Saturday, January 21, 2017

Traveling & Goodies!

I've been traveling since the first of the year.  My youngest son and his wife, flew from Anchorage, Alaska, to our hometown of San Angelo, Texas.  My mother & stepfather, inlaws, brother & sister in law, and best friend of almost 40 years all still live in San Angelo.  What a great excuse to drive 1200 miles, and visit everyone!

Sorry, there aren't any pictures of family and friends, since my cell phone was giving me fits from shortly after I left Illinois.  What a pain!  Each time I'd try to take a picture, the phone wouldn't take it, or would shut down.  I was also having a tough time making phone calls, a lot of the time.  It's a 4 year old phone, but, it doesn't seem to like it when I travel.  My camera was never near me, when I wanted to take pictures.  Oh well. 

I was gone a total of 18 days, and went thru 4 states (Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma & Texas).  On the way home, I stopped in St. Louis, and got to have dinner with Kevin the Quilter.  Kevin came and spoke at my little quilt guild two years ago.  There were 3 blog posts about his visit.  Post #1, Post #2 & Post #3.  Kevin also collects vintage machines (he only has a few so far.
Kevin & I at Jackman's Fabrics
Kevin gave me a cute little chicken pin cushion and some fresh eggs, from his chickens. 

Of course, I found a few things at Jackman's Fabrics.
goodies from Jackman's Fabrics

Of course, I stopped at a few quilt shops and antique malls along the way.  I stopped at one quilt shop twice (coming and going),  The Stitching in Burkburnett, Texas.  They are having a BOM, and will mail the blocks to you.  I decided to sign up on the way home.
BOM info (on the website above)

goodies from
Of course, I chose the wildflowers version.  We provide our own background material, and they ship you the rest.  While at Jackman's in St Louis, I found the perfect background material to go with the wildflower fabrics.  Doesn't the barb wire fabric go great?!?!?
some of the fabrics for the wildflower BOM
*Yes, I know they are sending me the fabrics, but, I just couldn't pass up 'extra' fabrics, in case I want to make something else with them.

I also found some cute fabric at an antique mall in Illinois, on the way home.  This will make a cute baby quilt.

I 'collected' some other goodies on the trip, too.  I love Teapots! (check out the title of my blog).  I got 2 teapots on this trip.  One is a gift from my BFF, and the other one, we found together, at an antique shop.
teapot from Michele is the one on the left
Here are the two pin cushions I came home with.  The bear is from Alaska, and the chicken is from Kevin.
pin cushions
I also found some cute little things, too.  I had to get the purple cow, since my favorite poem from 2nd grade has a purple cow.

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one,
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!

Frister & Rossmann Model E #1654855

lid is decorated on both sides

attachments that came with it

'E' showing Model E

decorated on the base

1950's Singer Sew Handy model 20
1950's Japanese 3/4 size class 15

badge on class 15