Monday, June 25, 2018

2018 Missouri TOGA

I drove to the Missouri TOGA this past week.  A TOGA is a Treadle On Gathering & Academy (get together for vintage sewing machine lovers & collectors).  No, we do NOT wear sheets and party like crazy college students (like in Animal House). 

The day before the TOGA started, those of us that came early drove to Mansfield, MO, where Laura Ingalls Wilders home is (the one she lived in till she died, not any of the ones from the books).  It is the home where she wrote her books. 
Laura Ingalls Wilder home
It was a fun day, with eating, the museum, shopping and friends, new and old.  One of the things I bought was a prairie dress, made by Thelma, who came to the TOGA on Friday.  I think it will be fun to wear this dress at some of my vintage sewing machine demo's.

Thelma (who made both dresses) and me

On Friday, the TOGA started.  We had some of the people at the TOGA on both days, and some that could only come on one of the days.

I taught a class on my pin cushion thread catchers on Friday morning.  After that class, I did a demo on how to convert an electric machine to a hand crank.
Friday at the TOGA

still getting set up

Susan teaching someone how to hand crank

Stephanie watching Dennis work on a machine

Beth and her daughter, working on a pin cushion thread catcher

Stephanie

Missy, our hostess with the raffle quilt behind her

On Saturday, I taught a class on sewing machine mats.  The penguin mat and pin cushion thread catcher were made as a gift for Missy (who didn't have any time to make anything, since she was running the TOGA).   There were other classes and demo's on both days, too.
paper piecing class

paper piecing class

Several of us brought quilts to display around the room.



some of Stephanie's bags and mini quilts

quilts displayed, and some machines for sale

We have a raffle table at all the TOGA's.  Money from the raffles pays for the venue and any expenses to hold the TOGA. 
raffle tables

raffle tables

Of course there are vintage machines at the TOGA.  I didn't get pictures of all of them, but, here are a few.  I forgot to take pictures of the machines that I brought.  I only brought 3 machines to this TOGA (and didn't come home with any 'new' machines for once).











After the TOGA ended on Saturday night, and after we'd all packed up, the TOGAteer's who stayed in town, went to eat BBQ.  Here are the last of the bunch.
Dan & Sarah

Stephanie

Scott & Susan

Susan & Missy

I didn't get pictures of the raffle table items I came home with, or the fabric, etc, that I bought on this trip (yes, Ava has a GREAT quilt store in town). 

There were people from Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and Ohio at the TOGA. 

It was a Great TOGA!  I can't wait till next year!  If you are near Missouri, contact me, and come to the TOGA next summer.  

17 comments:

  1. All those beautiful machines ... what fun! I adore your costumes, too -- they were wonderful! And you got to meet Missy, too boot! Lucky gals! :)

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  2. Sounds like a great time. Maybe next year.

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  3. What a fun time! All of your TOGAs sound like a great time with friends and lots of learning/sharing. ~Jeanne

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  4. whoops, forgot to comment. Hope the comments are going thru.

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  5. Sounds like a fun time. Love the mat tutorial, too.
    Looking forward to seeing your purchases.
    Hugs

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  6. Wow, those are great pictures, and it looks like you had a good time. You sure look pretty in that dress. It fits perfectly. I'm so glad the TOGA was such a success!

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  7. What fun it would be to see Laura Wingalls Wilders home. It appears that you had a fun, productive weekend. Enjoy wearing your new old fashion dress.

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  8. Had so much fun at the TOGA! Made some new friends & loved looking at all the machines!
    Can’t wait for next year!

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  9. I loved seeing the drunkard’s path quilt! I quilted it for Missy because I knew I’d never piece one myself!

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  10. It was great to meet you! I really enjoyed your help on the thread catcher/pin cushion. Don really enjoyed it as well.

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  11. Sure does look like a lot of fun! (and great fellowship). My outing was to Boy Scout camp. (In the midst of rainy season) I think your event wins.

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  12. Busy weekend. Looks like fun and good success. Love your new outfit for vending....just perfect.

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  13. OH how fun! I want to come to another TOGA but for sure Missouri is too far for me! Seeing those lovely machines made be soo happy!

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  14. You were in your element and I am sure you had a very good time! You look so good in red!

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  15. Thank you for explaining what TOGA means. Looks like you had a great time! Vintage machines are so pretty. =)

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  16. Looks like fun. Next year I will have to join in the fun.

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  17. What fun!! LOVE the dress you bought!!!

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