Thursday, September 1, 2016

National Sewing Month, Block Exchanges & Gene Wilder

September is National Sewing Month.  Ronald Reagan established it back in 1982.  Also, Saturday, September 10th is the 2nd National Sewing Machine day this year.  This is a month to CELEBRATE!

I've been busy sewing Treadle On Block Exchange (TOBE) blocks this past month.  The first exchange is the 2016 Fall Basic TOBE.  They chose 4 patch blocks this time.  There is always an easy block, twice a year, so that those who haven't sewn before, or don't quilt, can participate.  8 blocks is a set, and the max amount of sets is 4.  Of course, I made 4 sets of blocks, using 2 different machines.  All these blocks must be made on either a treadle or a hand crank.  I chose sewing themed fabrics for this exchange.

I'm also in the advanced block exchange.  This year it is a Batik Star TOBE.  I chose two different paper pieced blocks.  A set is 12 blocks with a max of 2 sets.  I used 2 different machines, one for each set.
Nell's Block

1914 Singer 66 hand crank (Lotus decals)

Perfect 9-Patch Wonky Stars

1927 Singer 15 hand crank (Gingerbread decals)
I finished these blocks while watching some Gene Wilder movies.  It was sad to lose Gene this week.  His movies celebrated milestones in my life.  The first movie I ever got to go to without my parents was Willie Wonka.  There was a matinee at our theater, with games and prizes and lots of fun.

My first 'date movie' was Young Frankenstein, when I was 13.
Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein
We'll miss you, Gene!


  1. I like your top star block. I was sad to see that Gene Wilder passed away too.

  2. Love Neil's Block - did you give it that name? Is there a pattern somewhere; I don't think I've ever seen it before. ~Jeanne

  3. What a fun way to connect up machine collectors. I have a quilt of scout signatures from all over the world but I can imagine a collection of blocks made on vintage machines through the ages.

  4. The batik stars are gorgeous, I'm not big on paper piecing but they'd be worth it especially Nell's Block.

  5. I love your wonky star! And all those vintage machines....wonderful.

  6. Love your blocks! I have to get my stars done ASAP I guess.

  7. Lovely blocks... and such gorgeous machines!

  8. Just another example of how Reagan was the greatest president of the modern age! LOL! Gene Wilder was long a favorite of mine--such a talented man. He will be much missed. Your blocks are all so beautiful! Happy September! :)

  9. Love your blocks! I'm still working on mine.


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