting mistakes!  Several of them.  I kept cutting twice as many pieces of the 7 fabric colors, when I should have been cutting lots and lots of scrappy pieces.  I've now used up all the light blue that I had for the 7 fabric version, and will have to piece some of the strings, to get this clue done.  I sure hope that I won't need more of the light blue fabric, since this was an older fabric.  We'll see.  I did the same thing with the red fabric, but, I still have LOTS of that red left, thank goodness.  After messing up TWICE, I decided NOT to cut Clue #3 or the Surprise Clue this weekend.  Hopefully I'll get those cut this week or next week. 

Everyone wanted to know how the Chair Wheelies worked.  I took them to quilt camp, and they worked GREAT!  So great that, there are 2 more sets waiting for hubby to glue the tennis balls to the wheels.  I'll be using these again this weekend.
set of Wheelies
wheelies on a chair

My last 2 weeks have been interrupted several times, with emergency dentist appointments.  A couple of days before Labor Day, my tooth started getting tender.  I stopped by the dentists office, to make an appt, but, they were closed on Friday, and didn't open again until Tuesday morning.  By the time I got in, on Wednesday, the tooth was abscessed.  I'd had a root canal done on this tooth about 31 years ago, so, the dentist sent me to a specialist, to have a 2nd root canal done, to try to save the tooth.  On this last Tuesday, after antibiotics, the tooth was still abscessed, and, the specialist took more X-rays, and found that the tooth was cracked, and couldn't be saved.  No, he didn't pull it, he only does root canals.  Back to the first dentist, who found another specialist, to extract the tooth.  The tooth was pulled on Thursday.  I left for quilt camp on Friday, still eating soft foods, and no straws allowed.  It is finally healing, but still tender in that area.  I have another week before we try to figure out what to do now.  I don't want an implant (very expensive and takes months and months).  I'm not even sure what my options are.  Oh well. 

I have been stitching.  I've been getting some bindings done on placemats for Meals on Wheels, and, I've been stitching down the new binding on this lovely quilt that I got at a garage sale this summer.  I still have at least one whole side to stitch down.  I found some fabric that is the same color as the background, for the new binding. 
garage sale quilt with yucky binding

I was hoping to get this finished so that I could hang it at the Lyon's Farm Fall Festival this weekend.  I will have a booth at the Festival, to display some of my vintage sewing machines.  I've done this several times in the past.  I'm getting a late start, trying to figure out what machines to display and sew on, this year. 
a few of the machines I'll be taking

So far, I have 14 different vintage sewing machines picked out, to take to Lyon's Farm.  Most of them have not been on display before.  I have a mixture of treadles (one), hand cranks, and vintage electrics to show.  If you are near Yorkville, Illinois this weekend I hope that you will come to the festival, and visit with me. 

  • Dates: September 23 and 24, 2017
    • Petting Zoo and Pony Rides – September 23
    • Classic Car Show – September 24
    • 20 to 25 Crafters Showing
  • Times: 10:00am to 4:00pm 
  • 7935 Route 71, Yorkville, IL 60560

 This will be my 5th year to be a part of this festival.  If you want to see some of the other years, click on the links.  2016,   2014,   2012.


  1. I hardly ever cut things at retreats anymore. Part of the reason is that I have a perfect height cutting table at home and the other part is well, I’ve decided retreats are not for concentrating! I think I need some chair wheelies now that I know they really work. Hope your mouth is healing. Take care! ~Jeanne

  2. Cute pin cushions. Sorry about your tooth, I can understand about the implant. Great quilt you rescued, it is gorgeous. Still am in love with your chair wheelies.

  3. You have had such a dental ordeal and you still carry on for the fall festival! I hope it heals quickly. I would love to see your display and machines, such hope all goes well.

  4. Sorry to hear about your tooth - this year has been a challenge for me with concentration issues, so I can sympathize with your quilting challenges. Wish I was close enough to attend as I would love to see your machines.

  5. Cute pin cushions! Exchanges are so much fun.

    Wish I could see all your sewing machines in person. You must have help to move so many of them! I know old machines are heavy.

    Sorry about your tooth! Hope you heal quickly.

  6. Sorry about the dental appts. I don't like going to them at all-so I sympathize. Have fun at the show!

  7. I have had my fill of dental challenges this year so sympathize. You really remain busy in spite of them and have your plate piled high for the up-coming days.


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