Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Featherweight Fun!

Many of you know that my honey buys and refurbishes and sells Singer Featherweight sewing machines.  So we see lots and lots of stuff come in ... yet  what we sell is very organized and made to be just so... so in our adventures of featherweight buying we have started a collection of sorts of old antique sewing machines and parts for them...

Here is a tool that we found a couple months ago in a featherweight we bought...
We were unsure of it's true purpose... so my honey researched it and found it was actually a needle threader and seam ripper... yet we still were perplexed on how to use it to thread sewing machines....

Then yesterday when a new Featherweight came in we found instructions, revision of instructions and the original package for the tool...
So we now know this tool is a needle threader & seam ripper!!  And it was made in the mid 1930's :)


So just thought I would share this fun little praise report with you.

I am also stitching away but will show progress on Friday at the LINKY PARTY!!!!

Have a blessed week!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Weekend of Accomplishments!

With Fall in Florida comes more moderate temperatures, less bugs, and feelings of accomplishment..

My honey finished the painting and refurbishing on this great sewing machine..

It is a Singer Featherweight 221... it was in great working order but the paint job was showing it's vintage age.  So my honey took 2 months of all his spare time to strip it, clean it all out, prime it, paint it, decal it, topcoat it.... then he did all that to the foot pedal and buttonholer.  This will be part of a package we will be advertising in the near future :)

My Darling Daughter ready for Homecoming :)

 And here is a shot of her with her date (her boyfriend of 4 months!) :)

And I am quilting between all the excitement happening around me :)

I have finished 2 of the block pairs ....
 Love the patriotic cow centers too :)

This block pair has tulip centers from a lovely fabric I got a fat quarter of for my sis in law.. she loves tulips so this center just seemed perfect when pulling fabrics for this pair :)

Now I am working on this block and soon will be on it's twin that also has the square in a squares near it so will do them as a block pair as well!

Here is the whole quilt.. so you can get perspective .. it is about 95" square before washing :)

And a Happy Reminder....

Don't miss your chance to get organized over the upcoming holiday season approaching... make a list... link it up and PARTY... and someone will WIN LINKY LOOT too!!!

Linking this post to ...

Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching as all this stitching is done by hand :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hand Quilting the Weekend Away :)

If you are Canadian I wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving weekend... I am linking up with my Canadian friend Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching today HERE!
Friday was a busy day but I did pick up my needle and thread again on the Byrum Family Quilt and haven't looked back... Okay a little house work... sheets washed.. taxi service for my dd who is now on a little vaca with friends btw :)  So all that stuff... but mainly I have been HAND QUILTING!!!

This is the start of the outer sections of this quilt... so I had to figure out where to start... and this cute patriotic cow with adjoining patriotic blocks just asked to go first :)
So first I focused on stitching in the ditch on the patriotic square in a squares... soon I was working on the in the ditch and decorative stitching on the bear claw block too!
Then it was done by evening last night!  Wow :)

So where do I go next???

The mirror image of course... you see I made 2 of each star block... one on each side of the quilt... the pics of the one above shows the cow facing right as it is on the LEFT side of the quilt... here is the mirror image block on the RIGHT side of the quilt and my focus today are these 2 blocks :)
This is really helping me reach my goals set for this month.

Do you set goals to chart progress on your crafting?  Come and join us in just 2 weeks for a Linky Party just for goal setting... all areas of your life or just your crafty side.. with gentle monthly goals you will see your UFO pile shrink and you will feel more accomplished by sharing your successes .. and misses too!  So if you blog come on over .. also a chance to win LINKY LOOT just for linking! :)
Have a wonderful Sunday is my prayer for each of you!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Whooping on a Friday!

Finally Friday... I am so happy I have something to Whoop about today :)  I am sharing this post over at Sarah's where she loves to Whoop on a Friday all the crafty accomplishments of the week... come join us and link up too!  She is showing off a cute cross stitch today too!

After finishing all the hand quilting bits of stitching that were needed to make the middle of this quilt complete...
The Byrum Family Quilt has reached over 50% complete and I took a 2 day break to rest my fingers :)

So what does a hand quilter do when resting fingers??? Well prep the next thing for stitching of course! lol  I have attempted hand piecing and some went fine and some not so fine.. so I prefer to piece vintage on Gloria :)  She is my Singer 301A i a beautiful trapezoid cabinet!
So Gloria and I had a date yesterday and I made 3 more of these stars for a wall hanging I am creating from a pattern called Wish Upon a Star...

Once trimmed they should measure 10 1/2" before sewing :)

So I am happy to Whoop about this progress toward meeting my monthly goals :)

Do you set monthly goals too??? I have a linky in just 2 weeks to show off all you have done and preview what you plan to do.. check it out on my blog in just 2 weeks!
Until then... Happy Stitching and...